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New Ed Center staff envision better community outreach

  By Lorain Ambrocio, Hohenfels Education Center staff writer   HOHENFELS, Germany — Two new education services specialists have landed in Bavaria with one goal in mind: help service members excel in their education through community outreach.   In Grafenwoehr, Erin Sorensen sits in her new office well before opening…

August 16th, 2016 News, School News

Understanding the school lunch program

  By Ruth Ploeger, Army Region School Liaison Officer   The Exchange provides school lunch to K-12 students on Army and Air Force installations in Germany. If you send your child to a DoDEA-Europe school, your child is eligible for the Student Meal Program, and maybe even the Free and…

August 15th, 2016 Health & Lifestyle, News, School News

Soldiers transitioning from active-duty can keep shopping their Exchange

    Army & Air Force Exchange Service news release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Army & Air Force Exchange Service treats active-duty Soldiers like family. When Soldiers transition to Individual Ready Reserve, or IRR, status, they remain family to the Exchange, keeping the shopping benefit they’ve earned.   “Soldiers…

August 8th, 2016 News

Exchange customers should replace Gold Military Star Card

AAFES news release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Many Exchange customers are still using their old MILITARY STAR “gold” card. But customers need to use the new and improved Military Star Reward Card, as security features on the card will soon be required for shopping online, according to AAFES leadership.  …

August 8th, 2016 News

Attending a non-DOD school

  By Ruth Ploeger, Army Region School Liaison Officer   Some duty stations in Europe do not have Department of Defense (DOD) schools in some or all grades. Dependent students in these locations are served by the Non-DOD Schools Program (NDSP), which provides access to English language educational options. This program is not available…

August 7th, 2016 News, School News

School lunch prices increase overseas beginning Aug 2016

  Army & Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs   Starting August 2016, school lunch prices at all Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools outside the continental United States (with the exception of Guam) will increase because of rising operational costs and to comply with federal law.   This…

August 3rd, 2016 Health & Lifestyle, News, School News

Service members can watch free streaming coverage of 2016 Rio Olympics

AAFES news release   DALLAS – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service announced that for the first time U.S. service members worldwide will be able to watch NBC Olympics’ streaming coverage of the 2016 Rio Olympics from their desktop and personal devices.   This benefit is being provided at…

July 27th, 2016 Health & Lifestyle, News

Rules DoD employees should know this political season

  By Katie Lange, DoD News, Defense Media Activity   I’m sure you’ve all seen political posts in full effect on Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat recently. The opinions are just going to get louder, too, before the election this November.   As members of the Defense Department, we have a…

July 25th, 2016 News

You’re the subject of a FLIPL…Now what?

  By Jestyne Martin, Legal Intern at Seventh Army JMTC Office of the Staff Judge Advocate   A FLIPL is a Financial Liability Investigation of Property Loss, as outlined in Army Regulation 735–5 on Property Accountability Policies.   If government property is lost, damaged or destroyed (LDD), a FLIPL will…

July 19th, 2016 Legal Issues

Carry a passport when traveling outside the country

  U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs news release   U.S. Army Europe Office of the Provost Marshal officials want to remind members of the American forces community in Europe to carry their passports when traveling to countries to which they are not assigned.   A common misconception is that European…

July 13th, 2016 Health & Lifestyle, Legal Issues, News, Safety & Security Bytes