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USAG Bavaria has implemented protection measures for the health protection of our community. Expect these measures to impact normal day-to-day operations across Garmisch, Grafenwoehr, Vilseck and Hohenfels. Updates will be posted here and at the USAG Bavaria Facebook page.  We're updating our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page daily, as well as our Service Trackers at Grafenwoehr/Vilseck, Hohenfels and Garmisch. Ensure you're registered in the Alert mass notification system.

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How are USAG Bavaria services affected at Grafenwoehr, Vilseck, Hohenfels and Garmisch?

USAG Bavaria continues increasing precautionary measures for the health protection of our community. Expect these measures to impact normal day-to-day operations across Garmisch, Grafenwoehr, Vilseck and Hohenfels. Click our service tracker for your community:

 

What is the 7th Army Training Command General Order #1

Brig. Gen. Christopher Norrie is the commander of 7th Army Training Command headquartered in Grafenwoehr, Germany. He is also the senior responsible officer of USAG Bavaria and USAG Ansbach. In response to the coronavirus outbreak, Brig. Gen. Norrie issued General Order #1:

As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop, Brig. Gen. Christopher Norrie, commander of U.S. Army 7th Army Training Command, has directed the implementation of increased response measures to protect Soldiers, Civilians, Families and Communities within the command’s Area of Responsibility.

Consistent with measures announced by the government of the State of Bavaria and effective Tuesday March 17th:

  • Soldiers residing on-post at U.S. Army installations within the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach and U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria footprint are restricted from leaving the installation. Travel to neighboring installations is approved only for duty or essential errands.
  • Soldiers residing off-post may travel between their place of residence and assigned installation. Travel to off-post facilities within 20 kilometers of the Soldier’s place of residence is authorized only for essential errands. All other travel is restricted.
  • Soldiers will not visit bars, night clubs, cinemas, pools, spas, fitnessstudios or similar facilities.
  • Commercial restaurants on post will only provide take-out options.
  • Commanders will minimize the presence of Civilian employees (to include Local National and Contractors) consistent with the ability to maintain readiness and critical functions. Telework will be used to the maximum extent possible.
  • Services such as medical treatment facilities, post exchanges, commissaries, banks, post offices, vehicle inspection & registration, pharmacies and dining facilities will remain open but hours may be adjusted.
  • Fitness centers and those facilities and services deemed nonessential will be closed until further notice.
  • Chapel services will be moved online.
  • Screenings at the gates to U.S. installations will continue. Traffic may be routed to select gates.
  • All members of our community are strongly encouraged to adhere to the above-listed measures to reduce the potential frequency of COVID-19 transmission within Bavaria.

Consistent with the Uniformed Code of Military Justice, Soldiers will be held accountable by the chain of command for violations of these orders, in addition to any violations of directed self-isolation or travel. Civilian members of the community may be subject to a ban from services and/or the installation for failing to comply with these orders.

Commanders may emplace additional measures beyond those specified here.

All emergency services remain in effect within U.S. military installations in Bavaria. The entire U.S. military community shares the responsibility to limit the potential spread of COVID-19, and are encouraged to follow guidance published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization including:

  • Social Distancing
  • Basic Hygiene
  • Self-Isolation

7th Army Training Command and assigned forces remain postured and ready to deploy as directed by U.S. Army Europe and U.S. European Command. For an updated list of facilities and services open on U.S. military installations in Bavaria, refer to the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach and U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria websites.

How are Soldiers on PCS orders affected?

Effective March 13, all Soldiers, DA civilians and family members traveling to, from, or through locations designated by the CDC as Level 3 Travel Health Notices will stop movement for the next 60 days. This includes all forms of official travel, including Permanent Change of Station, Temporary Duty and government-funded leave.

As a USAG Bavaria community member (Soldier or civilian), what guidance do I follow?

All military personnel, DOD civilian employees, family members, DoD contractors, and all other individuals at USAG Bavaria installations will follow 7th Army Training Command guidance on the use of cloth face coverings.

7ATC GUIDANCE: On April 5th, the Secretary of Defense issued guidance requiring the Department of Defense to implement recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control regarding the wear of cloth face coverings in public settings where physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

Not later than April 9th, all military personnel, DOD Civilian employees, family members, DoD Contractors, and all other individuals on DoD installations within Bavaria will wear cloth face covering in places where maintaining the recommended six feet of physical distance in public spaces is difficult.

These include shopping facilities and services on installations such as post offices and dining facilities. It also includes work areas such as shared offices and hallways. For Soldiers conducting training, this includes combat vehicles and range towers, as well as screening operations.

