Eligible veterans authorized installation access, Commissary and AAFES shopping privileges

  By Anna Morelock, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden   Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, certain veterans received access to Commissary and Exchange services.   Within Germany, due to international agreements with the German Federal Ministry of Finance, this access also requires veterans to register with the U.S. Army Customs Agency- Europe…


6 ways to avoid problems with your German phone contract

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — In her twenty years with U.S. Army legal teams, German attorney Mechthild Benkert says the most frequent issue troubling her DoD clients has not changed. It’s German phone contracts, she says without hesitation.   “I think people automatically assume things are the same in Germany as in…

New Ed Center staff envision better community outreach

  By Lorain Ambrocio, Hohenfels Education Center staff writer   HOHENFELS, Germany — Two new education services specialists have landed in Bavaria with one goal in mind: help service members excel in their education through community outreach.   In Grafenwoehr, Erin Sorensen sits in her new office well before opening…

Understanding the school lunch program

  By Ruth Ploeger, Army Region School Liaison Officer   The Exchange provides school lunch to K-12 students on Army and Air Force installations in Germany. If you send your child to a DoDEA-Europe school, your child is eligible for the Student Meal Program, and maybe even the Free and…

Volunteer fair to connect volunteers with employers

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Staff with the Rose Barracks Army Community Service host a volunteer town fair Sept. 21 aimed at familiarizing volunteers and potential volunteers with opportunities in Vilseck and Grafenwoehr.   The event will take place at the Tower Barracks Field House, Bldg. 547, Sept. 21, from 10…

Soldiers transitioning from active-duty can keep shopping their Exchange

    Army & Air Force Exchange Service news release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Army & Air Force Exchange Service treats active-duty Soldiers like family. When Soldiers transition to Individual Ready Reserve, or IRR, status, they remain family to the Exchange, keeping the shopping benefit they’ve earned.   “Soldiers…

Exchange customers should replace Gold Military Star Card

AAFES news release   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Many Exchange customers are still using their old MILITARY STAR “gold” card. But customers need to use the new and improved Military Star Reward Card, as security features on the card will soon be required for shopping online, according to AAFES leadership.  …

Attending a non-DOD school

  By Ruth Ploeger, Army Region School Liaison Officer   Some duty stations in Europe do not have Department of Defense (DOD) schools in some or all grades. Dependent students in these locations are served by the Non-DOD Schools Program (NDSP), which provides access to English language educational options. This program is not available…

School lunch prices increase overseas beginning Aug 2016

  Army & Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs   Starting August 2016, school lunch prices at all Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools outside the continental United States (with the exception of Guam) will increase because of rising operational costs and to comply with federal law.   This…

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.  …

Rare event: FEGLI open season Sept 2016

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Office of Personnel Management announced last year an Open Season for the Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance Program, known as FEGLI.   The Open Season will be held from Sept. 1 – 30, 2016. This is the first FEGLI Open Season since 2004.   OPM determined…