CORONAVIRUS UPDATES (CONTINUED)


Highlights from Garrison Town Hall (Aug. 3, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs


• MEDDEC Bavaria Commander, Col. Bryan, will be hosting a medical town hall next Tuesday, August 11 at 1800.
• USAG Bavaria Boss offers great opportunities for single and geo-bachelor soldiers. The next BOSS meeting is on August 12 at 1300, at WILD B.O.A.R. 
• The USDA has become aware of U.S. service members stationed abroad receiving suspicious, unsolicited packages of seeds. Anyone receiving seeds in the mail that they did not order should dispose of them properly. According to the instructions in the news alert below, proper disposal includes: (1) Bake the seeds in the oven (2) Double bag the baked seeds (3) Place the double bagged and baked seeds in the garbage.
• Face coverings that have a valves or vents are not recommended for use, according to Tricare health officials.
• Town Halls will now be held every other Wednesday at 1800.
• Hand wash stations are shifting to hand sanitizing stations.
• Incoming DA Civilians are recommended to book lodging on-post. However, they are also authorized to book lodging off-post. The 14 day quarantine period upon arrival is required, regardless of on or off post lodging.
• DoDEA Standard Operating Procedure PDF: https://go.usa.gov/xfVGk
• General Order 1E is still in effect. See the order here: https://go.usa.gov/xfVvz
• Newcomers Page: https://go.usa.gov/xfVfX


Notice for CYS Patrons: The Department of Defense made changes to Priorities for Child Care (effective Sept. 1, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

Here is a letter (3 pages), from Lt. Gen. Douglas Gabram addressed to the impacted families, that provides information about the DoD changes to priorities for childcare and how these changes may affect you. The intent of these changes ensures military members receive priority access to childcare. The changes go into effect 1 September of this year.

We understand there may be concerns with the possibility of children being supplanted or displaced from on-post Child Development Centers, because of these changes. We also understand off-post child care options are limited, and that Army Fee Assistance is not available in Europe. HQ IMCOM leaders are aware of these concerns.

We await implementation guidance for these priority changes. Once we receive that guidance, we will notify customers who may be affected by these changes and work within our authorities to support them.

We ask for your patience and understanding as we await DoD's implementing guidance.

July 28 - 10:43 a.m.: PX Closed for 24 hours
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs


• On Saturday, July 25, a Soldier that tested positive for COVID-19 visited the Grafenwoehr PX Starbucks. As per guidance from the Garriosn Commander, the PX mall (and all faciities located inside) will shut down today for 24 hours. The Tower Barracks Commissary will remain open. For more information watch the live-stream, here​ ⚠.

Highlights from Garrison Town Hall (July 27, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs


• DoDEA virtual learning deadline has been extended to Thursday, July 30.
• Hand washing stations will slowly transition to hand sanitizer stations.
• Col. Danbeck explains child care in USAG Bavaria: Go to the 26-minute mark in the video.
• Tower Barracks and Rose Barracks Gym hours are extended, effective Aug. 1st.
Monday & Friday: 11:30 to 20:00
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 08:00 to 21:00 - closed 14:00 to 15:00 for cleaning
Saturday, Sunday & U.S. Holidays: 09:00 to 17:00 - closed 12:00 to 13:00 for cleaning.
• Garmisch Army lodging will open for visitors.

• General Order 1E is still in effect.
• This order is meant to protect you and the community around you.
• This order is meant to protect you and the community around you.
• You are not required to quarantine, if you are traveling to the authorized countries.
• No travel by commercial air or overnight ferry. Cars, trains, and buses are the only authorized modes of travel.
• If you are returning from a country that is not on General Order 1E country list, you will be required to quarantine for 14 days.
• If you are returning from a country that is not on the General Order 1E country list, you will be required to quarantine for 14 days in your home.
• Playgrounds, on- and off-post restaurants, and other amenities are not authorized for use during the quarantine period. Again, Stay inside your home for 14 days.
• Newcomers will now be required to sign a document that explains what quarantine means in USAG Bavaria and their required responsibilities.
• Working quarantine is canceled. Everyone PCS’ing into the USAG Bavaria footprint will be required to quarantine for 14 days.


Effective July 21: General Order #1E 
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs


• General Order #1D has been rescinded and replaced by General Order #1E, effective July 21.
• View the GO1E, here.

Highlights from Garrison Town Hall (July 20, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

HIGHLIGHTS from July 20 Town Hall

• Thank you to Mr. Steven Sanchez, the DoDEA East Europe District Superintendent, for joining us.
• MWR is hosting a vehicle auction between July 25 to August 2. For more info, click here ⚠.
• MWR is hosting a Geocaching event. For more information, click here ⚠.
• USAG Bavaria is working on expanding space for more children inside of CDC.
• There will be a European PTA town hall with DoDEA representatives held on July 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. Event link, here ⚠.
• Education centers are open by appointment only.
• One Community, between Gate 2 (Rose Barracks) and Gate 4 (Tanzfleck) will be closed from 17 August to 18 September for necessary emergency repairs.

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DoDEA
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• DoDEA schools will start on August 24; view the link, here ⚠.
• DoDEA will offer two options to parents: Face-to-face education and virtual education.
• The virtual education option will be hosted by the DoDEA virtual school, not the local district.
• If parents want to enroll their children in the virtual education program, there is a registration period to do so from July 15 to July 28, and the enrolled children will be required to commit for an entire semester.
• Parents also have the option to home-school their children.
• Physical distancing will be required.
• Both teachers and students will be required to wear face-coverings when 6 feet physical distance cannot be maintained.
• All students, even those under 6, will be required to wear face-coverings when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
• Transportation will be operational. All students and drivers will be required to wear a face-covering when on the bus. If a student forgets a face-covering, the bus will have extra coverings.
• For students in need, speech therapy can be accomplished successfully through a virtual environment.
• Meals will be offered. Breakfast and lunch will be available. It will be in a grab and go format.
• Chromebooks can be rented for virtual learning needs.
• DoDEA will depend on parents to health screen their kids daily to ensure they are symptom-free.
• DoDEA has procedures in place to deal with students who develop symptoms during the school day.
• Custodians will sanitize high traffic areas inside the classrooms every evening.
• In between classes, teachers will disinfect high traffic areas.
• DoDEA has purchased and will provide all sanitation products and other PPE for educators and staff.
• DoDEA has been planning since May for the Aug 24 school year.
• For more information, click here ⚠​​​​​​​.
• DoDEA will send out a message on what sports will be offered. These only include sports where physical distancing could be maintained.

DoDEA-Europe released messaging regarding the status of schools restarting for School Year 2020/21
DoDEA-Europe

A message to parents/families from DoDEA Europe Schools Director, Dr. Dell McMullen, regarding the status of schools to begin School Year 2020/21.

Link to official letter: https://www.dodea.edu/Europe/return-to-school.cfm ⚠

Key Points:
• DoDEA-Europe plans to fully open schools, this coming semester, to in-person instruction.
• We will have aligned our health and safety practices with CDC and DOD guidelines to best ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.
• We will provide a full-time virtual learning option for students and families with health vulnerabilities or who are concerned about returning to school.

Highlights from Garrison Town Hall (July 13, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

HIGHLIGHTS from July 13 Town Hall

• For Soldiers impacted by WORKING QUARANTINE: USAG Bavaria no longer allows working quarantine, effective as of July 13, 2020. If you were previously approved for working quarantine, then it has been rescinded. Please finish the remainder of your 14-day quarantine within your assigned lodging or quarters. Playgrounds should not be used if you are on quarantine. Do the right thing and do your part if you are in a quarantine status.
• The USAG Bavaria quarantine period is not optional. Even if you get a negative test, you will still be required to quarantine.
• We have answers to PCS questions on moves during COVID-19. To see the FAQs, click this link
• The 24/7 gym will not open yet. The main gym on post has not reached capacity yet.
• If a dependent who holds SOFA status would like to travel back to the United States, they may do so. However, they are at the mercy of the airlines. Upon re-entry back to Germany, they will be required to quarantine for 14 days.
• USAG Bavaria is taking a very conservative approach to COVID measures on-post. Masks will still be required inside of the fitness facilities.
• General Order 1D is still in effect. See the order here: https://go.usa.gov/xweJ8
• Ground travel to Austria, Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands is authorized.
• Air Travel is still unauthorized.
• DoDEA has released a statement on the way forward and the upcoming school year: https://www.dodea.edu/return-to-school.cfm 

• Tower Barracks Vehicle registration is expanding their hours this week through Thursday, extending their hours from 1600 to 1800. Next week, they will open an hour early, and not be closed for lunch (0700-1600).
• USAG Bavaria Directorate of Emergency Services released a message about ETP Vehicle Shipping Plates, temporary license plate end extensions, and vehicle registration renewal special dates. For more information, click this link 
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• Ensure you have all the correct forms. To see the checklist for vehicle registration, click this link.
• Face coverings while using public transport in Bavaria is still required.
• Shipping a package at USPS requires online customs forms. For more info, click this link
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• Service members who want to return to the states must go to the Chain of Command.
• On August 11, MEDDAC-B will be hosting a medical town hall.
• CDCs are open but have very limited capacity. USAG Bavaria is working on how to safely increase the capacity.
• Coach, Teach and Mentor incoming personnel on how we operate here.
• Police call your neighborhoods. Pick up trash if you see it.
• Outbound personnel, use the recycling center and bulk trash correctly, to ensure you are not leaving anything behind. More info, here
• Wash your hands, wear a face-covering and maintain physical distance.
• The German official Corona-Warn-App helps to determine whether we have had any contact with an infected person which could result in a risk of catching the virus. This way, we can interrupt chains of infection more quickly. The app is a service by the Federal Government. Download and use of the app are entirely voluntary. It is available as a free download in the App Store and from Google Play. 
• We have a completely revamped Newcomers page. For more information, click this link
• For information regarding garrison services and FAQs: https://go.usa.gov/xvHBQ
• Want to contact us? Email: usarmy.bavaria.id-europe.mbx.pao@mail.mil


Highlights from 6 July Garrison Town Hall (July 6, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

HIGHLIGHTS from July 6 Town Hall
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GENERAL ORDER 1D
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• GO1D effective since June 22. View the order here: https://go.usa.gov/xweJ8
• Commercial Air is unauthorized for leisure travel.
• On a daily basis, there is an update for Installation Management Command, the status of an installation and if installations will be restricted for travel.
• Contractors and DA Civilians are highly encouraged to follow GO1D. Soldiers must follow GO1D.
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MEDICAL
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• MEDDAC-Bavaria is 3 weeks ahead of schedule and will soon transition to Phase 2 of reopening medical services. For more details on what Phase 2 will look like, visit your clinic's Facebook page. The Dental clinic is not yet scaling up services.
• The medical clinics will offer physicals for children before the DoDEA school year starts. Dates will be published, when individuals can get a physical.
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TRAVEL
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• ETP’s are still required for all official travel and PCS movements. You will need an ETP to PCS, unless both installations are considered “Green” by Army Headquarters.
• The EU is currently not allowing leisure travel from the United States to Germany and other EU countries.
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SERVICES
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• DeCA Commissaries require 100% ID checks. Visitors inside the commissary are not allowed at this time. This is a policy that comes from the DeCA headquarters.
• The teen center will not open, yet.
• The bus routes from Netzaberg to Grafenwoehr are not operating.
• The Tower Barracks Bowling Center is operational; however, breakfast is not being served at the cafe, currently. Please view this link for specific hours: https://bit.ly/2Z6STf6
• USAG Bavaria is working with the Legal team to open softball and indoor courts. We will provide more information, when it becomes available.
• DoDEA is planning to open schools on 24 August. This is subject to change.
• USAG Bavaria is doing very well fighting the spread of COVID. Remain vigilant.

Questions? Email us at usarmy.bavaria.imcom-europe.mbx.pao@mail.mil
 

CYS Updates & Frequently Asked Questions
USAG Bavaria Family & MWR

Have questions? Your Child and Youth Services team has put together answers to your most frequently-asked questions about current CYS services at Tower Barracks, Rose Barracks and in Netzaberg. Click here to learn more.

Highlights from 29 June Garrison Town Hall (June 29, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

HIGHLIGHTS from June 29 Town Hall
• There was garbage left at Diessfurt Lake over the weekend. Take care of the community and keep the area clean.
• Rose Barracks, Hohenfels, and Garmisch will be lighting off fireworks for the 4th of July. Please remember to continue physical distancing measures, wear face masks and do not gather in large groups.
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GENERAL ORDER 1D
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• GO1D effective since June 22. View the order here: https://go.usa.gov/xweJ8
• Commercial Air is unauthorized for leisure travel
• On a daily basis, there is an update for Installation Management Command and for the status of an installation, and if will be restricted for travel.
• CDCs are open to 1B and 1C personnel (Single soldier parents, dual-military parents) and some mission-critical individuals. In two weeks, USAG Bavaria will determine if it is possible to expand the capacity for childcare for more families.
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MEDICAL
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• MEDDAC-Bavaria is 3 weeks ahead of schedule and will soon transition to Phase 2 of reopening medical services. For more details on what Phase 2 will look like, visit your clinic's Facebook page.
• USAG Bavaria is closely aligned with Bavarian regulations. Follow both regulations, if you are a member of the USAG Bavaria community.
• Movers and maintenance employees should be wearing a face covers while in your home. It is the family’s obligation to sanitize the home once the employees leave.
• When a DA civilian arrives to the USAG Bavaria community, they will go into quarantine. The DA civilian will be offered to take a optional COVID test around the 4th or 5th day of their quarantine. If the test comes back negative, they will be offered to go into "working quarantine."
• Tricare offers translation services. If you are at an off-post medical facility and there is a language barrier, call: Commercial: +49-(0)06371-9464-2999, DSN: 314-590-2999.
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TRAVEL
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• ETP’s are still required for all official travel and PCS movements.
• If you have DoD orders and have SOFA status, you will be allowed to re-enter Germany from the states.

