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UIJEONGBU, South Korea — The Army’s daily bugling tradition has been restored at Camp Stanley — at least temporarily.

The melodious sounds of reveille, retreat and taps are once again filling the air after an almost two-week hiatus.

The days of silence were prompted not by any attempt to challenge the long-standing tradition — which is also mandated by Army regulations — but rather problems with a loudspeaker system that were fixed Monday, according to base officials.

“We are trying now to identify a way to play the bugle calls through the digital AWS (Alert Warning System) or purchase a new, separate, stand-alone bugle-calls playing system,” said Doug Atwater, director of plans, training, mobilization and security for U.S. Army Garrison–Red Cloud. “Things wear out or break all the time.”

He did not have any cost estimates for a more permanent solution.

At least one Camp Stanley soldier was not happy about the recent quiet.

“It is a tradition to play Reveille at first call, and Retreat at the end of the day and Taps at lights out,” the soldier wrote in an e-mail Saturday to Stars and Stripes, requesting his name not be used. “This tradition has been in our military for hundreds of years and it should continue.”

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