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Sailors man the rails as the USS Ronald Reagan arrives at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, after a patrol in December 2017. (JANWEB LAGAZO/U.S. NAVY)

Pair of USS Ronald Reagan sailors sentenced after pleading guilty to drug charges

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Two sailors who worked with the USS Ronald Reagan’s nuclear reactor were sentenced after pleading guilty last month...

The Army is testing new combat boots in a push to better compete with the more comfortable commercial brands favored by many soldiers for their lightness. Here, a soldier from the 1-114th Infantry Regiment stands in the mud holding 7.62mm ammunition during training on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Nov. 6, 2018. (MATT HECHT/U.S. ARMY)

Army looks to give its old combat boot the boot

The Army is testing new combat boots at select boot camps in a push to better compete with the more comfortable commercial brands favored by many...

Master Chief Petty Officer Derrick Walters, a Navy SEAL, will become the 6th Fleet's fleet master chief this spring. He will replace retiring Master Chief Petty Officer Raymond Kemp, who has been fleet master chief since August 2016. (U.S. NAVY)

Navy SEAL taking reins as fleet master chief will be a first

NAPLES, Italy — A Navy SEAL will become a fleet master chief for the first time in the service’s history this spring when Master Chief Petty...

A Coast Guard Cutter Munro crewmember embraces his son after the cutter returned home to Alameda, Calif., Dec. 24, 2018. (MATTHEW S. MASASCHI/U.S. COAST GUARD PHOTO)

‘Things are slipping’ as Coast Guard families brace for missed paychecks

AUSTIN, Texas — The prospect of Ashleigh Murdock’s husband missing a paycheck from the Coast Guard couldn’t have come at a worse time.


A woman giggles while helping an airman dress up like a samurai during the seventh-annual Japan Culture Day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. (THERON GODBOLD/STARS AND STRIPES)

Sushi and samurai: Yokota airmen celebrate host nation’s culture in western Toky

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — The pounding drums of the Samurai Taiko drum team Friday signaled the seventh-annual Japan Culture Day at the home of U.S...

From left: Sgt. Armando Yanez; Spc. Emmanuel Bynum; Sgt. 1st Class Andrew Six; Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan Cole; and Capt. Benjamin Krzeczowski (101ST CAB, WINGS OF DESTINY/FACEBOOK)

Medevac crew receives valor awards following harrowing rescue mission

Under fire and carrying a badly wounded patient, the Black Hawk helicopter was just lifting off an Afghan battlefield when the crew chief saw an...

An FA-18/F Super Hornet takes part in field carrier-landing practice on the Japanese island of Iwo To, formerly known as Iwo Jima, in 2007. (COURTESY OF U.S. NAVY)

After years of talks, Japan to buy island for US aircraft-carrier landing practice, report says

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The Japanese government is planning to buy an island in its Kagoshima prefecture for U.S. aircraft-carrier landing...

"Transformers" star Megan Fox poses for a photo with soldiers and other fans outside the theater at Yongsan Garrison in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. (KIM GAMEL/STARS AND STRIPES)

Actors Megan Fox, George Eads visit real warriors while making a war movie in Seoul

YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea – Actors Megan Fox and George Eads visited with real warriors during a meet-and-greet on this Army garrison in the...

A Marine with Marine Forces Reserve conducts a fireman carry during the maneuver under fire portion of the combat fitness test at Marine Corps Support Facility New Orleans, Dec. 21, 2018. (ANDY O. MARTINEZ/U.S. MARINE CORPS)

All-minimum scores won’t cut it for new Marine fitness tests

Marines will need to start preparing for more challenging fitness tests after the Corps announced changes to its physical fitness and combat...

An airman with the 374th Maintenance Squadron marshals a Boeing KC-46A Pegasus at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Oct. 23, 2018. (YASUO OSAKABE/U.S. AIR FORCE)

Air Force accepts first Boeing modern air tanker after years of delays

WASHINGTON — The Air Force on Thursday accepted the first KC-46A Pegasus jet tanker from Boeing following years of delays to the modernized air-...

U.S. Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., poses for a photo shortly before taking over as the Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs in January, 2019. (JOE GROMELSKI/STARS AND STRIPES)

Takano takes helm of VA committee, inspired by 'positive force' of incoming House members

WASHINGTON — When Congressman Mark Takano took the stage over the weekend at a student veterans convention in Orlando, Fla., it marked his first...

A surgeon at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center operates on a wounded soldier. According to a report Jan. 10, 2018, the Army, Navy and Air Force are finalizing plans to eliminate over the next few years more than 17,000 uniformed medical billets — physicians, dentists, nurses, technicians, medics and support personnel. (STARS AND STRIPES)

More than 17,000 uniformed medical jobs eyed for elimination

The Army, Navy and Air Force are finalizing plans to eliminate over the next few years more than 17,000 uniformed medical billets — physicians,...