General order updated, allows unofficial travel

Maj. Gen. Joseph Jarrard, U.S. Army Europe’s Deputy Commanding General and the senior responsible officer for the Stuttgart area, visits with Soldiers amid COVID-19 operations (Photo by Rick Scavetta, USAG Stuttgart)

USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs

STUTTGART, Germany – New guidance on community restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic was released Friday by Maj. Gen. Joseph Jarrard, U.S. Army Europe’s Deputy Commanding General and the senior responsible officer for the Stuttgart area.

Since COVID-19 operations began, the military issued a “General Order One,” to direct members of the military community on prohibited activities as directed by our German hosts or by senior Defense Department leaders.

GO-1 Bravo, released on May 8, is rescinded and GO-1 Charlie is effective immediately, the order states. The order applies to all U.S. Army Europe personnel at U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart. It all applies to all service members, family members, Department of Defense civilian personnel and others who are “present on, or seeking access to,” USAG Stuttgart.

One of the key changes, anticipated by community members since host nation officials recently began loosening travel restrictions, is the reduction of limits for personnel at USAG Stuttgart related to unofficial travel.

“Unofficial travel for DoD service members is authorized in accordance with any Department of Defense travel guidance and host nation public health measures,” the order states.

The order no longer has language about overnight stays, which means travelling and staying overnight for personal reasons is now an option for community members, as long as it in line with DoD and host nation rules.

To read GO-1 C, click here.

 

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