Face masks will not be provided. Soldiers will adhere to the standard issued in the 7th ATC Operations Order, using an OCP-issued t-shirt. Civilians are encouraged to use the CDC guidelines for constructing a cloth face covering. Cloth coverings should not include profanity or other inappropriate language or graphics. See the photos below.

For more information on the CDC guidelines, go to https://go.usa.gov/xvjTp.

 

 

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7th Army Training Command guidance on face coverings (April 8, 2020)
7th Army Training Command Public Affairs 

On April 5th, the Secretary of Defense issued guidance requiring the Department of Defense to implement recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control regarding the wear of cloth face coverings in public settings where physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

Not later than April 9th, all military personnel, DOD Civilian employees, family members, DoD Contractors, and all other individuals on DoD installations within Bavaria will wear cloth face covering in places where maintaining the recommended six feet of physical distance in public spaces is difficult.

These include shopping facilities and services on installations such as post offices and dining facilities. It also includes work areas such as shared offices and hallways. For Soldiers conducting training, this includes combat vehicles and range towers, as well as screening operations.

Face masks will not be provided. Soldiers will adhere to the standard issued in the 7th ATC Operations Order, using an OCP-issued t-shirt. Civilians are encouraged to use the CDC guidelines for constructing a cloth face covering. Cloth coverings should not include profanity or other inappropriate language or graphics. Service member guidance here. Civilian guidance here.

For more information on the CDC guidelines, click here

 

Waiver granted for expired Motorcycle Safety Foundation training cards (April 7, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs 

The U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center released a memorandum titled "Army Traffic Safety Training Program (ATSTP) and Motorcycle Safety Foundation Cards Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic." Key points include:

  • The COVID-19 pandemic forced the suspension of the Army Traffic Safety Training Program (ATSTP) for motorcycle riders and attendance to the local hazards briefings such as the Intermediate Drivers (IDC) and the Remedial Drivers Training (RDT) courses. 
  • ATSTP training has been suspended by local commanders. 
  • All Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) training cards that have expired or will expire due to the cancellation of training should be considered valid, and riders allowed to continue to ride, through Oct. 1, 2020, or until their next level of training can be scheduled. 
  • The extension applies only to those Soldiers who have completed the Basic Rider Course. 
  • This is not a waiver of initial training requirements of the BRC. 
  • New riders must complete the training before riding. This means new riders must wait until training is available through the ATSTP or they can attend a civilian course if available in their area.

Read the complete memo here.
 

 

Army guidance for filing PCS and TDY travel claims (April 3, 2020)
Army Publishing Directorate 

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and stop movement travel restrictions, Soldiers and family members may experience delays and travel hardships. The All Army Activities message (ALARACT 029/2020) offers guidance for filing a permanent change of station (PCS) and temporary duty (TDY) travel claims for Soldiers impacted by the coronavirus. Unit commanders can issue a DD Form 1610 request and authorization for TDY travel of DOD personnel for any period of directed delay that a Soldier incurred during their PCS or TDY due to COVID-19 stop movement. The message also provides Soldiers and leaders with COVID-19 pay and allowances flowcharts to help identify assistance available and how to process travel claims. More… (CAC required)  

 

7th ATC commander addresses readiness, training and military duties (April 3, 2020)
7th Army Training Command 

One of the most common questions we’ve heard since we, and frankly most of the world, have started implementing social distancing and self-isolation measures has been, why am I still training or performing my military duties? Our number one priority remains readiness, balanced with protecting our force and families. We’ve reduced and modified our training wherever we can, explains Brig. Gen. Christopher Norrie, commander of 7th Army Training Command and senior responsible officer (SRO) of USAG Bavaria and USAG Ansbach. More...

 

TKS customer information update (April 3, 2020)
TKS 

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, all TKS shops will be closed as of March 19 until further notice. The COVID-19 pandemic is an evolving situation that will require everyone’s cooperation and will to work together in reducing its spread and impact. And although the pandemic is impacting the way in which we conduct our personal, social, and professional lives, one thing will remain constant. And that is our steadfast commitment in providing you and the entire military community with our full range of telecommunications products and services – now and throughout this time of difficulty.

The TKS customer service is available 24/7. Call the TKS customer service hotline at 0631-3522-499 or email service@tkscable.com. More...
 

