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Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011

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Alabama immigration law can affect troops

FORT RUCKER, Ala. — Do you know where your birth certificate is? If not, it’s probably time to go find it. Because of a new law designed to crack down on illegal immigration, card-carrying members of the U.S. military, their Family members and Department of the Army civilians can expect to provide proof of citizenship in order to get services in the state of Alabama now, including getting an Alabama driver’s license.

House Bill 56 (aka the Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act), which is still being challenged but has passed into law, impacts Fort Rucker and will continue to do so on a rolling basis, said Capt. Megan Mueller, officer in charge of client services for Fort Rucker’s Office of the Staff Judge Advocate.

Photo contest to showcase duty

A contest of photographs depicting the daily life of military deployments and overseas assignments, as captured through the camera lenses of military members, veterans and diplomats, kicked off on Veterans Day. The contest to select the 1,000 winning photos for an exhibit, “Serving Abroad ... Through Their Eyes,” will continue through Presidents Day, Feb. 20, Defense Department officials said. Winning entries will be showcased at the Smithsonian Institution’s American Art Museum, U.S. embassies around the world, the Pentagon and other prominent, international venues in 2012.

“We’re looking for the most-compelling photos that show the friendships, places, faces, losses and triumphs (of deployment),” said Lt. Col. Luke Knittig, DOD public affairs, who is helping to coordinate the project. Photos taken overseas since 2000 by active-duty troops, veterans and foreign service members should represent daily life during a deployment, in a combat zone or from a humanitarian relief mission, he said. The goal is to show everyday events through the eyes of those who serve as ambassadors representing the U.S. around the world. The images will be part of an audio and video montage.

Contest photos must meet the exhibit’s theme of friendships, places, faces, losses and triumphs of an overseas mission. Entries will be judged by a panel of up to seven people.

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