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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - December 23, 1999, Darmstadt, HessePace 12 stars and stripes thursday december 23, 1999 St re Pes Thomas e. Kelsch publisher George m. Webb chief operating officer Max Lederer general manager euro Pelt. Col Barry Williams Usan commander Deputy general manager news and editorial Bill Walker european editor Doug Clawson managing editor Europe Kimberly Mielcarek Andy Savoie european desk editor letters editor Joe Gromelski electronic edition editor assistant managing editors Chris Carlson news Harry Thompson sports cherish May graphics Brian Bowers features addresses . Mail unit 29480, Apoate 09211 International mail Postrach 1330, 64345 Griesheim Germany fax Dan 349-8416 Civ. 49 0 6155/601416 email news letters Central office 529 14th Street new suite 350 Washington do 20045-1301 phone Dan 312-763-0900 or Civ. 1 202 761-0900 fax 11 202 761-0890 ombudsman currently vacant. Send comments to director afis 601 n. Fairfax Alexandria a 22314 or email How to Call us commander publisher Dan 349-8202 Civ. 491 0 6155/ 601202 editor Dan 349-8237 Civ. 49 0 6155/601237 letters Dan 349-8400 Civ. 49 0 6155/601400 sports Dan 349-8225 Civ. 49 0 6155/601225 news bureaus Germany country code 49 Bamberg Sally Roberts unit 27535, Box 23497, Apo a 09139 Tel. Dan 469-7957 or Civ. 0 951/36896 fax Dan 469-8007 or Civ 0 951/300-8007 email Heidelberg Marion Callahan room 117, Rome str. 104, 69115 Heidelberg Tel. Dan 370-7010 or Civ. 0 6221/600554 fax Civ 0 6221/23421 email Kaiserslautern Kevin Dougherty and Cory Lancaster Apo ae09227-3717 Tel. Dan 489-6585 or Civ. 0 631/52104 or 0 631/57140 fax Dan 489-6357 or Civ. 0 631/5366357e-mail , Span Dahlem Kevin Dougherty building 125, Apo a 09126 489-6585 or Civ. 0 631/52104 or 0 631/57140 fax Dan 489-6357 or Civ. 0 631/5366357e-mail Dougherty mail. Stuttgart Cindy Elmore building 3307,3rd floor Kelley Barracks Apo a 09107 Tel. Dan 421-2088 or Civ. 0 711/ 7292088 fax Civ. 0 711/729-2337 email . Wiir Burg Richelle Turner Collins unit 26233, Apo a 09036 350-6308 or Civ. 0 931/700541 fax Civ. 0 951/300-8007 email Belgium Mons Gregory Piatt car 451, Box 188, Apo a 09708 Tel. Dan 423-5317 or Civ. 32 0 65/44-5317 fax Dan 423-5352 or Civ 32 0 65/44-5352 email Italy Aviano Gary Kunich pc 54, Box 782, Apo a 09601 Tel. Dsn632-5176 or Civ. 391 0434 66-5176 fax Dan 632-5222 or Civ. 39 0434 66-5222e-mail Naples Ward Sanderson and Keith Boydston pc 810, Box 56,Fpo a 09619 Tel. Dan 625-3527/3528 or Civ. 39 081 0724-3527/3528 fax Dan 625-3526 or Civ. 139 081 0724-3526 email , , Sicily Jon r. Anderson and Anthony Burgos pc 812, Box 3520, Fpo a 09627-3520 Tel. Dan 624-2590 or Civ 391 095 86-2590 fax Dan 624-2589 or Civ. 391 095 86-2589 email , Rota Marni Mcentee pc 819, Box 1, Fpo a 09645 Tel. Dsn727-1099/1686 or Civ. 34 0956 82-1099 fax Dan 727 1034 or Civ. 34 0956 82-1034e-mail Bosnia Tula stars and stripes operation joint forge Apo a 09789 Tel. Civ. 387 0 75/814-167e-mail Macedonia Kosovo Skopje stars and stripes Ulica Naum Ohri ski 49, Skopje Cernica Macedonia Tel. Civ. 1389 0 91-110024e-mail Turkey Izmir Terry Boyd room 509, Akin building Alsan Cak Izmir mail ing address stars and stripes co Boyd pc 88, Box 3137, Apoate 09821 Tel. Dan 675-3388 or Civ. 190 232-441-6488 United kingdom Raf Mildenhall Ron Jensen building 465 Cess us Raf Milden Hall Apo a 09459 Tel. Dan 238-4868 or Civ. 441 0 1638/544868 fax Civ. 44 0 1638/ 718013 email . Chuck Vinch and Jason Sandford Oast a the Pentagon room2e756, . Box 46095, Washington do 20050-6095 Tel Civ. 1 703 697-6695 fax Civ. 1 703 693-6366e-mail , this newspaper 1$ p authorized unofficial publication for Mem Bers of the military services overseas. Contents of stars and stripes do not necessarily reflect the views of or endorsement by the .government, the department of defense or the . European com Mand. The appearance of advertising in this publication including inserts and supplements does not constitute endorsement by the department of defense or stars and stripes of the products or service advertised. Printed in the United kingdom by 2000 print services in Italy by wit Rice Jel Estampa cruel headline regarding the stars & stripes article Polly Wanna crackle Pec. 12and resulting letter consider this interesting statistic via the american society for the prevention of cruelty to animals investigation connecting animal mutilation to physical violence 95 percent of the United states convicted serial killers testified they started killing animals before people. Jeffrey Dahmer and son of Sam to name a few mutilated and murdered Ani Mals before working up enough courage to mutilate people. It s a sociopathic tendency. Parents suspicious of their children showing apathetic reactions to animals in pain or hurting animals directly Are advised to seek immediate counselling. Jennifer l. Shats Tan Fleck Germany do something about it i continuously hear and read people s complaints in regard to cafes the Tom Joyner show and other subjects. It s great that the stars & stripes allows . Personnel in Europe to express them selves and blow off some steam on the let ters to the editor Page. It s too bad no one of importance tunes in to these usually justifiable complaints or does something about them. So in Case you Are Reading this or. High ranking