Suspension of Tuition Assistance
Due to the current fiscal challenges, the Secretary of the Army has approved the suspension of Tuition Assistance. The suspension applies to all components and will remain in effect until the fiscal situation matures. Soldiers are no longer permitted to submit new requests for Tuition Assistance through the GoArmyEd portal. Soldiers currently enrolled and participating in courses approved for tuition assistance are not affected and will be allowed to complete current course(s) enrollment. Soldiers can continue to access their GI Bill benefits, if applicable (either the Montgomery GI Bill or the Post 9/11 GI Bill), or use another funding sources (i.e. grants, scholarships, or Army National Guard Soldiers using state Tuition Assistance). Soldiers are encouraged to contact the Education Centers for additional information. Updated information will also be posted to www.goarmyed.com. Army leaders said they understand the impact of this decision and will re-assess as the fiscal situation matures.
Earth Day Photo Contest
Wiesbaden community members are surrounded by a wide array of native plants, animals and picturesque nature settings. The Directorate of Public Works’ Environmental Division once again invites community members to submit their nature-themed photos (up to three each) in this year’s Earth Day Photo Contest. Photos must have been taken in 2013 and deadline to enter the competition is April 15. Winners will receive Exchange gift certificates and winning entries will be featured in the Herald Union and on the garrison’s Flickr page. Submit photographs to firstname.lastname@example.org with Earth Day Photo Contest in the subject line.
Daylight Saving Time
Don’t forget to set clocks ahead one hour before going to bed March 30. Daylight Saving Time begins in the wee hours of March 31 in Europe.
Dining facility renamed
The Wiesbaden dining facility is now called the Strong Teams Cafe. The renaming reflects the upcoming departure of V Corps from Wiesbaden and the move of U.S. Army Europe from Heidelberg to Wiesbaden.
New Legal Services location
The Office of Client Legal Services (Claims and Legal Assistance) will be relocated to Building 1023W (second floor) on Wiesbaden’s Clay Kaserne on March 19. The office will be closed March 14-18 during the relocation and training holiday.
New high-speed Internet
The Army and Air Force Exchange Service is launching Exchange Connect, a new pre-paid, high-speed Internet service for military customers in Germany. The new, on-base service will be launched in partnership with TKS and in collaboration with the Installation Management Command-Europe starting in June. Rollout requires installation of a Wi-Fi router in each individual housing unit. This is a relatively simple process that takes approximately 15 minutes, and TKS technicians have already starting installing some of these units without housing or garrison knowledge; this has now stopped. The housing office met with AAFES on Thursday to start working an installation plan with AAFES and TKS. Part of this plan is providing residents with prior notification and information on the installation two weeks before the work starts at their housing unit. The Exchange Connect will bring a minimum speed of 6 Mbps to every installation, with speeds up to 32 Mbps where advanced networks make it possible. There will be no contract required and no installation, activation or equipment fees charged for the new service. Customers can also look forward to customer service and billing in English as well as a Value Added Tax exclusion that eliminates the need for filing additional paperwork. (AAFES Public Affairs)
Family of the Year
The Association of the U.S. Army Family of the Year Award recognizes an exceptional Army family whose dedicated volunteer service significantly contributes to improving Army well-being and the well-being of the local community. Nominations should be submitted to local AUSA chapters by May 15. For more information about local AUSA chapters visit www.ausa.org/about/chapters/Pages/ChapterLocator.aspx. (AUSA Release)
Housing allowance survey
The Defense Travel Management Office is conducting an Overseas Housing Allowance utility and move-in expense survey through March 31. It’s intended to validate and adjust the amount of compensation service members are receiving from OHA to live in privately leased or rented residential housing. All service members, regardless of service affiliation, who reside in off-post housing are highly encouraged to complete the survey to ensure OHA rates are properly set at overseas locations. If service members are not available to complete the survey, spouses are asked to take the survey. Visit www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/marutilmiha.cfm for more information. (USAREUR Public Affairs)
New hours for Troop Store
The Clay Kaserne Troop Store has new hours of operation. It is now open Monday to Thursday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 7-10 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.