Everything you need to know about winter tires in Germany

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Warm weather is giving way to cold, which means you should prepare your vehicle now for winter.   One important thing to know before you hit the road in winter is that Germany has different tire requirements than the United States.   European winter tires…


USAG Bavaria spouses, dependents can apply for AER scholarship Jan.-May 1

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Army Emergency Relief is accepting scholarship applications for the 2016-2017 academic year from Jan. 1, 2016, through May 1, 2016, at 3 p.m. EDT.   Army Emergency Relief maintains two scholarship programs — the Spouse Education Assistance Program and the MG James Ursano Scholarship Program for dependent…

Military Police at USAG Bavaria learn CPR

Story by Staff Sgt. Christina Turnipseed   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – Soldiers from the 709th Military Police Battalion, 18th MP Brigade completed the Heartsaver training program, a nationally recognized Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillator usage program, Dec. 4 in Grafenwoehr, Germany.   The Bavaria Directorate of Emergency Services and the…

Glühwein: What it is and how to make it

German Embassy Public Affairs Office, Washington   No German Christmas market is complete without “Glühwein,” the hot, spiced mulled wine that warms holiday merrymakers from the inside out as they stroll through these charming little villages of cloth and wood with family and friends.   “Glühwein,” which literally means “glowing…

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…