 

Highlights from 22 June Garrison Town Hall (June 22, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

HIGHLIGHTS from June 22 Town Hall
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GENERAL ORDER 1D
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• General Order 1C has been rescinded.
• General Order 1D is now in effect.
• Click here to view the order.
• Specific International Travel is now authorized. International travel is only authorized through Germany, Austria, Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. The only authorized mode of transportation is ground travel. Air travel and cruise travel is not authorized.
• Installation visitors, who hold a U.S. passport, will be required to show that they have completed their quarantine period upon arrival to Germany.
• For information on SATO, click the link: https://bit.ly/3fQuJem
• Casinos on-post are still closed.
• Children, who were previously enrolled in Family Child Care Homes, will be able to return. However, once the contract ends the single and dual military individuals with children will take priority.
• Specific dates on when the Gyms and CDCs will open will be announced later today/tomorrow.
• 4th of July fireworks will be on Rose Barracks, Hohenfels and Edelweiss.
• Housing is now handling routine work orders.
• USAG Bavaria is the first Garrison in Europe to be a pilot for a housing work order mobile application. This will allow tenants to request housing work orders through an app on their mobile device. This app will be released in August.
• Take responsibility and practice good hand hygiene, wear a face covering and keep your distance.

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MEDICAL
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• If you are showing signs of COVID-19, self-isolate and call your primary health care provider.
• Curbside Pick-up for prescriptions can be picked up at the Grafenwoehr Clinic. Call the clinic to pick up your prescriptions curbside.
• Have a specific medical question? Send MEDDAC-Bavaria a message on Facebook.

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• All U.S. Army installations are currently considered “red.” This means all Soldiers who are PCS’ing will require an ETP to process.
• Newcomers: Talk with your sponsors to be prepared for the required 14 day quarantine period.
• As of June 29, lodging on-post will only be available for incoming quarantining soldiers and families. If you are outgoing or require to stay in a hotel, please look for lodging options off-post.


A message from SATO regarding Reservations (June 22, 2020)
CWT SatoTravel

Current travel challenges, such as flights cancellations and consistent schedule changes experienced due to the COVID-19 pandemic in addition to an increase in available AMC flights, have a huge impact on our daily operations. Please allow an extended response time, as we work to ensure travel deadlines for all received requests are met.

NOTE: If applicable, please write "Emergency leave / Short
notice" in the subject line.

Please submit your travel requests via one of these methods:

Online reservation request form: https://www.cwtsatotravel.com
• Search for your responsible office
• Under manage your travel plans select "online request"
• Under "additional information or instructions" list the following:

  • Full names, dates of birth and passport # of all travelers
  • DoD ID of the Sponsor
  • Last ten digits and exp. date of the GTCC
  • For pets: breed, age, weight including kennel and kennel size or dimensions

Email:
GrafenwoehrCTO@cwtsato.com; HohenfelsCTO@cwtsato.com;
GarmischCTO@cwtsato.com;
vilseckcto@cwtsato.com

CWT SATO Emergency Support Center: ESCFAX@cwtsato.com or call Toll-free at 866-422-9428 or call Collect at 001-210-877-3357.

Highlights from 15 June Garrison Town Hall (June15, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

HIGHLIGHTS from June 15 Town Hall

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• Service members may only travel within Germany
• Dependents can travel to the United States. However, they are at the mercy of the airlines. 
• There is still a 14-day quarantine period when arriving in Germany. There is not a date to when the quarantine period will be lifted.
• The SOFA status is the equivalent of an extended visa. It doesn’t mean SOFA stamp holders are the equivalent of EU residents.
• If you are PCSing and would like to know if you will be required to quarantine upon arrival to a gaining post in the U.S., reach out to your sponsor at the gaining unit for this information.
• Although the DoD has recognized certain states as “green,” no Army installation has. This means that you still require an ETP to PCS.
• Check the German Federal Foreign Office (in English) for the most up-to-date information on all things related to COVID-19 and foreign travel. Non-essential travel is still temporarily restricted when entering the EU (until 30 June 2020). As you make travel plans, please be aware that the government can extend this date of restricted travel if the rate of new coronavirus infection begin to rise. Caution-https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/

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• When the gyms open on-post, there will be specific guidelines: Gyms will be opening later in the morning so that they will remain open later in the day. There will be limited occupancy. Workouts will be limited to about an hour. Showers and saunas will not be operational. Once capacity is reached in the gym, patrons will have to wait outside until a slot becomes open. 
• Under General Order 1C, Soldiers are not authorized to go to gyms off-post.
• CDCs should be open by the end of the month. You will get a one week notice prior to the opening of CDCs, if your child will be able to return. CDCs will only be able to service categories 1B and 1C (single and dual military parents), and a small number of mission-critical individuals. USAG Bavaria will look at how to increase their service to allow for more slots once the CDCs open. 
• ID card checks still occur when entering the commissary. 
• Transportation is working on getting SATO to be more responsive. 
• The ID office has temporarily increased the age of when children are authorized to receive an ID card from 10 to 14 years old. USAG Bavaria has ensured the PONDS guards at the gates know that children under the age of 14 do not need an ID to gain access on-post.
• The USAG Bavaria Education Centers are still closed for most face to face services. However, they now offer some testing services. If you have specific questions, they are available by email usarmy.bavaria.id-europe.mbx.aces@mail.mil  and phone.

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• MEDDAC-Bavaria is currently in Phase 1 of reopening services, with a focus on readiness. They will continue to scale up services in Phase 2, scheduled to start in July.
• If you have a referral for a procedure off-post that is set to expire between March and June, it will be extended 180 days. 
• Thank you to all American Red Cross-USAG Bavaria Grafenwoehr & Vilseck and American Red Cross volunteers for the continued support.

Please feel free to contact us: usarmy.bavaria.id-europe.mbx.pao@mail.mil
 

Highlights from 8 June Garrison Town Hall (June 8, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

HIGHLIGHTS from June 8 Town Hall
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General Order 1B
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• General Order 1B has been rescinded.
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General Order 1C
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• General Order 1C is now in effect. 
• See the order HERE.
• Visitor sign-on is authorized.
• Mileage restriction has been lifted.
• Soldiers can travel anywhere in Germany.
• Soldiers cannot travel to different countries.
• Soldiers can now stay in hotels.
• Soldiers can now use indoor dining areas.
• Soldiers can use swimming pools.
• There is no more curfew.
• You can now have members of one other household in your POV with you, instead of just one other person.
• Soldiers cannot visit off-post bars, night clubs, dance clubs, movie theaters, spas, massage parlors, hookah lounges, gyms, or other physical fitness facilities. 
• Wear a face-covering.
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Services
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• Gyms and CDCs anticipate to be open by the end of June with modifications. 
• Gate 1 at Tower Barracks is now open for outbound traffic and foot traffic until 10 p.m. Effective Friday (June 12), Gate 1 will be open for outbound and foot traffic 24/7. 
• USAG Bavaria CDCs will follow all DoD and German government restrictive guidelines.
• Softball is still unauthorized. Effective yesterday (June 8), The State of Bavaria allows 20 people to play sports together, instead of 5. USAG Bavaria will be approximately two weeks behind. 
• USAG Bavaria anticipates bringing a modified seating area back to the food court in a week. 
• The bowling alley is still closed.
• Soldiers can go to religious services.
• State Department is working on reopening its tourist passport processes. We will announce when they are able to process tourist passports. 
• Bushes near the Grafenwoehr Freecycle center will be trimmed.
• If an establishment’s hand washing station is out, then please use the latrines to wash your hands.
• Garmisch walk-in gate will open June 15. 
• Self Help at all locations is now open.
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Travel & PCS
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• Germany is not yet allowing tourist travel from the United States.
• The stop move has changed to a conditions-based stop move.
• There are quarantine requirements for Soldiers and Family members upon arriving to Germany.
• There will be no leave charges for quarantine.
• Starting June 29, lodging on-post will be dedicated to inbound PCS.
• The goal is to get those, who are inbound, to quarantine in the quarters they will be living in. This requires communication with your sponsor. 
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Medical
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• Telehealth calls will continue after the COVID-19 pandemic.
• The dental treatment facilities on-post is focusing on dental readiness and focusing on class III and IV personnel. The dental clinic anticipates that they will scale services back up starting in July.
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Focus Groups
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• Racism has no place in the Army or our Nation. 
• There is a series of upcoming focus groups run by the Equal Opportunity and the Equal Employment Opportunity. 
• The purpose of these focus groups is to give community members an opportunity to discuss community concerns based on COVID-19 restrictions, protests in CONUS, Equal Opportunity concerns and the community’s morale as a whole. Ask your chain of command when your focus group is.
• RSVP is required. The groups are limited to 15 participants. 
• Contact the EO Advisor at CIV: 09641-70-526-3115 and 
CELL: 0152-2442-6147.
• Focus Group times open to family members only:
• 9 June 2020 - 3 p.m. at Tower View Conference Center.
• 10 June 2020 - 3 p.m. at Rose Barracks Chapel.
• 11 June 2020 - 3 p.m. at Rose Barracks Chapel.

Vilseck High School Seniors Graduate June 6 (June 8, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

Students from Vilseck High School graduated on June 6, 2020, with hopes for their future amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. 
“Since we lost a third of our senior year to corona, I thought it’d be empowering for us to reclaim the word and make it our own,” said Vilseck High School Class President Hassanatou Balde. “C for committed, O for optimistic, R for resilient, O for open-hearted, N for noble and A for above any other class. We are the ‘Class of CORONA,’ and we are powerful." See the full article
HERE.

 

Passport guidance set to curb delays, as Army heads into peak PCS season (June 5 2020)
 Army News Service

Military families applying for official passports must submit their paperwork no earlier than 60 days, but no later than 45 days from their departure date, said a top travel official, as COVID-19 stop movements are lifted.
The new policy is in place to curtail potential holdups that military personnel, government civilians and families may experience with their PCS moves to international locations beyond the continental United States, or OCONUS.
Read up on more passport guidance HERE.

 

Highlights from 1 June Garrison Town Hall (June 1, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

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SERVICES
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- There is no date for Child Care to resume yet.
- The State Department is processing and issuing no-fee and Official Passports. They are not yet accepting tourist passports. Click on the link more information: https://go.usa.gov/xwjnE
- Heart and Home will open Wednesday, June 3. 
- BCSC Thrift Shop: Grafenwoehr will open Tuesday, June 9.
- The first hour of business for the commissary is for high-risk patrons.
- Reusable bags in the commissary are authorized.
- As restrictions lift, personal responsibility must increase. Wear a face covering. Maintain social distancing. Practice hand hygiene measures.
- USAG Bavaria is working to ensure Hand washing stations remain stocked with soap and water. In the case that the water or soap runs out, it is your obligation to use the latrine inside the establishment to wash your hands.
- Secondary screening and temperature checks will eventually become random for transactional workers.
- Edelweiss is opening on 15 June. Soldiers, however, are still currently restricted to 50 km.
- Auto Skills Centers are open. Click the link to see the flyer: https://go.usa.gov/xwjUc
- PX concessionaires will reopen soon. More to follow.
- Germany and other EU countries are still currently restricting foreign countries from visiting. 
- Frankfurt Consulate Visa Immigration Unit is processing i130 active duty applications and conducting interviews. For more information, click the link: https://go.usa.gov/xwjyc
- If you have not been contacted for an HBB inspection, please contact the HBB office to schedule an inspection.
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PCS
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- DoD Stop move has changed from being a time-based stop to a conditions-based stop move. There are 2 overarching factors that contribute to travel. Click the link to see the memo: https://go.usa.gov/xwjyt
- In case you need to quarantine upon arriving at your new duty station, you would not need to arrive early to quarantine. You may check-in on your report date to the receiving unit and then go into quarantine.
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MEDICAL
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- Labor and Delivery tours at local nation hospitals are not currently occurring.
- For baby delivery in June, the Father may be able to be there the entire delivery process. The visitation restrictions after delivery allow for the father to visit for 2 hours per day. 
- Acupuncture appointments are still not operating.
- Dental services started to scale up services. For the latest information, visit MEDDAC-Bavaria
- Do not wear a face shield. Wear a mouth-nose covering.
- For information on who should wear a face-covering, click the link: https://go.usa.gov/xwjnW
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General Order 1B
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- General Order 1B is still in effect.
- Bavaria is opening gyms on June 8th, with significant restrictions. USAG Bavaria will lag at least two weeks behind. Reminder: General Order 1B does not allow Soldiers to go to gyms. To see General Order 1B, click the link: https://go.usa.gov/xwjQn
- To see the most recent Bavarian Ordnance, click the link: https://go.usa.gov/xwjQr
- Soldiers may NOT use indoor seating at restaurants. There is no restrictions to Soldiers using outdoor seating at restaurants and beer gardens. 
- Soldiers are still restricted to 50km.
- Visitor sign-ons are still restricted.
- For exceptions to General Order 1B, work through your chain of command and request the exception from the first O-5 or GS14 in your chain of command.

 

Outdoor Recreation Centers, Auto Skills Centers, and Libraries reopens in Bavaria (June 1, 2020)
USAG Bavaria MWR

USAG Bavaria MWR has reopened their outoor recreation centers, auto skills centers, and libraries with limited services.

Libraries: Online orders are now available. Request your books online HERE. See the flyer HERE.

Auto Skills Center: Now providing limited services. See the flyer HERE.

Tower/Rose Barracks Value Added Tax (VAT) Office: Now open for walk-ins. Forms can also be ordered by e-mail or over the phone. More information HERE.

Tower/Rose Barracks Outdoor Recreation: Wild B.O.A.R. Outdoor Recreation: Limited services available include: rentals, bike maintenance, disc golf, boating/Stand up paddleboarding, fishing permits and shooting ranges. Services NOT currently available: pavilions, multi-purpose room, leisure travel, climbing hall, high ropes course and adventure activities. See the flyer HERE

Hohenfels Outdoor Recreation: Open with limited services. See the flyer HERE.

Garmisch Outdoor Recreation: Collect, complete, and enter to win in the Army MWR Library Bike Bingo, open only to the Garmisch community. See the flyer HERE.

MWR Take Out Options: See the flyer HERE.

PCSing out of Germany with a Vehicle (June 1, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

As soon as you receive PCS orders, immediately schedule your vehicle de-registration appointment. Due to COVID-19 limitations, the Vehicle Registration office is experiencing delays and highly encourages patrons to make appointments by e-mail.

Email usarmy.bavaria.id-europe.mbx.grafenwoehr-vehicle-registration@mail.mil or call DSN 314-475-6752 or +49(0)9641-83-6752. Appointments for all three sites (Graf/Vilseck, Garmisch and Hohenfels) are handled by the Tower Barracks Vehicle Registration office.

