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Spouse CallsA weekly column in Stripes' Scene magazine by Terri Barnes, a military wife and mother of three who lives and writes in Germany. • This week's column • Terri' Barnes blog

Strykers return to VilseckThey survived 15 months of combat, roadside bomb attacks, small arms fire and countless patrols on the dangerous streets of Baghdad and the dusty farm tracks of Diyala Province. Dozens of Stryker armored personnel carriers arrived home to Vilseck, 19 months after they left for the desert. • Story

Action-packed medevacs in AfghanistanSome days they breakfast in peace, the walkie-talkies quiet, and they smoke cigars in the evening with the Apache pilots. But it has been a year of hard fighting at many of the U.S. outposts scattered in northeastern Afghanistan, and the medevac platoon has been there for the worst of it. • Story, with video

Family-friendly South KoreaU.S. Forces Korea eventually will allow half of the 28,500 troops stationed in South Korea to serve here with their families, a dramatic change in an area once considered too dangerous for families because of the threat from an unstable North Korea. • Story

Three in Okinawa receive Bronze StarsAlthough Iraq is much quieter these days for U.S. troops, danger still lurks. Just ask some of the Marines of 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion who returned to Okinawa last month after a seven-month deployment in Anbar province, where they patrolled booby-trapped areas and engaged in firefights. • Story

WWE Wrestlers pay tribute to the troopsJohn Cena was in Iraq recently as part of World Wrestling Entertainment’s sixth annual Tribute to the Troops tour. He and other Superstars and Divas of the WWE visited and performed at bases throughout the region. • Story, with video • Photo gallery • Audio: Vince McMahon interview

Wounded Captain returning for another deployment in IraqAfter two surgeries downrange, another two in Germany, three months on crutches and numerous physical therapy sessions, Capt. Terry Howell is on the verge of achieving his goal — rejoining his unit downrange. • Story

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