Archive for June, 2014

High visibility vests required by Germany July 1

High visibility vests required by Germany July 1

A new regulation will make it mandatory to have a high-visibility vest in vehicles in Germany, according to a release by German automobile association Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club. The policy, which takes effect July 1, will require one reflective vest carried in each car, truck or bus registered in Germany. The…

June 27, 2014 ×
Motorcycle PPE: regulations and common sense demand it

Motorcycle PPE: regulations and common sense demand it

By Greg Jones
USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs Office

Motorcycle Personal Protective Equipment includes gear that is meant to protect motorcycle riders and reduce the risk and the severity of injuries in case of an accident. While some of the gear is intended to protect the rider in an accident, much of it is also intended to help prevent the accident in the first place.

June 25, 2014 ×
Oak Processionary Caterpillar webs have been found in tree near military housing areas. People who find an Oak Processionary Caterpillar in the housing area should immediately report the location of the nest to the garrison housing office. Photo Credit: File Photo

Return of the Oak Processionary Moth Caterpillar

As summer kicks off, a yearly visitor to the Stuttgart area has made appearances at some USAG Stuttgart installations. The Oak Processionary Moth caterpillar is a hairy caterpillar common to central and southern Europe may be hazardous to your health, though taking a few precautions cangreatly reduce any risk of irritation or other problems.

June 24, 2014 ×
Freedom 6 Sends: Army birthday celebrates Soldiers, civilians, families

Freedom 6 Sends: Army birthday celebrates Soldiers, civilians, families

Commentary by Lt. Gen. Donald Campbell U.S. Army Europe commander This month the United States Army celebrates 239 years of deep commitment, abiding patriotism and indomitable spirit. On June 14, 1775, our nation’s leaders established the Continental Army, beginning a rich heritage of successfully defending our great country and its…

June 14, 2014 ×
Did you know fuel cards expire?

Did you know fuel cards expire?

Esso fuel cards are like any other debit or credit card and have an expiration date. Fuel cards are valid for three years, and the expiration dates are not related to your vehicle registration date. To avoid interruption of service, check the expiration date on the lower right hand corner…

June 13, 2014 ×
The Stuttgarter Saloniker was founded in 1989 and focuses on authentic music ranging from classic, folk, jazz, swing to Vienna classic, opera, Latin, rock, pop and funk played with classic instruments. Photo by Tony Black.

‘Stuttgarter Saloniker:’ From jazz to swing enjoy music year-round

The “Stuttgarter Saloniker” ensemble delivers a generous spectrum of musical genres year-round.

June 11, 2014 ×
Bouncy castle safe use guidelines

Bouncy castle safe use guidelines

There have been several incidents reported where bounce houses have blown over or become airborne with children inside them. When using a bounce house, follow these safety tips:   Children must be supervised at all times. Parents or guardians should visually ensure that the bounce house is secured. If the…

June 11, 2014 ×
CFPB looks out for service members’ financial interests

CFPB looks out for service members’ financial interests

Story & photo by S.J. Grady
USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs Office

The day after the Justice Department announced it had reached a $60 million settlement with the Sallie Mae Bank to resolve allegations of charging service members excessive rates on student loans, Holly Petraeus was in Stuttgart to educate the community about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

June 10, 2014 ×
Graduation: for the students, by the students

Graduation: for the students, by the students

By S.J. Grady
USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs Office

The Patch High School Class of 2014 completed its final task June 3 at the Stadthalle in Sindelfingen as seniors walked the graduation line. One-hundred-seventy-two students crossed the stage to receive their diplomas during the school’s 35th commencement exercise.

June 9, 2014 ×
Ask A Jag: German Law vs. American Law

Ask A Jag: German Law vs. American Law

Differences between German and American law.

June 9, 2014 ×
Pedestrian or "Fussgänger" zones can be found in many cities and towns throughout Germany and usually offer a variety of specialty stores and retail outlets. The larger the pedestrian zone, the larger the variety of shopping, and Stuttgart's Königstrasse, pictured here, is one of the largest and most popular shopping streets in Germany. - Photo by Thinkstockphotos.com

Welcome to Stuttgart special: the German shopping experience

Upon arrival to Europe one of the first things many like to do is get out and do some shopping.

June 2, 2014 ×