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Retired Colonel Eyed in Iraq Fraud Case

September 09, 2009, as reported on, from the Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Federal investigators are searching for suspicious transactions in the personal bank records of a retired Army colonel who ran the contracting office in Baghdad during the early stages of Iraq’s $125 billion reconstruction.


Two sentenced in drug deal that led to servicemember’s death

By Franklin Fisher, Stars and Stripes
Mideast edition, Wednesday, September 9, 2009

CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea — Two U.S. soldiers who were involved in a drug deal in which a third soldier later died of an overdose were sentenced to prison and discharged from the military in separate trials at Camp Humphreys, the Army said Tuesday.


In banning sex offenders, Navy faces tough task

By Erik Slavin, Stars and Stripes
Pacific edition, Thursday, September 10, 2009

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Nearly a year after the Department of the Navy issued a tough policy barring sex offenders from Navy and Marine Corps bases, the service is struggling to enforce it.

Sex offenders must be identified and banned from all bases unless they receive a waiver, according to an Oct. 7, 2008, memo  from then-Secretary of the Navy Donald Winter and a May 27 memo detailing the order.

But identifying sex offenders could require installations worldwide to check their many thousands of servicemembers, civilians and dependents against flawed and sometimes inaccurate sex offender registries.  (emphasis added.)

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