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> Date: Thu, 1 Nov 2012 22:01:48 +0000
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> Report: Afghan security forces not ready for 2014
> http://www.stripes.com/news/report-afghan-security-forces-not-ready-for-2014-1.195549?localLinksEnabled=false
> Despite an investment of $11.7 billion for facilities for Afghan police and soldiers, the Afghan government will likely be unable to sustain the necessary operations and maintenance of those buildings after coalition troops withdraw at the end of 2014, according to a report released this week. >
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> Brigadier general takes stand in Aviano sexual assault case
> http://www.stripes.com/news/brigadier-general-takes-stand-in-aviano-sexual-assault-case-1.195550?localLinksEnabled=false
> Brig. Gen. Scott Zobrist, commander of 31st Fighter Wing, based at Aviano, was called unexpectedly by the defense lawyers for Lt. Col. James Wilkerson after a previous witness, the former base director of staff, told jurors he had found Wilkerson to be “unprofessional” and “exercising poor judgment at times.” >
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> Civilian guards at Korea bases might strike next week over pay
> http://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/korea/civilian-guards-at-korea-bases-might-strike-next-week-over-pay-1.195439?localLinksEnabled=false
> Some civilian security guards tasked with staffing entry gates at a number of U.S. Forces Korea installations could go on strike as early as next week if their new employer does not offer better wages and working hours, a union official said. >
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> Air Force Academy’s religious respect program could soon go service-wide
> http://www.stripes.com/news/us/air-force-academy-s-religious-respect-program-could-soon-go-service-wide-1.195547?localLinksEnabled=false
> An Air Force Academy program to teach cadets to respect the religious beliefs of comrades will soon go to all Air Force bases and schools if academy chaplains have their way. >
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> Germany hints it would lend support for noncombat Mali mission
> http://www.stripes.com/news/germany-hints-it-would-lend-support-for-noncombat-mali-mission-1.195461?localLinksEnabled=false
> Germany’s foreign minister was in Mali on Thursday, a visit that underscores the growing concern in Europe about al-Qaida-linked terrorists establishing a foothold there, and, in particular, indications from German leaders that they would be willing to lend support for a noncombat mission in the West African country. >
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> Al-Qaida-linked groups cement control in northern Mali as diplomats ponder intervention
> http://www.stripes.com/news/africa/al-qaida-linked-groups-cement-control-in-northern-mali-as-diplomats-ponder-intervention-1.195544?localLinksEnabled=false
> Northern Mali is now an open playground for Islamist extremists, smugglers and opportunists. Reports from residents and local journalists who travel in the region suggest the Islamist extremists are moving to cement their control — instituting conservative Islamic Shariah law, collecting ransoms for Western hostages, training new recruits, and inviting others to join. >
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> Lejeune hosts Marine Corps Ball etiquette class for military spouses
> http://www.stripes.com/news/us/lejeune-hosts-marine-corps-ball-etiquette-class-for-military-spouses-1.195548?localLinksEnabled=false
> Cyndi Fox, the wife of II Marine Expeditionary Force Commanding General Maj. Gen. Raymond Fox, remembers attending her first Marine Corps birthday ball. “I was scared and nervous — I didn’t know what to expect,” she said. She’s not alone. >
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> Vicenza mourns NCO, civilian adviser killed in Afghanistan
> http://www.stripes.com/news/vicenza-mourns-nco-civilian-adviser-killed-in-afghanistan-1.195490?localLinksEnabled=false
> On Thursday, the Vicenza, Italy, military community remembered the latest member of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team to die in combat. It also marked the passing of the first civilian based in Vicenza to be killed while serving his country in Afghanistan. >
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> Military voters can be rope in political tugs-of-war
> http://www.stripes.com/news/special-reports/election-2012/military-voters-can-be-rope-in-political-tugs-of-war-1.195447?localLinksEnabled=false
