Category Archives: Legal Issues


Expect longer wait times for birth abroad no-fee passports

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Expect longer processing times for no-fee passports processed with Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, according to the U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Passport Office.   The USAG Bavaria Passport Office reports that the State Department has changed the issuance facility for no-fee passports for newborns.   Due…

January 25th, 2019 Health & Lifestyle, Legal Issues, News, Travel

Exchange partners with H&R Block offering tax preparation service

  AAFES news release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. Army Europe tax centers will re-prioritize services in 2019 and focus assistance on those that generally make less than $54,000 per year, in accordance with Army regulations and IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance guidelines.   To help service members and their…

January 21st, 2019 Health & Lifestyle, Legal Issues, News

With tax center services limited, you have options at USAG Bavaria

  7th Army Training Command Legal Office news release    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The 7th Army Training Command’s legal office will again provide free tax services to all eligible Soldiers, dependents, retirees and Army civilians.    Standing tax centers will be available at Grafenwhoer, Ansbach and Hohenfels. Offices open Jan.…

January 15th, 2019 Legal Issues, News

Recent changes to the UCMJ could affect you

      By Sgt. LaShic Patterson, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, Public Affairs    VILSECK, Germany – On Jan. 1, 2019, the military will see one of the most comprehensive changes created in decades to the Uniform Code of Military Justice through the Military Justice Act of 2016.   The MJA…

January 2nd, 2019 Legal Issues, News

Flying a recreational drone in Germany

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — There are several laws and regulations you need to follow if you want to fly your own drone in Germany.   The German drone rules are regulated by the “Bundesministerium fuer Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur” and by the “Deutsche Flugsicherung,” the German version of the Federal…

December 20th, 2018 Legal Issues, News, Safety & Security Bytes, Things You Didn't Know

Changes coming to U.S. Army Europe tax centers in 2019

  By Sgt. Kristopher Dimond, U.S. Army Europe   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. Army Europe tax centers will re-prioritize services in 2019 and focus assistance on those that generally make less than $54,000 per year, in accordance with Army regulations and IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance guidelines.   “The program…

December 6th, 2018 Legal Issues, News

What you need to know when traveling in Europe

  A message from the Directorate of Emergency Services, USAG Bavaria   Here are a few reminders from the U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Directorate of Emergency Services regarding what you need to know and carry with you when you travel around Europe.   Military members and their families here in…

November 26th, 2018 Health & Lifestyle, Legal Issues, News, Safety & Security Bytes

Moving expenses now taxable for civilian employees

  By 21st Theater Sustainment Command Legal Office   The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed December 2017, eliminated a number of deductions that taxpayers have come to rely on. One of these was the moving expense deduction.   The act eliminated the deduction for the tax year 2018 through…

November 21st, 2018 Legal Issues, News

Retiree Appreciation Day offers financial, health services at Vilseck and Ansbach

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – American Retirees in the area will have a chance to get help with pay issues, health care and other retiree services this October.   USAG Bavaria hosts its annual Retiree Appreciation Day (RAD) Oct. 16 at the at the Multi-Purpose Center, Bldg 134 (Vilseck) on Rose…

September 13th, 2018 Health & Lifestyle, Legal Issues, News

Navigating passports, birth certificates for children born abroad

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — New babies come with paperwork, and maybe more so when the parents are stationed overseas with the military.   According to the U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Passport Office, overseas military bases are not considered U.S. soil, and thus children born to military personnel stationed overseas are…

July 25th, 2018 Legal Issues, News, Things You Didn't Know