Category Archives: Safety & Security Bytes


Stay Resilient and Stay Ready

By Tom Janis, Emergency Manager    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — National Preparedness Month, recognized each September, provides an opportunity to remind us that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year.   This year’s NPM focused on planning, with an overarching theme: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn…

September 27th, 2018 News, Safety & Security Bytes

Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.

  By Kellie Matack, Emergency Management Assistant   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Each September, the United States and now many other countries, recognize National Preparedness Month.   You are probably thinking, I don’t live in an area prone to disasters. Why is this important? Why and better yet, for what do…

August 31st, 2018 Health & Lifestyle, News, Safety & Security Bytes

Tower Barracks Exchange, Commissary hold force protection exercise August 23

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Tower Barracks Exchange Main Store and the Commissary will participate in a force protection and antiterrorism training exercise Aug. 23 beginning at 8:30 a.m.   The exercise will begin at the Exchange Main Store at 8:30 a.m. and will move to the Commissary between 9 a.m. and…

August 22nd, 2018 News, Safety & Security Bytes

School bus safety begins, ends at home

by DoDEA-Europe East District Transportation Supervisor   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Safe student transportation is one of DoDEA-Europe East District’s highest priorities.   The following highlights critical school transportation-related safety protocol and measures to keep students safe and prepared for the daily travel to and from their school.   LOOK at and…

August 20th, 2018 News, Safety & Security Bytes, School News

Situational awareness saves lives

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Community involvement in antiterrorism awareness is one major key when it comes to the defensive element of our fight against terrorists or other potential threats.   The intent of the Antiterrorism Awareness Campaign, including August as Antiterrorism Awareness Month, is to instill and sustain heightened awareness and vigilance…

August 7th, 2018 News, Safety & Security Bytes

Army Europe releases new child supervision regulation

  by Ruth Ploeger, Army Europe School Liaison Officer   SEMBACH, Germany — While many yearn for the days of kids running rampant through town with no worries for their safety, the world and our understanding of the cognitive abilities of children has changed.   Military installations are typically very…

July 31st, 2018 News, Safety & Security Bytes, School News

Bavarian law expands police rights

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Bavarian Parliament approved a new police law in May 2018 due to a new European Union Privacy Policy and a decision made by the Federal Constitutional Court.   All German federal states were required to revise the police laws in light of the privacy policy…

July 30th, 2018 News, Safety & Security Bytes, Things You Didn't Know

Summer safety: Kids and pets in cars

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Passing a bakery on a hot summer day to grab an iced latte is tempting for almost everyone. Parents to small kids especially understand the temptation to fuel up on caffeine to survive the rest of the day while their child snoozes peacefully in his or her…

July 13th, 2018 News, Safety & Security Bytes

Travelers: Stay vigilant, stay safe

  By USAG Bavaria Antiterrorism Office   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — With summer in full swing, many families will set off on their summer vacations. While vacationing any time of the year, remember to be vigilant.   Increased travel, mass transit and large gatherings of personnel could present attractive targets of…

July 2nd, 2018 News, Safety & Security Bytes, Travel

FPCON for dummies

  By Jerry Hollo, USAG Bavaria Antiterrorism Officer   Many people have heard of FPCONs but what do they really mean and how do they affect us?    Force Protection Conditions, or FPCONs, establish the baseline security posture for U.S. military bases.   Currently, U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria is at…

June 6th, 2018 News, Safety & Security Bytes