military or civilian do something about these complaints in regard to what an airs and to what cafes charges. A great Many people will be Happy with just cause. David Mixon Mannheim Germany thoughts on getting out i was just doing a Little thinking the other Day when i came to the realization that when i get out next year i Ain t getting Jack i be been in this wonderful army for Over seven years. The army has been Good to me and i be done a lot of Cool stuff. I hate to go but the Money i be been offered in the civilian world is just too much to pass up. I Don t know Why it s taken me so Long to figure out that if Only i d eaten a Little More or milked sick Call i could be get Ting paid to get out just like the Soldier who does maybe two or three years and gets out on a chapter. Now Don t take this the wrong Way. I know there Are soldiers who have legitimate problems and they Are removed from the military involuntarily. But then you have the soldiers who either can t Tell us what you think stars and stripes welcomes your comments on editorials and columns that Are published in the newspaper and values tetters on topics of importance in the lives of our readers. Aft letters must be signed and must include the writer s address or base and Telephone number. We Reserve the right to edit letters for your tetters to . Malt stars and stripes unit 294so Apoate 09211 International mail stars and stripes Postrach 1330 64345 Grid Shein via fac country code 49 0 6155/601395dsft 349-8395 email adapt or decide that this is not quite what they had expected so they come up with a plan and get paid to get out. I Don t mean to Start a stink but i just thought i would bring it to the attention of All honest hard working soldiers that if you Don t retire eat your Way out or get some kind of other chapter then you Ain t getting Jack. Maybe someone should do something about this sgt. Bryan c. Hood Schweinfurt Germany missed Opportunity the absence of president Clinton at the ceremony commemorating the year end turnover of the Panama canal shows one thing he is not a Good sport. Richard h. Frese Stuttgart Germany talk about retention i have always heard that within Reading the first three lines of anything a person will determine whether or not he or she will finish what it is they Are about to read. So with that said i can now discuss the topic of retention. Who am i to discuss the topic of retention anyhow i am not a politician i m not a Recruiter or a Drill sergeant or a decision maker. I m just a simple Joe trying to get to the 20-year Mark before the Sand runs its course through my hourglass. It seems to me that one problem the Mili tary has with retention is that Good sol Diers Are getting out. I am not talking about those soldiers who just wish to end their time with the military to attend col lege or whatever. I am talking about Good soldiers disciplined fit and motivated who Are being forced out soldiers who wish to make the military a career but can t. Why because for one reason or another they do not wish to be leaders. They have no desire to be inducted into the no corps. They Are Content and Happy just being a part of the military in any capacity. Why do we try to make leaders out of soldiers who Aren t or have no wish to be one it takes More than just a set of stripes on a Collar to make a person a Leader. So Why punish those who Don t want these stripes just for the record i am an no and a Leader of men. And i am a proud member of the Backbone of the but i think the military should seriously consider bringing Back the ranks of specialist 5, specialist 6, Etc. Or devise a new rank Structure for no leaders. Likewise the other branches of the ser vice can have a comparable rank Structure also for soldiers not wishing to be cos. Let s train our leaders to be better Lead ers and let those who just want to Soldier without the Burden of responsibility be soldiers. The entire enlisted ranks would Benefit from this change. Also it would make the no corps Strong again just like the officer corps. Furthermore it would bring respect and Honor Back to the no corps. Is it just me or does the idea of giving a Soldier the rank of sergeant for re enlist ing sound like a dumb idea i Don t think that this was a Well thought lit plan to help fix the retention problems in the Mili tary. I have often been told there is no such thing As a bad Soldier there Are Only bad Well Aren t we creating bad leaders by promoting soldiers just be cause they May be in a shortage of Mili tary occupational specially but then again who am i to say anything about retention anyhow staff sgt. John Murray Friedberg Germany doonesbury Safe housing after All this talk on an about warn Ings for travelling abroad i see a Man pick ing through the garbage on sunday and carrying out a television someone has thrown away. This is not the first time i have seen this take place. My question is How does he get onto Patrick Henry Village i thought there Are Security measures to keep this from happening How do we know he does t have something to harm the people who live in that area. I really think this is a matter to be taken seriously. John h. Clark Heidelberg Germany by Garry Trudeau anyway i be map Myz i on a u jul thave 70 5u16itout, you wan poppy qui you re 6ivzmikimmyssfij Gullatt Bation som

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