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March 03, 1986

U.S. Army units in Western Europe diverted thousands of dollars in community relations funds to host private parties for American generals, the Army Audit Agency in Washington disclosed. Among the parties was a "holiday reception" that cost $2,112. It was hosted by a brigadier general with community relations funds at the 7th Corps regional finance and accounting office in Stuttgart, the auditors reported. The funds are supposed to be used to "foster mutual acceptance, respect and cooperation" between American soldiers and European host nations, an Army spokesman said.

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