COVER STORYIn Golestan, changing mission could mean troops must move onWhen U.S. Marines first entered this stark, scenic valley nearly two years ago, their mission was to build up local security forces and eliminate the Taliban resistance. • StoryInformal serviceFemale U.S. soldiers training in Israel recently couldn’t help but notice that their Israeli counterparts looked very different. • Story

With an eye toward unity, South Korea unveils new bike trail near DMZIt was the chance of a lifetime, to ride on a new bicycle trail through an area that has been shut off from most of mankind for decades. •Story

Relatively untouched DMZ is home to a number of natural wondersThe water deer nibbled away on the vegetation on the gently sloping bend along the Imjin River, seemingly unaware of the dozen people pointing and staring at it through a field scope from the opposite shoreline. • Story

At the helm of a U.S. warship, a Vietnam refugee comes homeAs South Vietnam crumbled under advancing North Vietnamese forces 34 years ago, 5-year-old Hung Ba Le and his family escaped and eventually found refuge on a U.S. Navy ship. • Story

Karaoke night, other amusements take a back seat at KandaharKaraoke, salsa and hip-hop gatherings and a few other popular programs have been shut down at Kandahar, and it could happen at other installations in Afghanistan as commanders carry out a directive by Gen. Stanley McChrystal to focus more on the mission. • 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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