Category Archives: Safety & Security Bytes


Security clearances: Why personal finance and credit matter

Did you know that one of the most common reasons a person is denied a security clearance is because of credit problems? Up to 50 percent of clearance denials involve financial considerations, according to reports from the Defense Office of Hearing and Appeals, or DOHA.   Why does the government…

December 1st, 2016 News, Safety & Security Bytes

How to stay safe

Courtesy of Capt. Chris Bradley, Joint Multinational Readiness Center, and Capt. Theresa Christie, Headquarters and Headquarters Company Commander   It is important to know that the Bavaria military community and every level of command in Europe closely and regularly monitor the security situation for Soldiers and families across Europe.  …

August 1st, 2016 News, Safety & Security Bytes

Carry a passport when traveling outside the country

  U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs news release   U.S. Army Europe Office of the Provost Marshal officials want to remind members of the American forces community in Europe to carry their passports when traveling to countries to which they are not assigned.   A common misconception is that European…

July 13th, 2016 Health & Lifestyle, Legal Issues, News, Safety & Security Bytes

Traveling this summer? What you need to know

  USAG Bavaria Security Office news release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Summer is here and that means sunny days, school breaks and for many of us – travel.   If you’re one of the many Americans who will be traveling around to explore this summer, there are some things to…

June 27th, 2016 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, USAG Bavaria Safety Officer   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:…

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