COVER STORYArmy to phase in tan-colored Stryker vehiclesMore than six years after sending the first Stryker armored vehicles into desert combat, the Army has decided that it’s probably a good idea to start painting them tan so they will blend in with the environments in Afghanistan and Iraq. • Story

Charting a new Course: Air Force sees culture shift as drone mission gains momentumThe culture of the Air Force is in many ways like high school. Fighter pilots are the jocks, the cool kids who rule the campus. And drone pilots? They’re the AV club. • Story

French military effort in Afghanistan earning respect of U.S. troopsAfter several years of enduring Americans’ scorn for sitting out the Iraq campaign, the French military is going toe-to-toe with the Taliban, shedding blood and proving a worthy partner in Afghanistan, U.S. officers say. • Story

Relations with French troops warming after chilly startIt’s late March, 2003, and Maj. Jean-Christophe Berry, a French marine, is looking for a table in an American dining facility in Afghanistan. •Story

Military lags in safeguarding officers’ identitiesThe military is playing catch-up on a year-old complaint that hundreds of thousands of officers’ Social Security numbers have been floating around on the Internet. • Story

Military to issue report on overseas troops cut off from kidsThe military will be required to submit a report on the number of troops who have been cut off from their children by family members overseas during the last two years, according to an amendment in the newly approved Defense Authorization Bill. • Story

Chasing Division I dream, former K-town tackle playing at U.S. prep schoolFormer Kaiserslautern All-Europe tackle Andrew Holgate found a new home far from home for his final season of high school football. • 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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