Nancy Montgomery

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

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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.

One year after LGBT pride event curtailment at Vicenza, soldiers will take the stage

Personal stories to take center stage at Italy garrison’s LGBT pride event

Los Bandidos a fresh, tasty option at Vicenza’s Caserma Ederle

Celebrity chef and CNN travel host Anthony Bourdain says he sneaks off to Popeyes for their mac and cheese. I myself fell victim in the early 2000s to the franchise’s million-calorie deep-fried catfish sandwich.

Army analyst lives not-so-secret identity as techno-thriller novelist

By day, Lt. Col. Joe Shimerdla studies spreadsheets and writes military journal articles. By night, the U.S. Army Africa analyst and former CH-47 Chinook pilot writes thrillers.

Debit cards to replace military gas coupons in Italy

The move to replace prepaid coupons to buy tax-free gas with debit cards comes more than a decade after a similar switch for U.S. forces in Germany.

173rd Airborne Brigade identifies soldier found dead in Italy barracks

The paratrooper found dead in his barracks Friday has been identified as Staff Sgt. Krasean Clayborn, 36.

Noncombat incidents make up one-third of injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan, new study says

The study also found that more than 10 percent of troops killed in in Iraq and Afghanistan died of noncombat injuries. The proportion of nonbattle injuries remained relatively stable over the 2003-2014 time frame covered.