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Despite concerns that gas pumps at Army and Air Force Exchange Service stations across Germany could run out of gas over the Christmas weekend, stations at even the busiest bases were able to keep the petrol flowing, AAFES officials said Tuesday.

Because gas could not be delivered on Christmas Day or Tuesday — also a German holiday — there was the possibility that stations that rely on two gas deliveries on a normal day could run out between the last delivery on Saturday and delivery on Wednesday.

“They had no problems with gas,” Teresa Gaskins, a retail program specialist with AAFES, said of bigger operations such as in Grafenwöhr and the Kaiserslautern area.

Next up is the New Year’s weekend. Suppliers won’t be able to fill the massive underground fuel tanks at AAFES stations on Sunday, or on New Year’s Day, meaning the earliest shipment will arrive on Jan. 2. The final gas delivery for 2006 will take place Saturday.

Earlier this month, AAFES spokeswoman Debbie Byerly urged drivers to fill up on Thursdays or Fridays before the holiday weekends, so that there isn’t a rush at the pumps.

Navy podcast effort is up and runningU.S. Naval Forces Central Command recently started posting podcast episodes — informal and short electronic interviews from sailors serving in the region — on the command Web site, according to a Navy news release.

The podcasts, which give people a snapshot of what sailors are doing, are downloadable as MP3 audio files, or via subscription to the podcast RSS syndication feed at http://www.cusnc.navy.mil/podcast.xml.

The first episodes highlighted the recent “Trees for Troops” program, during which senior enlisted Navy leadership delivered trees to sailors celebrating the holidays at bases and camps throughout Southwest Asia, the release stated.

The syndication feed notifies subscribers of new episodes so they can listen to the podcast on their computers or load it into their digital music players to take the podcast with them.

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