By NEMS Daily Journal
Today’s edition of the Daily Journal includes a new edition of Stars and Stripes, a newspaper that exists to provide independent news and information to the U.S. military community.
Stars and Stripes is unique among the many Department of Defense authorized news outlets in that only Stars and Stripes is guaranteed First Amendment privileges, a legacy that was begun by General Dwight Eisenhower. The Journal plans to provide copies to the airmen on Columbus Air Force Base and make it available to the many veterans, active Guardsmen and Reservists and others in the Northeast Mississippi market area interested in military news.
Stars and Stripes has published a daily newspaper continuously since World War II because the U.S. has maintained a military presence outside our borders in host nations around the world. The first issue was published in 1861 during the Civil War. It reappeared in World War I by order of General John Pershing.
Until recently, Stars and Stripes has been distributed exclusively overseas. Now Stars and Stripes is starting a U.S. weekly edition and the Journal is one of its first partners that will be bringing the hometown newspaper for America’s military community to a local market.
“For most of the soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines serving overseas, especially in war zones, Stars and Stripes is a primary connection home, and we believe the quality content and compelling articles will be of interest to many residents of Northeast Mississippi,” said Journal Publisher and CEO Clay Foster.
Since the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Stars and Stripes has published a Mideast edition. Reporters are embedded with troops throughout Iraq and Afghanistan and they experience firsthand what life for our troops is like in combat conditions.
A copy of Stars and Stripes will be included in the Daily Journal each Friday for four consecutive weeks beginning today through Aug. 12. Once approval is received from the base commander, we’ll distribute approximately 3,500 copies on Columbus Air Force Base and make copies available to Journal subscribers who wish to continue receiving the publication for 25 cents per week.
We hope you enjoy this special publication and if you wish to continue receiving it after Aug. 12, call our office at (662) 842-2613.