News flash, Aug. 29, 2013


Citizen Info Night
The American Citizen Services unit of the Consular Section of the U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt (Giessner Str. 30, 60435 Frankfurt) hosts its annual American Citizen Information Night Sept. 25 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Representatives from the Social Security Administration and Federal Benefits Unit, Department of Homeland Security and Immigration Services, internal Revenue Service, Visa Unit and American Citizen Services Unit will be on hand. Enjoy American refreshments and spend time with fellow U.S. citizens. Bring passport or personal Ausweis to gain entry.

Closed for inventory
The Central Issue Facility will be closed Sept. 16-20 for annual inventory. In an emergency call mil 337-5413 or civ (0611) 705-6127.

Remembering James ‘Jim’ Jaffe
A remembrance service was held Aug. 28 for James “Jim” Jaffee who passed away Aug. 17 while in hospice care as a result of issues related to skin cancer. Jaffee was employed with Community Bank and was a member of the Wiesbaden community for 25 years. A remembrance book is available in the Clay Kaserne Community Bank lobby to give coworkers, friends and customers an opportunity to share personal thoughts, memories and other remarks about Jaffee. It will be sent to his family in the United States once it is filled.


Update tax information
Now is a good time to review your tax withholding information, according to resource managers. Verify that your deductions are being withheld for the correct state and locality. Correct information is the employee’s responsibility, and changes can be made via myPay (https://mypay.dfas.mil) or through your local customer service representative. It is also recommended that employees review their email and mailing address in myPay. Invalid addresses can delay important notifications from the payroll and Thrift Saving Plan offices.

New U.S. ambassador
John B. Emerson, the newly designated U.S. ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, arrived in Germany on Aug. 15. Emerson was nominated by President Barack Obama in June, confirmed by the Senate on Aug. 1 and sworn in by Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Aug. 7.

Labor Day outage
Andrews Federal Credit Union will undergo a system upgrade during the Labor Day weekend (starting Aug. 30). It will be closed Sept. 2 for Labor Day. Online banking, bill pay and telephone banking systems will not be available during the Labor Day weekend. Direct deposits will not be affected. The system upgrade will have no impact on AFCU Visa credit cards, ATM machines or debit transactions. Visit www.andrewsfcu.org/upgrade for more information.

Retiree Appreciation
U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden hosts the U.S. Army in Europe Retiree Appreciation Day Oct. 26 at the Community Activity Center on Clay Kaserne at 8 a.m. The event will include a dental and medical roundtable and time to network with agencies including DFAS-Cleveland (for retired/annuitant pay), ID card processing and various other government and private organizations.

Legal education
The Office of the Staff Judge Advocate is now accepting applications for the Army’s Funded Legal Education Program. Selected officers will attend law school at the government’s expense beginning in fall 2014 while remaining on active duty. Applicants must be commissioned officers with two to six years of active federal service when school begins. Call mil 337-4700 or (0611) 705-4700.