Date: Tue, 4 Dec 2012 23:02:21 +0000
STARS AND STRIPES DAILY HEADLINES
Air Force ends mandatory ‘Blues Monday,’ leaves choice to commanders
Most airmen throughout the Pacific donned their battle uniforms Monday after the Air Force last week lifted the servicewide “Blues Monday” policy. Many stationed in Europe, however, seemingly were still complying with the regulation based on the sea of blue uniforms seen at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.
> Panetta thanks ‘miracle workers’ at Walter Reed in Bethesda
> One year after the joint military hospital in Bethesda was dedicated as the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta praised doctors and nurses there for coming together as a team and taking care of the country’s wounded warriors.
> NATO sets plan to send Patriot missiles to Turkey
> NATO foreign ministers on Tuesday formally approved a plan to send Patriot missiles to Turkey as part of an effort to shield an ally from potential Syrian missile strikes. The move comes amid alarm over the Assad regime’s access to chemical weapons that could be mounted on missiles or directed at Syrian rebel forces.
> Sales for singer’s latest to benefit military overseas
> Musician Lisa McClowry says she doesn’t come from a military background. But one of her projects has brought her close to the military community. And with it, she’s giving back.
> Soldier in South Korea charged with smuggling synthetic pot component
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A Camp Carroll soldier has pleaded guilty to smuggling more than five pounds of an active ingredient found in synthetic marijuana into South Korea, the latest in a string of U.S. Forces Korea servicemembers to face prosecution on charges related to the designer drugs. .>
> Navy suspends early release program for sailors
> With an eye toward unfilled sea-billets and maintaining current force levels, the Navy has suspended a program that allowed eligible sailors to opt out of their service contracts up to 24 months early. >
> US ambassador says planned N. Korea missile launch threatens region’s peace
> The U.S. ambassador to South Korea warned Tuesday that North Korea’s plan to launch a satellite “would be a highly provocative act that threatens peace and security in the region.” .
> Aggression, depression linked to multiple concussions in new study
> A new study of brains donated after death details the degenerative brain disease that afflicted 68 of 85 subjects who suffered multiple concussions during stints in the military or in organized sports. .
> Fort Drum soldier flies flags upside down in protest of Obama
> Fort Drum officials say they are reviewing the actions of a 10th Mountain Division soldier who is flying a pair of American flags upside down in front of her home, in what the soldier described to a neighbor as a protest against President Barack Obama. .>
> Obama calls for renewal of US-Russian pact to dismantle leftover nuclear weapons
> Hoping to salvage his arms control legacy, President Barack Obama called Monday for the renewal of a major post-Cold War agreement between the United States and Russia to secure and dismantle nuclear weapons left over from the former Soviet Union.
> Lawyer: Manning wants to go to college, maybe run for public office
> If he doesn’t spend the rest of his life in prison, Pfc. Bradley Manning wants go to college and perhaps run for public office, his lawyer, David E. Coombs, told supporters of the former Army intelligence analyst. .>
> Army’s exercise in China: ‘Very good, positive engagements’
> The Army said it advanced disaster management cooperation with the People’s Liberation Army on a trip to China by about 20 Hawaii-based soldiers, and the hope is the annual exchanges will expand in scope and size. .>
> Remains of missing Vietnam soldier returned to family for burial
> The remains of a soldier who was killed during the Vietnam War have been identified and returned to his family for burial, the Defense Department announced Monday. .>
> Pentagon drops ‘strategic communication’
> The Pentagon is banishing the term “strategic communication,” putting an end to an initiative that had promised to streamline the military’s messaging but instead led to bureaucratic bloat and confusion, according to a memo obtained by USA Today. >.>
> Couple heads from Afghanistan to honeymoon
> Spc. Jessica Foust never wore a pearly white dress. Nor did her husband-to-be, Sgt. Trevor Foust, don a tuxedo and watch her walk down an aisle flanked by family and friends. The two went to a courthouse and filled out the required paperwork to be married on Feb. 17. A month later, separate planes took them overseas. Their honeymoon destination: Eastern Afghanistan. .>
> Soldiers deployed to demolish shuttered Afghanistan bases
> With the sound of babies playing and fussing in the background, more than 150 soldiers who can swing a sledge hammer snapped to attention Monday for a deployment ceremony in their honor. The group was about to go on a nine-month tour in Afghanistan. .
> Lead limits on military firing ranges outdated, report says
> Researchers commissioned by the Defense Department said Monday that decades-old limits on lead exposure are inadequate to protect the health of workers on military firing ranges.