New Rules Ban Off-Base Uniforms in Wake of Frankfurt Airport Shooting
New rules recently put into place ban U.S. servicemembers in Europe from wearing their uniforms off base, according to the Stars and Stripes. The military paper reports the policy ordered by the U.S. European command is an effort to keep troops safe and help them not draw attention to themselves as our military engages in the somewhat controversial Operation Odyssey Dawn. The rules affect all branches of the military serving in Europe.
The Stars and Stripes reports that reaction to the new policy is mixed. Lt. Cmdr. Geoff Maasberg told the paper:
Three weeks ago two members of the U.S. Air Force, 25-year-old Nicholas Alden and 21-year-old Zachary Cuddeback, lost their lives when an Albanian from Kosovo shot and killed them as they sat on an Air Force bus at Frankfurt International Airport.