Town halls, home visits to address housing concerns

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — In light of recent reports highlighting deficient living conditions in some privatized military housing in the U.S., leadership with 7th Army Training Command and U.S. Army Garrisons at Ansbach and Bavaria host town halls to address community concerns at Army housing.   The town halls — which…


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…

SOFA stamp a must before leaving Germany

 WIESBADEN, Germany – Many of us take trips to the United States and elsewhere at this time of year.   But don’t leave Germany without a valid Status of Forces Agreement stamp or card because you will need it when you come back to Germany.   German immigration officials report…

Families learn more from STEAM Night at Netzaberg Elementary School

Story written by, Kristy Shelly, Netzaberg Elementary School Librarian   NETZABERG, Germany — Imagine packing science, technology, engineering, art and math all in a single 2-hour event. Well, that’s just what Netzaberg Elementary School did Oct. 2 during STEAM night with 100 families and teachers.   The event, which will…

Ghostly encounters transpire close to Grafenwoehr

FREIHUNG, Germany — Whether it’s the boogeyman, Freddy Krueger or monsters under the bed, we all have something that makes the hair on the back of our neck stand up. Maybe it’s that moment when you see something out of the corner of your eye, turn and it’s gone; or…