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Markup on cars found high

European Stars and Stripes, Darmstadt, Germany Customers of the military’s $250 mil­lion-a-year overseas auto sales program generally pay more for cars than they would in the United States and get less consumer protection, research by The Stars and Stripes shows. Price surveys conducted by the news­paper and scores of interviews with cus­tomers and auto industry …

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Contracts show MWR funds used for Weisbaden renovations

European Stars and Stripes, Darmstadt, Germany   WIESBADEN AB, Germany – Army officials con­tracted to spend $112,261 of troop morak money for building renovations on Wiesbaden AB,. contracts show. Army regulations and federal laws prohibit the use of morale, welfare and recreation money to pay for most construction projects. Such money is formally known as …

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Washington probing Frankfurt MWR

European Stars and Stripes, Darmstadt, Germany   Department of the Army officials from Washington began a review of the Frankfurt, Germany, military community’s non-appropriated fund contracting proce­dures on Tuesday and did so at the suggestion of the Army’s European contracting command. The review comes on the heels of a separate investi­gation being conducted by the …

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Dollar shuffle leaves MWR fund without cash

European Stars and Stripes, Darmstadt, Germany FRANKFURT, Germany – The Frankfurt military community is being in­vestigated for spending at least $435,000 of morale, welfare and recreation money on such items as executive furniture, computers and a paper shredder. The purchases, which came from Frank­furt’s fiscal 1991 MWR fund, have left the account without cash reserves, …

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Foot soldiers in hell

European Stars and Stripes, Darmstadt, Germany A YEAR AGO Coots Matthewes was about to call it quits. Half a century of battling fires had taken its toll, pushing the 75-year-old Texan to the brink of retirement. But then Saddam Hussein rampaged through the oil fields of Kuwait, waging a new and lethal form of environmental …

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