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Roughly 41,000 Coast Guard members were bracing for the partial government shutdown to deny them paychecks on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019.  U.S. COAST GUARD/FACEBOOK
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USAA donates $15 million to Coast Guard families

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January 16, 2019
In a letter recognizing the anxiety among Coast Guard members who missed paychecks Tuesday because of the partial federal government shutdown, Adm. Karl L. Schultz announced a $15...
Maria Ortiz, registered nurse, Labor and Delivery Section, William Beaumont Army Medical Center, checks vitals on Vanessa Torres, a laboring mom, as part of daily operations at WBAMC’s L&D section. Recently, Ortiz and other staff members quickly responded to an umbilical cord prolapse, an obstetrical emergency, at WBAMC resulting in the successful delivery of a baby, despite the life-threatening complication. (U.S. Army photo)

Medical team saves newborn’s life

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January 16, 2019
For most women, pregnancy is an incredible 40-week journey ending with the delivery of baby. But it’s not always that easy or predictable with possible complications threatening...
An aircraft participates in Keen Sword drills between the Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Nov. 1, 2018.  SADIE COLBERT/U.S. AIR FORCE
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Misawa-based F-16 makes precautionary landing at Japanese airport

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January 16, 2019
An Air Force F-16 fighter jet made a precautionary landing at a Japanese regional airport Monday, according to a Tohoku Defense Bureau spokesman.
Senior Airman Joshua Mims, 736th Security Forces Squadron, plays the role of a village elder during a key leader engagement as Staff Sgt. Seth Gordon, 374th Security Forces Squadron patrolman from Yokota Air Base, Japan, questioned him during Commando Warrior training Dec. 11, 2018. The training took place at North West Field near Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Sixty-eight active duty and Air National Guard members completed the 14-day course Dec. 14, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. JT May III)

The 736th SFS Live, Eat and Breath “Defensor Fortis" (Defenders of the Force)

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January 16, 2019
ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- The dictionary defines the word Defender as a person who defends someone or something. No coincidence security force members throughout the Air...
Sailors from the guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) enjoy the Shimoda Black Ship Festival. The Navy’s participation in the festival celebrates the heritage of U.S.-Japanese naval partnership first established by Commodore Matthew Perry’s 1853 port visit. (Photo by Daniel A. Taylor)

Anchored in Japan

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January 16, 2019
Sharon Canales, chief logistics specialist on USS Benfold (DDG 65), remembers feeling scared when she first moved to Yokosuka from San Diego six years ago.
Paratroopers jump from a Kawasaki C-2 heavy transport aircraft during a drill at Narashino Training Area in Chiba prefecture, Japan, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019.  COURTESY OF HIDEO SASAGAWA
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Green Berets practice securing remote islands with elite Japanese paratroopers

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January 16, 2019
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Special Forces soldiers recently joined elite servicemembers from Japan’s 1st Airborne Brigade for parachute drills that simulated defending remote Japanese...