Category Archives: Safety & Security Bytes


Know before you go: 61st German-American Volksfest offers fun, food for community

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria invites the Bavaria military community and all citizens to the 61st German-American Volksfest Aug. 2-4 at the Grafenwoehr Training Area’s Camp Kasserine.   USAG Bavaria has a long and rich history of hosting the German-American Volksfest, which is the largest in Germany. There will be…

July 15th, 2019 Health & Lifestyle, News, Safety & Security Bytes, Travel

US Embassy Berlin releases security awareness reminder to summer travelers

BERLIN, Germany — Summer is here! Germany is a safe country to travel to or reside in. That said, it is always good to practice some common-sense safety precautions.   Historically, this time of year sees a marked increase in crime on the streets of most cities in Germany and throughout…

July 11th, 2019 News, Safety & Security Bytes, Travel

Army garrisons in Europe migrating to new mass warning system

  U.S. Army installations across Europe will soon migrate to a new emergency messaging system beginning this summer.   Alert! Mass Warning Notification System, or MWNS, will replace the current AtHoc system.   The Army’s MWNS notifies service members, Army civilians and their families during a crisis. MWNS operators, for…

July 1st, 2019 News, Safety & Security Bytes

ANALYSIS: Disasters are going to cost you more

  Editor’s note: Tom Janis is the Emergency Manager at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria. This is his contribution and analysis.   Imagine there was widespread damage from a natural catastrophe while serving overseas and the U.S. Army refused to pay or render aid. Unfathomable? Well, get ready Army.   Effective…

July 1st, 2019 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, Legal Issues, News, Safety & Security Bytes

Red Cross issues heat safety tips as temperatures climb

  American Red Cross News Release   VILSECK, Germany — It’s hot out there and the soaring temperatures can be dangerous. The American Red Cross has steps people can follow to help stay safe when it’s hot outside.   NEVER LEAVE CHILDREN OR PETS IN YOUR VEHICLE. The inside temperature…

June 21st, 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 July 9, 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…

May 30th, 2019 News, Safety & Security Bytes

CID warns Army community about social media impersonation of Soldier accounts

  U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command news release   QUANTICO, Virginia — U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command’s (CID) Computer Crime Investigative Unit (CCIU) is once again warning Soldiers and the Army community to be on the lookout for “social media scams” where cybercriminals impersonate service members by using actual and…

May 29th, 2019 News, Safety & Security Bytes

Annual force protection exercise may affect you (especially in Garmisch)

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria and host nation partners participate in an installation protection exercise June 4-7, 2019.   During that time, the exercise could result in increased force protection and security measures at USAG Bavaria installations at Grafenwoehr, Vilseck and Garmisch.   The exercise will have minimal…

May 23rd, 2019 News, Safety & Security Bytes

“Howling Wolf” Exercise conducted with host nation emergency responders at JMRC

  HOHENFELS, Germany — U.S.Army Garrison Bavaria – Hohenfels Community conducted a mass casualty exercise, “Howling Wolf,” here, May 18 to test the staff’s ability to handle and train side-by-side with Host Nation emergency responders.   This exercise, which included 450 host nation emergency responders and U.S. Army planners, focused…

May 22nd, 2019 News, Safety & Security Bytes

Get to know Germany’s bicycle rules of the road

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Whether you are taking a fun bike ride with the family, using a bicycle to get to work or as part of your fitness routine, make sure that safety is your primary concern.   This guide tells you what you need to pay attention to in order…

May 1st, 2019 Health & Lifestyle, News, Safety & Security Bytes