> There’s fresh data to indicate far fewer military personnel and dependents are using absentee ballots to vote this year than did in 2008. But beware of politicians or pundits who rush to label such data as proof military voters are being “disenfranchised,” voting experts caution. >
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> Lt. Dan Band’s Gary Sinise is a musical force for the military
> http://www.stripes.com/news/lt-dan-band-s-gary-sinise-is-a-musical-force-for-the-military-1.195512?localLinksEnabled=false
> What Sinise has been doing is playing 40 to 50 concerts a year as leader of the Lt. Dan Band at military bases and other sites in the U.S. and abroad, sometimes as part of a USO tour, sometimes teamed with the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation to raise funds to build “smart homes” for the most severely wounded. >
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> Fort Jackson’s Gabe is Hero Dog of the Year
> http://www.stripes.com/news/us/fort-jackson-s-gabe-is-hero-dog-of-the-year-1.195476?localLinksEnabled=false
> Gabe, a weapons sniffing dog at Fort Jackson who conducted 210 combat missions in Iraq, is now the American Humane Association’s Hero Dog of the Year. The grand prize was $10,000 to support other service dogs and handlers now fighting in Afghanistan. >
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> Veteran challenging UNC on tuition set to deliver petition, file lawsuit
> http://www.stripes.com/news/us/veteran-challenging-unc-on-tuition-set-to-deliver-petition-file-lawsuit-1.195473?localLinksEnabled=false
> A veteran of the war in Iraq who says she was misclassified as an out-of-state resident when she applied to a North Carolina college will deliver a petition in Chapel Hill Thursday – and then a lawsuit to federal court in Raleigh – asking the UNC system to improve the way it treats student veterans. >
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> Construction to close Landstuhl main gate to outbound traffic
> http://www.stripes.com/news/construction-to-close-landstuhl-main-gate-to-outbound-traffic-1.195456?localLinksEnabled=false
> Due to road construction on Dr. Hitzelberger Strasse, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center’s main gate will close to outbound traffic for roughly three weeks beginning Monday. >
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> Student veterans group disputes graduation rates
> http://www.stripes.com/blogs/the-ruptured-duck/the-ruptured-duck-1.160117/student-veterans-group-disputes-graduation-rates-1.195454?localLinksEnabled=false
> Officials say claims that 88 percent of recent vets drop out of college are inaccurate and harmful to the perception of those students >
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> WWII sub vets get the chance to take one more dive
> http://www.stripes.com/news/us/wwii-sub-vets-get-the-chance-to-take-one-more-dive-1.195472?localLinksEnabled=false
> Submariners who served during World War II suffered the proportionately highest casualty rate in the military, with 52 boats lost and nearly 3,600 of the 16,000 sailors assigned to them killed. >
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> UNH’s Operation Hat Trick program gets national boost
> http://www.stripes.com/news/us/unh-s-operation-hat-trick-program-gets-national-boost-1.195460?localLinksEnabled=false
> As of this week, 99 colleges and universities have signed on to Operation Hat Trick, which is run by the University of New Hampshire athletic department. The effort dedicates some of the proceeds of the sale of caps to organizations that help wounded servicemen and women. >
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> Is Revolutionary War POW camp haunted by angry Hessian ghosts?
> http://www.stripes.com/news/us/is-revolutionary-war-pow-camp-haunted-by-angry-hessian-ghosts-1.195493?localLinksEnabled=false
> Could Camp Security, a Revolutionary War prisoner-of-war camp in Springettsbury Township, Pa., be haunted? Leo Motter, who has written a book about haunted places in York County, found a poem written in Pennsylvania Dutch that talks of Hessian soldiers who lurk there. >
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> Last Man Standing Club: And then there were six
> http://www.stripes.com/news/us/last-man-standing-club-and-then-there-were-six-1.195489?localLinksEnabled=false
> On Christmas Eve 1944, Frank Haugh grabbed a rope and swung from the torpedoed SS Leopoldville to another ship that was heaving in rough water of the English Channel. “I was determined to come back,” said Haugh, 88, of Olmsted Falls, Ohio. He escaped from the sinking ship about five miles off the coast of Cherbourg, France. >
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