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Speed limits reduced during PT hours at Tower and Rose Barracks

By Julian Temblador, USAG Bavaria Public Affairs   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany ­­— Speed limits are being reduced to 20 kph during PT hours, Monday – Friday from 6 – 8 a.m., on the main roads at both Tower and Rose Barracks, effective Feb. 18, 2020.   The Directorate of Emergency Services…


How to maximize privacy settings on your Facebook profile

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — In a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, Facebook remains by far the most popular social media site. As a member of the military, and for family members of service members, it is more important than ever to remain vigilant of operational security (OPSEC).   Sharing…

CFC-O drive extended through Dec. 4

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Your opportunity to give to your favorite charities through the Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas (CFC-O) has been extended through Dec. 4.   The CFC-O is the annual workplace giving campaign for the five overseas unified combatant commands.   Since the 2015 campaign kickoff on Sept. 21, the CFC-O has raised more…

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…