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Coronavirus update for Europe

by Regional Health Command Europe   As a result of the current coronavirus outbreak in Northern Italy, U.S. European Command medical professionals are working closely with appropriate authorities to monitor the situation, coordinate the latest guidance from DOD and CDC, and distribute information to DOD personnel throughout the European theater…

February 26th, 2020 Health & Lifestyle, News

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

  By Kelly Thornborrow, Family Advocacy Program Educator   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month with the goal of bringing increased awareness to what teen dating violence is and how to prevent it.   Teen Dating Violence occurs when physical violence (ex. hitting, biting), psychological aggression…

February 4th, 2020 Health & Lifestyle, News, Safety & Security Bytes

Legal Office: Guide to claims for loss or damage to your household goods or vehicle

Rose Barracks Law Center, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate               VILSECK, Germany — The 7th Army Training Command claims office at USAG Bavaria processes claims filed by active-duty service members and DOD civilians against the U.S. government.   Here’s what you need to know.          If you notice…

January 29th, 2020 Housing, Legal Issues, News

New AER program to offer $1,500 for out-of-pocket childcare costs

By Sean Kimmons, Army News Service   Army Emergency Relief will begin providing up to $1,500 on Feb. 1 to help cover childcare costs for Soldiers and families who move to a new duty station.   The AER Childcare Assistance Program offers $500 per month for three consecutive months in…

January 29th, 2020 Health & Lifestyle, News

Rockets return to Europe; 1-6 FA conducts first live-fire exercise

by Spc. Zachary Stahlberg, 7th Army Training Command GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The 1st Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment of the 41st Field Artillery Brigade conducted their first live-fire exercise since reactivating in September 2019 at the Grafenwoehr Training Area Jan. 27, 2020.    “This is the first live fire of…

January 29th, 2020 News

Understanding fog lights in Germany

  USAG Bavaria Safety Office   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Thick patches of fog often roll through Bavaria, particularly around Grafenwoehr, Vilseck and Hohenfels.   According to Army in Europe Regulation 190-1 — the regulation on driver and vehicle requirements in Germany — foglights are not required. But if foglights are…

January 28th, 2020 Environmental, News, Safety & Security Bytes, Travel

Bavaria Community and Spouses’ Club announces spring community grant & scholarship deadline

  Bavaria Community and Spouses’ Club news release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Bavaria Community and Spouses Club (BCSC) is pleased to announce its Spring 2020 Community Outreach Grants and Scholarships deadline: February 21, 2020 at midnight. These applications are completely online.   Fall Cycle Community Grant Application Link: bavariacsc.com/grants…

January 21st, 2020 Health & Lifestyle, News

Eligible veterans authorized installation access, Commissary and AAFES shopping privileges

  By Anna Morelock, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden   Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, certain veterans received access to Commissary and Exchange services.   Within Germany, due to international agreements with the German Federal Ministry of Finance, this access also requires veterans to register with the U.S. Army Customs Agency- Europe…

January 17th, 2020 Housing, Legal Issues, News

Marten: A misunderstood pest and how to deter from vehicle wiring

  By Christa Rolls, USAG Bavaria Environmental Division   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — If you have been in a local car shop, you’ve likely seen products that tout a hissing, ferret-like animal on the front cover, warning of their presence.   Martens, or Marder in German, notoriously damage vehicle electrical systems…

January 17th, 2020 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, Housing, News, Things You Didn't Know

FAP: Building self esteem in children through effective praise

  By Kelly Thornborrow, Family Advocacy Program Educator   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – Children are often compared to sponges, in that they absorb and learn about the world around them through interactions with others, particularly those in caregiving roles.   As an adult figure or caregiver in a child’s life, your…

January 13th, 2020 Health & Lifestyle, News