Category Archives: News


Smart mailers avoid duty on gifts sent stateside

  By Robert Szostek, U.S. Army Customs Agency – Europe Public Affairs   WIESBADEN, Germany – U.S. law imposes a tax on imported foreign goods called duty. For U.S. personnel overseas, that means gifts sent to the States may be subject to this tax.   Foreign-made gifts are allowed duty-free…

December 7th, 2015 News

Know before you go: installation office closures for December

  Happy holidays! The following USAG Bavaria offices and services will be closed or have limited hours during the month of December. We apologize for any inconvenience and wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season.   If you have questions about other organizations or facilities on…

December 4th, 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

New portal speeds up workers’ comp claims

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — A new web-based application now allows appropriated fund federal employees and their employers to electronically file workers’ compensation forms, as well as upload and track documents to the Department of Labor’s Division of Federal Employees’ Compensation.   The Employees’ Compensation Operations and Management Portal, or ECOMP, allows…

December 3rd, 2015 Legal Issues, News

Enter to win the ’12 Days of Christmas’ contest

Join USAG Bavaria Family and MWR as we celebrate the holiday season with the 12 Days of Christmas contest featuring a daily promotion on Facebook.   Visit the USAG Bavaria Family and MWR Facebook page to enter daily from December 7-18 for a chance to win.   This contest is…

December 2nd, 2015 News

AtHoc delivers emergency alerts to Europe-based personnel

  U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs   WIESBADEN, Germany — Army emergency management offices are making it easier for service members, civilian and contractor employees, and family members across Europe to receive emergency warnings and notifications through its AtHoc mass-warning notification system.   You and your family members can receive…

November 30th, 2015 News, Safety & Security Bytes

Latest travel restrictions, travel alerts and security messages

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — As the holidays approach, all DOD personnel should be aware of active travel restrictions and travel alerts in Europe.   You and your family members can receive real-time emergency messages through the USAG Bavaria’s AtHoc Mass Warning and Notification System. The system works through a client…

November 25th, 2015 News, Travel

Army Press seeking Soldiers who write

By Maj. Steven Miller, Army Press   FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kansas — As the Army’s drawdown continues, promotion rates will likely remain unstable and separation boards and Qualitative Service Program Boards will continue for the near future.   So, when competing for promotion, Soldiers of all ranks benefit from opportunities to…

November 23rd, 2015 News

Language need not be a barrier in Germany

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Moving to a new country yields an obvious learning curve, and Germany is no exception. Driving on the autobahn for the first time often warrants a brief word with the Almighty, and seeing the word “Ausfahrt” larger than life will no doubt expel fits of laughter.  …

November 23rd, 2015 News

How to maximize privacy settings on your Facebook profile

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — In a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, Facebook remains by far the most popular social media site. As a member of the military, and for family members of service members, it is more important than ever to remain vigilant of operational security (OPSEC).   Sharing…

November 20th, 2015 News