Category Archives: Safety & Security Bytes


Gear up for summer riding at USAG Bavaria motorcycle safety day

  By Debby Gonzales, USAG Bavaria Director of Safety   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria kicks off this year’s motorcycle season with motorcycle safety day at Grafenwoehr on May 3 and in Hohenfels on April 25.   “We want to help foster the Army’s Motorcycle Mentorship Program. This…

April 16th, 2019 Health & Lifestyle, News, Safety & Security Bytes

Motorcycle licensing at USAG Bavaria

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Motorcycle season is right around the corner and U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria’s Safety Office wants you to be prepared to hit the asphalt.    “USAG Bavaria provides several motorcycle training options. These are mandatory for active duty in order to operate a motorcycle in Europe,” said…

March 20th, 2019 News, Safety & Security Bytes

Housing town halls complete. Now what?

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Leadership with 7th Army Training Command and U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria are taking action after having conducted six town halls Feb. 25 – 28 across Bavaria to address housing problems and questions.   The town halls — which drew in 1,005 community members from Grafenwoehr,…

March 5th, 2019 Health & Lifestyle, News, Safety & Security Bytes

Prepare now for floods in Germany

  By Tom Janis, USAG Bavaria Emergency Manager   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Severe weather in Europe is just around the corner. Its impact will cause extensive damage due to flooding, strong winds with downed trees, roof damage (flying tiles!), hail and lightning.   Once again, it won’t be uncommon for…

March 3rd, 2019 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, News, Safety & Security Bytes

Town halls, home visits to address housing concerns

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — In light of recent reports highlighting deficient living conditions in some privatized military housing in the U.S., leadership with 7th Army Training Command and U.S. Army Garrisons at Ansbach and Bavaria host town halls to address community concerns at Army housing.   The town halls — which…

February 21st, 2019 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, News, Safety & Security Bytes

Tips for parents: Talk to your child about social media

StopBullying.gov news release   Parents create trust with children by initiating open, honest discussions. These dialogues are an opportunity to communicate values and expectations about your family’s appropriate digital behavior, including viewing or sharing content, and apps they can and cannot use.   Check in frequently with your children about their…

January 30th, 2019 Legal Issues, News, Safety & Security Bytes

Activate authentication on Common Access Card by March 31

    Video by Katryn McCalment, Headquarters, Department of the Army, Chief Information Officer/G-6   Army Common Access Card (CAC) holders have until March 31, 2019, to activate their Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Authentication certificate to ensure uninterrupted access to military networks and data.   Mandated by the DoD, the…

January 24th, 2019 News, Safety & Security Bytes

Tech Expo returns to USAG Bavaria Feb. 11

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The semi-annual U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Tech Expo, hosted by the Network Enterprise Center will be held Monday, Feb. 11 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Tower View Conference Center, Bldg 209, in Grafenwoehr.   All military, civilian and contractor personnel are invited to attend for free.…

January 15th, 2019 Health & Lifestyle, News, Safety & Security Bytes

Return ammunition on ‘No Questions Asked’ policy

  VILSECK, Germany — U. S. Army Garrison Bavaria holds its quarterly Amnesty Day event Jan. 8, 2019 to afford the USAG Bavaria community the opportunity to turn in ammunition on a no-questions-asked basis.   The next Community Amnesty Day for ammunition and explosives (A & E) will run from…

January 2nd, 2019 News, Safety & Security Bytes

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