CFC-Overseas virtually kicks off at USAG Bavaria

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The 2021 Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas virtually kicked off on Monday, Sept. 20. This marks the 60th anniversary of charitable giving by the federal community.   U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria federal employees and service members can support a multitude of charities they care about until Jan. 15, 2022.…

Smart mailers avoid duty on gifts sent stateside

  By Robert Szostek, U.S. Army Customs Agency – Europe Public Affairs   WIESBADEN, Germany – U.S. law imposes a tax on imported foreign goods called duty. For U.S. personnel overseas, that means gifts sent to the States may be subject to this tax.   Foreign-made gifts are allowed duty-free…

Know before you go: installation office closures for December

  Happy holidays! The following USAG Bavaria offices and services will be closed or have limited hours during the month of December. We apologize for any inconvenience and wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season.   If you have questions about other organizations or facilities on…

Scholarships for military children

Commissaries accepting applications starting Dec. 15   By Mike Perron, DeCA public affairs   Now entering its 16th year, the Scholarships for Military Children Program will be accepting applications from eligible students beginning Dec. 15, 2015 at commissaries worldwide or on the Internet at www.militaryscholar.org.   A total of 700…

New portal speeds up workers’ comp claims

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — A new web-based application now allows appropriated fund federal employees and their employers to electronically file workers’ compensation forms, as well as upload and track documents to the Department of Labor’s Division of Federal Employees’ Compensation.   The Employees’ Compensation Operations and Management Portal, or ECOMP, allows…

Military spouse life: Getting out of your comfort zone

By Nina Marino, InDependent   As military spouses, most of us pride ourselves on our ability to adapt and cope with change. An overseas move doesn’t faze us. We take deployment orders in stride. Expect the unexpected, we tell ourselves. Life as a military spouse is an adventure! We experience…

Enter to win the ’12 Days of Christmas’ contest

Join USAG Bavaria Family and MWR as we celebrate the holiday season with the 12 Days of Christmas contest featuring a daily promotion on Facebook.   Visit the USAG Bavaria Family and MWR Facebook page to enter daily from December 7-18 for a chance to win.   This contest is…

Things you didn’t know: How to maximize your TSP contributions in 2016

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Are you an Army civilian employee looking to max out your annual contribution to the Thrift Savings Plan?   Each year the Army Benefits Center-Civilian, or ABC-C, posts TSP contribution charts, which specify the dollar amount an employee needs to contribute each pay period to reach the…

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…

Latest travel restrictions, travel alerts and security messages

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — As the holidays approach, all DOD personnel should be aware of active travel restrictions and travel alerts in Europe.   You and your family members can receive real-time emergency messages through the USAG Bavaria’s AtHoc Mass Warning and Notification System. The system works through a client…

Army Press seeking Soldiers who write

By Maj. Steven Miller, Army Press   FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kansas — As the Army’s drawdown continues, promotion rates will likely remain unstable and separation boards and Qualitative Service Program Boards will continue for the near future.   So, when competing for promotion, Soldiers of all ranks benefit from opportunities to…