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Shigeaki Mori, left, talks about the 12 U.S. servicemembers who perished in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, on Aug. 6, 1945. With him at the site of the former Chugoku Military Police Headquarters is Clifton Truman Daniel, grandson of President Harry S. Truman. American POWs were kept there and most died in the bombing. Truman Daniel was in Hiroshima to offer reconciliation. He sought the help of Truman Daniel to have them be  recognized at last. Matthew M. Burke/Stars and Stripes

Unlikely duo meets to remember Hiroshima victims

HIROSHIMA, Japan — Shigeaki Mori was only 7 when Hiroshima was flattened in seconds. Clifton Truman Daniel hadn’t even been born when his...

Petty Officer 3rd Class Scott Bourque mans the camera on a recent shoot for the American Forces Network at Sasebo Naval Base in Japan. AFN's commercials can be over-the-top cheesy, but the goofiest commercials are often the best at conveying a message because people remember them. Matthew M. Burke/Stars ans Stripes

Finding sweet spot between informative and zany at AFN

SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — There’s no Geico gecko, no Flo the insurance lady and no William Shatner hawking hotel deals.

Still, the...

Fire Prevention Week: "Have Two Ways Out!"

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- Imagine waking up coughing, eyes burning and feeling extremely hot. You open your eyes and see an...

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Michael Adams, 35th Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management apprentice, and his youngest daughter stocks the emergency preparedness kit with batteries at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 15, 2012. The Emergency Management department suggests individuals restock their emergency kits every six months. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kenna Jackson)

One family, one mission, a lifetime of readiness

MISAWA AIR BASE - "I was riding on a bus watching kids walking home from school when the earthquake hit us," Staff Sgt. Alicia McQuay, 35th Civil...

Lt. Col. Gary Ardo is flanked by cadets Crumpton and Davids following the students’ flight.

Yokota cadets flying high

Editor’s note: Gary Ardo shared his story with us. We’d love to hear from you. You can submit your stories on this very site....

Yokota Army Air Base commander Col. Edwin Bobzien, center, attends a party at the Yokota Officers’ Club circa August 1946. Photo from the collection of Father Frank Mathy, courtesy of the 374 AW History Office

LIVING HISTORY: Historian chronicles base's past

YOKOTA AIR BASE – A dark room opens into a well-lit office where a man sits pouring over online documents and historical data. His office is...

Kohei Masuda, left, Gen. Eiji Kimizuka, center, and Heita Kawakatsu discuss plans for conducting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations during the Shizuoka Disaster Drill at the Shizuoka airport Sept. 2. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Matthew Manning)

Disaster drill prepares Japan, US forces

SHIZUOKA AIRPORT, Shizuoka, Japan -- Members of the Japan Self-Defense Force, Shizuoka prefecture, U.S. Marine Corps and Army took part in...

Capt. Steven Wieman, commanding officer of Naval Air Facility Atsugi, addresses teens during the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Grand Re-opening of the Teen Center on NAF Atsugi on Sept. 26. Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Vivian Blakely, courtesy of NAF Atsugi Public Affairs

New teen center welcomes Atsugi youth

Teens have a new hangout all to themselves at Naval Air Facility Atsugi. Many were on hand Sept. 26 with Capt. Steven Wieman, NAF Atsugi...

U.S. Army Japan's Ten-Miler team primed to race

CAMP ZAMA – The soldiers who will represent U.S. Army Japan in the Army Ten-Miler race have all the dedication, morale and physical and mental...

Photo Credit: Kiyoshi Tokeshi, U.S. Army Garrison Japan Visual Information DivisionCol. Nora R. Marcos, deputy chief of staff for G-6 at U.S. Army Japan and I Corps (Forward), addresses the audience as the guest speaker at Camp Zama's Hispanic American Heritage Month observance, held Sept. 26 at the Community Activity Center here. More than 200 people attended the event.

Hispanic-American culture, history celebrated during observance

CAMP ZAMA, Japan -- Camp Zama celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month, honoring the culture and history of Hispanic and Latino Americans, with an...

Tadaaki Mori, a firefighter assigned to the U.S. Army Garrison Japan Fire Department, demonstrates how to open a fire hydrant used by the Army during a bilateral exercise hosted by USAG-J, Sept. 27, 2012, at Sagami General Depot, Japan.

Fire drill strengthens bond between Army, city firefighters

CAMP ZAMA, Japan - More than 60 Japanese firefighters from Sagamihara City took part in an exercise hosted by U.S. Army Garrison Japan that was...

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft taxis on the flightline at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 26, 2012. Sept. 26 marked the last day of the 2012 fiscal year for the Pacific Air Force flying hours program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenna Jackson)

35th Fighter Wing reaches 2012 flying hour quota

MISAWA AIR BASE - While sitting in the cockpit of an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft, Capt. Ruben Amezaga, 14th Fighter Squadron C-Flight commander...

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