USAG Ansbach Connection, your Hometown Information Source
European Infrastructure Consolidation (EIC) Follow-up Statement from USAG Ansbach Garrison Commander
For the official European Infrastructure Consolidation (EIC) U.S. Army Europe release, please click on the image.
I want you to know that we are still working on possible courses of action to help mitigate some of the issues that you have mentioned here, and others that may arise as a result of this announcement. We are coordinating directly with the offices and directorates involved with these issues and are working to come up with viable solutions for our community.
We want to ensure we approach your questions from every aspect and provide you with accurate answers. We ask for your patience and understanding and we will present our findings as soon as possible.
Col. Christopher M. Benson
Commander, USAG Ansbach
On Monday, Feb. 2, there will be no water in the Katterbach Fitness Center (toilets, drinking fountains, showers) due to work being completed on the water lines, please plan accordingly.
USAREUR and IMCOM Europe agencies, including USAG Ansbach, continually work together to review force protection measures and ensure they are appropriate for the conditions and threat assessment. We work very closely with Host Nation law enforcement officials, and we take security very seriously. The safety of the USAG Ansbach community is our number one priority, and although some measures may be inconvenient, we appreciate your patience and understanding as we do whatever we can to protect our community members.
A vigilant community is one of the best lines of defense against terrorism as well. Members of the USAG Ansbach community are reminded to stay attentive and report any suspicious activity to military police by calling 09802-83-110 (commercial) / 110 (DSN) or to host-nation law enforcement officials by dialing 110 (commercial.)
Regardless of the threat assessment, members of the U.S. military community should take standard precautions such as avoiding demonstrations and other large gatherings, staying aware of their surroundings, and knowing where and how to seek help. Here are some additional steps you can take to protect yourselves and your loved ones:
Personal protective measures –
-Stay informed via official channels, news reports, etc., about current potential threats.
-Avoid large public gatherings such as demonstrations or rallies. If you encounter such gatherings, leave the area as quickly as possible.
-Keep a low profile and try to “blend in” to the local environment. In public, avoid wearing or carrying overtly American or military clothing or other items.
-Be unpredictable. Vary routines such as routes and departure times to and from work.
-When traveling, become familiar with local emergency numbers and places that could serve as refuge, such as a military installation, embassy or police station. Learn or carry a few key phrases in the local language, such as “I need a police officer” or “I need a doctor.” Share your travel plans and contact information with someone reliable.
-Instruct your family and associates not to provide strangers with information about you or your family.
-Be sure to supervise and escort children, especially to and from school.
-When leaving office or home, be sure to tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to get there.
-Do not open doors to strangers and refuse to meet with strangers outside your work place.
Social media –
-Assume the whole world will see what you what you post and take appropriate cautions.
-Apply the same operational security considerations to social media interaction that you would use elsewhere.
-Limit who can view social media sites, but don’t trust settings alone to keep you safe.
-Don’t post home or work addresses or phone numbers.
-Be aware that the content of seemingly innocuous posts can be “added up” to give away sensitive information.
-Avoid citing government or military affiliation.
-Be aware that posting detailed information about things such as departure times to or from work or someone’s location may place people at risk.
-Don’t “geotag” your posts or allow applications to pinpoint your location.
-Don’t speculate on the threat and force protection posture in public, you may be feeding the rumor mill.
Lori from PAO
Register now and request your voting ballots for this year.
The Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) registers you to vote, and acts as a request for your State absentee ballots for the year. It is important to complete a new FPCA annually, every time you move or at least 90 days prior to the election you want to vote in.
Instructions to assist in completing a new FPCA is easy at FVAP.gov
* Select your State from the drop-down on the home page
* Click the box at the bottom of the page to Register to Vote, Request a Ballot or Update My Voter Info
* The FVAP online tool will walk you through the form, and provide you with a PDF packet to “print, sign and send” directly to your Local Election Official (LEO); links are also provided here for States that offer online voter registration
* You can check the status of your registration and/or ballot request by contacting your LEO at any time
Remember, the only way your LEO knows how to reach you is with the information you provide! Some States allow a longer time between registrations, but if you submit a new FPCA every year, you won’t have to worry about your registration or ballot request status and can participate in all the elections* you’re eligible to.
While there are no regularly scheduled elections for Federal offices, there may be some elections for office which are vacated by the end of the term. Being registered ensures you will be able to participate in these elections.
If you experience any issues or have questions, FVAP’s call center is available at 1-800-438-VOTE (8683), DSN 425-1584, or at email@example.com. Toll-free phone numbers from 67 countries are listed at FVAP.gov. Find us on Facebook at /DoDFVAP and follow @FVAP on Twitter.
Monday, Feb. 2 will be the garrison employee’s training day instead of Friday, Feb. 6. USAG Ansbach offices will open at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, and there will be normal operating hours Friday, Feb. 6 with offices open in the morning. The normal Friday training schedule is set to resume Feb. 13. Please plan accordingly.
Job openings in USAG Ansbach, check them out at: USAG Ansbach Job Opportunities