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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

Hatch Act: Federal employees’ guide to social media and email

    U.S. Office of Special Counsel press release   The Hatch Act, a federal law passed in 1939, limits certain political activities of federal employees, as well as some state, D.C., and local government employees who work in connection with federally funded programs. ​The law’s purposes are to ensure…

January 22nd, 2016 Legal Issues

InDependent launches Milspo’s Guide to Self-care

  InDependent news release   FORT RILEY, Kansas —InDependent launched a new online program for military spouses called MilSpo’s Guide to Self-Care.   The free online program will occur monthly from January through September 2016, with each month featuring experts who will present health and wellness content as it relates…

January 20th, 2016 Health & Lifestyle

Contract specialist by day, movie actor by night

By Rachel Clark, 409th CSB   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Joe East, a contract specialist with the Regional Contracting Office Bavaria, recently had the opportunity to flex his acting muscles for an upcoming movie.   East was selected for a featured role in the movie “The 5th Wave,” which hits theaters…

January 15th, 2016 News

Register now for April 9 Rugged Terrain Obstacle Run

Grafenwoehr Family & MWR news release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — USAG Bavaria and 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command will host the 4th Annual Grafenwoehr Rugged Terrain Obstacle Run April 9.   Service members, civilians and family members in Europe are challenged to participate in a hardcore cross-country obstacle run…

January 8th, 2016 Health & Lifestyle, News

Netzaberg students, Bavaria’s only competitors in Germany’s Special Olympics

  By Margaret Ballinger, Netzaberg Elementary School third-grade teacher   NETZABERG, Germany — Two students from Netzaberg Elementary School participated in Germany’s Special Olympics Dec. 4in Kaiserlauten.   Students William (Billy) Clark and Nina Ray both won first place and the gold medal for their age group (11-12 years old).…

January 7th, 2016 News, School News

7th Army JMTC Legal Assistance Offices: What we do

By Spc. Devyn Neta, 7th Army JMTC   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The 7th Army JMTC Legal Assistance Offices are available to offer a variety of legal services to our Soldiers, their families, and DoD civilians.   Both the Tower Barracks Legal Assistance Office and the Rose Barracks Legal Assistance Office…

January 5th, 2016 Legal Issues

Military Police at USAG Bavaria learn CPR

Story by Staff Sgt. Christina Turnipseed   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – Soldiers from the 709th Military Police Battalion, 18th MP Brigade completed the Heartsaver training program, a nationally recognized Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillator usage program, Dec. 4 in Grafenwoehr, Germany.   The Bavaria Directorate of Emergency Services and the…

December 9th, 2015 News

Scholarships for military children

Commissaries accepting applications starting Dec. 15   By Mike Perron, DeCA public affairs   Now entering its 16th year, the Scholarships for Military Children Program will be accepting applications from eligible students beginning Dec. 15, 2015 at commissaries worldwide or on the Internet at www.militaryscholar.org.   A total of 700…

December 4th, 2015 News

Military spouse life: Getting out of your comfort zone

By Nina Marino, InDependent   As military spouses, most of us pride ourselves on our ability to adapt and cope with change. An overseas move doesn’t faze us. We take deployment orders in stride. Expect the unexpected, we tell ourselves. Life as a military spouse is an adventure! We experience…

December 3rd, 2015 Health & Lifestyle