COVER STORYArmy revising Combatives handbook to focus more on striking, grapplingConfronted by a recent survey that shows soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq are fighting for their lives in hand-to-hand combat with insurgents, U.S. Army officials are revamping their basic combatives training to better equip American forces to defend themselves. • Story

In training the Iraqi army to supply itself, U.S. troops must go back to basicsThe U.S. Army’s organizational systems — reliant on computers and filled with myriad acronyms and copious documentation — do not always translate. A class on how to develop an alpha-numeric filing system left more than a dozen Iraqi soldiers glassy-eyed. • Story

Encapsulated: Save big in Japan with small spaceThose of us who constantly yearn for good joke material can thank the Japanese for giving us the capsule hotel. Is that your bed, or are you making like a muppet getting a locker for the night? What, can’t wait to die before getting to lie down in a coffin? Finally got fed up watching actors in James Cameron films have all the fun waking up in pods? • Story

Emergency techniques on display at first ever Okinawa Rescue FestThe 31st Rescue Squadron held its first Rescue Fest, showcasing some helicopter rescue techniques and displaying such tools of the trade as boats, four-wheel drive vehicles, snowmobiles and rescue equipment. • Story

Rebuilding Haiti’s demolished port is no small task for U.S.Rebuilding the piers, cranes, warehouses and other facilities at Port-au-Prince — the seaport that the Haitian capital is named for — will be a key factor in the reconstruction of this earthquake-shattered nation, according to U.S. military personnel working there. • Story

More stories:• New DOD policy broadens access to social media • EPA analysis finds military’s plan for Guam growth is ‘inadequate’ • Fuel exchanges to switch to self-enforcement system

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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