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Zama Middle School seeks identity

Zama Middle School, in its first year as an institution separate from Zama American High School, is seeking ideas from base communities at Camp Zama and Atsugi Naval Air Facility before settling on a mascot and colors.

Students voted to devise a different identity than that of Zama High School, where the athletic teams are Trojans and the colors are black, white and maroon. The middle school’s student council is inviting community members to submit ideas to

ZMHS.WebmasterMS@pac.dodea.edu for the school colors and mascot. Designs are due Friday.

All submissions should be in MS Word or on a PowerPoint slide. Artwork should be original or clip art, not photos.

Only one submission is allowed per person. Violent symbols, devils or ethnic stereotypes aren’t allowed; copying colors and mascots of other Kanto Plain middle schools should be avoided — green and gold for Yokosuka Naval Base’s Dragons and blue and white for the Yokota Middle School Tigers.

School officials said contributor names will not be displayed and Zama Middle reserves the right to alter any submission without consent. Submitted designs become the school’s property.

Call DSN 263-8914 for more information.

Missing hard drive has vets’ infoWASHINGTON — A portable hard drive that may contain the personal information of up to 48,000 veterans may have been stolen, the Department of Veterans Affairs and a lawmaker said Friday.

An employee at the VA medical center in Birmingham, Ala., reported the external hard drive missing on Jan. 22. The drive was used to back up information on the employee’s office computer. It may have contained data from research projects, the department said.

The employee also said the hard drive may have had personal information on some veterans, although portions of the data were protected. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jim Nicholson said that the VA and the FBI are investigating.

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