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New policy gives Soldiers direct access to AER

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia – Army Emergency Relief announced a policy change that will allow all Soldiers, regardless of rank, direct access to AER.   This new policy, however, does not affect Soldiers in Basic Training, AIT and Soldiers with less than one year time in service.   In addition, AER financial…

September 10th, 2015 News

Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Todd: New CSM at USAG Bavaria

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria welcomed its new senior enlisted leader during a change of responsibility ceremony here Sept. 8.   Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Dillingham, outgoing command sergeant major of USAG Bavaria, relinquished his responsibilities of the garrison to Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Todd.   Todd previously…

September 8th, 2015 News

U.S. Army ice hockey in Bavaria

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Moving to a new city is always a challenge. Packing, unpacking, and then trying to find a hockey league. You have to see where the league is at, what level you can play at, and if a local team has a spot for you. You might be…

September 7th, 2015 News

Mother and daughter duo in Graf: same rank, same uniform

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — It’s not every day you find two young women in vastly different life situations embark on an adventure together in a predominantly male organization. Rarer still, is when a mother with a prolific professional background in international security and her daughter, a recent high school graduate,…

September 4th, 2015 News

How to view more than 350 magazines for free

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Did you know you can access nearly 350 of your favorite magazines here and around the world? Magazines like Forbes, GQ, National Geographic, Vanity Fair and Vogue are available at your library. And it’s free.   Last year, U.S. Army garrison libraries in Europe modernized their magazine…

August 25th, 2015 News

New DOD email mailbox size limits starting October

By Army CIO/G-6   WASHINGTON — Effective Oct. 1, the Defense Information Systems Agency, or DISA, will enforce existing Department of Defense Enterprise Email, or DEE, Service Level Agreement, or SLA, mailbox size limits, to lower costs and improve efficiency and Outlook start-up times.   Each of the Army’s more…

August 22nd, 2015 News

Army Family Action Plan: How to submit your issues

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — What would you say to the Army’s top brass? Would you suggest improvements to your quality of life? What’s your take on the new uniform? Perhaps you have suggestions on policies or regulations to better the average Soldier or family.   The Army Family Action Plan gives…

August 20th, 2015 News

What you need to know about the Operation Rising Star competition in Bavaria

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — IMCOM, Family and MWR Programs is excited to announce the 2015 Operation Rising Star competition, an individual vocal competition that helps demonstrate the Army’s commitment to high-quality programs that support readiness and resilience.   Begun in 2004, Operation Rising Star is a singing competition similar to reality…

August 20th, 2015 News

Employees on 5-year rule now given higher priority

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Overseas government service workers subject to the Defense Department’s 5-year employment limitation will be restored to a higher status in the priority placement program, according to a DOD memorandum released Aug. 6. The changes restore priority status that was in effect prior to July 2010.   “Reverting…

August 14th, 2015 News

5 steps to become a volunteer at USAG Bavaria

It took a few weeks, a second cup of coffee, and some self-rallying to finally sit down and browse my options.   As a young educated Army spouse confronting the challenges of adjusting to a first duty station, I struggled with the change and sincerely believed securing a position in…

August 13th, 2015 News