Few people outside of the military are familiar with Stars and Stripes, a well-established daily that arrived in Europe with Allied troops in the 1940s, stuck around for the Cold War and expanded into the Pacific. Funded in part by the military, Stripes is editorially independent and considers the soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen of the U.S. military to be its primary readers.  

Stripes allowed me to travel across Europe, Africa and the Middle East to report on our far-flung military. Most interesting was Afghanistan.