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Marble Marconi monument moving from US base to Italian town

An 8-ton marble monument to Guglielmo Marconi dedicated by American signal soldiers 45 years ago is to be hauled off base and handed over to local Italians for a planned museum.

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Arcimboldo worth the short trip to scenic Sirmione

Some people scoff at vacationing at Sirmione on Lake Garda. It’s so close to Vicenza, they say. Just a 45-minute drive; so unadventurous.


Army’s top lawyer honors prosecutor in 1971 My Lai court-martial

Fifty years after the My Lai massacre, Capt. Aubrey Daniel — who won the sole conviction against U.S. soldiers involved — was recognized for his legacy to the Judge Advocate General corps.


Francis J. 'Red' Grandy: Stripes' prolific veteran photographer, dead at 96

Francis J. "Red" Grandy was known for some of the most iconic photos in the world, including one that caught the priceless look on Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower's face at the precise moment he learned that Gen. Douglas D. MacArthur had been dismissed as Korean War commander


Military base teens get crash course in living Italian style

Students took part in U.S. Army Garrison Italy’s “Teenvenuti.” It’s a welcome program designed to soften the transition for military kids who make frequent moves, including to a country with a different language and culture, where they can’t drive and there are no Chick-fil-As.


Tricare customers have 'increasing dissatisfaction,' skip treatment because of costs, survey says

Military families are growing more dissatisfied with their Tricare medical insurance, according to a survey recently released by the Military Officers Association of America.


US Army Africa welcomes new commander

Maj. Gen. Roger L. Cloutier took command of U.S. Army Africa on Thursday, a year after his two-star predecessor was fired for flirtatious texting.


Mental disorders most frequent medical diagnosis among servicemembers just before separation, Pentagon study says

Mental disorders — almost never diagnosed at the beginning of military service — became the top diagnostic category at the end, according to the study by the Defense Health Agency.


Vicenza relay race takes grueling turn in nod to brigade’s changing mission

The 173rd Airborne Brigade’s 24-hour relay race, the Running of the Herd, changed from its laid-back Vicenza inception in November 2013, complete with costumes and adult beverages, to this year’s grueling competition on Tuesday and Wednesday.


Soldiers may run into problems when deploying overseas without a passport

Two soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade attempting to fly home to the U.S. with a layover in Canada were recently denied boarding their flights at Venice Marco Polo Airport, because their military identification cards and travel orders weren’t sufficient.


Former Marine colonel sentenced to prison for abusing children

Former Col. Todd Shane Tomko had been charged with indecent liberties, aggravated sexual battery, and child abuse and neglect involving three children related to him beginning in 2002


Binge eating, other disorders up among servicemembers

Eating disorder diagnoses among military personnel are up 26 percent over a five-year period, according to a new military study that suggests the actual incidence of such illnesses is even higher.


173rd Airborne Brigade’s new communications system aims to cut through fog of war

A new communications system allows for soldiers at the squad level to share graphics, photos and other battlefield information with one another and with commanders and technical operations centers — giving a clear, comprehensive battlefield picture.


‘Grandpa’ paratrooper jumps from cliff into icy river to save drowning man

Lt. Col. John Hall – possibly the oldest soldier in the 173rd Airborne Brigade – is being praised for his actions this month when he jumped off a cliff into a frigid Italian river to save a drowning man’s life.


Paratrooper remembered as charismatic friend, mentor

Staff Sgt. Krasean Clayborn was remembered as a charismatic mentor who, as a career counselor helping soldiers make life-changing decisions, happily went the extra mile. He was found dead in his barracks June 1 of still unexplained causes, although authorities said there was no evidence of foul play.


Memorial planned for US paratrooper found dead in Italy

A memorial for a paratrooper found dead in his barracks will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Sigholtz Center at Caserma Del Din, Army officials said.