The office is not talking walk-in appointments.

Highlights from 25 May Garrison Town Hall (May 25, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

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SERVICES
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- There is no date for Child Care to resume yet.
- If you are interested in becoming a Family Child Care (FCC) provider, call DSN 526-9030, CIV 09641-70-526-9030, or go to https://grafenwoehr.armymwr.com/programs/childcare for more information.
- You may use your reusable bags in the Commissary.
- Commissary Early Bird hours are paused. The first hour of business is still for high-risk personnel. 
- Children 6 and older must wear a face covering. Children under 6 do not require a face covering.
- Playgrounds on and off-post are open. There are a few parks that are still closed on-post specifically for safety purposes. 
- Heart and Home craft shop will be open soon. We will announce when this becomes available.
- Libraries are open for curbside checkout and drop-offs. They are not yet open for full service.
- The USO is working to open. There is not a date yet for reopening. We will announce when this becomes available.
- Gyms are still closed. We are working on mitigating the risks associated with the gym. We will announce when this becomes available. 
- Outdoor fitness classes are being considered. We will announce when this becomes available.
- The motorcycle orientation training dates for Tower Barracks are April 21, May 19, June 23, July 21, Aug. 25, Sep. 22, Oct. 6. The motorcycle orientation training dates for Hohenfels are May 6, June 3, July 1, Aug. 5, Sept. 2 and Oct. 7.
- Hohenfels Gate 1 & 3 are open. 
- You can make an appointment for Vehicle registration and driver licensing.
- Garage sales on-post are unauthorized.
- The State Department is now processing approximately 2,500 passports per week. Call the passport office to make an appointment.
- There is still a required quarantine period if you are returning to Germany from the U.S.
- For questions regarding orders and MPD, email usarmy.bavaria.imcom-europe.mbx.pao@mail.mil  with your name, rank, unit, and question.
- There are no changes to the June 30 stop move.
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GENERAL ORDER 1B
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- General order 1B is still in effect.
- The 50km restriction still applies to Soldiers.
- The curfew for Soldiers in the barracks still applies. 
- Visitor sign-in is still unauthorized. You can request an ETP through your chain of command.
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MEDICAL
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- MEDDAC-B health clinics now have in-house COVID testing capabilities.
- Health clinics will start phase 1 on June 8. PHA, medical readiness, well-child and well-women appointments, At-risk,and underlying condition appointments will expand. Acute and routine medical care will expand as well. 
- Make an appointment for well-baby/women by calling your health clinic. They are now taking appointments.
- For updates regarding local hospitals, check out the MEDDAC-Bavaria facebook pinned post.
- VA appointments are still paused.
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SHOUT OUTS
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- Thank you to Alexandria Gallegos, a military spouse, who has created and distributed almost 1,000 face coverings to the community.
- Thank you to Dr. Burris for going above and beyond.

Family member travel screening (FMTS): What is staying the same, and what is changing? (May 22, 2020)

Military Community and Family Policy

Service members and their families with assignments to OCONUS locations will soon benefit from standardized family member travel screening forms. With FMTS, all military families regardless of branch of service can be screened at any Military Treatment Facility.

See the infographic HERE...

Host nation medical facilities resume services (May 20, 2020)
MEDDAC-Bavaria Public Affairs

All host nation medical facilities have resumed normal services as of May 18, 2020. Host nation hospitals are updating their social media websites with the most current information. For information related to Amberg Klinikum, Klinik Hallerwiese Nuernberg and Cnopfsche Kinderklinik Nuernberg, Sulzbach-Rosenberg, and Weiden, click HERE...


Highlights from 18 May Garrison Town Hall (May 18, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

• Take personal responsibility. Wash your hands, wear a face-covering and maintain social distance.
• USAG Bavaria will lag behind Bavaria in the lifting of restrictions.
• AAFES is aware of the extensions of ID cards.
• You can meet with ONE other family. 
• Parents are responsible for children maintaining social distancing, when playing together.
• Volksfest is canceled.
• Stop Move is still in effect.
• The 4th of July planning has started. However, Germany still has a law against large gatherings until August 30.
• DA photos are still closed.
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SERVICES
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• Hohenfels Gate 3 will re-open within the week.
• Barbershops on-post are open as of today. Units have appointments for soldiers. To schedule an appointment, Soldiers must talk to their chain of command.
• Gyms are still closed. Bavaria has not opened gyms yet, and USAG Bavaria will lag behind them.
• Child Care is still closed. USAG Bavaria doesn’t have a plan to re-open the CDCs to regular operations at this point. The slots will be available by priority. Single civilian GS employees are priority 1E. Please note: The younger the child, the longer the wait for care (toddlers take precedence over pre-toddlers, and pre-toddlers take precedence over infants). Also, COVID-19 restrictions have reduced the number of children facilities can care for, and there is no indication when that will change. It could be a long while before a slot becomes available. 
• USAG Bavaria has no update from the State Department on when they will begin issuing passports again.
• Chapels will reopen this Sunday. Check out your respective U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Chaplain pages for more information.
• Eggs at the commissary are no longer being rationed.
• WIC items, as well as hygiene items, will still be rationed at the PX and Commissaries.
• Auto Skills centers will be open within the week.
• VAT office is open through appointments. They will open for walk-in services, soon. Check out the service tracker page for the most up-to-date information. https://go.usa.gov/xvHBQ
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• Public Health Officials will start HBB inspections starting today, May 19.
• Once the HBB is approved by the health inspection, Col. Boyd will approve the HBB to reopen.
• If you never received an email regarding public health inspections, email usarmy.bavaria.id-europe.mbx.pao@mail.mil 
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GENERAL ORDER 1B
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• General Order 1B is still in effect. https://go.usa.gov/xvusF
• Visitor sign-on is still unauthorized. However, you can request an ETP from an O-5 in your chain of command. 
• Nothing in General Order 1B restricts Soldiers from outdoor seating at a Biergärten.
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• Civilians and Dependents on non-government funded travel can go to the U.S., or travel to any other country, without any sort of approval from their command. General Order 1B restricts Soldiers 50km from their homes. *Note: Some countries still have quarantine periods upon arrival, and you are at the mercy of the airline. Flights are still being canceled every day.*
• Civilians and Dependents no longer require a quarantine period, when returning to Germany from the UK or other EU countries.
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MEDICAL
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• Appointments can be made by calling your local medical clinic.
• Within the first two weeks of June, MEDDAC-B will start to scale-up services.
• If you have issues making an appointment through the clinic, message the MEDDAC-Bavaria Facebook page and you will get taken care of.
• Physicals for enlistments or military schools are still occurring.
• Amberg Klinikum: No visitors policy, unless a doctor has requested a visitor to be there. If someone is giving birth, the father is allowed to be there.  
• Sulzbach Rosenberg Klinikum: Visitor policy allows 1 person to visit, no children allowed.
• Weiden Klinikum: 
In-Patient: Visitor policy allows 1 visitor per patient, for a maximum of 45 minutes. Children under the age of 7 are allowed to visit. Children older than 7 are not allowed.
Out-Patient: Visitor policy allows 1 visitor per patient; however, they highly recommend that if you do not need a visitor for medical reasons, do not bring a visitor. 
Weiden Klinikum underground parking garages are temporarily closed. Use street parking.
• If a child is in a hospital, have one parent stay, not both.
• MEDDAC-B will continue to update the community weekly, with changes to hospital policies.
• COVID-19 Antibody tests are not available at this time.
• Certain clinics in MEDDAC-B will have in-house COVID-19 testing capabilities starting this week.
• Dental clinics are still closed for appointments, but they are still open for sick-call and emergencies.
• Physical therapy is still occurring. Check out our service tracker for the most up-to-date information.
• Personnel picking up Soldiers from the airport do not require quarantine, as long as health-protective measures are followed.

USAG Bavaria MWR serves up socially distanced fun at the drive-in (May 18, 2020)
Susan Melnyk, Visual Information Specialist of USAG Bavaria MWR

USAG Bavaria MWR offered their first drive-in movie experience on May 15 and 16, to an overwhelming community response.“Both nights booked up within minutes of us opening registration, and we received more than 200 emails for the 80 spots available, before we were able to close the registration page,” said Tierra Maull, theatre specialist at the Grafenwoehr Performing Arts Center and part of the dedicated team that worked to make this event possible. “It was incredible!”

Read the full article HERE.

Local students discuss their experiences with digital learning during COVID-19 (May 15, 2020)
By Dr. Bill Hunter, Stella Martinelli of Grafenwoehr Elementary School, and Vivian Velez of Vilseck High School

When DoDEA Europe closed schools indefinitely due to COVID-19, many teachers, parents and students did not know what to expect. “It was like that one dream that kids have about not going back to school,” said Brett Faraason, an eighth grader at Netzaberg Middle School. “I thought that this would mean waking up late and hanging out with my family.”  

Read the full article HERE.

Highlights from 11 May Garrison Town Hall (May 11, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

• Maintain personal responsibility. Continue social distancing, proper hygiene habits and wear a mask when necessary.
• Visitor sign-in is still unauthorized. The first O-5 in your chain of command can approve an exception to policy (ETP) to allow for visitors to enter the installation.
• MPD is cutting over 100 orders per day.
• German American Volksfest and Oktoberfest will not occur this year.
• Until June 30, there is still an obligation for any government-funded travel to have an ETP to come into Germany.
• Upon arrival to Germany, the 14 day quarantine period remains in effect.
• If your child goes to a German daycare and they reopen services, your child can go back to daycare.
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MEDICAL
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• If you require a coronavirus test for an inpatient stay in a host nation medical facility, make an appointment with your local medical clinic and bring your referral if you are a Tri-Care recipient. If you are not a Tri-Care recipient, talk to your primary care provider to get a coronavirus test.
• If you need immunizations or shots, call your local clinic. The medical clinic will direct you to the correct time and place to assist you.
• MEDDAC-B will continue to analyze coronavirus cases in Germany and Bavaria.
• Dental clinics are still providing sick call and emergency services. Once they start scaling-up services, we will announce it to the public.
• Secondary screenings will continue. MEDDAC-B will continue to examine and improve the way they administer secondary screenings.
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GENERAL ORDER 1B
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• General Order 1B (G.O. 1B) remains in effect.
• G.O. 1B is punitive for Soldiers. DA Civilians and dependents are highly encouraged to follow G.O. 1B.
• The 50km travel restriction is a G.O. 1B restriction, not a German or Bavarian rule. There is no km restriction to civilians and dependents. However, it is highly encouraged that civilians and dependents follow G.O. 1B.
• Soldiers can request a mileage pass through their chain of command.
• Dependents can travel without any pass. Mileage passes are only for Soldiers who request to travel further than 50km from their homes.
• Soldiers do not need an ETP to go to military clothing sales on a different post.
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• Gates 1 and 3 at Hohenfels are closed. The garrison is currently examining the processes associated with screening at Gates 1 and 3. 
• DFACs are still only for Soldiers.
• Automated car washes on-post will reopen this week.
• Target and Skeet ranges, Automotive Skills Center in Vilseck, Wild BOAR and religious services are closed. They are working through mitigation and hygiene measures to open soon. We will announce to the public once these services open.
• We will coordinate with the transportation office and SATO, regarding how to get amended orders to them safely.
• Over the next two weeks, USAG Bavaria anticipates opening more concessions. Concessions will be open on alternating days throughout the week.
• CDCs are still closed.

General Order 1B Goes Into Effect May 8. (May 8, 2020)
7th Army Training Command

The Bavarian government announced further lifting of restrictions May 4 to slowly re-open portions of the economy and to lift restrictions on public life. General Order 1A has therefore been rescinded and replaced by General Order #1B, effective May 8. These changes are the direct result of the discipline and restraint shown by all, and the effective governance of Bavarian authorities. COVID-19 remains a dangerous disease and remains present in Bavaria, and it is imperative that all continue to exercise good judgment and strictly adhere to both Army and Bavarian rules.

Our primary goal continues to be protecting the health and welfare of our Soldiers, families, civilians and neighbors. As such, the U.S. Army community in Bavaria should understand we will deliberately lag behind our host-nation in lifting protective measures, and may not mirror all measures.
Consistent with the Bavarian ordinance and enforceable by German authorities, community members will still continue to prioritize reducing physical and social contact with other people, except those in the same household or one other household, to the maximum amount possible. This includes maintaining six feet of physical distancing and wearing cloth face coverings both on and off the installation.

Concurrent with Bavaria’s elimination of its “credible reason” restriction, the single-use pass system in place for Soldiers residing in the barracks is rescinded. Soldiers who live on or off post may leave post without a pass.

The previous restriction to 20km from an on- or an off-post residence is raised to 50km, within Germany. Unit chains of command may impose tighter limits or place specific locations off-limits; mileage passes are authorized beyond 50-km but must be signed by a Lieutenant Colonel or above.
The following businesses and facilities remain off-limits to community members on and off-post:
• Indoor seating areas of Restaurants
• Bars, Night Clubs, Dance Clubs and Hookah Bars
• Pools, Spas/Gyms and Fitness Studios, Massage Parlors, Hotels and Movie Theaters
Outdoor recreation activities, including non-contact sports such as golf or tennis, are allowed with family members and one additional non-household member. Team sports or any sport involving a group larger than 5 are still prohibited.

Personnel may not travel with more than one non-family member / household member in a personal vehicle, unless car-pooling to a work or duty location. This is consistent with Bavaria’s prohibitions on gatherings and maintaining social distancing.

Although Bavaria has outlined plans for schools and child-care facilities to re-open, Department of Defense Educational Activity schools will remain virtual for the rest of the school year. Child Development Centers remain closed at this time. Read the order HERE.

Service Credit Union to Begin Reinstating Walk-In Services  in Germany (May 5, 2020)
Service Credit Union

Service Credit Union remains committed to the health and safety of its employees and members. With utmost caution in mind, the credit union has made the decision to reopen a number of its overseas locations to walk-in service, beginning Monday May 11, 2020. 

On May 11, Service Credit Union will move away from its temporary appointment-only system, which was instituted in March to help maintain social distancing guidelines, to full service at the following branches: KMCC, Kleber, Baumholder, Ansbach, Grafenwoehr, Vilseck and Hohenfels. On May 12, the Garmisch branch (normally closed on Mondays) will also reopen to foot traffic. 

