KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday for the March 1 soccer game between the U.S. and Poland men’s national teams in Kaiserslautern’s Fritz-Walter Stadium.

Military personnel and families have the opportunity to purchase tickets for the 8 p.m. game before they become available to the public. Prices range from 15 to 125 euros. Tickets can be purchased the following ways:

Online: Use the password GOUSA.Phone: 01-805-318800; CET/12 euro cent charge per minute.In person: Ramstein Air Base community center annex (Bldg. 411); Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Radio relay system to be replacedThe U.S. plans to close three microwave radio relay sites in Belgium that are no longer needed by U.S. forces, according to the Defense Department.

Installed in 1996, the relay system will be replaced by a high-capacity, low-cost commercial communications service, according to a DOD news release from Washington. The three sites, which fall under the purview of U.S. Air Forces in Europe, are in the towns of Flobe, Houtem and Westrozebeke. Control of the relay sites would revert to Belgium.

In its release, the Defense Department said the commercial service would improve efficiency and annually save about $84,000.

Soldier pleads guilty in identity theft caseA 1st Infantry Division soldier pleaded guilty Monday in a Bamberg, Germany, military court to two identity theft charges in connection to violations committed downrange in late 2004 and early 2005.

Spc. Coleby R. Palmer, 21, of the 1st Battalion, 33rd Field Artillery Regiment, used another soldier’s debit card number and checking account information to get about $2,600 in cash and electronics equipment while stationed at Forward Operating Base Remagen in Tikrit, Iraq, according to information provided by 1st ID spokesman Maj. William Coppernoll.

Palmer’s sentence included being reduced in rank to E-1, confinement for 16 months, total forfeiture of all pay and allowances and a bad-conduct discharge. A pretrial agreement will limit the confinement to 12 months.

Italian residents urged to turn down heatItalian government officials asked citizens and residents Tuesday to help conserve fuel by lowering their home and office thermostats by 1 degree Celsius (about 2 degrees Fahrenheit), turning off central heating for about an hour each day, and taking showers instead of baths, Italian news channels reported.

The call was part of an emergency energy-saving effort as Italy braces for one of the coldest winters in 50 years and grapples with a reduction in fuel provided by Russia, whose residents also are suffering from extremely cold temperatures.

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