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Army bans booze in Anchorage base barracks

Jan. 26, 2013 - 04:20PM   |   Last Updated: Jan. 26, 2013 - 04:20PM  |  
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska The Army is preparing to ban alcohol in barracks at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage.

A spokesman, Lt. Col. Bill Coppernoll, tells">KSKA-FM that commanders will put policies in place to address alcohol-related discipline problems.

The Air Force already bans alcohol in its barracks at the base.

Coppernoll says soldiers 21 and older will continue to be permitted to drink alcohol at a club on the Fort Richardson side of the base and off post.

Coppernoll says the Army in is also considering routine checks on base for soldiers getting into trouble and courtesy patrols in Anchorage.

He also says officials are reviewing gun policies.

Coppernoll says alcohol-related disciplinary problems have increased.

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