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Large number of claimed exemptions leads to high tax bills

By Capt. Jennifer Bryer, 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command   Many single Soldiers throughout Bavaria have claimed a large number of exemptions on their federal withholding forms causing them to owe a large debt to the IRS for failing to pay taxes during the year.   The tax centers…

March 9th, 2016 Legal Issues

Health professionals focus on brain injury awareness

VILSECK, Germany — Symptoms associated with a brain injury are nothing to shrug off, according to medical experts with the Bavaria Health Command.   Each year, approximately 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury.   “The brain is complex with several receptors and transmitters,” said Robert M. Lucania, Director…

March 2nd, 2016 News

409th Contracting Support Brigade names top NCO for 2016

  By Rachel Clark, 409th CSB   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The 409th Contracting Support Brigade has named its top non-commissioned officer of the year following a three-day competition in Grafenwoehr, Germany.   Staff Sgt. Kevin Brown, 928th Contracting Battalion, was named 409th CSB’s top NCO for 2016.   “This was…

March 1st, 2016 News

Red Cross Month recognizes everyday heroes

  American Red Cross, Vilseck Complex news release   VILSECK, Germany — The American Red Cross is recognizing the country’s everyday heroes during Red Cross Month this March.   “Our community is full of everyday heroes who help others in need,” said Kelly Clark, Field Office Coordinator for the Vilseck…

February 29th, 2016 News

How NCOs can change a climate and strengthen a squad

  By Staff Sgt. Alfred Hames, 15th Engineer Battalion   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Noncommissioned officers have always led from the front, but a new grass-roots initiative empowers them to effect change across the spectrum. Not in My Squad, or NIMS, is an assessment begun in October 2015 by Sgt. Maj.…

February 22nd, 2016 News

Fairytale views at the Donaustauf castle ruins

  By Alexis Tucker   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — It’s not every day you can experience views of the Danube River and a snowy covered Walhalla, Germany’s Hall of Fame which resembles the Abe Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. , to fill your day with beauty and wonder.   The castle…

February 10th, 2016 Travel

Coping with winter weather woes

  By Nathan Hartvigsen, Grafenwoehr Army Health Clinic   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Winter Solstice is behind us now, so the sunlight will be back before you know it. In the meantime, though, here’s a few tips to keep your spirits up when the winter weather threatens to bring you down.…

February 9th, 2016 Health & Lifestyle

Vilseck, Grafenwoehr Health Clinics to offer limited services on alternating Friday Training Holidays

  Bavaria Health Command news release   VILSECK, Germany – U.S. Army Health Clinics in Vilseck and Grafenwoehr will begin a trial period of opening for half-days on Friday training holidays, in alternating months, for enrolled beneficiaries needing care for minor illnesses.   The clinic will open for the morning…

February 7th, 2016 Health & Lifestyle, News

Romantic and magical wildlife reserve near Grafenwoehr

  By Alexis Tucker   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Would you like to make her swoon with a non-generic Valentine’s Day date? Maybe you’re just an outdoorsy couple, animal lovers, or you want to take your children somewhere unique.   If you nodded yes, you should explore the Wildgehege Hufeisen in…

January 27th, 2016 Travel

Soldiers can avoid unnecessary credit card fees

  By Maj. Paul Butler, 7th Army JMTC   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Tired of paying foreign transaction or annual fees when you use your credit card overseas? If you’re on Active Duty (or a Reservist on Active Duty), you’re in luck!   Military life while stationed overseas can be expensive.…

January 25th, 2016 Legal Issues