Category Archives: Safety & Security Bytes


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

Annual force protection exercise may affect you

HOHENFELS, Germany — U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria and host nation partners participate in a full scale force protection exercise here June 21-23, 2018.   During that time, the exercise could result in increased force protection and security measures at USAG Bavaria installations at Garmisch, Grafenwoehr, Hohenfels and Vilseck.   The…

May 20th, 2018 News, Safety & Security Bytes

In a jam? How to find 24-hour pharmacies in Germany

In Germany, the pharmacy is called an Apotheke and can be identified by the large red A outside locations.   But not all pharmacies in Germany operate 24 hours. German pharmacies take turns operating throughout the night.     There is always at least one Apotheke open near you. Here’s how…

May 17th, 2018 Health & Lifestyle, News, Safety & Security Bytes, Things You Didn't Know

WANTED: Intelligence Analysts at Grafenwoehr Counterintelligence Field Office

Grafenwoehr, Germany – The U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Grafenwoehr Counterintelligence Field Office, the GFO, offers two six-month internship positions for experienced enlisted Intelligence Analysts.   To support its mission of US Army Counterintelligence in Europe, the GFO looks for two Mid-Level All-Source Analysts (35F) with a focus on the European…

May 15th, 2018 News, Safety & Security Bytes

Unexploded ordnance requires controlled detonation May 12-13 at Grafenwoehr Training Area

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Unexploded ordnance (UXO) was discovered May 8 in the Grafenwoehr Training Area.   U.S. and German explosive ordnance disposal teams have determined that the UXO must be detonated on location. A 300-meter blast radius has been established around the UXO.   All buildings in the blast radius…

May 10th, 2018 News, Safety & Security Bytes