Read the full release HERE.

 

Highlights from Bavarian State Cabinet Meeting (May 5, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

On May 5, 2020, the State of Bavaria announced that its initial coronavirus restrictions are scheduled to change. These new restrictions will roll out over the month, as indicated below.

On May 6
• Entire families can now meet in-person, even if you are not living in the same household. However, physical distancing of 1.5 meters must be maintained.
• Playgrounds will reopen.

On May 9
• Nursing home residents can receive visits from other family members. However, physical distancing rules must be maintained, masks must be worn and limited visiting hours will be enforced.

On May 11
• Child care facilities will open only for children with special education, children with handicapped needs and for children with single parents.
• Home daycare will be allowed, but only five children may be cared for at a time.
• Up to three families may organize their own child-care concepts.
• Stores of all sizes – including malls and department stores – can reopen, but stores are still required to follow the 20 square-meters/customer rule.
• Cosmetic stores can reopen.
• Zoos, museums and galleries can open.
• Contactless, single-sport activities can resume outdoors. Allowed indoors include: golf, track and field, sailing, rowing and equestrianism. Team and group sports are still not allowed.

On May 18
• Outdoor gastronomy services – such as beer gardens – may open under the same conditions are restaurants (see May 25), but these establishments must close at 8 p.m.

On May 25
• Kindergarten classes will reopen.
• Restaurants can open dine-in services, if social distance is maintained. These rules include: every second table remains empty, family tables are set up, hygiene concepts for cleaning dishes and utensils is implemented, all personnel must wear masks, and guests must wear masks both when entering the establishment and when using restrooms. Guests do not have to wear masks at the table. Restaurants must close at 10 p.m.

On May 30
• Hotels can reopen to a limited capacity. The establishment’s wellness areas, saunas and similar facilities must remain closed.

On May 31
• The goal is to have 50 percent of children back in child care facilities.
• The goal is to have 50 percent of students back in school. Until May 30, parents can continue to home-school their children.

Lastly, these new rules are subject to change, as seen fit by each region’s county commissioner. They will continue to observe case numbers in local situations. See the article from Bavaria state officials HERE.

Highlights from 4 May Garrison Town Hall (May 5, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

• Tower and Rose Barracks: TKS, Enterprise, H&R Block and the Optical centers are open Monday, Wednesday and Friday by appointment only.
•Refrain from socializing/ loitering in the central areas of the PX.
• Unless you have an exception to policy letter (ETP) signed by a general officer or senior executive service (SES), you still fall under the DoD stop move lasting until June 30 and cannot go on government-funded travel. This includes the early return of dependents, PCS and any other government-funded travel.
• Dependents and civilians CAN travel back to the states, meaning that they – themselves – purchase the tickets, BUT they are at the mercy of the airlines and may have their flights canceled. Travelers must also be traveling for an essential purpose. You can expect an obligated quarantine depending on the state you return to. If you were to come back to Germany, there is also a required quarantine period upon arrival. 
• The Federal Minister of Interior urges citizens not to travel, unless it is absolutely essential. If you have a SOFA stamped U.S. passport, you may travel back to the U.S.  
• Each chain of command is required to conduct their own risk assessment based on the training they are doing, and ensure there are mitigation processes and safety measures put in place to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID.
• We are going to lag behind Bavaria restriction lifts by 2 weeks.
• Two soldiers are allowed to carpool to work. They are not authorized to carpool for any other reason than going to work.
• Ticket books for the gym will still be honored, when the gym reopens.
• ACS can coordinate via email with those ETS’ing out any lending closet items you need to return.
• Library: All Army MWR Libraries due dates for checked out materials will be extended until 30 June. Any library patron accounts expiring soon will also be extended until 30 June, in order to preserve access to Online Resources. If you wish to set up an account, or need help with an existing account, please contact them by e-mail.
• PCS Q&A Live Town Hall, hosted by USEUR, is at 6 p.m. tonight, May 5. 
• FCC providers follow the same guidelines and procedures as the CDC. They will not be opened yet.
• Courses of action for recognizing high school seniors are being discussed. We will ensure that there is a ceremony that is worthy of our graduating seniors. 
• DoDEA schools, worldwide, have closed their physical schools for the rest of the year.
• Students, who are eligible for accelerated withdrawal, are still required to be on their parent/parents PCS orders or ETS orders.
• Patriot Express is still running.
• Visitor sign-on is still not authorized.   
• Thank you to all American Red Cross blood drive donators.
MEDICAL
• Off-post referrals are good for 180 days. They may be extended on a case-by-case basis, and MEDDAC-B is looking into each referral. 
• Elective Veterinarian services are still on hold. 
• If you are symptomatic and go through the secondary screening at the gate, you will be tested for COVID.
• Wearing a face cover is mandatory inside all stores and establishments, both on and off the post. Ensure that the nose and mouth are covered.
• Wash your mask frequently (every day).
• Tri-Care beneficiaries can still make appointments for non-COVID related illnesses – simply call your local clinic.
• If you are not a Tri-Care beneficiary, you will have to go through your private insurance/host nation.
• Keep social distancing measures, and continue strict hygiene procedures. 
HBB
• HBB’s should expect a letter that will describe the obligations and requirements that will allow businesses to reopen.
• Protective medicine will validate the protection plan for your HBB.
• HBB is now taking applications via email. 

 

DoDEA Europe Schools closed for remainder of year (May 1, 2020)
DoDEA Europe Schools Public Affairs Office

SEMBACH, GERMANY — In direct and close coordination with senior military partners, the decision was made to keep school buildings closed to students for the remainder of the 2019/2020 school year and to maintain digital teaching and learning in all DoDEA schools across Europe.
While our schools will remain closed, our teachers and administrators will continue to work diligently to maintain our digital learning programs in order to ensure continuity of education for our amazing students. These programs continue to evolve and differ slightly for each community and school, but the goal is the same: provide “Excellence in Education for Every Student, Every Day, Everywhere”.
We know that this decision is disappointing to our staff, students and families alike.
The COVID 19 pandemic continues to affect every community across the European theater. While some host nations are making decisions to slowly open up aspects of their economies, given the relatively short amount of time remaining in the current school year, DoDEA and military leadership agree that this was the prudent decision for our schools. The health and safety or our staff, students and communities is our highest priority.
This is obviously an incredibly challenging, frustrating and concerning time for all of us.
Watching our teachers, students and communities come together to ensure continuity of education for our military-connected students in these challenging circumstances has been incredibly inspiring. Please continue to work diligently and cohesively to ensure that we build upon our successes to this point
Communication, moving forward, will be critical to ensuring the maintenance and evolution of these digital learning programs. Please feel free to communicate all needs and concerns related to these programs to your teachers and principals. This type of feedback is important to the education process. 
Thank you again for your continued support and diligence.  
For more information regarding DoDEA’s response to COVID 19, go HERE.

German traffic fines update (May 1, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs 

The German traffic fines have been updated. Please be aware of higher fines and driving suspensions.
• Anyone driving illegally through a rescue alley for emergency vehicles in traffic jams can be fined up to 320 euros, 2 points in the driving suitability register (Flensburg) and a 1-month driving ban.
• Anyone who overtakes bicycles will have to keep a distance of 1.5m within town, and 2m outside of town.
• Not stopping while at the cyclist protective stripes (fined up to 100 euros and 1 point).
• The unauthorized use of sidewalks (100 euros).
• Anyone who drives 16 km/h over the speed limit in urban areas (70 euros and 1 point); outside of town (60 euros) 
• Anyone who drives 21 km/h over the speed limit (80 euros, 2 points and a 1-month driving ban).
• Anyone who drives 26 km/h over the speed limit outside of town (95 euros and a 1-month driving ban).
• There are stricter rules for parking at confusing crossings (35 euros) and parking in a fire brigade driveway (55 euros).
• Disability of emergency-and rescue vehicles (100 euros and 1 point).
• Illegal parking in a parking space for severely disabled people and E- and car-sharing parking amounts (55 euros).
• Parking in the second row, or double-parking (55 euros).
• Using a speed camera app while driving (75 euros and 1 point).
• Generating noise and exhaust gas (100 euros).

CSM Sutterfield Month of the Military Child message (April 30, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

April is designated as the Month of the Military Child, underscoring the important role military children play in the armed forces community. The Month of the Military Child is a time to applaud military families and their children for the daily sacrifices they make and the challenges they overcome.

Watch the video HERE.

General Order 1A Modification (April 29, 2020)
7th Army Training Command

The Bavarian government announced a gradual process to slowly re-open portions of their economy and incremental changes in restrictions on public life. Commensurately there are modifications to General Order 1A for the U.S. Army community in Bavaria and on U.S. Army installations in Bavaria starting April 30.
Consistent with the Bavarian ordinance, there still must be a credible reason for visiting stores and essential services like groceries, medical, veterinary, banking, auto maintenance, etc. Previously, only a few types of business were allowed to remain open; Bavaria has gradually opened other types of business. All community members will still reduce all physical and social contact with other people except those family members in the same house, to the minimum amount possible.
Social and physical distancing of at least six feet between non-family members is still strictly enforced by both Bavarian police and on installations.
Sports and outdoors activities previously only allowed with family members may now be conducted with one additional non-household member.
When visiting stores or service establishments on or off our installations, protective face coverings will be worn.
All personnel are still limited to staying within 20 km from the base or an off-post residence. Those community members living off-base are permitted to visit stores and facilities off-post opened by the Bavarian government for essential errands, as are those personnel living in accompanied on-post housing, without a pass.
Personnel living in on-post unaccompanied housing (barracks) will now be allowed to travel off base for those purposes as well, but they will require a single-use pass signed by the Soldier’s O-5 commander or supervisor. This includes exercising parental rights for children living off-base, visiting neighboring military installations and host nation essential businesses and services. These passes will be valid until 2100 on the specified date.
Vehicle traffic leaving installations will be randomly screened. All personnel stopped for screening will be checked for cloth face coverings. Personnel living in the barracks will also be checked for a valid pass from their unit. Soldiers living in the barracks will not be allowed to travel off-post with multiple Soldiers in a single personal vehicle.
Additional random screenings of inbound traffic will also increase as a mitigation.
For more information on which services on U.S. Army installations in Bavaria are open, please check the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach and Bavaria websites, respectively.
Information on DODEA schools and child-care facilities will be made public once announced.

See the memo released by 7ATC HERE.

 

Highlights from 27 April Garrison Town Hall (April 28, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

• DoD announced the stop move will extend to June 30. This date will be reevaluated every two weeks.
• General Order 1A issued March 20 is still in effect. 
• USAG Personnel must abide by General Order 1A.
• Civilians and dependents are strongly recommended to follow General order 1A.
• Spouses and dependents do not need a memo to go off-post or between Tower and Rose Barracks.
• In the State of Bavaria, you are allowed to EXERCISE by yourself, with your household, OR with one person external to your household (two people maximum. You must maintain proper social distance).
• You can take your baby/toddler with you in a stroller while exercising with another person external to your household as long as your child stays in the stroller. 
• Off-post automatic car washes are authorized for people who need it due to POV shipment. 
• While Bavaria recognizes “life partners” as fiancés, boyfriends, and girlfriends, the Army only recognizes dependents who are registered with DEERS. This is a DoD-wide regulation.
• Local leaves are still authorized. The travel restrictions for DoD service members include personal leave outside the local area. 
• Housing office and POV pick-up is open for appointments.
• Child care is still closed until further notice. For those that are dual-military, one service member should stay home and care for the child. Talk to your chain of command.
• Visitor sign-ins are still not authorized.
• PX concessionaires are still closed until further notice. 
• The State Department is currently only issuing emergency passports to those that are in life or death situations.

Face-coverings
• Children who are 5 years or under do not require face-coverings.
• You must wear a face-covering while on public transportation and in stores.
• You don’t need to wear a face-covering while exercising with another person, but you must maintain social distancing. 
• You can wear a nose-mouth covering while driving. Keep the top of your face ( eyes and forehead) uncovered. 

Home-Based Business (HBB)
• HBB are allowed to be open, with the exceptions of those expressly forbidden by the Bavarian Ordinance
• As we get closer to when salons and barbershops will be open, we will give you information as we get it.

Medical
• Physical therapy is offered in-person for those who have neuromuscular skeletal injuries within the past 30 days and evaluations for new injuries or conditions. Contact the medical clinic to make an appointment
• Physical therapy is offered virtually for those who have chronic neuromuscular skeletal injuries. Contact the medical clinic to make an appointment
• Well-baby check-ups will be prioritized once the clinic starts to scale up appointments.
• For face-coverings to be effective, the covering needs to cover the nose and the mouth. Be very diligent about touching your face while wearing a face-covering. 
• MEDDAC-Bavaria will have COVID-19 testing capabilities within the next two weeks
• Dental facilities are doing emergency treatment only.
• Tele-appointments are now available on Tricare-online.
• Secure messaging is available to email with your primary care provider.

 

REMINDER for changes to State of Bavaria (April 26, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs 

Effective 27 April 2020:

• Face-coverings are mandatory when using public transportation and while shopping in any Bavarian establishment. The fine is 150 euros if you don't wear mouth and nose covering. Nose and mouth coverings are not mandatory in cars. If you wear a nose and mouth covering in cars please consider not to cover the full face (face still needs to be recognizable). 

• Shops with less than 800 square meters are allowed to open.
• Car dealer and bicycle shops are allowed to open.
• Two people can meet outdoors for exercise or a walk even if they are not part of one household (two people maximum). 
• Ongoing restrictions - You still need a credible reason to go from one place to another (to drive to work or shopping are good reasons).

 

American Red Cross hosts free virtual COVID-19 coping course (April 25, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

The uncertainty associated with a global health crisis like COVID-19 challenges everyone's ability to cope. The American Red Cross is hosting a free virtual course that can help you to build resilience and support yourself and others through this crisis by reviewing basic principles of providing psychological first aid, including how to recognize and manage stress in yourself and in others and how to lend support to family members, friends and coworkers during and following the COVID-19 outbreak. Sign-up for the free, self-paced course HERE.

