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What you need to know about Avian Influenza in Europe

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — There has been an increase in Avian Influenza across Europe and Germany with wild and domestic birds contracting the disease.   Avian Influenza is the bird flu, and the strain H5N8 has become prevalent according to news sources. Currently, humans are unaffected, and in an effort to…

January 30th, 2017 Health & Lifestyle, News, Safety & Security Bytes

CID: Avoid Amazon.com phishing scam

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — A new phishing scam threatens Amazon.com shoppers in an attempt to steal credit card information, according to criminal investigators here.   The Criminal Investigation Command at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Grafenwoehr report of a phishing scam disguised as an email sent to Amazon customers with the…

January 18th, 2017 News, Safety & Security Bytes

‘Tis the season for holiday scams: How to protect yourself

Federal Bureau of Investigation press release   With the holidays ramping up and seasonal shopping in full swing, criminals are also gearing up for a busy season.   Cyber criminals don’t take the holidays off. In fact, they’re especially busy trying to steal your money and personal information. Shoppers should…

December 13th, 2016 Safety & Security Bytes

Security clearances: Why personal finance and credit matter

Did you know that one of the most common reasons a person is denied a security clearance is because of credit problems? Up to 50 percent of clearance denials involve financial considerations, according to reports from the Defense Office of Hearing and Appeals, or DOHA.   Why does the government…

December 1st, 2016 News, Safety & Security Bytes

How to stay safe

Courtesy of Capt. Chris Bradley, Joint Multinational Readiness Center, and Capt. Theresa Christie, Headquarters and Headquarters Company Commander   It is important to know that the Bavaria military community and every level of command in Europe closely and regularly monitor the security situation for Soldiers and families across Europe.  …

August 1st, 2016 News, Safety & Security Bytes

Carry a passport when traveling outside the country

  U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs news release   U.S. Army Europe Office of the Provost Marshal officials want to remind members of the American forces community in Europe to carry their passports when traveling to countries to which they are not assigned.   A common misconception is that European…

July 13th, 2016 Health & Lifestyle, Legal Issues, News, Safety & Security Bytes

Traveling this summer? What you need to know

  USAG Bavaria Security Office news release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Summer is here and that means sunny days, school breaks and for many of us – travel.   If you’re one of the many Americans who will be traveling around to explore this summer, there are some things to…

June 27th, 2016 Safety & Security Bytes

Understanding the background check process for volunteers, contractors working with children

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Everyone working with children in U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria must pass a criminal history background check, in compliance with public law, Department of Defense instructions and Army directives.   This requirement, outlined in DoDI 1402.5 and AD 2014-23, is one measure the Army uses to ensure…

May 10th, 2016 Safety & Security Bytes

Top 10 tips for motorcycle drivers and passengers

    By Keith “Leo” Lear   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — May is the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and U.S. Army Motorcycle Safety Month. The USAG Bavaria Safety page has the info you need on motorcycle safety. Here are your Top 10 Motorcycle Safety Tips:   10: Take a…

May 4th, 2016 Safety & Security Bytes

CID: Automobile hacking—It’s not a myth

  U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command news release   There is nothing quite like the feeling of wheeling down the open road, blazing a path to your destination, streaming tunes on your interconnected entertainment system. You’re in control. But how much control do you really have?   Auto manufacturers use…

April 25th, 2016 Safety & Security Bytes