U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz is implementing precautionary measures for the health protection of our community. Expect these measures to impact normal day-to-day operations across Kaiserslautern and Baumholder communities. Click the banner above for a current list of garrison services and closures. Updates will be posted here and on the USAG RHEINLAND-PFALZ FACEBOOK PAGE

As always, we thank you for your patience during this rapidly evolving situation and will do our best to keep you informed in a timely manner.

USAG RP TOWN HALL Q+A

COVID-19 TOWN HALL Q+A (Updated June 3, 2020)
This document is a repository of all questions and answers from USAG RP virtual town halls regarding COVID-19.

USAG RP COVID-19 HOT TOPICS

Current Garrison Operations

We are maintaining a current list of impacted garrison services and closures at the following link:
https://home.army.mil/rheinland-pfalz/index.php/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-services-closures

Current General Order

The General Order comes from the Army Senior Responsible Officer Maj. Gen. Christopher Mohan, 21st Theater Sustainment Command. The latest version may be found on the 21st TSC website.

General Order No. 4: https://go.usa.gov/xwVXY

Annex to GO-4: https://go.usa.gov/xwVXa

Current Host Nation Ordinance

English translation of current Rheinland-Pfalz ordinance.

PCSing during COVID-19

Check our For Newcomers pages and the U.S. Army Europe Newcomers pages for information regarding PCSing here during COVID-19.

Army PCS, Travel and Leave FAQs

The Army published FAQs for PCS, Travel and Leave (information current as of June 17, 2020).


For COVID-19 PCS/TDY travel questions, Soldiers can contact the Army Human Resource Command’s 24/7 hotline at 1-800-582-5552.

covid-19 UPDATES

Maj. Gen. Christopher Mohan signs General Order No. 4 (June 19, 2020)

Maj. Gen. Christopher Mohan signed General Order No. 4, which includes an Annex that will be updated regularly.
GENERAL ORDER NO. 4 | ANNEX TO GO-4 (As of July 2, 2020)

Update to Personnel Movement and Travel Restrictions (May 26, 2020)

The Secretary of Defense signed a memo to transition to a conditions-based phased approach to personnel movement and travel restrictions. MORE...

Maj. Gen. Christopher Mohan signs General Order No. 3 (May 21, 2020)

Maj. Gen. Christopher Mohan signed General Order No. 3 identifying conduct that is prejudicial to good order and discipline, health and safety of all personnel within his senior responsible officer area of responsibility, which includes all Army installations within U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz, U.S. Army Garrison Benelux, Kosovo, Romania and Bulgaria. MORE...

State of Rheinland-Pfalz COVID-19 relaxation matrix (May 14, 2020)

The state of Rheinland-Pfalz has released a matrix showing the expected dates of openings and ongoing physical distancing measures in the local economy. MORE...

Chancellor Merkel cautiously optimistic as she announces lockdown rollback (May 7, 2020)

German Chancellor Merkel warned that while the coronovirus' "first phase it not over...we still have a long fight ahead of us." Social distancing measures will remain in place until June 5, but parts of the economy will reopen. MORE...

U.S. Army Europe publishes FAQs on summer PCS moves (May 6, 2020)

U.S. Army Europe published a list of FAQs to assist community members with questions regarding their summer PCS moves. MORE...

Maj. Gen. Christopher Mohan signs General Order No. 2 (May 5, 2020)

Maj. Gen. Christopher Mohan signed General Order No. 2 identifying conduct that is prejudicial to good order and discipline, health and safety of all personnel within his senior responsible officer area of responsibility, which includes all Army installations within U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz, U.S. Army Garrison Benelux, Kosovo, Romania and Bulgaria. MORE... 

DoDEA Europe schools closed for remainder of year (May 1, 2020)

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. MORE... 

Face coverings mandatory in Rheinland-Pfalz, Saarland (April 22, 2020)

Rheinland-Pfalz and Saarland are among the most recent German states to implement mandatory face coverings while on public transportation and shopping beginning April 27. TRANSLATED INFO...

DOD extends travel restrictions (April 20, 2020)

Effective April 20, the Secretary of Defense approved an extension to the stop movement order through June 30 to aid in the further prevention of the spread of COVID-19. MORE...

Special leave accrual for service members (April 16, 2020)

In recognition of the impact of DOD's response to COVID-19 on service members' ability to take leave and properly manage their leave balances, effective March 11 , 2020, through September 30, 2020, service members 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. MORE... 

Germany updates lockdown measures (April 15, 2020)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced updated COVID-19 protection measures during a press conference April 15. 

