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New efforts mean a crash course in Italian traffic tickets for some servicemembers

Italian authorities recently complained that Americans weren’t paying or even responding to their traffic tickets. As a result, some on base said they’re receiving hundreds or thousands of euros in ticket fines at once.

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Officials initiate patrols, put bar off limits to grapple with Vicenza incidents ranging from fights to pantless soldier

Custom Club was put off limits after “more than a dozen cases of soldiers being hurt, robbed and taken advantage of,” said a U.S. Army Garrison Italy spokesman.


Vicenza’s Palazzo Chiericati houses a stunning collection of Venetian paintings, antique toys and more

One exhibition explores art history through seven rooms of spectacularly sensual 18th-century Venetian paintings. Another explicates a century of European military history with a collection of thousands of tin soldiers.


173rd Brigade soldier found dead in Vicenza barracks is identified

Pvt. Peter Cimino, 19, was a mortarman assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment.


173rd Brigade soldier found dead in Vicenza barracks

The soldier is the second in five months and the third in less than a year to be found lifeless in barracks rooms on Caserma Ederle.


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‘Once I called 17 times’: Vicenza residents say Army unresponsive to housing complaints

Mold. Dirt. Sewage. Scorpions. Soldiers and civilians at a town hall meeting about housing conditions here on Friday let loose a sometimes emotional barrage of complaints. A recurring theme was a lack of response after complaints were made.


'Women Warriors': Photo exhibit shows the many roles of female servicemembers

The 15th woman to graduate from Army Ranger School is one of a score of local military women featured in a photography exhibit here highlighting how things have changed for female servicemembers, and how they’ve stayed the same.


Housing horrors prompt survey of US military quarters across Europe

A new effort to survey residents about conditions at military-owned and military-leased housing is to come after a recent report by Reuters found housing provided to military families at many U.S. bases was dilapidated and dangerous.


Failure to tell partners about HIV-positive status made sex nonconsensual, military court rules

A sailor’s conviction for sexual assault because he failed to tell women he was HIV-positive before having sex with them has been affirmed by the military’s highest court.


‘The American dream is real’: Once a desperate refugee, now a US Army general

He was a traumatized Vietnamese teenager with a fifth-grade education when he arrived in the U.S. in 1980. Within seven years, Brig. Gen. Lapthe Flora had a degree from the Virginia Military Institute and a career as “an officer in the greatest Army on Earth.”


Health care meeting exposes anger at services reductions

A town hall meeting to discuss reductions in some healthcare services got heated Wednesday, as Defense Department civilians complained of eroding access and difficulties with cross-cultural medical care, prompting the head of U.S. Army Garrison Italy to take to the microphone to defend health clinic officials.


Looking forward, new USARAF commander brings hard lessons learned

Maj. Gen. Roger Cloutier took command of U.S. Army Africa here at a complicated time in the use of American forces on the world’s second-largest continent.


Jury acquits senior NCO accused of pointing weapon at soldier and calling another fat

Sgt. 1st Class Jessica Barboza was found not guilty of dereliction of duty, maltreatment and disrespecting an NCO by a panel of nine male officers and senior NCOs.


Sergeant on trial on charges related to calling soldier fat, pointing unloaded weapon at another

The charges against Sgt. 1st Class Jessica Barboza stem from three incidents. If found guilty, the sentencing guidelines call for up to a year in jail and a bad conduct discharge.


Splurge for the best seafood and kind service in Vicenza at Massimo Gusto

The seafood at Massimo Gusto is exquisite. You should go immediately. I could end this story here. But then I wouldn’t get to talk about my amazing oysters.


US Army, Italian law enforcement patrolling Vicenza after downtown incidents

U.S. military police and Italian police are jointly patrolling local bars and nightclubs following incidents involving troops that “reflected negatively” on the Army.