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Carnival. Its name varies by German region, but everywhere the “fifth season” is an opportunity to join throngs of people, flaunt a crazy costume and have one more fabulous party before abstaining for Lent.
There are several new pieces of legislation that may affect military families’ 2018 tax returns.
With smoke and gun powder hanging in the air, our founding fathers designed an avant-garde, three-branch government system to be lead by an elected citizen in the wake of the Revolutionary War.
With chocolates and pre-packaged cartoon cards filling the shelves of local exchanges and commissaries, it’s hard to miss the signs that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Here are 10 fun facts about this Hallmark holiday of love.
Storico Carnevale di Ivrea
March 2-5, Italy 
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Now through Feb. 12, community members have an opportunity to bring important issues to the attention of garrison leadership via a community-wide survey. 
In February, (though this year is Feb. 28 – March 5), Germans gather in their town centers and the beer flows freely for a holiday which many Americans may find peculiar.
February 2 is Groundhog Day back home in the states. On the day, a furry mammal will shake off its deep winter sleep long enough to emerge from its burrow.
The American Forces Network (AFN) is airing Super Bowl LIII live on television and radio and sharing some audience comments on TV.   
AFN broadcasts Super Bowl LIII live Feb. 4 at 12:30 a.m. Central European Time (CET)/8:30 a.m. Japan/Korea Time (JKT) on AFN|sports. 
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While the Americans are getting ready to stuff their faces and celebrate in high style at Mardis Gras, Germans are also getting ready for the Lenten fasting season, which they call “Fasching,” or “the fifth season.” The word “Fasching” dates back to the 13th century.
Fasching
Feb. 1-13, Munich
Grab your friends, don a fancy costume and celebrate Fasching the Bavarian way! During this celebration, 800 fancy balls will be held.
Whether you’re worried about random acts of terror, criminal targeting or performing your unofficial ambassador duties, as a U.S. servicemember, civilian or dependent you have a responsibility to protect yourself while living abroad.