 

AAFES sets limits on select items (April 2, 2020)
AAFES 

Because of increased demand and to ensure that everyone has equal access to essential items, quantity limits on select items has been implemented at all AAFES facilities. These products are limited to 1 per person. Items identified include hand sanitizers, face masks, disposable gloves, rubbing alcohol, thermometers, paper towels, toilet paper, bleach, and disinfecting wipes and cleaners.

 

Commissaries set limits on select items (April 2, 2020)
Defense Commissary Agency 

Because of increased demand and to ensure that everyone has equal access to essential items, quantity limits on select items has been implemented at all USAG Bavaria Commissaries. These products are limited to 1 per person. Items identified include antibacterial gels, disposable gloves, disinfectant wipes, disinfectant cleaners, rubbing alcohol, bleach, toilet paper and tissues.

 

Off-post food options (April 2, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs 

For those living off-post, we've compiled a list of off-post food options in the USAG Bavaria footprint. Soldiers are reminded that—in accordance with 7th ATC Commander's General Order #1—Soldiers residing on-post at U.S. Army installations within the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach and U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria footprint are restricted from leaving the installation. And in accordance with the state of Bavaria's restrictions, restaurants can only offer take-out or delivery options. Food delivery does not have access on-post during this time.

 

Red Cross seeks volunteers (April 1, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Red Cross 

There are more than 50 volunteers throughout Europe who have stepped forward over the last several days to answer the American Red Cross call for volunteers, willing to contribute to their critical needs at military health clinics throughout Europe. There is still plenty of availability and the need for more. Our local military treatment facilities have requested RNs, LPNs, and MSAs. If you're an experienced healthcare professional who can help, please contact grafenwoehr@redcross.org, vilseck@redcross.org, or hohenfels@redcross.org, and they will see if your skills and experience can be matched with a need in your community.
 

Coronavirus leadership checklist (April 1, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs 

Walter Reed Army Institute for Research released this checklist to guide you and your teams when dealing with the coronavirus. Checklist... 
 

VA Overseas Military Services Coordinators can assist at USAG Bavaria (April 1, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs 

Despite coronavirus office closures at USAG Bavaria, our VA Overseas Military Services Coordinators are here to continue help with the following:

  • Benefits Delivery at Discharge
  • Disability Compensation/Pension
  • Education & Training (GI Bill)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VRE)
  • Life Insurance
  • VA Home Loans
  • Health Care/Foreign Medical Program
  • Dependent and Survivor Benefits

Email questions or set up a phone appointment at OMSCGER3.VBAVACO@VA.GOV. Visit our Soldier-for Life (SFL-TAP) page. 

 

Stay at home for 2nd Cavalry Regiment Soldiers (March 31, 2020)
2nd Cavalry Regiment Public Affairs 

Beginning March 31, Soldiers of the 2d Cavalry Regiment will remain home through April 13. Dependents are encouraged to do the same. No changes to essential services, unit installation support, and deployments. Please watch this video for further details and communicate with your chain of command if you have questions. 

 

Protection measures extended in state of Bavaria to April 19 (March 30, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs 

Bavaria's Minister President Markus Söder delivered an update today to the people of Bavaria. Here is an initial translation of what he said.

  • All restrictions remain in effect until April 19, 2020. Read the Bavaria decree outlining the restrictions in English at https://go.usa.gov/xv3Ey. 
  • The coronavirus situation remains serious. There is no reason for false hope or discussion about any exit strategies.
  • Most people infected with the coronavirus in Germany reside in Bavaria and Baden-Wuerttemberg.
  • Most affected counties in Bavaria are at Tirschenreuth and Rosenheim — both will receive additional medical support.
  • While protective measures in place are working, there is always a 14-day time lapse between taking measures and their effects. Thanks to measures we are only seeing a doubling of infections currently every 5 days (before the measures were taken, numbers doubled every 2.8 days).
  • Protective measures are necessary and must be extended. There will be a mid-April assessment based on the extension.
  • Do not relax protective measures. Continue practicing social-distancing. Our goal is to stop the spread of the coronavirus and prevent death.
  • This is our test. We must live up to the challenge. We will prevail. The Bavarian government stands steadfast to overcome the challenges.
  • German article...

 

Follow Bavaria restrictions when off-post; fines issued (March 30, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs 

USAG Bavaria and the state of Bavaria enforce protection measures to decrease the spread of the coronavirus. But we need your help. The state of Bavaria's restrictions are outlined in the March 20 general decree. Failure to comply with the decree off-post can result in fines imposed by German law enforcement. A list of fines is listed here. As guests living in Bavaria, we are subject to the same regulations as host nation citizens. The decree explains specifically valid reasons for leaving home. 


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