Category Archives: Legal Issues

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

Improving financial stability strengthens Army readiness

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Financial instability and debt resulting in marital problems, loss of security clearance or even suicide degrade mission readiness.   But there are fixes.   “Soldiers’ top priority is to maintain their deployability,” said Command Sgt. Maj Mike Sutterfield, U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria’s command sergeant major.  …

February 23rd, 2018 CSM Talk, Health & Lifestyle, Legal Issues, News

Tax centers available at USAG Bavaria

  7th Army Training Command Tax Center release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — It is coming up on everyone’s favorite time of year – tax season! As always, the 7th Army Training Command Tax Centers will be providing free federal and state tax return preparation and electronic filing services for all DoD…

January 17th, 2018 Legal Issues, News

Exchange partners with H&R Block offering tax preparation service

  AAFES news release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — According to a Government Accountability Office study, more than 60 percent of taxpayers are likely to file their taxes incorrectly this year.   To help service members and their families avoid what could be a costly tax mistake, the Army & Air…

January 10th, 2018 Legal Issues, News

How to ship alcohol in your government personal property move

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Over the course of two or three years in Europe, many Soldiers and military families find that building a modest alcohol collection — from regions famous for wine, for example — becomes a part of their experience abroad.   But what happens when it’s time…

October 26th, 2017 Health & Lifestyle, Legal Issues, News, Things You Didn't Know

Claims examiner Edward Pontoon retires after 50 years of service

  By 1st Lt. Zechariah Broring, Rose Barracks Law Center   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The 7th Army Training Command legal community celebrated Edward Pontoon’s 50 years of service to the military March 30.   Pontoon, after working as a claims examiner in Germany, officially retires March 31. His 50 years…

April 2nd, 2017 Legal Issues, News