USAG Bavaria recognizes over 1,100 years of combined civilian service

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Thirty-four German and American civilian employees were recognized by Col. Christopher Danbeck, commander of U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria, at a Length of Service ceremony on Oct. 15, 2021, at the USAG Bavaria Tower View Conference Center in Tower Barracks.    During the ceremony, Col. Danbeck, USAG…

U.S. Customs to holiday shoppers: know which products can’t be carried, mailed to U.S.

  By Robert Szostek, U.S. Army Customs Agency – Europe Public Affairs   WIESBADEN, Germany – Some people are just not good at buying the right gifts. While this is often a matter of taste, people new to Europe should note that many items available in Europe may seem like…

Elementary school students get the scoop on beneficial bats

  Story by Christine Fox, USAG Bavaria Environmental Division Volunteer   For many, just hearing the word “bat” sparks thoughts of mystery and fear. Our culture has portrayed bats as blood sucking, shadowy creatures of the night.   But is that a fair reputation for these unique flying mammals? Ask students…

EUCOM implements travel restrictions to France

U.S. European Command has implemented travel restrictions to France that apply to all DoD personnel.     Specifically, unofficial travel to and within France is prohibited.   Official travel and emergency leave travel to France requires approval from the first general or flag officer or Senior Executive Service civilian in the…

The quickest way to get 2015 IRS Form 1095 online

Defense Finance and Accounting Service press release   Do you know that myPay is the quickest way to get your 2015 IRS Form 1095? In fact, once it becomes available in myPay in late January, 2016, you will have the option to View, Print or Save your 1095 in PDF…

Diabetes affects millions of Americans; November brings awareness

By Shaylee Borcsani, BHC PAO Volunteer   VILSECK, Germany – November is a month that marks the start of the holiday season. It is usually a time for celebrations and spending time with family. However, the American Diabetes Association has also deemed November as National Diabetes month. This month, the…

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,…

The mayhem of Marrakesh

MARRAKESH, Morocco — Morocco is the heart of the Maghreb region in North Africa and Marrakesh is its dizzying pulse.   And that chaotic beat starts in the Jemaa el-Fnaa.   By day, the Jemaa el-Fnaa, or town square, allures travelers with snake charmers bewitching cobras with flute music, makeshift…

Things you didn’t know: Celebrating birthdays in Germany

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The melody is the same, but the words differ slightly. In Germany, “Happy birthday to you” changes to “Zum Geburtstag viel Glueck,” meaning, “Good luck on your birthday.”   And that luck must only come on the day of birth.   While Germans may not mind celebrating…

Services members, federal employees: Keep tracking the OPM data breach

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany—The two cyber breaches of Office of Personnel Management databases that came to light over the summer may no longer be front-page news, but for many people associated with the Department of Defense, the story is not over.   OPM’s director, Beth Cobert, posted a blog Oct. 1 outlining…

2CR Soldier plays on All Army, All Armed Forces softball teams

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – A Soldier with the 2nd Cavalry Regiment helped the Army win its fourth consecutive Armed Forces Softball Championship.   This year marked the fourth time that David L. Moore, a platoon sergeant with Echo Forward Support Troop, Regimental Engineer Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, made the All…