 

DOD allows remote extension of ID cards (April 22, 2020)
Department of Defense

The Defense Department has changed the process to allow service members and civilians to temporarily extend the life of their cards as the nation battles the COVID-19 pandemic. These extended cards that appear expired on their face can continue to be used for access to benefits, including health care and entry to installations and buildings and to systems and networks. MORE...

 

Bavarian Ordinance on Protective Measures (April 21, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs 

On April 16, followed by an April 20 ADDITION, Bavaria's President Minister Dr. Markus Soeder issued Bavaria’s second ordinance to the March 20 decree on protective measures. Earlier protective measures remain in place with a few notable exceptions. Among them include the opening of do-it-yourself stores and garden centers beginning April 20. Also beginning April 20, people living off-post can exercise with one other person outside of the household. Service members residing at USAG Ansbach and USAG Bavaria are reminded that they remain subject to the GENERAL ORDER issued by the senior responsible officer, Brig. Gen. Christopher Norrie of 7th Army Training Command. The April 16 ordinance is available in English here.

 

Update to Travel Restrictions (April 20, 2020)
Department of Defense

Effective today, Secretary Esper approved an extension to the stop move order through June 30 to aid in the further prevention of the spread of COVID-19. While the Department acknowledges that this order will have great impact on our service members and their families who are looking to proceed with their lives, the rapidly changing environment has created significant risks to service members, as the DOD continues personnel movements and travel. The decision was made in order to protect U.S. personnel and preserve the operational readiness of our global force. The Department now has procedures in place to allow for additional waivers and the resumption of travel for several categories of travelers that were previously suspended, including deployments. More...

 

U.S. Army Europe vehicle registration extended (April 20, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs 

Effective immediately, all privately owned vehicles registered with the U.S. Army Europe Registry of Motor Vehicles that expire on or before April 20, 2020, are automatically extended for 60 days. As an example, if your POV registration expires April 20, you now have until June 20 to renew.  The USAREUR RMV is currently extending a second batch of registrations with expiration dates between April 21-May 20, 2020.

Vehicle Registration Offices at USAG Bavaria remain open by appointment only in Grafenwoehr/Vilseck, Hohenfels and Garmisch. To schedule an appointment, call DSN 475-6752, CIV 09641-83-6752 or email usarmy.bavaria.id-europe.mbx.grafenwoehr-vehicle-registration@mail.mil. New permanent registration forms will not be issued until normal operations resume. The AAFES ESSO fuel card program will continue to honor expired, hard copy registration forms. All expiring registrations, to include temporary and non-operational, are considered valid until normal operations resume — except for cancellations due to lack of insurance coverage.

For special or emergency circumstances, call your local garrison vehicle registration office.

 

 

 

AAFES Exchange offers curbside assistance at Tower and Rose Barracks (April 17, 2020)

Army & Air Force Exchange Service 

Curbside pickup is available at the Exchange at Rose Barracks and Tower Barracks. As an authorized military shopper with installation access, visit shopmyexchange.com, find what you need and choose the pick up at store option. When the order is ready, the store will call and offer the curbside pickup option. At the store, park in the space with the sign, pictured here, call the phone number on the sign and the order is delivered to your vehicle. More... 

 

Motorcycle orientation trainings (April 17, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

The driver’s testing station provides written tests and orientation trainings for the motorcycle license. Training videos are available to prepare for the test. The motorcycle orientation trainings for Tower Barracks are April 21, May 19, June 23, July 21, Aug. 25, Sep. 22, Oct. 6. The motorcycle orientation trainings for Hohenfels are May 6, June 3, July 1, Aug. 5, Sept. 2 and Oct. 7.

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 October 1, 2020 or until their next level of training can be scheduled. For the MSF card extension
memorandum, click here. 
For more, call Call DSN 475-8187/8240/8243/8120, CIV 09641-83-8187/8240/8243/8120.
 

Special leave accrual for service members (April 17, 2020)
Department of Defense 

In recognition of the impact of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)'s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) on service members' ability to take leave and properly manage their leave balances, effective March 11 , 2020, through September 30, 2020, members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Space Force performing active service during the effective period, are authorized to accumulate annual leave in excess of 60 days (not to exceed 120 days) as shown on the end of month September 2020 Leave and Earnings Statement. Such members are further authorized to retain such unused leave until the end of Fiscal Year 2023 (i.e., September 30, 2023). More... 

 

Off-post food options (April 16, 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.

REMINDER: DoDEA and AAFES offer free and reduced meal program during school closure (April 16, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs 

AAFES and DoDEA schools at Netzaberg, Vilseck and Hohenfels provide grab-and-go meals to students during school closures as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. This program is for families that are recipients of the Free and Reduced Lunch program and for those that would like to pay for this service through their AAFES lunch account. Pick up for the meals will be available between 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. each day at Vilseck and Hohenfels Elementary Schools and between 8:30 and 11:30 a.m. each day at Netzaberg Middle School. This applies to both breakfast and lunch. If a family is using both services, they will “grab-and-go” both meals at the same time.

To sign-up to participate, email your school using the email address below. Sign-up for meals can be done daily, or for a week at a time. The requests must be sent to the mailbox by 3 p.m. the school day prior to pick up. The request must include the student’s name, school he or she attends, and current grade level. Your PIN number must be used at pick-up.

For more info, click here.

TRICARE copayments waived for COVID-19 tests on or after March 18 (April 16, 2020)
TRICARE 

TRICARE beneficiaries can ask to have TRICARE copayments waived for certain coronavirus (COVID-19) testing and office visits related to the testing. This applies to tests and visits on or after March 18. TRICARE coronavirus updates at www.tricare.mil/coronavirus. More... 

 

Community Bank offers customers option to schedule appointments online (April 15, 2020)
DoD Community Bank 

Community Banks at USAG Bavaria remain open for walk-in during normal operating hours. Banks in Germany are permitted to remain open. Customers, however, can now schedule an appointment online. Community Bank started an appointment link at www.dodcommunitybank.com. Customers do not have to do anything special. Just click the ‘Request Appointment’ on the website, complete the form and select your installation. 
 

Commissaries impose short-term limits (April 15, 2020)
Installation Management Command-Europe 

Increased demands for certain items over the Easter weekend—such as eggs, coupled with a partial delay of some inbound chilled containers over the past few days at the port in Antwerp—will result in some short-term shortages of certain chilled items (juice, cheese, lunch meat, eggs, milk) in commissaries across Europe. To mitigate the short-term shortage, for at least the next few days, the Defense Commissary Agency is placing a two-carton limit on egg purchases until inbound products have leveled out shortages across the theater. MORE...

 

UPDATE: COVID-19 and its impact on healthcare in Europe (April 15, 2020)
Regional Health Command Europe 

Regional Health Command Europe medical and dental facilities include clinics at USAG Bavaria. As Regional Health Command Europe medical treatment facilities have had to adjust their operations to meet the increased demand for acute care and COVID-19 screening operations, patients can expect some changes to the availability of routine appointments. More on dental and medical appointments, lab services, prescriptions and behavioral health. MORE...

 

 

DOD continues global military operations even as it battles COVID-19 (April 14, 2020)
Department of Defense News

Even as the Defense Department supports the whole-of-government response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it continues its vital national security missions, Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper said. Esper and Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, held a Pentagon news conference today on DOD's support for the nation's COVID-19 response. Esper also gave examples of some of the security missions DOD has undertaken, including:

  • Conducting coutnerterrorism missions in Africa, the Middle East and Afghanistan
  • Conducting freedom of navigation operations around the world
  • Monitoring North Korean weapons tests
  • Improving the U.S. defensive posture in Iraq
  • Escorting Russian bombers out of U.S. airspace
  • Deterring Iran's aggressive behavior
  • Working with Afghan security forces and Operation Resolute Support partners in Afghanistan
  • Continuing enhanced counternarcotics operations in the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility
  • Working with NATO allies in Europe
  • Continuing to defend U.S. interests in space.

And last month, the Space Force launched its first satellite into orbit, Esper noted.

Read the complete article HERE.

 

Commissary implements new hours for their higher risk patrons. (April 13, 2020)
U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Public Affairs

Effective April 13th, DeCA commissaries in Bavaria will implement new hours for their higher risk patrons. The first buisness hour will be reserved for individuals who fall under the higher risk category. "Higher risk" is defined as pregnant women, adults over 60, and people of any age who have underlying health conditions to include diabetes, asthma, lung disease, and weakened immune systems. After the first hour of each shopping day, the commissaries will be open to the general USAG Bavaria community. 
 

 

USAA members with an auto insurance policy will receive a 20% credit on two months of premiums in the coming weeks. (April 11, 2020)
USAA

Many service members and families use USAA for their financial services and insurance. Every member with an auto insurance policy in effect as of March 31, 2020, will receive a 20% credit on two months of premiums in the coming weeks, according to USAA. This payment is a result of data showing members are driving less due to stay-at-home and shelter-in-place guidance. Members will automatically receive a credit applied to their bill. They do not need to call, and no additional action is required.

More details HERE.

 

Help available for Soldiers locked into lease agreements (April 10, 2020)
Army News Service

Soldiers and families locked into untenable lease agreements due to the COVID-19 stop-movement order can access legal support to reduce their financial obligation. Under the Service Member Civil Relief Act, or SCRA, Soldiers can terminate their lease agreement with permanent-change-of-station or deployment orders that exceed 90 days, according to Army G-1 officials.

Some families might have entered a new lease agreement prior to a PCS, said Melissa Halsey, legal assistance policy division chief for the Office of the Judge Advocate General. When the stop-movement order nullified a Soldier's PCS orders, they may now be forced to maintain multiple households, and the recourse is unclear.

Read the complete article HERE.

 

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.

 

Temporary changes to retention, promotion, as COVID-19 persists (March 29, 2020)
Army News Service 

U.S. Army leaders announced new reenlistment and promotion policies that will last until Sept. 30, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to change how the military operates. The initiatives include short-term reenlistment opportunities, virtual promotion boards, and halting certain qualifications that are all intended to “protect the force and preserve readiness.” More....

 

Commissaries installing plexiglass panels in checkout lanes (March 28, 2020)
DeCA news release 

Military commissaries worldwide are installing plexiglass sneeze shields in all regular checkout lanes to add extra protection for customers and cashiers during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. More...

 

Customs Pink Card (German Form 0217) automatic extension in response to COVID-19 (March 27, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs 

U.S. Army Customs Agency – Europe (USACA-E) has coordinated with the German Federal Customs Directorate (Generalzolldirektion, Gz/File reference number: Z 6301 – 2020.00015 – DV.A.2) to authorize the automatic extension of expired/ expiring German Forms 0217 (Pink Cards) through June 30, 2020. Read the complete MEMO.

The USAG Bavaria postmaster is extending all Retiree Box R receptacle applications (AE Form 600-8-3C-R), specifically affecting applicants that received notice of expiration as far back as January 2020, and are in the range of expiring between now and July 30, 2020. No retirees need to worry about coming in and renewing their application during the COVID-19 crisis and travel restrictions. 

In addition, no mail will be returned to sender unclaimed for failure to pick up within 30 days of receipt per DOD regulations. All mail will be held until further notice. We will provide more pertinent information as we near extension date 30 July 2020. 

 

USAG Bavaria's Military Personnel Division releases guidance for Soldiers (March 27, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs 

USAG Bavaria's Military Personnel Division (MPD) released information on alternate place of duty, pay, allowances, benefits, basic allowance for subsistence (BAS), housing allwoances, family separation housing allowance (FSH), family separation allowance (FSA), isolation allowance, hardship duty pay, restriction of movement, leave, per diem, PCS travel interruptions, TDY travel interruptions, temporary living expense and temporary lodging allowance (TLA). Click here
 

 

Personnel and housing services by appointment only at Tower Barracks Bldg. 244  (March 27, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs 

Beginning Monday, March 30, service at Tower Barracks, Bldg. 244, will transition to appointment only to further reduce the spread of the coronavirus. 

Visit the Grafenwoehr/Vilseck Service Tracker for the complete list of services affected by the coronavirus protection measures.

  • ID Card/DEERS Office: Service is limited to CAC pin resets, lost/stolen IDs, IDs expiring within the next 60 days, out-processing for ETS/retirement/chapter/PCS with ETP, and DEERS enrollment/updates. To schedule an appointment, please call DSN 526-4410/4411/4412, CIV 09641-70-526-4410/4411/4412. Please do not bring children with you to the appointment. If you have no other alternative, you must control your children or service can be denied. 
  • Passport Office: Service is limited to passport pick-up, SOFA card issuance, and life/death emergency cases. To schedule an appointment or for questions, please email: usarmy.bavaria.imcom-europe.mbx.dhr-mpd-passports@mail.mil. Please do not bring children with you to the appointment. If you have no other alternative, you must control your children or service can be denied.
  • In/Out-Processing: Service is limited to out-processing for ETS, retirement, chapters and SRO ETP for PCS. Any new arrivals will receive an in-processing checklist and will be allowed to in-process individual agencies. ITC classes are currently cancelled. Out-processing checklists will be emailed to unit S1s. To schedule an appointment for final out, please call DSN 526-4479, CIV 09641-70-526-4479. Please do not bring children with you to the appointment. If you have no other alternative, you must control your children or service can be denied.
  • Transition Center: Service is provided to ETS, retirement, medical, UQR, and chapters. Units are asked to only proceed with chapter cases if truly necessary as flights out of country are becoming increasingly difficult to obtain. To schedule an appointment please email william.a.hess.ctr@mail.mil, quran.m.rich.ctr@mail.mil, or ambar.s.yenz.ctr@mail.mil or call DSN 526-4458/4459/4456, CIV 09641-70-526-4458/4459/4456. Please do not bring children with you to the appointment. If you have no other alternative, you must control your children or service can be denied.
  • Housing Service Office: DPW Housing will service customers by Appointment Only. Call DSN 526-4347, CIV 09641-70-526-4347. Do not to bring children. Calls for appointments will be accepted Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. Closed on German and U.S. Holidays.

 

U.S. Army Europe vehicle registration extended (March 26, 2020)
U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs 

Effective March 23, all privately owned vehicles registered with the U.S. Army Europe Registry of Motor Vehicles that expire within the next 30 days are automatically extended for 60 days.

As an example, if your POV registration expires March 27, you now have until May 27 to renew.

