COVER STORYAir Force holds off on retiring famed reconnaissance planeThe U-2 reconnaissance plane’s mission is changing. The new mission amounts to a landmark shift in how the venerable aircraft can be used: The U-2 now gives direct support to ground operations, including assisting troops in firefights. Unmanned • Story

U-2s challenge pilots’ endurance in the airThe once-secret U-2 reconnaissance plane is known for its high-value role in some of the Cold War’s most critical events. It’s also known as the world’s toughest plane to pilot. • StoryAircraft with advantages, or the next generation of wasted money?The Air Force is spending hundreds of billions of dollars on two fighter jets that probably will never be used to support troops on the ground in Iraq or Afghanistan. • Story

Former soldier reunited with wallet, 61 years laterA time capsule of sorts dating back more than a half-century was discovered at U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach. It was a brown wallet. •Story

Guam residents voice concerns about military's expansion plansHundreds of people on Guam showed up at public hearings last week to question, protest or try to understand a proposed U.S. military expansion that would add more than 9,000 troops to the island. • Story

This Marine is determined to get first-class Combat Fitness Test scoreMy Marine Corps career began in 2000, when I stepped onto the legendary yellow footprints at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. Since then, I’ve run the Corps’ physical fitness test, or PFT, twice a year. • 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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