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Traveling this season? Here’s what you need to know

  USAG Bavaria Security Office   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Spring is here, and summer is approaching; that means sunny days, school breaks and for many of us, travel.   If you’re one of the many Americans who will be traveling around to explore this season, there are some things to…

June 27th, 2016 Safety & Security Bytes, Travel

DoD releases policy for civilian employee phased retirement program

DoD News, Defense Media Activity   WASHINGTON — Defense Department officials released a department-wide policy for the Phased Retirement Program, a new human resources tool that allows retirement-eligible full-time civilian employees to request to work part-time while receiving a portion of their retirement annuity.   As more employees become eligible…

June 23rd, 2016 Health & Lifestyle, News

Claims tip: File your notice of loss or damage within 75 days

7th Army JMTC Legal Office news release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Now that you’ve PCS-ed here and your household goods have likely arrived, you must provide notice of loss or damage to the moving company, also known as the Transportation Service Provider, or TSP, within 75 days of delivery.  …

June 20th, 2016 Legal Issues

Hohenfels Education Center offers various resources for Soldiers, families

By Lorain Ambrocio, Hohenfels Education Center staff writer   HOHENFELS, Germany — The quick typing of keys echoes off the concrete walls in symphony with ringing telephones, shuffling papers and greetings of “how can we help you today?”   Disguised as a traditional office building, the Hohenfels Education Center is…

June 14th, 2016 News

Security clearance investigations to include social media activity

  By Paul Stevenson, U.S. Army Garrison Italy   VICENZA, Italy — People who use social media are constantly reminded to be careful when posting and sharing information because it’s almost impossible to know who might be monitoring their activity.   For people who want to get or maintain a…

June 14th, 2016 News

Community helps Netzaberg Elementary School celebrate Earth Day

  Photos and story by Betsy Shepherd, Netzaberg Elementary School fourth-grader   NETZABERG, Germany — On May 13 Netzaberg Elementary School students learned all about making our Earth a better place while celebrating being green with their Earth Day Extravaganza.   The extravaganza featured stations where eager students learned about…

May 31st, 2016 Environmental, School News

DoDEA Europe director visits Grafenwoehr Elementary School

  By Anthony Cazares and Cameron Mayfield, GES fifth-grade students   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — On Thursday, May 5, the students of Grafenwoehr Elementary School had a special visitor visit the school.   Dr. Dell McMullen, the Director of DoDEA Europe, visited the school to watch learning in action. She was…

May 23rd, 2016 News, School News

Top 10 things to know about German cell phone contracts

  7th Army JMTC Legal Office news release   1. A German cell phone contract is a legal contract.   2. How long does my contract last? Most German cell phone contracts are for a period of 24 months. Then, most of them automatically renew themselves for 12 months or…

May 17th, 2016 Legal Issues

MILITARY STAR Card helps Grafenwoehr Exchange reduce fees and contribute to military quality-of-life programs

AAFES news release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – Customers who reach for their MILITARY STAR cards at Army & Air Force Exchange Service facilities are helping reduce credit-card processing expenses and ultimately improving their military communities.   During fiscal year 2015, bank-issued credit card processing expenses at Tower & Rose Barracks…

May 16th, 2016 News

Grafenwoehr Elementary School presents Annie the Musical

  By Megan Fife, Grafenwoehr Elementary School fifth-grade student   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Grafenwoehr Elementary School will host the musical, Annie on Thursday, May 12 at 6:30 p.m.   Each spring, our teachers, Ms. Levison, Ms. Bentley, and Mrs. Sobey organize a musical for the students of Grafenwoehr Elementary School.…

May 10th, 2016 News, School News