The Army in Alaska is banning alcohol in barracks across the state.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner says the new policy was announced this week by Major Gen. Michael Garrett, who is the commanding general of the U.S. Army Alaska. Garrett issued the policy in a letter published in the official military newspaper.
According to the News-Miner, the letter says the new policy is being adopted to reduce disciplinary problems associated with alcohol.
Garrett says those incidents include the killing of an Anchorage soldier on Christmas morning at Anchorage's Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
The policy pertains to single-soldier housing and surrounding common areas at JBER and Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks.Army spokesman Lt. Col. Bill Coppernoll says the policy does not extend to family housing at the Army bases.