Category Archives: Safety & Security Bytes


USAG Bavaria trick-or-treat hours, Halloween events & safety

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Halloween, the holiday that creeps up mid-fall, is almost here, but before you grab the trick-or-treat bag, make sure to follow all of the garrison’s ground rules to stay safe.   U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria staff established official trick-or-treat hours of 5 to 7 p.m.…

October 1st, 2018 News, Safety & Security Bytes

Everything you need to know about winter tires in Germany

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Warm weather is giving way to cold, which means you should prepare your vehicle now for winter.   One important thing to know before you hit the road in winter is that Germany has different tire requirements than the United States.   European winter tires…

September 28th, 2018 Environmental, News, Safety & Security Bytes, Travel

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

Mobile apps for alerts and weather warnings in Germany

  The U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Antiterrorism Office recommends residents stay up-to-date through local news sources about the area they live when they are in or out-of-town.    Several apps are available to get notified about official alerts and weather warnings.   KATWARN   KATWARN is a free mobile app service…

September 25th, 2018 Health & Lifestyle, Safety & Security Bytes, Travel

Oktoberfest 2018 in Munich: A traveler’s guide

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The 2018 Oktoberfest in Munich runs Sept. 22 through Oct. 7 and fest-goers can expect to see stringent security measures again, according to the official website.   The heightened security plans include a secured perimeter, a significant police presence with up to 450 security wardens on…

September 19th, 2018 Health & Lifestyle, News, Safety & Security Bytes, Travel

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

Recognizing and reporting suspicious activity at USAG Bavaria

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — One of the most important roles you have as a member of our community is to report suspicious activity or behavior.   The two easiest ways to report suspicious activity or behavior:   Use the Army’s iSalute suspicious activity report. Submit a report online at https://www.inscom.army.mil/isalute.  …

August 15th, 2018 News, 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