U.S. troops in Europe banned from wearing uniforms off base
A U.S. Air Force bus is examined at a Frankfurt airport after two U.S. airmen were killed in a March 2 shooting.
March 24th, 2011
11:25 AM ET

U.S. troops in Europe banned from wearing uniforms off base

The U.S. military's European Command is ordering all U.S. troops in Europe not to wear their uniforms outside military installations, the newspaper Stars and Stripes reports.

The order comes three weeks after a gunman opened fire on a U.S. Air Force bus at Frankfurt, Germany's, main airport, killing two U.S. airmen. It also comes as U.S. forces in Europe help enforce a no-fly zone over Libya, which is across the Mediterranean Sea from Europe. That operation is led by U.S. Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany.

“The directive specifically forbids the wear of uniforms for travel between duty and domicile, short convenience stops, conduct of physical fitness, travel between installations, and off post messing,” the Stripes report quotes an order issued over Armed Forces Network - Europe as saying.

European Command spokesman Capt. Ed Buclatin told Stripes that local units can impose stronger restrictions if necessary.

Stripes says the order may be a hassle for troops.

"It will surely result in some inconveniences for troops, many of whom have grown accustomed to eating lunch at nearby restaurants, and running daily errands. And no one living off post will drive to or from work in uniform," the reports says.

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  1. Cesar Milan The Communist Whisperer

    @Cesar r: Tsshht! Obey! Maria es muey bonita way y los chi chis es mucho grande. La panocha es mucho color y chiquita. Yo quero mi pene en su boca pinche maricon puto communisto.

    March 24, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazz7

      U filthy discusting pig

      March 24, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. boenoes

    Dnt matter what service people have on they gonna stick out.If someone wants to shoot at them they gonna do it period.

    March 24, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cesar r

    @Dwayne: Change your name, it's too long. Please? Do it for me? Pretty please? @jj I'll let you pull my one massive weed, for free. Then my pet dog can rump you. How about this weekend, you available?

    March 24, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar r

    @Cesar c: Chupa mi v*rga, pinche maricon joto. @jj: Pinche pendijo, degraciado!!! Our troops should NOT be targets.

    March 24, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cesar r

    Come on J J, I know you want to.

    March 24, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dwayne Herbert Alizondo Mountain Dew Comacho

    @Cesar r: No. I don't wanna. I know you're talking to me when you call me Dwayne. My friends call me Mountain Dew though. Peanut Head.

    March 24, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dwayne Herbert Alizondo Mountain Dew Comacho

    I suspect Cesar r is really communist cesar from tx. Just a guess. I've been wrong b4

    March 24, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. rick

    Why are we even in Europe???

    Nearly every European nation except for Lichtenstein has its own military. The Cold War is over. If europe can't even control its own muslims, its their problem not ours.

    March 25, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  9. erbert

    Has anyone seen my letter "H"?

    March 25, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
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