The U.S. Army Europe Registry of Motor Vehicles in Sembach is closed due to the COVID-19 situation. Vehicle Registration Offices at USAG Bavaria remain open by appointment only in GRAFENWOEHR/VILSECK, Hohenfels and Garmisch. New permanent registration forms will not be issued until normal operations resume.

Your local Military Police can verify registration information if required by host nation police, such as during a traffic stop.

The Army and Air Forces Exchange Services ESSO fuel card program will continue to honor expired, hard copy registration forms.

All expiring registrations, to include temporary and non-operational, are considered valid until normal operations resume - except for cancellations due to lack of insurance coverage.

For special or emergency circumstances, call your local garrison vehicle registration office.

 

Understanding Health Protection Condition (HPCON) Levels (March 26, 2020)
Army Public Health Center 

The Department of Defense Instruction (DoDI) 6200.03 “Public Health Emergency Management Within the DoD,” and supplements, provides military commanders with policy applicable to the COVID-19 outbreak. Commanders review and update the health protection condition (HPCON) based on the risk level in the local community and in cooperation with local, state, or host nation guidance. Article  |  Graphic

 

Medical, dental elective procedures will be postponed 60 days due to COVID-19 (March 26, 2020)
Military Health System


According to the Military Health Service, beginning March 31, 2020, all elective surgeries, invasive procedures and dental procedures at military medical & dental treatment facilities will be postponed for 60 days so critical medical resources can go where they’re needed most. The policy applies to all beneficiaries: active-duty service members and their families, retirees, and Reserve and National Guard service members on active duty or a delayed effective date active-duty order. More...

 

AAFES facilities reduce store hours to combat COVID-19 (March 25, 2020)
AAFES news release 

Effective March 28-April 12, AAFES facilities will reduce hours to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. 

Additionally, the following facilities will alter normal operating hours:

  • Tower Barracks Main Exchange open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Tower Barracks Food Court closes at 7 p.m. Monday – Saturday and Sunday at 6 p.m.
  • Tower Barracks Express open Monday-Sunday, 5 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Netzaberg Express open from Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Rose Barracks Furniture Store open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Rose Barracks Food Court open Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Rose Barracks Express open Monday – Thursday, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m., Friday – Saturday, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Sunday 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Rose Barracks Military Clothing Store open Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and closed Saturday and Sunday.
  • Garmisch Gas Station open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Shoppers can visit the Grafenwoehr Exchange Facebook page for details.

Service-specific guidance on exceptions to household goods (March 25, 2020)
U.S. Transportation Command 

U.S. Transportation command provided Personal Property Offices an advisory on March 18, 2020, with guidance on servicing personal property shipments and advising customers on procedures to seek exception-to-policy within their respective Service. More...

 

Change in passport services operations (March 25, 2020)
U.S. Department of State 

Due to public health measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, effective March 20, 2020, we are only able to offer service for customers with a qualified life-or-death emergency and who need a passport for immediate international travel within 72 hours. More...

 

Army makes exceptions to enlisted promotion policy during COVID-19 outbreak (March 25, 2020)
Army News Service 

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Army has initiated several policy exceptions that will impact enlisted promotion cycles scheduled until the end of this fiscal year. More...

 

Home-Based Businesses subject to Bavarian restrictions amid COVID-19 (March 24, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs 

Home Based Businesses (HBBs) are NOT exempt from the restrictions in the Bavaria General Decree. If your HBB requires physical interaction with your customers — such as barbers and hairstylists, massage therapists or make-up artists — you are subject to the Bavaria General Decree and U.S. Forces installation policies regarding social distancing measures related to coronavirus (COVID-19). Be advised that you could be fined up to €25,000 from the German government and adverse action could be taken by the U.S. Army for violating these polices (such as a revocation of your authority to operate a HHB). Read an English translation of the Bavaria Decree here.

 

Coronavirus pandemic affects local farmers markets (March 24, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs 

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the Bavarian government's regulations regarding social distancing and movement, cities are reviewing their local market activities. Following is an overview: 

  • Weiden: Farmers market held every Wednesday and Saturday around the Old Town Hall is canceled until further notice.
  • Grafenwoehr: Farmers market on Thursdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., remains open. Customers are asked to adhere to social distancing rules. 
  • Amberg: The farmers market on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., remains open
  • Parsberg: Farmers market on Fridays, 1-6 p.m., remains open. 
  • Garmisch: The farmers market on Fridays in the pedestrian zone will be held again starting March 27. It is open from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. 
  • Partenkirchen: The farmers market on Thursdays has moved to the parking lot in front of the town hall. It is open from 7 a.m.-2 p.m.

  

Army CID cautions teleworkers to adhere to these IT best practices (March 24, 2020)
U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command 

As the Army community continues to encourage teleworking, the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command reminds users about cyber adversaries and the importance of keeping all information on the network safe. More...

 

USAG Bavaria adjusts some services following the 4-day weekend (March 23, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs 

U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria installations at Grafenwoehr, Vilseck, Hohenfels and Garmisch continue to implement protective measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Beginning March 24, some services will be readjusted based on current staffing and command guidance to protect the force.

Major changes include the reopening of the AAFES Main Exchanges at all installations. Exchanges reopen to reduce overcrowding at the commissaries. 

AAFES Military Clothing Stores reopen, as well as Launderettes and Cleaners/Alterations (open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays).

Food courts at the Exchange open for take-out only. Food delivery service opens to on-post delivery only.

Post offices (outgoing mail) and Community Mail Rooms (mail pick-up) will also reopen.

Emergency response services provided by military police and fire departments remain in operation.

Installation access remains restricted at all locations. DOD ID cardholders will not sign-in guests. Food delivery will not have access on-post during this time. Only taxis dropping off customers will have installation access (no empty taxis on-post).

Employees should continue to consult with their supervisors. Telework and select leave flexibilities are authorized based at the discretion of the supervisor.

Preventive measures are unique to each installation based on available installation resources, staffing, population sizes and risk factors.

Stay connected to the USAG Bavaria coronavirus page here for ongoing updates. Click your community's service tracker for updates at Grafenwoehr/Vilseck, Hohenfels and Garmisch.

 

Air Mobility Command temporarily suspends most Space-A travel due to COVID-19 (March 23, 2020)
Air Mobility Command Public Affairs 

Air Mobility Command temporarily suspended most Space-Available travel aboard AMC and contracted aircraft, except for certain Category I, IV, and VI travel, effective March 21 in order to limit COVID-19’s spread and its impact on the force. More...

 

SHARP Advocacy services continue during COVID-19 response (March 23, 2020)
Kelly Thornborrow, USAG Bavaria SHARP Victim Advocate

In a time of uncertainty, one thing is certain: Your local Sexual Harassment/Assault Prevention and Response (SHARP) Program team is here to support you.

The SHARP program is here for you and committed to providing response and advocacy support.

SHARP support is available 24/7 across the entire USAG Bavaria/7th ATC footprint.

An on-call member of the SHARP Team can be reached by calling the Bavaria SHARP Hotline at DSN 569-4567, CIV 09641-70-569-4567.

The DoD Safe Helpline can also be reached at DSN 537-7233, CIV 0611-143-537-SAFE (7233), by using the DoD Safe Helpline App, or through safehelpline.org.

 

U.S. Army Europe RMV extends POV registration deadlines (March 23, 2020)
U.S. Army Europe

The U.S. Army Europe Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) has extended by 60 days the permanent registrations of Privately Owned Vehicles (POV) expiring within the next thirty days, effective immediately.

As an example, if the POV permanent registration is scheduled to expire on March 27, RMV has updated their computer system to show your new expiration date to be May 27. While the extension is automatic, new permanent registration forms will not be provided to the customers until normal operations resume. The local Military Police desks can verify the owner's POV registration if required, for example, at a German Police traffic stop.

The AAFES ESSO fuel card officials have been made aware of this situation and will continue to honor expired, hard copy registration forms.

Additionally, all expiring registrations, to include temporary and non-operational, have been extended until further notice. Until RMV is updated, ALL vehicle registrations should be considered valid except cancellations due to lack of insurance coverage.

 

Army Medicine Europe Virtual Medical Townhall March 25 (March 23, 2020)
Army News Service

Regional Health Command Europe Commander Col. Andre Pippen and CSM Matthew Baller host a virtual town hall at 7 p.m. March 25 to provide the latest coronavirus information from the medical communityMore...

 

AAFES to provide grab-and-go meals to students during coronavirus pandemic (March 23, 2020)
Army & Air Force Exchange Service

With schools in Europe closed during the coronavirus pandemic, AAFES will begin providing grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches for students beginning March 23.

From 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., families can stop by one of the centralized locations for the grab-and-go meals. Students will need to have their school meal card available to receive the meal.

The following schools in Germany will participate in the grab-and-go meal program:

  • Baumholder Smith Elementary School
  • Landstuhl Elementary School
  • Ramstein Elementary School
  • Vogelweh Elementary School
  • Kaiserslautern High School
  • Sembach Elementary School
  • Ansbach Elementary School
  • Stuttgart High School
  • Patch Middle School
  • Robinson Barracks School
  • Netzarberg Elementary and Middle School (enter through Netzaberg Middle School)
  • Vilseck Elementary School
  • Hohenfels Elementary School
  • Aukum Elementary School
  • Wiesbaden Elementary School

 

School Liaison Note: To sign-up to participate, email your school using the email address below. Sign-up for meals can be done daily, or for a week at a time. The requests MUST be sent to the mailbox by 3 p.m. the school day PRIOR to pick up. The request MUST include the student’s name, school he or she attends, and current grade level. Your PIN number must be used at pick-up.

 

Service reduced at Army clinics in Bavaria (March 22, 2020)

U.S. Army Medical Department Activity Bavaria (MEDDAC-Bavaria) 

Beginning tomorrow, March 23, 2020, MEDDAC-Bavaria clinics in Ansbach, Grafenwoehr, Hohenfels and Vilseck will have reduction in services, until further notice, so that we can better respond to the COVID-19 health needs of our community.

The following services will be closed or have a change in services:

  • Army Wellness Center closed.
  • Audiology closed.
  • Behavioral Health (no group therapy, no face to face appointments; virtual appointments where applicable – however, do call or walk in to the clinic if you need to be seen urgently)
  • Education and Developmental Intervention Services (EDIS) – (all routine appointments to be converted to virtual/ telehealth/TELECON; no more home visits).
  • Lab (remains open in support of acute care appointments and medication refills only).
  • Nutrition closed.
  • Occupational Therapy closed.
  • Optometry (acute care ONLY)
  • Physical Therapy closed.
  • Pharmacy (remains open in support of acute care appointments and medication refills only)
  • Primary Care (acute care ONLY; routine appointments such as CYS physicals, well woman exams, etc.)
  • Substance Use Disorder Clinical Care (SUDCC) – will be open for acute needs ONLY.
  • X-Ray (remains open in support of acute care appointments and medication refills only)

We still encourage the continued scheduling of well-child exams and major depressive disorder exams.

We will continue to keep you informed of further updates and changes as they happened in these difficult times. Please do remember to practice social distancing and to wash your hands frequently. More...

 

CID encourages vigilance to prevent COVID-19 cyber scams (March 22, 2020)
U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command

SCAM ALERT: Be aware of increased risk in coronavirus scam methods used by cybercriminals, according to the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID). Below is a list of websites that have recently shown signs of malicious behavior detected by anti-virus software:

  • coronavirusstatus.space
  • coronavirus-map.com
  • blogcoronacl.canalcero.digital
  • coronavirus.zone
  • coronavirus-realtime.com
  • coronavirus.app
  • bgvfr.coronavirusaware.xyz
  • coronavirusaware.xyz

More...

 

Soldiers on PCS orders can now request to stay extra year at duty station (March 22, 2020)
Army News Service

Soldiers prepping for a PCS move can now request to stay at their current duty station for up to a year, as the U.S. Army adapts how it moves people during the coronavirus crisis. More...

 

Tax day extended from April 15 to July 15 (March 22, 2020)
Internal Revenue Service

The IRS is moving Tax Day from April 15 to July 15. All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties. More...

 

Service Credit Union closes but continues service (March 21, 2020)
Service Credit Union

The health and safety of our members is our first priority as we navigate concerns about the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). We are here to serve you and we want to share information with you about how we continue to operate safely and effectively.

In an abundance of caution, Service Credit Union branches will be closed to the general public. Banking service will still be provided by phone and email during normal business hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Most transactions can easily be handled this way. Appointments can be made to meet with our Member Service Representatives for any transactions that may require a branch visit. Please visit us at servicecu.org/appointment to select a time to address your banking needs. You may also contact your nearest branch directly by phone or email. 

ATMs will remain fully functioning at all times.

Service Credit Union offers a variety of ways to access your accounts and manage your money from the comfort of your home or workplace, 24/7.

 

DoDEA Breakfast and Lunch Program During School Closure (March 21, 2020)
Department of Defense Education Activity

This program is for families that are recipients of the Free and Reduced Lunch program and for those that would like to pay for this service through their AAFES lunch account. More...

 

Netzaberg health screening checkpoint starting March 21 (March 21, 2020)
41st Field Artillery Brigade

As always, the health and safety of our Soldiers, civilians and family members is a primary concern.  We will continue to do our part to prevent the further spread of the virus. Tower Barracks is implementing an additional measure to aid the State of Bavaria in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Starting March 21 at 8 a.m., Soldiers from Tower Barracks will implement a health checkpoint on Netzabergstraße just as you enter and exit the Netzaberg Community from St2168. The health screening checkpoint helps the community remain in compliance with the health measures enacted by the State of Bavaria. The checkpoint has been coordinated with the of the City of Eschenbach, the City of Grafenwoehr, local law enforcement officials and USAG Bavaria. The checkpoint will be in place until the additional measures enacted by the State of Bavaria end in April. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.
 

 

State of Bavaria imposes 2-week ‘fundamental restrictions’ starting March 20 (March 20, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

The Bavarian Minister President Dr. Markus Soeder announced today, March 20, further statewide restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus. Soeder announced a state of emergency March 16. All people residing in Bavaria — including all communities at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Grafenwoehr, Vilseck, Hohenfels and Garmisch — are subject to the new restrictions, which are set to end no earlier than April 3, 2020, at midnight. German police are authorized the enforce these new restrictions and violations are punishable under German law. When outside with a permissible reason, always carry a DOD identification card. If stopped by a member of law enforcement, present your ID card and state your purpose for being outside your home.

