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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

Early experiences motivate one spouse to welcome new arrivalsJill Connett and other people from V Corps’ Special Troops Battalion’s Family Readiness Group try to make sure that all newcomers to the battalion will be welcomed when they get to Heidelberg. • Story

Soldiers work out post-deployment stress with a climb up a really big rockA few months ago, they were sweating in the heat of Iraq. Rcently, seven young 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment soldiers clung to an icy cliff face in southern Germany. • Story• Related story:Study finds ‘Battlemind’ is beneficial

Iraqi ‘recruits’ helping to keep Diyala safeThe Diyala program is drawing mixed reactions from U.S. soldiers, who applaud the increased security but are deeply nervous about the potential for mistaken identity. • Story• Related story:Arab, Kurd rift evident as election day nears

Black History MonthFrom the Stars and Stripes archives, a collection of photos of noted African-Americans. • Photo gallery

Midwives in the military offer an extra level of careThe military has more than 70 midwives, registered nurses do much of the same work as gynecologists and obstetricians — providing prenatal care, performing women’s wellness exams, administering birth control and delivering some of the thousands of babies born in military facilities each year. • Story• Related story:Midwife now at Vicenza

U.S.-led task force helps the Iraqi court system get back to workThe goal of the task force in Wasit province, a poor farming region in southern Iraq, is to make sure Iraqis are confident that their police are fair and their court system works. • Story • Related stories:Iraqis taking a larger role in securing warrantsJudges, training seen as keys to executing backlog of warrants

Cobra Gold exercise brings 11,000 troops from five countries togetherFrom its serene northern mountains dotted with Buddhist temples to the lowland coastal plains lined with coconut plantations, Thailand was covered with a thick haze and nearly 7,000 U.S. troops — joined by more than 4,000 others from Thailand, Japan, Indonesia and Singapore. • Story• Related stories:U.S., Thai forces practice landing in heat, rough seasThai military leaders tour Cobra Gold headquarters

Team tracks U.S. servicemembers' remains from Korean WarNearly six decades after the cease-fire, 13 servicemembers and civilians try to make sense of the sparse clues: Maps, files from the National Archives, memories from veterans. And, for nearly two years now, they’ve been making trips to South Korea. • Story• Related stories:South Korea also searches for its missingArmy divers search river for Korean War remains

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