Category Archives: Legal Issues


Adult air travelers need REAL ID-compliant ID by Oct. 2020 to fly within U.S.

  Transportation Security Administration news release   Beginning October 1, 2020, every air traveler 18 years of age and older will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or another acceptable form of ID to fly within the United States.   Military IDs and DOD dependent ID cards are acceptable forms of ID.  …

September 16th, 2019 Health & Lifestyle, Legal Issues, News, Safety & Security Bytes, Travel

Status of Forces Agreement: What is it and who is eligible

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — An overseas move with the military can be overwhelming, especially when it comes to rights, responsibilities and individual logistic support in a new country. Understanding how the Status of Forces Agreement affects you, as well as some basic differences in law between the U.S. and Germany, will…

September 16th, 2019 Legal Issues, News, Things You Didn't Know

Provost Marshal Minute: Register your POV and report accidents

USAG Bavaria Provost Marshal   Remember – while here in Germany, you must have all of your Privately Owned Vehicles (POVs) registered at all times.     You must register your vehicle in one of two statuses: either as OPERATIONAL or NON-OPERATIONAL.     Plan, prepare and take care of…

September 15th, 2019 Legal Issues, News, Safety & Security Bytes

Pet-Owners: What you need to know when PCS-ing out of USAG Bavaria

Bavaria Branch Veterinary Services   PCS-ing is incredibly stressful, which is only compounded by ensuring your children and pets have what they need prior to travel. Your on-post veterinary treatment facility (VTF) is here to help you.   It’s important to call us months in advance with any questions so…

September 3rd, 2019 Health & Lifestyle, Legal Issues, News, Travel

Official and tourist passports: Why the difference matters

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — A small, tightly-wound book with pages primed for international stamps and the promise of adventure, the passport is perhaps the single most important object for smooth and lawful travel across borders.   Three types of passports are important for DOD personnel and families stationed in Germany:…

July 23rd, 2019 Health & Lifestyle, Legal Issues, News, Things You Didn't Know

ANALYSIS: Disasters are going to cost you more

  Editor’s note: Tom Janis is the Emergency Manager at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria. This is his contribution and analysis.   Imagine there was widespread damage from a natural catastrophe while serving overseas and the U.S. Army refused to pay or render aid. Unfathomable? Well, get ready Army.   Effective…

July 1st, 2019 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, Legal Issues, News, Safety & Security Bytes

Deadline to transfer GI Bill benefits is July 12

  Original article by Devon L. Suits, Army News Service   WASHINGTON — Soldiers with over 16 years of service who want to transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill to a dependent must do so before July 12, or risk losing the ability to transfer education benefits.   Last year, the…

June 19th, 2019 Legal Issues, News, School News

Army lengthens tours for Soldiers in Europe, Japan

    By Sean Kimmons, Army News Service   WASHINGTON — The Army is adding a year to overseas tours for some Soldiers heading to Europe and Japan, as part of an effort to boost readiness and reduce moves. Under the new policy, which applies to permanent change-of-station orders published…

June 12th, 2019 Health & Lifestyle, Legal Issues, News

How to receive emergency assistance from American Red Cross

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — American Red Cross assists military members, civilians and their families in the event of an emergency, unexpected illness or death in the family, via emergency communication.   “The emergency communication process is certainly one of the most important and discernible services we provide, but there are…

May 11th, 2019 Health & Lifestyle, Legal Issues, News, Things You Didn't Know

Kinder surprise eggs still banned in U.S.

USEUCOM Customs Executive Agency News Release   WIESBADEN, Germany — People who are thinking of sending chocolate eggs stateside this Easter should be aware of the U.S. Customs regulation banning Kinder Surprise eggs from import to the U.S.   “U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents will remove Kinder Surprise chocolate…

April 13th, 2019 Legal Issues, News, Things You Didn't Know