Category Archives: Safety & Security Bytes


Provost Marshal Minute: Using a phone while driving will earn you a suspension

USAG Bavaria Provost Marshal   No matter what installation you call home, all installations across our Army prohibit the use of mobile devices while operating a vehicle.    Here in Bavaria, using a cell phone without a hands free device for talking, texting or for taking photographs will earn you…

October 11th, 2019 Legal Issues, News, Safety & Security Bytes

Garmisch students practice fire safety, earn a ride on a fire truck

  GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN —In commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on Oct. 8, 1871, Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of Oct. 9. This year’s theme “Plan And Practice Your Escape. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere!” is designed to protect your family in case…

October 10th, 2019 News, Safety & Security Bytes, School News

Fire Prevention Week: Red Cross says practice escape plans, test smoke alarms

  by Savannah Robinson, American Red Cross Field Office Coordinator    VILSECK, Germany — National Fire Prevention Week is October 6 to 12, and the U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Red Cross urges everyone to practice their home fire escape plan and test their smoke alarms.   “During Fire Prevention Week, prepare…

October 7th, 2019 Health & Lifestyle, News, Safety & Security Bytes

Provost Marshal Minute: What you need to know when traveling to Garmisch

USAG Bavaria Provost Marshal   For those of you who are traveling to Garmisch or the surrounding area, it is advisable to check both the road and traffic conditions for the area prior to departure.   A common occurrence on the autobahn as you arrive on the outskirts of Garmisch…

September 30th, 2019 News, Safety & Security Bytes

USAG Bavaria trick-or-treat hours, Halloween events & safety

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Halloween is almost here, but before you grab the trick-or-treat bag, make sure you’re familiar with U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria’s ground rules to stay safe.   The USAG Bavaria official trick-or-treat hours are 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31 at the four military communities with housing…

September 25th, 2019 Health & Lifestyle, News, Safety & Security Bytes

Everything you need to know about winter tires in Germany

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Warm weather is giving way to cold, which means you should prepare your vehicle now for winter.   One important thing to know before you hit the road in winter is that Germany has different tire requirements than the United States.   European winter tires…

September 21st, 2019 Environmental, News, Safety & Security Bytes, Travel

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

Oktoberfest 2019 in Munich: A traveler’s guide

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The 2019 Oktoberfest in Munich runs Sept. 21 through Oct. 6 and fest-goers can expect to see stringent security measures again, according to the official website.   The heightened security plans include a secured perimeter, a significant police presence with up to 600 police officers of…

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

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

National Preparedness Month: Red Cross asks everyone to prepare for the next emergency

by Savannah Robinson, American Red Cross Field Office Coordinator   VILSECK, Germany — September is National Preparedness Month. It’s the perfect time for people to get their household ready in case an emergency should occur. The American Red Cross prepares all year for disasters and urges everyone to Be Red…

September 4th, 2019 Health & Lifestyle, News, Safety & Security Bytes