=====GENERAL DECREE=====

Enforcement of the Infection Protection Act (IfSG)

  1. Everyone is encouraged to reduce physical and social contact with other people outside of their own household to an absolutely minimum. Wherever possible, a minimum distance between two persons of 1.5 meters must be observed.
  2. All in-dining restaurants are prohibited, with the exception of drive-thru, delivery and take-away service.
  3. Visits to the following facilities are prohibited:

    1. Hospitals and preventive and rehabilitation facilities providing care comparable to a hospital;
    2. Inpatient facilities; 
    3. Institutions for the care of persons with disabilities, including the mentally-handicapped;
    4. Outpatient care residential facilities, retirement and senior care facilities.

  4. Leaving your own home is only permitted if there are valid reasons. The valid reasons are:

    1. Going to and from your job; 
    2. The use of medical and veterinary care facilities;
    3. Trips to get supplies for daily living (i.e. food, beverages, pet supplies, pharmaceuticals, money, gas, etc.); 
    4. The accompaniment of persons requiring assistance and minors; 
    5. The assistance of persons and minors in need of assistance; 
    6. The escort of dying persons as well as burials in the immediate family; 
    7. Sports and outdoor activity in the fresh are, but only alone or with immediate family members and without being in a group;
    8. Activities for the care of animals.

  5. Police are required to enforce the adherence to these limitations, and persons are required to provide a valid reason to the police when checked.  
  6. A breach of this general order may be punished as an administrative offence of the Infection Protection Act. 
  7. Further orders from the local health authorities remain unaffected.
  8. This general decree is immediately enforceable in accordance with the Infection Protection Act.
  9. This General Decree shall enter into force March 21, 2020, at midnight. The initial restrictions thus end midnight April 3, 2020.
     

Complete Translation (English)

 

USAG Bavaria increased protection measures March 20-23 (March 19, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria installations at Grafenwoehr, Vilseck, Hohenfels and Garmisch are implementing increased protective measures during the U.S. Army Europe training holidays and the overall 4-day weekend March 20 – 23.

While USAG Bavaria will adhere to the March 20 and March 23 training holiday schedule, Soldiers will continue screening efforts at installation gates. Out of a strong abundance of caution, and utilizing the 7ATC Commander’s authorities to protect the force, additional health protection measures associated with reducing the spread of the coronavirus go into effect Friday, March 20. Emergency response services provided by military police and fire departments remain in operation.

Installation access will be restricted at all locations. DOD ID cardholders will not sign-in guests. Food delivery will not have access on-post during this time. Only taxis dropping off customers will have installation access (no empty taxis on-post).

The garrison is providing critical installation services on Friday, March 20 and Monday, March 23. These preventive measures are unique to each installation based on available installation resources, staffing, population sizes and risk factors.

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GRAFENWOEHR - TOWER BARRACKS 
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• Army Lodging: Open
• Army Community Services: (Family Advocacy Program/SHARP) Open 
• Tower Barracks Commissary: Open
• Tower Barracks Dining Facility (DFAC): Open to Soldiers only (take-out)
• Tower Barracks Express Gas Station: Open
• Camp Algiers Express: Open
• Netzaberg Express Gas Station: Open
• Camp Kasserine Mobile Field Exchange (MFE): Open 
• Garrison Shuttle Service: Not operational 
• Community Mail Room: Pick-up only (no customer service window)
• Directorate of Public Works (DPW) & Work orders: Open
• Military Personnel Division (IACS will be closed)
• Medical Clinics: Open
• Tower Barracks Main Exchange: Closed
• Tower Barracks Food Court: Closed
• Family & MWR services and programs: Closed
• Childcare: Open for mission-critical care only 
• Community Bank: Closed (ATM remain operational)
• Service Credit Union: Closed (ATM remain operational)

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ROSE BARRACKS
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• Army Lodging: Open
• Army Community Services: (Family Advocacy Program/SHARP) Open 
• Rose Barracks Commissary: Open
• Rose Barracks Express Gas Station: Open
• Rose Barracks Dining Facility (DFAC): Open to Soldiers only (take-out)
• Garrison Shuttle Service: Not operational 
• Community Mail Room: Open, Pick-up only (no customer service window)
• Central Issue Facility (CIF): Open
• Directorate of Public Works (DPW) & Work orders: Open
• Military Personnel Division: Open (IACS will be closed)
• Medical Clinics: Open
• Rose Barracks Pxtra: Closed
• Rose Barracks Food Court: Closed
• Family & MWR services and programs: Closed
• Childcare: Open for mission-critical care only 
• Community Bank: Closed (ATM remain operational)
• Service Credit Union: Closed (ATM remain operational)

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HOHENFELS
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• Army Lodging: Open
• Army Community Services: (Family Advocacy Program/SHARP) Open 
• Hohenfels Commissary: Open
• Hohenfels Main Exchange: Open
• Hohenfels Express Gas Station (Albertshof): Open
• Community Mail Room: Pick-up only (no customer service window)
• Central Issue Facility (CIF): Open
• Directorate of Public Works (DPW) & Work orders: Open
• Military Personnel Division: Open (IACS will be closed)
• Medical Clinics: Open
• Hohenfels Express (Warrior Hill): Closed
• Hohenfels Food Court: Closed
• Family & MWR services and programs: Closed
• Childcare: Open for mission-critical care only 
• Community Bank: Closed (ATM remain operational)
• Service Credit Union: Closed (ATM remain operational)

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GARMISCH
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• Army Lodging: Open
• Army Community Services: (Family Advocacy Program/SHARP) Open 
• Garmisch Commissary: Open
• Garmisch AAFES Retail Store: Open
• Garmisch Express Gas Station: Open
• Community Mail Room: Pick-up only (no customer service window)
• Family & MWR services and programs: Closed
• Childcare: Open for mission-critical care only 
• Community Bank: Closed (ATM remain operational)
• Directorate of Public Works (DPW) & Work orders: Open
• Military Personnel Division: Open (IACS will be closed)
• Service Credit Union: Closed (ATM remain operational)

 

Religious Support available on Facebook pages (March 19, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

Here's a list of chaplain Facebook pages for our communities. Connect to the religious service near you for more on what's offered this weekend.

 

Bavarian Ministry of Health publishes list of what may remain open in Bavaria (March 19, 2020)
Bavaria Ministry of Health

On Monday, March 16, Bavarian Minister President Dr. Markus Soeder announced a state of emergency in Bavaria, which immediately closed or set off-limits public leisure and entertainment facilities like pools, fitness clubs and playgrounds. The Bavarian Ministry of Health published a list of shops that may remain open in the German economy in Bavaria. Some businesses leaders, however, may choose to close. Here is the most current list of shops that are authorized to remain open:

  • Gas stations
  • Car rental
  • Parcel stations at post offices
  • Fuel trade (oil, pellets etc.)
  • Car Rental
  • Retail trade 
  • Specialty food shops (i.e. wine/beer shops, liquor stores or delis)
  • Retail shops selling hunting supplies (ammunition)
  • Agricultural trade in fertilizers, plant protection, seeds, agricultural machinery, spare parts, etc.
  • Repair of agricultural machinery
  • Auto mechanics and spare parts
  • Truck driving schools
  • Online delivery services
  • Florist shops
  • Shops with specialized DIY assortments such as paint or flooring stores
  • Building materials trade
  • Wholesale trade including food wholesale
  • Supply and installation of goods, e.g. kitchens
  • Building sites, construction industry
  • Nursery
  • Chimney sweeper
  • Locksmith 
  • Building cleaners
  • Taxis
  • Hotels & Lodging (Not for private tourist purposes)
  • Camping sites (permanent campers only)
  • Bicycle repair
  • Newspaper and magazines vendors
  • Personal trainers 
  • Laundrettes
  • Doctors
  • Lawyers offices
  • Tax consultants and auditors
  • Funeral homes

More...

 

TRANSCOM Guidance for Personnel Affected by DOD Stop Move (March 19, 2020)
U.S. Transportation Command

On March 14, U.S. Transportation Command issued an advisory to the moving industry to provide Defense Personal Property Program customers and their chain of command decision space in light of the Department of Defense’s March 13, 2020, ‘stop movement order’ halting most permanent change of station moves from March 16 through May 11, 2020. 

The advisory directs moving companies to take no action on scheduled pick-ups or pack-outs of household goods until they confirm with the Personal Property Office responsible for the shipment that it should continue. Impacted customers with scheduled pick-ups and pack-outs should be contacted by their provider to inform them of the delay of their pick-up or pack-out. Deliveries of household goods, unaccompanied baggage, and non-temporary storage lots should continue as scheduled. More...
 

DoDEA-Europe provides guidance on digital learning (March 19, 2020)
Department of Defense Education Activity - Europe

Student at DoDEA-Europe schools should enter the Europe East Digital Learning Sites website by today, March 19. The site is now live. More...

 

Open library account during library closures (March 19, 2020)
IMCOM-Europe

During the period of library closures, our garrison customers without library accounts are welcome to apply for an account by sending an email to usarmy.sembach.erlsc-staff@mail.mil. Library staff will be monitoring the email to ensure a timely reply to request. Accounts will be setup with a 90- day expiration date. When our locations reopen, new applicants should visit their garrison library to validate their library account so that they can check out physical materials and to continue using the online resources. More...

Coronavirus & non-TRICARE beneficiaries: Information on German medical services (March 18, 2020)
7th Army Training Command Public Affairs

As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop, we are providing information on the status of care available in this community. For more, call your primary caregiver or the 24/7 German medical hotline at 116-117. The German hotline has limited English speakers. 

The following instructions were published for people who suspect they may have been infected with the COVID-19 virus:

Individuals suspected of having contracted COVID-19, especially those who are ill after staying in high-risk regions or after having had contact with a COVID-19 case, should consult a doctor. Call before visiting the doctor's office or hospital so that organizational precautions can be taken to protect staff and other patients. When calling, point out that the patient was in a risk region or was in contact with a COVID-19 case.

Individuals suspected of having contracted COVID-19 should avoid contact with other people. This also applies to the home environment. If possible, separate in time and space from other household members. A "separation in time" could mean taking the meals one after the other, not together. A spatial separation could mean the possibly infected person is in a different room than the other household members. Other precautions to protect third parties:

  • Cough and sneeze in your elbow.
  • Use disposable handkerchiefs and dispose of them safely after use.
  • Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly.
  • Regularly ventilate living rooms and common rooms.
  • Do not share household items (such as dishes and laundry) and hygiene articles with third parties.
  • Use your own bathroom if possible.
  • Regularly clean shared surfaces such as tables or door handles with household cleaners.
  • Avoid hospitals and retirement homes.

People who have had personal contact with a person who has been lab-diagnosed with the novel coronavirus COVID-19 should contact the health authority immediately — even if they do not have any signs of illness.

Additional information:

 

DoDEA cancels 2020 spring sports season (March 18, 2020)
Department of Defense Education Activity

DoDEA made the decision to cancel the 2020 spring sports season amid the spread of the coronavirus. This is highly disappointing to all and will be heart-breaking for student-athletes. The cancelation aims to decrease the spread of the coronavirus. More...

 

European Union closes its borders (March 18, 2020)                 DER Spiegel

All trips between non-European countries and the European Union are suspended for 30 days. "Germany will implement this immediately," said Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday evening. Non-EU citizens are no longer allowed to enter Germany due to the coronavirus. The imposed entry stop applies immediately.

The closure of the borders does not apply to permanent residents, EU citizens, diplomats, doctors, nurses, researchers and experts. The proposal also excludes people who transport important goods and commuters in border regions with work in the EU. This applies to international air and sea transport for travel connections that originate outside the European Union. There are exceptions for third-country nationals with long-term residence rights in an EU country. According to Chancellor Merkel, the restriction initially applies to 30 days. More...

 

100% ID checks at Bavaria commissaries, Early Bird hours suspended. (March 18, 2020)
DeCA

Starting today, March 18, 2020, DeCA commissaries across Bavaria will start a 100% ID check before entering the building. In addition to hand washing before shopping, customers will also be required to show their IDs before entering the commissary. Bavaria commissaries will also suspend their daily 8-10 a.m. early bird hours until further notice. 

There is also a limit on antibacterial products and paper products, like antibacterial-wipes, hand-soaps, and hand-sanitizer, toilet paper and tissues products. The limit is three per customer for these products. These changes come as a preventative measure to help combat the spread of COVID-19 and ensure everyone has the opportunity to necessary items.

 

ACS updates its service delivery approach to focus on resiliency in families (March 17, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Army Community Service

The garrison’s Army Community Service program’s mission supports families in times like these, and took the opportunity to alter the service delivery model during the period of concern.  Though ACS temporarily closed the Tower Barracks, Hohenfels and Garmisch offices, the Rose Barracks office, Bldg.322, remains open for in and out processing during the week from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

All other services are taking place through telephonic and electronic means:

  • Information and Referral, please contact: 09662-83-2650 or DSN 476-2650.
  • Victim Advocacy Services, please contact the 24/7 Hotline +49 162-2960661.
  • Army Emergency Relief, please contact: 09662-83-2650 or DSN 476-2650 (after hours, please contact American Red Cross:  1-877-272-7337)

If you are in need of emergency services, please contact 110.

Our school Military Family Life Counselors (MFLCs) are supporting clients telephonically:

  • Netzaberg Elementary School: 011-49 152-2447-3647 or 011-49-152-2983-0745
  • Netzaberg Elementary School: 011-49-152-2983-0485 or 011-49-152-2983-0515
  • Vilseck Elementary School: 011-49-152-2985-3944

USAG Bavaria's Army Community Service provides family advocacy, volunteer, relocation, deployment, employment and financial support services to soldiers, Department of the Army civilians and families.  For tips, tools and resources in resiliency and readiness through the COVID 19 response, learn more at the ACS Facebook page facebook.com/USAGbavariaACS.

 

DoDEA: Digital learning to begin March 19 (March 16, 2020)
Department of Defense Education Activity Europe (DoDEA-Europe)

Our teachers are working diligently to create strong, digital learning plans for each of your students at all of our 32 schools. Digital learning will begin Thursday, March 19th. On that date, students should access the District Digital Learning website and make contact with their teachers by visiting each teacher’s digital learning plan. This will include learning objectives, times when real-time instruction will take place and access to learning resources. More...

