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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - April 4, 1990, Darmstadt, Hesse Running rebels Romp Over Duke 103-73 a Page 21 the authorized unofficial publication for the . Armed forces Good morning vol. 48, no. 352 wednesday april 4, 1990 a a 25 Dally and sunday d 8693 a Laid off service members May get Extension of shopping privileges by Chuck Vinch Washington Bureau Washington a service members who lose their jobs in the coming personnel cuts May be Able to use commissaries and exchanges for a limited time after their separation. That a one of several provisions under review by the defense department to ease the unexpected transition to civilian life for people who had planned on a 20 year career according to a Pentagon official who asked not to be identified. The chief initiative being pushed by the services is Severance pay for enlisted personnel. Under current Law officers get Severance pay if they Are involuntarily separated before 20 years of service. Enlisted members do not. A formal proposal for an enlisted Severance pay program already has been forwarded to Capitol Hill. Other proposals that Are being drafted include continued Access to free military medical care after separation and Job counselling training and placement help the official said. A you can to just break a contract with a service member who thinks he has a 20-Ycar commitment from the military and is told to get out after 14 years a the official said. A currently that service member see shopping on Back Page cafes foils to meet its class six sales goals by Randy Mcclain financial writer Munich West Germany a the army and air Force Exchange service promised smooth sailing last March when it assumed control of class six liquor stores. But it fell Short of sales goals in Europe and had to dip into other accounts to make guaranteed morale and recreation fund payments. Those disappointing results stand in Stark contrast to promises of stronger sales and More efficient operations made a year ago when cafes assumed control of All army and air Force liquor stores As directed by Congress. Officials at cafes Europe Headquarters in Munich maintain that a continuing Effort to control costs should improve the Bottom line next year even though no growth is expected in wine and hard liquor sales. A 5 percent decline in liquor and wine sales was the main culprit in cafes Europe a lacklustre first year performance. Several former store managers also maintain that the Exchange service caused Many of its own problems by ordering wines people did no to want and by fouling up merchandise deliveries to class six stores especially in the first three to six months after taking control on March 25, 1989. Before that Date the army and air Force ran their own liquor stores. A the army ran a better store a said Ken Thomas who managed the army liquor store in Hanau West Germany for several years and stayed on to work for cafes. He quit in october. Exchange officials in Munich acknowledged that they experienced some growing pains but retail director Roger Dix said a a few hiccups and burps were to be expected. Here arc a few highlights of How cafes Europe performed. Unless otherwise noted figures shown arc for the first 10 months of class six operations which ended with the Jan. 22 close of the Exchange services fiscal year a cafes paid More than $9.7 million to the army and $5.3 million to air Force communities in Europe for mar programs but class six business did no to fully fund those payments. Army net earnings fell $ 1.3 million Short of the full amount and air Force net earnings were continued on Page 3rep. Aspin names his Price slash arms programs by Janet Howells Tierney Washington Bureau Washington a a key lawmaker has demanded that the defense department make huge cuts in cherished weapons programs As the Price for allowing the Pentagon to avoid massive layoffs of military personnel. Rep. Les Aspin d-wis., dropped his opposition last week to the Pentagon a request to Transfer $852 million into military personnel spending accounts to avoid the effects of an across the Board budget Cut earlier this fiscal year. On monday Aspin presented Secretary of defense Dick Cheney with the Cost of his reversal. In a letter the outspoken chairman of the House armed services committee said the Pentagon must take the needed funds from four major weapon systems that Cheney has vigorously defended. The systems Are the strategic defense initiative the air forces b-2 bomber the Navy a sea Wolf attack submarine and the army a experimental Light helicopter. Cheney was scheduled to meet late tuesday afternoon with House and Senate leaders to discuss the Issue. A Pentagon source who spoke on condition of anonymity said that Cheney probably would not agree to Aspinw a demands but that the meeting should be the Start of serious negotiations. At a news briefing tuesday Pentagon spokesman Pete Williams said Cheney is firmly committed to protecting personnel programs and a it is our belief that we can still work this out with Congress.�?�. In the letter Aspin wrote a it must be clearly established that military people Are a higher priority than hardware. Thus funds for any Transfer Relief for fiscal see Aspin on Back Page prison standoff in England three prisoners wave from the roof of Strangeways prison on tuesday the third Day of a siege at the aging facility in Manchester England. Authorities recaptured two thirds of the prison where at least 56 inmates and guards have been injured since rioting broke out sunday. See Story on Page 28

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