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Musician 3rd Classes Christa Vernon, Zachary Buckwash, Daniel Webber and Gabriel Brown of the U.S. 7th Fleet Band’s Pacific Ambassadors perform at Hong Kong Disneyland, March 1. The performance kicked off the start of their 2013 touring schedule throughout Asia and the western Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by MCSN Jared Harral)

Pacific Ambassadors perform at Hong Kong Disneyland

HONG KONG – The U.S. 7th Fleet Band’s Pacific Ambassadors performed for crowds of tourists at Hong Kong Disneyland March 1.

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Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Director of Investor Education, Peter S. Chandler, speaks to Sailors about investments during an investor seminar for military members and their families at the Fleet Activities,Yokosuka Fleet Theater, Feb. 27. FINRA is the largest independent regulator for all securities firms doing business in the United States. Its chief role is to protect investors by maintaining the fairness of the U.S. capital markets. (Photo by Greg Mitchell)

FINRA visits FLEACT Yokosuka, provides financial advice

Representatives of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) conducted an investing seminar for military service members and their...

Empty classrooms like this one on Kleber Kaserne, Germany, may be the new norm as the Army has suspended its tuition assistance program, citing fiscal challenges. The Army's announcement follows a similar message affecting the Marine Corps. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

Army suspends tuition assistance program for troops

WIESBADEN, Germany — The Army announced Friday it is suspending its tuition assistance program for soldiers newly enrolling in classes due to...

Navy bases to soon bear brunt of budget cuts, Atsugi commander says

TOKYO — Navy bases worldwide will soon bear the brunt of the automatic budget cuts that went into effect March 1, as slowdowns and reduced...

U.S. PACOM senior enlisted leader visits Misawa

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Douglas McIntyre, U.S. Forces, Japan, and 5th Air Force command chief, speaks to Airmen from the 35th Logistics...

A Hosoya Disposal Site tractor operator scoops trash into a pile in Misawa City, Japan, Feb. 28, 2013. Hosoya is the final stop for all of the base’s trash and recyclables. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Phillip Butterfield)

Dad, where does our trash go and do we recycle correctly?

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- Green phantoms dash about Misawa Air Base, sometimes found in plain sight other times lurking behind buildings; their...

Road tax returns to Misawa

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan  -- Status of Forces Agreement vehicle owners here are required to pay the annual Japanese Road Tax, which can be...

Iwakuni Municipal Kawashimo Elementary School students perform the “Sohran Folk Dance” during the U.S.-Japan Friendship Concert, which took place inside the Sinfonia Iwakuni, March 2, 2013. The concert consisted of multiple songs and performances by several local Japanese schools and Matthew C. Perry Elementary and High School students.

Friendship Concert builds cultural ties through love of music

Matthew C. Perry Elementary and High School students, along with several Japanese schools, participated in the U.S.-Japan Friendship Concert,...

FROs enhance efficiency, skills

CAMP FOSTER — As service members continue to execute missions and train throughout the world, they are spending an increased amount of time away...

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan – Jarred Garcia, 17, demonstrates his guitar skills at the Yokota Teen Center. Garcia said he plans to learn how to play the bass next. "I believe you should never stop learning, there’s always something you can always do,” Garcia said. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Soo C. Kim)

Yokota teen receives Youth of the Year

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- Jarred Garcia is a local teen with many talents - he can play the guitar, piano and drums. He holds a black belt in Tae...

AYASE, Japan (Feb. 20, 2013) –Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kegan Kay (right) receives a letter of commendation from Capt. Steven Wieman, commanding officer of Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi. Kay was recognized as Sailor of the Week. Sailor of the Week is a title granted to a different Sailor on board NAF Atsugi once a week that has shown exemplary skill and work ethic within their shop and rate. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Vivian Blakely)

'I feel I've become more self-reliant'

NAVAL AIR FACILITY ATSUGI – Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kegan Kay, of NAF Atsugi’s Public Affairs Office, was among the newest to...

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