Category Archives: 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

Elicitation – Don’t be fooled

  USAG Bavaria Security Office news release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Be aware of elicitation. It is hard to recognize, easy to deny and has a high potential for irreparable damage.   What is elicitation?   Elicitation is the strategic use of conversation to subtly extract information about you, your…

April 24th, 2016 Safety & Security Bytes

Do you know the weather risks in Germany?

By Tom Janis, USAG Bavaria Emergency Manager   Do you know the weather risks in Germany? Do you know what to do before or after a natural disaster? Do you know how to help others be a force of nature?   Have you ever walked outdoors, looked up at the…

April 21st, 2016 Safety & Security Bytes

Be prepared for day X, America’s PrepareAthon!

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — America’s PrepareAthon! Campaign is a national campaign of action to increase preparedness and resilience through awareness of hazards that threaten our communities and installations.   It is an opportunity to ensure that our service members, civilians and installations take action to prepare and plan ahead of disasters…

April 21st, 2016 Safety & Security Bytes

USAG Bavaria Fire Chief: Remember this when grilling

  By Josef Rodler, Garrison Fire Chief, USAG Bavaria Directorate of Emergency Services   Grilling outdoors   Your Grill MUST be “at least”10 feet away from any structure, trees, bushes, tents, decking, gazebo cars, and dumpsters, plus any overhangs from these hazards. Always grill on a flat, stable surface –…

April 13th, 2016 Safety & Security Bytes

Protecting personal information: Know your responsibilities

  USAG Bavaria Security Office news release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany—As a federal employee, military service member, or contractor, you already know that you’re responsible for protecting classified information. You probably also know that you must protect personally identifying information, or PII. However, did you know that for PII, email encryption…

April 11th, 2016 Safety & Security Bytes

Counterintelligence office provides training; here’s how to participate

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany —  The Grafenwoehr Field Office is offering monthly training at Rose and Tower Barracks geared toward U.S. service members, DOD civilians and local national employees.   The GFO recently released its 2016 training schedule and now invites members of the garrison and military to participate.   The Grafenwoehr…

March 29th, 2016 Safety & Security Bytes

Clearance issues in an unclassified environment

  USAG Bavaria Security Office news release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany—There seems to be a lot of confusion, questions and vague policy guidance when it comes to clearance revocations and denials.   One issue that comes up frequently is the concern over whether losing a security clearance or being denied a…

March 9th, 2016 Safety & Security Bytes