  • The ongoing rule that individuals may only meet with one person outside their household remains in place, as well as the social distancing restrictions
  • German schools will begin to reopen in steps beginning May 4, but federal states will act more or less independently. First schools to open will be graduating classes (high school and 4th grade).
  • Elementary/primary schools will remain closed
  • Large gatherings will remain prohibited until August 31
  • Restaurants, bars and dance clubs will also remain closed indefinitely
  • Businesses up to 800 square meters can open (e.g. bicycle shops, car repair, book stores, etc.)
  • Hairdressers/barber shops will be allowed to open beginning May 4, under necessary safety precautions
  • People are asked to wear masks or face coverings on public transportation and retail stores; however, masks are not required

The federal and state governments want to meet every 14 days in the future to decide on further measures and to gradually return to normal. The next appointment is April 30.

Guidance for face covering on military installations (April 10, 2020)

On April 5, 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. Be sure to review U.S. ARMY EUROPE FACE COVERING GUIDANCE and 86TH AIRLIFT WING FACE COVERING GUIDANCE (to be followed when visiting any Air Force installations or facilities). 

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

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 permanent change of station and temporary duty travel claims for Soldiers impacted by the coronavirus. 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)

COVID-19 restrictions and fines in Rheinland-Pfalz (April 2, 2020)

The offenses and associated fines listed in this table are an extract from the Third Corona Control Ordinance Rhineland-Palatinate, dated March 23, of the most relevant situations for individuals working or living in Rheinland-Pfalz. MORE...

Germany extends social distancing restrictions until April 19 (April 1, 2020)

Germany's social distancing measures have been extended through the end of the Easter holiday break, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced on Wednesday following a call with state leaders. The extension now keeps the restrictions in place until at least April 19. MORE...

Army makes exceptions to enlisted promotion policy during COVID-19 outbreak (March 24, 2020)

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...

Maj. Gen. Christopher Mohan signs General Order No. 1 (March 23, 2020)

Maj. Gen. Christopher Mohan signed General Order No. 1 identifying conduct that is prejudicial to good order and discipline, health and safety of all personnel within his senior responsible officer area of responsibility, which includes all Army installations within U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz, U.S. Army Garrison Benelux, Kosovo, Romania and Bulgaria. MORE... 

Chancellor Merkel issues new regulations (March 22, 2020) 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has issued new regulations including a ban on meetings of more than two people. There are exceptions for families and for people who live together.
 
Further details from the announcement:
  • Citizens are urged to reduce contact with other people outside the members of their own household to an absolutely necessary minimum.
  • In public, wherever possible, a minimum distance of at least 1.5 meters must be kept from persons other than those mentioned above.
  • The stay in public space is only permitted alone, with another person not living in the household or in the circle of members of one's own household.
  • The way to work, emergency care, shopping, visits to the doctor, participation in meetings, necessary appointments and examinations, help for others or individual sports and exercise in the fresh air as well as other necessary activities remain possible.
  • Groups of people celebrating in public places, in apartments and private facilities are unacceptable in view of the serious situation in our country. Violations of the contact restrictions should be reported to authorities and the police and, in the event of violations, to be sanctioned.
  • Restaurants will be closed. Excluded from this is delivery and collection of takeaway food for consumption at home.
  • Personal hygiene services such as hairdressers, beauty salons, massage parlors, tattoo studios and similar establishments will be closed because physical closeness is essential in this area. Medically necessary treatments remain possible.
  • In all establishments and especially those open to the public, it is important to comply with hygiene regulations and to implement effective protective measures for employees and visitors.
  • These measures should have a period of validity of at least two weeks.
The federal government and the states are aware that these are very drastic measures. However, they are necessary and they are proportionate with regard to the legal interest of public health to be protected. Merkel warned that the new restrictions are rules, not recommendations. The police will make sure that they are adhered to.
 

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

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...

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

This memorandum applies to all DOD military and civilian personnel and their families assigned to DOD installations, facilities and surrounding areas in the U.S. 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. MORE...

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

On March 11, the U.S. SECRETARY OF DEFENSE RESTRICTED TRAVEL for all DOD uniformed personnel, civilian personnel and family traveling to, from, or through CDC Level 3 designated locations for 60 days, effective March 13. The DOD has provided answers to common questions regarding those restrictions. MORE... 

DODEA school closures (March 13, 2020)

The decision has been made to close all DoDEA Europe schools to students in Turkey, Germany, Belgium, Spain and the Netherlands starting March 16. MORE...

How USAG RP is monitoring COVID-19 developments (Feb. 27, 2020)

Garrison leadership and U.S. Army officials in the Kaiserslautern Military Community are tracking that the city of Kaiserslautern confirmed its first case of the COVID-19 strain of the coronavirus Feb. 27. MORE...