Walter Schmidt VSO CPA

About Stars & Stripes

About Stars and Stripes

Stars and Stripes exists to provide independent news and information to the U.S. military community, comprised of active-duty servicemembers, DoD civilians, contractors, and their families. Unique among the many Department of Defense authorized news outlets, only Stars and Stripes is guaranteed First Amendment privileges that are subject to Congressional oversight.*

Stars and Stripes has published a newspaper continuously since World War II. Our unique military coverage first became available online in 1999. Today, Stars and Stripes operates as a multimedia news organization. We publish the Stars and Stripes print newspaper edition Monday through Thursday, a special Weekend Edition on Friday for Europe and Pacific, and a separate Mideast edition Friday through Sunday. In addition, we publish several weekly and monthly publications and numerous special supplements. Average daily readers number about 300,000.

Stars and Stripes maintains news bureaus in Europe, Pacific and the Middle East to provide first-hand reporting on events in those theaters. In addition to news and sports, Stars and Stripes newspapers contain all the elements of an American “hometown paper,” from “Dear Abby” to comics, horoscopes, and crossword puzzles.

The newspapers for the Mideast are command-sponsored and distributed at no charge to forces stationed in war zones. In Europe and Pacific, the newspaper is for sale on base in coin boxes and at military exchanges. Home delivery to subscribers is available in Belgium, England, Germany, Guam, Italy, Japan, Korea, Spain and Turkey.

Other Stars and Stripes publications include its annual Heroes and special supplements focused on such topics as education, insurance, retirement planning, and travel. Welcome to Europe Guide is published three times annually; the Annual Manual is published for the Pacific community once a year.

View our 2013 Supplement Calendar to see a list of upcoming publications.


The first Stars and Stripes was published briefly by Union troops during the Civil War. The predecessor of today’s paper appeared during World War I, then again in World War II.

Since the last world war, Stars and Stripes newspaper has published continuously (1942 in Europe; 1945 in the Pacific). Stripes reporters have served right beside American soldiers, Marines, sailors and airmen in Korea, Vietnam, the first Gulf War, Bosnia and Kosovo. Reporters have been on assignment in the Middle East since 2001 and covered the military’s humanitarian efforts in the aftermath of the 2005 tsunami, the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Stars and Stripes newspapers are sold at military facilities in Europe and the Pacific. The Mideast edition is distributed seven days a week at no cost to our servicemembers in contingency areas. Published weekdays, the main edition contains stories specific to each theater of operations in order to better serve our global audience. We publish wherever our troops go, so where we set up operations always depends on the deployment plans of the military.

In May 2004 Stars and Stripes began offering its newspaper in a digital edition, available at to anyone in the world with access to the Internet. Today all editions are available as PDF downloads at no cost. also provides a broad range of local information to the overseas military community, including travel, entertainment listings, and a free photo share website (Stripes Spotted), in addition to useful services such as free classified advertising.

On any given day, the total average daily audience for Stars and Stripes is about 300,000.

*Stars and Stripes is a Department of Defense-authorized daily newspaper distributed overseas for the U.S. military community. Editorially independent of interference from outside its own editorial chain-of-command, it provides commercially available U.S. and world news and objective staff-produced stories relevant to the military community in a balanced, fair, and accurate manner. By keeping its audience informed, Stars and Stripes enhances military readiness and better enables U.S. military personnel and their families stationed overseas to exercise their responsibilities of citizenship. (Source: Revised DoD Directive 5122.11)



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