Archive for August, 2013

Hagel announces new anti-sexual assault initiatives

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today announced seven new initiatives to strengthen and standardize the department’s sexual assault prevention and response effort.

August 16, 2013 ×

DOD announces same-sex spouse benefits

American Forces Press Service

The Department of Defense announced its plan to extend benefits to same-sex spouses of uniformed service members and Department of Defense civilian employees, according to a DOD news release issued Aug. 14.

August 15, 2013 ×
Motorcycle Safety: Leaders must check leaders

Motorcycle Safety: Leaders must check leaders

Nationally, deaths in private motor vehicle accidents peak during August, a trend the military generally follows.

August 13, 2013 ×

DoD, VA Establish Two Multi-Institutional Consortia to Research PTSD and TBI

U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)

In response to President Obama’s Executive Order, the Departments of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) highlighted today the establishment of two joint research consortia, at a combined investment of $107 million to research the diagnosis and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) over a five-year period.

August 13, 2013 ×

Savings, reprogramming enable furlough reduction

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

Savings and the ability to reprogram funds made possible today’s announcement by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that unpaid furlough days for about 650,000 civilian employees are being reduced.

August 8, 2013 ×

U.S. forces customs officials crack down on Germany fuel card abuse

By Robert Szostek
U.S. Army Europe Office of the Provost Marshal

The Army and Air Force Exchange Service fuel card makes it easy for U.S. forces personnel to fill their vehicles with tax-free fuel in Germany. U.S. Army Europe Office of the Provost Marshal officials say the system’s automated features also make it simple for customs investigators to track suspicious transactions.

August 8, 2013 ×
Tips for safe cycling

Tips for safe cycling

Wearing a properly fitted helmet isn’t the only precaution bicyclists should take when riding.

August 7, 2013 ×
Wasps, bees, hornets: protected by law

Wasps, bees, hornets: protected by law

Killing these insects without reason is prohibited.

August 7, 2013 ×
Ask a JAG: What to know about illegal downloading or file-sharing

Ask a JAG: What to know about illegal downloading or file-sharing

Improperly obtaining copyrighted music or movies is illegal in Germany.

August 7, 2013 ×
SOCEUR welcomes Webb as new commander

SOCEUR welcomes Webb as new commander

U.S. Special Operations Command Europe celebrated the end of a career of service while welcoming a new commander during a change of command ceremony held in the Patch Fitness Center gymnasium July 16.

August 7, 2013 ×
Smoking cigarettes: slowest form of suicide

Smoking cigarettes: slowest form of suicide

I’ve been slowly killing myself for the past three years. I intentionally inhale toxins that destroy my lungs and heart. I smoke cigarettes.

August 7, 2013 ×
Help for Oklahoma tornado victims

Help for Oklahoma tornado victims

Alphonzo Oliver, the American Red Cross Stuttgart director (far right) accepts a check for $7241.76 during the U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart chaplain’s Impact Ministry visit at USAG Stuttgart headquarters July 9.

August 7, 2013 ×
Know proper procedures for urgent, emergency care

Know proper procedures for urgent, emergency care

Sometimes it may be difficult to know when to seek emergency care services or urgent care services.

August 7, 2013 ×
August begins Anti-Terrorism Awareness Month

August begins Anti-Terrorism Awareness Month

In 2007, six men were arrested for their plot to infiltrate the installation and attack Soldiers at Fort Dix, N.J.

August 7, 2013 ×
USAG Stuttgart C.A.R.E. Fair eases transition for newcomers

USAG Stuttgart C.A.R.E. Fair eases transition for newcomers

It’s never easy settling into a new community. Hillary Carter, an Army spouse who arrived in Stuttgart in early July with husband Kevin and 2-year-old son Rigby, survived her first overseas permanent change of station move and now is in the process of “starting over” in a new environment.

August 7, 2013 ×