 

7th Army Training Command implements increased COVID-19 response measures for U.S. military community in Bavaria  (March 16, 2020)
7th Army Training Command

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 17:

  • 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, fitness studios 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. Tele-work 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 non-essential 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. More...

 

Exercise Defender-Europe 20 UPDATE (March 16, 2020)
United States European Command

In response to the current outbreak of the COVID-19 virus and recent guidance by the Secretary of Defense, we have modified exercise Defender-Europe 20 in size and scope. As of March 13, all movement of personnel and equipment from the United States to Europe has ceased. The health, safety and readiness of our military, civilians, and family members is our primary concern. More...

 

U.S. Army Civilian Personnel Guidance for Army Civilians in Responding to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (March 16, 2020)
Assistant Secretary of the Army, Manpower and Reserve Affairs

On March 8, 2020, the Department of Defense released guidance to all personnel in response to the coronavirus. This Army memo provides further guidance on telework, alternative work schedules, leave and other flexibilities. More...

 

Department of Homeland Security outlines new process for Americans returning from Germany and certain European countries (March 16, 2020)
Department of Homeland Security

Americans returning from all restricted countries will now be required to travel through the following 13 airports:

  • Boston-Logan International Airport (BOS), Massachusetts
  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Illinois
  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Texas
  • Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), Michigan
  • Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Hawaii
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Georgia
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), New York
  • Los Angeles International Airport, (LAX), California
  • Miami International Airport (MIA), Florida
  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), New Jersey
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO), California
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Washington
  • Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD), Virginia
  • More...

 

State of emergency in Bavaria tightens protection measures against coronavirus (March 16, 2020)
Bavarian Minister President, Bayerischer Rundfunk TV

The Bavarian Minister President Dr. Markus Soeder announced today, March 16, a state of emergency in the state of Bavaria for at least 14 days to allow the state government to implement all protective measures against coronavirus (COVID 19). The goal is to significantly slow down the spread of the coronavirus to protect all citizens, especially the high-risk groups of senior citizens and people with pre-existing health conditions. At USAG Bavaria, we are re-evaluating how this affects protection measures already in place at all USAG Bavaria installations. Stay connected to our coronavirus page for updates at http://go.usa.gov/xd6rT. The state of Bavaria's state of emergency measures currently include:

  • Effective March 17 - April 19, 2020, all public leisure and entertainment facilities must close. These include bars, clubs, movie theaters, museum, zoos, entertainment parks, swimming pools, saunas, spas, fitness clubs, playgrounds, public facilities such as auditoriums and public adult education schools.
  • Effective March 18, all restaurants may only open from 6 a.m.-3 p.m. The maximum amount of people served at tables in restaurants is 30 at a time. Tables must be separated by a distance of at least 1.5 meters. After 3 p.m., restaurants may remain open for take-out, drive-in and delivery only. 
  • Effective March 18, all stores will close. Exceptions include supermarkets, drug stores, pharmacies, animal supply stores, banks, barber shops and gas stations. These stores are permitted to change their opening hours and may stay open Monday-Saturday until 10 p.m., and are allowed to open on Sundays noon-6 p.m. Hotels also remain open.
  • Bavarian schools and child care facilities remain closed until April 19.
  • Medical support. Coronavirus testing has increased. The number of staff responding to the German medical hotline (116117) also increased. Medical staff on leave asked to report for duty. More...

 

USAG Bavaria releases coronavirus FAQ (March 16, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

We're updating our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page daily based on DOD guidance and your most common questions. More...

 

Germany: Border restrictions with borders to Austria, Denmark, France, Switzerland and Luxembourg will be in effect Monday morning (March 15, 2020)

In addition to Denmark, Austria, Switzerland and France, temporary boarder controls will also be established at the Luxembourg border, starting Monday morning. Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has announced controls and entry bans at the borders. "Travellers without a valid reason can't enter the country", Seehofer said in Berlin. "We therefore ask all citizens to not travel without a valid reason. "It has not yet been determined how long the border controls will remain in effect. 
 

German media reports border closures/restrictions with Austria, Denmark, France, and Switzerland. (March 15, 2020)
Merkur

Germany will close/restrict it's borders with Austria, France, Denmark and Switzerland, several German media sources are reporting Sunday late afternoon. German Minister of Interior Horst Seehofer will report on details at 7 p.m. It is reported that goods would continue to flow between the countries and commuters could also still cross the borders. More...

 

U.S. Army establishes 24/7 hotline to assist with PCS travel (March 15, 2020)
U.S. Army

Those affected by the Army's guidelines concerning Permanent Change of Station (PCS) moves to or from countries that are designated as Alert Level 2 or 3 due to coronavirus (COVID-19) can call the 24-hour hotline (1-888-276-9472), option 5 for guidance. From a German phone, dial 001-888-276-9472. CDC Alert Level 3 countries in Europe include Germany, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City. Other countries include China, Iran and South Korea. Learn more at  www.army.mil/covid-19.

 

Memorandum: Stop Movement for All Domestic Travel for DoD Components in Response to Coronavirus (March 14, 2020)
Department of Defense

This memorandum applies to all DoD military and civilian personnel and their families assigned to DoD installations, facilities, and surrounding areas in the United States and its territories. All DoD military personnel will stop movement while this memorandum is in effect. In addition, DoD civilian personnel and DoD family members, whose transportation is government-funded, will also stop movement. This policy applies to Permanent Change of Station (PCS) and Temporary Duty. Additionally, until the domestic travel restrictions prescribed above are lifted, DoD Components may only onboard civilian employees within the local commuting area, and military members are only authorized local leave in accordance with Service policies. A travel exception may be granted. More...

 

How commissaries are responding to COVID-19 (March 14, 2020)
Defense Commissary Agency

DeCA created a coronavirus FAQ page at https://commissaries.com/coronavirus. Product availability rates for commissaries in Europe are currently at 95% in Europe, which is excellent. Orders transported by ship to Europe average 14 days. More...

 

U.S. Army coronavirus page offers PCS guidance, FAQ (March 14, 2020)
U.S. Army

Army senior leaders continue to evaluate current day-to-day operations to ensure the safety of all of our Soldiers, family members and civilian personnel. New site at www.army.mil/covid-19 offers the latest guidance, resources and FAQ. More...

 

Events in Bavaria with over 1,000 participants canceled  (March 14, 2020)
Bavaria Minister of Health

Bavaria's Minister of Health supports the proposal to cancel events with more than 1,000 participants for the time being. More...

 

DOD releases FAQ to travel restrictions (March 13, 2020)
Department of Defense

On March 12, the U.S. Secretary of Defense restricted travel for all DoD uniformed personnel, civilian personnel and family travelling to, from, or through the CDC Level 3 designated locations for 60 days, effective March 13, 2020. Today, March 13, the DOD provided answers to common questions to those restrictions. More...

 

Child and Youth Services Update (March 13, 2020)
Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation

Child and Youth Services in all USAG Bavaria communities changed their operations until further notice due to precautionary measures. 

  • Child Development Centers: Mission essential care only. *Eligible families are already pre-registered as mission essential in CYS. For questions, please contact the Child Development Center.   
  • School Age Centers: Mission essential care only.*Eligible families are already pre-registered as mission essential in CYS. For questions, please contact the School Age Center.   
  • CYS Sports & Fitness: Programs and events cancelled.
  • Family Child Care (FCC): No change to operations.
  • SKIESUnlimited: Programs and events cancelled.
  • Parent Central Services: No change to operations.
  • School Liaison Officer: No change to operations.
  • Youth Centers: Facilities are closed. Programs and events cancelled. More...

 

DODEA School Closures (March 13, 2020)
Installation Management Command-Europe

To that end, over the past few days, and especially the past 48 hours, the USAREUR Commander has decided that DoDEA schools in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands will be closed beginning Monday, March 16. More...

 

German schools and daycare centers in Bavaria close (March 13, 2020)
Bavarian State Government

Due to the spread of the corona virus, schools and kindergartens in Bavaria will be closed until April 19. Parents of students at DoDEA schools at USAG Bavaria should be preparted for a decision to close schools too. More...

 

Czech Republic border closure (March 13, 2020)
Auswaertiges Amt

From midnight March 14, 2020, a basic entry ban applies to all persons who want to enter the Czech Republic. Czech nationals and foreigners with a residence permit in the Czech Republic are exempt, but must expect health examinations with temperature measurements. More...

 

USAG Bavaria fitness centers hours reduced (March 12, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

Effective immediately, all USAG Bavaria fitness centers at Grafenwoehr, Vilseck, Hohenfels and Garmisch—including the 24/7 gyms—open at 7:30 a.m. Fitness centers will be open from 7:30-9 a.m. for shower use only. Fitness centers open for normal use at 9 a.m. until regularly scheduled closing times (24/7 gyms close same hours). Fitness center patrons are reminded to practice social distancing and good hygiene. These modified hours are in effect until further notice.    

 

Exercise Defender-Europe 20 Update (March 12, 2020)
EUCOM

After careful review of the ongoing Defender-Europe 20 exercise activities and in light of the current Coronavirus outbreak, we will modify the exercise by reducing the number of U.S. participants. Activities associated with the exercise will be adjusted accordingly and we'll work closely with Allies and partners to meet our highest priority training objectives. More...   

 

Increased health protection measures at all installation gates  (March 12, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

Gate guards at U.S. Army installations in Europe will no longer touch ID cards. Beginning today, March 12, people entering any U.S. Army installation in Europe—includeing those at USAG Bavaria—will be expected to:

  • Maintain control of their individual Common Access Card (CAC); Installation Pass (IP); or other scannable means of identification used for installation access.
  • Follow the directions of the guard to turn the card around if the back of the card needs to be scanned.
  • Not hold the card near their face, as the hand-held scanner uses a laser to read the card.
  • Be prepared to go through this procedure for every identification card for any other people in the vehicle.

 

Travel Restrictions for DoD Components in Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (March 12, 2020)
DOD memorandum

The U.S. Secretary of Defense restricted travel for all DoD uniformed personnel, civilian personnel and family travelling to, from, or through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Level 3 designated locations for 60 days, effective March 13, 2020. Germany has been designated a Level 3 location (see https://go.usa.gov/xd6zF). More...

 

CDC designates Germany Level 3 country (March 12, 2020)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to the specified countries in Europe. There may be limited access to adequate medical care in affected areas. Widespread, sustained spread of a respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus (COVID-19) has been reported in countries in this region. More... 

 

USAG Bavaria identifies first case of coronavirus (March 11, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

A civilian employee of the U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. The employee is with the garrison's Directorate of Emergency Services and is currently being treated at a host nation medical facility.

The Army has begun the process of tracing and contacting people with whom the employee might have had contact over the past two weeks in his job in the Hohenfels community. The garrison is implementing all appropriate control measures to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

"Our priority is to maintain the health and safety of our personnel and family members, while implementing protective measures and continuing to work with our host nation partners on prevention of spread," said Col. Adam Boyd, U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria commander.

 

7th ATC & USAG Bavaria on coronavirus (March 11, 2020)
7th Army Training Command & USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

Out of an abundance of caution, 7th Army Training Command and USAG Bavaria are implementing precautionary measures to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19. These basic measures are consistent with the guidance published from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. These include: 

• Social Distancing: limit contact between people through greetings or large public gatherings, to include meetings at work. 

• Increased frequency of cleaning: handwashing stations at entry/exit points of high traffic areas. This may affect the hours of on-post services to allow time for additional cleaning. 

• Self-isolation in coordination and communication with chain of command.

The most current and accurate information about these and any future measures can be found here at our USAG Bavaria coronavirus webpage. We understand and appreciate your concerns on how constantly evolving worldwide issue this will impact you, your family, friends and neighbors. The health of our force is our top priority.

 

COVID-19: Army stands ready (March 6, 2020)
Army News Service

The Army is taking the necessary steps to combat the spread of COVID-19, all while simultaneously implementing measures to treat personnel impacted by the disease, the Army's top medical officer said Thursday. More…

 

CDC issues Level 3 Travel Health Alert for Italy (March 4, 2020)
EUCOM

The CDC has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Alert for Italy, recommending travelers avoid all non-essential travel: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/warning/coronavirus-italy 

USEUCOM continues to monitor the Coronavirus situation throughout Europe. We encourage all DOD personnel in impacted areas to monitor their command social media pages as well as the DOD, CDC and U.S. Embassy websites for the latest info.

 

Coronavirus update for Europe (Feb. 28, 2020)
Regional Health Command Europe

As a result of the current coronavirus outbreak in Northern Italy, U.S. European Command medical professionals are working closely with appropriate authorities to monitor the situation, coordinate the latest guidance from DOD and CDC, and distribute information to DOD personnel throughout the European theater as it becomes available.

There is currently NO MANDATORY QUARANTINE for DOD personnel or their families in Europe solely because they may have visited Italy recently. The only time a QUARANTINE would be mandated is if the individual(s) were in contact with a person who has a confirmed case of the Corona Virus.

ADHERE TO THE FOLLOWING GUIDANCE:

1. If, within the last 14 days, you had close contact with a suspected or confirmed case of the Coronavirus OR traveled to China, AND

2. Are experiencing a cough, AND

3. Have a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius), STAY HOME — DO NOT GO TO THE HOSPITAL.

4. TRICARE beneficiaries should call the call the Nurse Advice Line at one of the following toll-free numbers based on your location:

  • Bahrain: 800-06432
  • Belgium: 0800-81933
  • Germany: 0800-071-3516
  • Greece: 00-800-4414-1013
  • Italy: 800-979721
  • Spain: 900-82-2740
  • Turkey: 00-800-44-882-5287
  • UK: 0800-028-3263

*** To access the Nurse Advice Line (NAL) from a cell phone in Europe you must first call your clinic appointment line and choose the option for the Nurse Advice Line.***

5. Non-TRICARE beneficiaries should contact their primary care provider for advice.
If you do NOT meet ALL THREE of the above criteria, but you have symptoms of upper respiratory infection, call your primary care provider for advice.
DOD personnel and their family members should monitor their command social media pages as well as the DOD, CDC and U.S. Embassy websites for the latest info.

PREVENTIVE MEASURE TIPS/GUIDELINES:
There are simple everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Avoid seasonal influenza by getting your annual influenza shot from your healthcare provider.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home while you are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds OR use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.