COVER STORYSix years in Iraq: Exit strategy is still formingAs the endgame of the U.S. involvement in Iraq develops, some plans are in place but there are several practical questions that remain unanswered. • Story• Related story: Stability still a factor

Plan would increase tobacco prices at on-base storesMilitary health officials are pushing for higher prices for cigarettes and tobacco products at on-base stores to encourage servicemembers to stop smoking and chewing. The proposal is part of a smoking cessation promotion related to Tricare. • Story

Pacific’s highest-ranking female reflects on challenges faced as a MarineWhen Maj. Gen. Mary Ann Krusa-Dossin became a Marine in 1975, opportunities were just starting to open for women in the Marine Corps. Still, women trained separately from men, wore a different uniform and weren’t even allowed to handle weapons. And at the time, the highest rank a woman held in the Corps was colonel. • Story

Late-night funnyman Colbert to entertain troops in Middle East“I’m not supposed to tell anyone where I’m going, but just say it’s sandy and they’d like us to leave,” Stephen Colbert told Stars and Stripes. • Story

Bases turn to technology to promote fitnessOne way to gauge where you are physically is by getting a MicroFit assessment. MicroFit technology is used at most U.S. military installations as well as in several government agencies. • Story

USFK expects more studentsAs the number of command-sponsored families in South Korea continues to climb, U.S. Forces Korea officials are working on how they will handle the expected increase in school-age children. • Story

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

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