COVER STORYIn Europe, U.S. military remains committed to ensuring stability while taking on new threatsThe new American subdivision in Grafenwöhr features 820 homes with model names such as Virginia, Georgia and California. • StoryA vigilant presenceJust a few days ago, the top military leaders of the United States and China met in Washington for the first time in years and pledged to work toward a closer relationship, laying out a series of proposed confidence-building exchanges, such as joint training for rescues at sea and fighting the spread of the flu. • Story

Lives of two former U.S. soldiers intertwined with BerlinLike a pair of bookends, the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall flanked the military career of George Louis Horvath. As an 18-year-old private, Horvath drew West Berlin as his first duty station in June 1961. Two months later, in the dead of night, East German authorities abruptly closed all intra-city border crossings to block a tide of refugees fleeing to West Berlin. Barbed wire went up, and armed guards were posted along the divide. •Story

20 years after the Berlin Wall: Attitude of today’s recruits echoes Cold War’s motivationThe fall of the Berlin Wall may have been good for democracy and world peace. But it wasn’t so hot for the U.S. military’s recruiting efforts. • 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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