Category Archives: Safety & Security Bytes


USAG Bavaria Fire Chief: Remember this when grilling

  By Josef Rodler, Garrison Fire Chief, USAG Bavaria Directorate of Emergency Services   Grilling outdoors   Your Grill MUST be “at least”10 feet away from any structure, trees, bushes, tents, decking, gazebo cars, and dumpsters, plus any overhangs from these hazards. Always grill on a flat, stable surface –…

April 13th, 2016 Safety & Security Bytes

Protecting personal information: Know your responsibilities

  USAG Bavaria Security Office news release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany—As a federal employee, military service member, or contractor, you already know that you’re responsible for protecting classified information. You probably also know that you must protect personally identifying information, or PII. However, did you know that for PII, email encryption…

April 11th, 2016 Safety & Security Bytes

Counterintelligence office provides training; here’s how to participate

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany —  The Grafenwoehr Field Office is offering monthly training at Rose and Tower Barracks geared toward U.S. service members, DOD civilians and local national employees.   The GFO recently released its 2016 training schedule and now invites members of the garrison and military to participate.   The Grafenwoehr…

March 29th, 2016 Safety & Security Bytes

Clearance issues in an unclassified environment

  USAG Bavaria Security Office news release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany—There seems to be a lot of confusion, questions and vague policy guidance when it comes to clearance revocations and denials.   One issue that comes up frequently is the concern over whether losing a security clearance or being denied a…

March 9th, 2016 Safety & Security Bytes

AtHoc delivers emergency alerts to Europe-based personnel

  U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs   WIESBADEN, Germany — Army emergency management offices are making it easier for service members, civilian and contractor employees, and family members across Europe to receive emergency warnings and notifications through its AtHoc mass-warning notification system.   You and your family members can receive…

November 30th, 2015 News, Safety & Security Bytes

Restrictions extended for travel to Turkey

WIESBADEN, Germany – U.S European Command has extended travel restrictions to Turkey for Department of Defense personnel.   These restrictions include:   Through Nov. 20, all Department of Defense Service members, civilian employees, contractors and command-sponsored family members, including those with dual citizenship, are prohibited from all unofficial travel (such as leave,…

November 12th, 2015 News, Safety & Security Bytes

Preparedness requires putting action in place

Story by Tom Janis, USAG Bavaria Emergency Manager   Preparedness requires putting action in place, not just a passing thought about putting together a go-kit with some food and water supplies.   The World Trade Center Evacuation study in 2012 assessed the Emergency Preparedness Safety of those who evacuated the…

September 16th, 2015 Safety & Security Bytes

What is an insider threat and how do I identify one?

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — An insider threat is a malicious threat to an organization that comes from a person or people within the organization.   Insider threats can include employees, former employees, contractors or business associates.   Insider threats typically have inside information concerning the organization’s security practices and data and…

August 30th, 2015 Safety & Security Bytes

Understanding who needs to take Level I Antiterrorism Awareness Training

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — If you’ve spent any amount of time in or around the military, you’ve probably taken the DOD’s Antiterrorism Level 1 Training course … many times.   But who’s required to take it? Service members? Family members? Contractors?   Department of Defense Instruction 2000.16 outlines guidance on antiterrorism…

August 17th, 2015 Safety & Security Bytes

Summer vigilance: 4 things you need to know

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Summer is heating up and more people are spending time outdoors. But community members are reminded to maintain appropriate force protection vigilance.   During this time of heightened awareness, Col. Mark Colbrook, commander of USAG Bavaria, encourages everyone to take extra steps in helping to provide for…

July 16th, 2015 Safety & Security Bytes