- The Washington Times - Monday, December 6, 2004

Dear Sgt. Shaft: I wanted to let you and your readers know about a great source of information for service members stationed in the United States or abroad: the Stars and Stripes. Stars and Stripes is a daily newspaper authorized by the Department of Defense (DoD) for distribution to the U.S. military community overseas. It is headquartered in the District, and it publishes three main editions: the European Stars and Stripes, in Griesheim, Germany; the Pacific Stars and Stripes, in Tokyo; and its Middle East edition. This newspaper provides U.S. and world news, entertainment news, advertising and staff-generated stories focusing on the military community. Four Union soldiers first put out this newspaper in 1861. Production stopped after just one issue, returned during World War I and at last came back during World War II. After the combat, the newspaper was instructed by DoD to continue its publication as long as U.S. troops remained abroad. The Stripes’ reporters and photographers have joined the troops in the field throughout the Korean and Vietnam wars, during Operation Desert Shield in 1990 and Operation Desert Storm in 1991. Papers also were delivered to the troops deployed to Bosnia in 1995 and Kosovo in 1998. During the recent Iraq conflict, Stripes reporters were embedded with military units in Kuwait and Iraq, and a separate Middle East edition has started to print and deliver about 67,000 newspapers daily to deployed locations, including Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Iraq. Today, the Stars and Stripes’ daily editions are produced in the District and sent by satellite and Internet technology to printing sites in Germany, Italy, Japan, Kuwait and South Korea. Stripes serves more than 48 countries where there are bases, posts, service members, ships or embassies. Stars and Stripes also is an award-winning newspaper. In the past year it has been honored with the Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Award, the Excellence in Journalism Award by the American Legion, and an Honorable Citation by Editor and Publisher magazine among others. Throughout all this, Stripes has never lost sight of its daily duty: to bring hometown news to the troops stationed overseas. The good news: It is not necessary to be stationed overseas to have access to Stars and Stripes. Anyone can read this newspaper anywhere, thanks to the Internet. Every day, Stars and Stripes posts an exact electronic replica of the three main editions of its newspapers on its Web site — www.estripes.osd.mil. Its other Web site, www.stripes.com, is packed with information relevant to the military stationed abroad and at home.” Luisa Hernandez, marketing manager, Stars and Stripes Dear Luisa: Thanks for your update on the Stars and Stripes. I am sure just seeing the name Stars and Stripes will bring back fond memories for my readers; so glad this great publication is still going strong and still serving. Shaft notes • The Sarge is looking forward to joining other members at the National Press Club and the public at a luncheon featuring David Eisner. Mr. Eisner, a former executive at AOL Time Warner and a nationally recognized expert on nonprofit capacity-building, was confirmed last year by the Senate as the chief executive officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service. The corporation administers Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, Learn and Serve America and other domestic service initiatives that engage Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service to their communities and country. “National and community service represents the best of American citizens’ commitment to our civil society and democratic values,” Mr. Eisner said. In his position, Mr. Eisner oversees an agency with 600 employees that supports more than 1.5 million Americans who serve the needs of their communities through schools, nonprofits, and faith-based and community organizations. For information and reservations for the luncheon, which will be at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 14, contact Pat Nelson at 202/662-7539 or e-mail: pnelson@press.org. • The Sarge was happy to join more than 200 senior leaders in military and federal health care as they heard plans for a new film on military medicine and its contribution to the nation’s health at a recent “Meet the Producers” evening at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU). The event was arranged by the nonprofit, privately funded Friends of USU, which is sponsoring the documentary. The evening’s highlight was a presentation by the film’s producers, three-time Oscar-winner Terry Sanders and his associate Christine Wiser, who has more than 30 films to her credit. The evening’s guests included Dr. William Winkenwerder, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs; Dr. Richard Carmona, surgeon general of the United States; and Lt. Gen. Kevin Kiley, surgeon general of the Army. Representatives of several leading defense contractors also attended, as did those of nonprofit and veterans’ service organizations The evening’s program was hosted by Tammy Alvarez, president of the Friends of USU and wife of Everett Alvarez Jr., chairman of USU’s presidentially appointed Board of Regents. • Send letters to Sgt. Shaft, c/o John Fales, PO Box 65900, Washington, D.C. 20035-5900; fax 301/622-3330; call 202/257-5446; or e-mail sgtshaft@bavf.org.

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