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Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., speaks in favor of benefits for "Blue Water Navy" veterans at a Capitol Hill press conference in December, 2018. Takano, now chairman on the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, and then-chairman Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., right, now the ranking member, have introduced bills at the start of the new Congress to extend benefits to the affected veterans.  JOE GROMELSKI/STARS AND STRIPES

House lawmakers launch new effort to pass Blue Water Navy bill

WASHINGTON — Just days into the new congressional session, some House lawmakers are trying again to secure benefits for thousands of veterans who...

The lame duck in the chicken coop

I n my 23 years as a military spouse, we lived in base housing four times, for a total of 11 years. Although living among sterile government...

A U.S. airman guides a Japan Air Self-Defense Force RF-4E Phantom assigned to the 501st Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Sept. 16, 2016.  YASUO OSAKABE/U.S. AIR FORCE

Japan plans to decommission its only tactical reconnaissance squadron

TOKYO — The Japan Air Self-Defense Force will retire its aging RF-4E Phantom II reconnaissance jets and decommission the unit that flies them by...

Kevin M. Sweeney, chief of staff to the Secretary of Defense is seen in his official portrait from May 11, 2017.  MONICA KING/U.S. ARMY

Mattis’ chief of staff is newest departure from Pentagon

WASHINGTON — Retired Rear Adm. Kevin Sweeney, the chief of staff for former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, resigned Saturday, becoming the most...

A KC-130J Super Hercules with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 takes off from Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, July 15, 2014. LUIS RODRIGUEZ/U.S. MARINE CORPS

Navy may have detected signals from Marine tanker, jet after midair collision off Japan

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — The Navy appears to have detected “pingers” from a KC-130J tanker and F/A-18D Hornet involved in a deadly midair...

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands with President Donald Trump in Singapore on June 12, 2018.  THE STRAITS TIMES/XINHUA/ZUMA PRESS/TNS

US negotiating with North Korea on next summit venue, Trump says

SEOUL, South Korea — The United States is “negotiating a location” for a second summit with the North Korean leader, President Donald Trump said,...

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Coming-of-Age Day incites rite of passage

 
Becoming an adult is an important milestone in most cultures, and in Japan it is celebrated on Seijin-no-Hi, or Coming-of-Age Day,...

Did you know?: Izakaya, Japanese pubs

You may think of izakaya (Japanese pubs) as a place for adults, but people sometimes go there with children. To accommodate these customers some...

Parade participants march down Market Street carrying the rainbow flag during the annual Gay Pride parade in San Francisco, Calif. on Sunday, June 30, 2013. (WALLY SKALIJ/LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS)

US appeals court rules in favor of Trump transgender ban, but policy still can’t be enforced

WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court on Friday ruled in favor of a controversial Trump administration ban of transgender personnel in the military...

New House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith, D-Wash., at a Capitol Hill ceremony on Jan. 3, 2019. (JOE GROMELSKI/STARS AND STRIPES)

New House Armed Services Committee chairman Adam Smith outlines his goals

WASHINGTON – Rep. Adam Smith, a Democratic congressman from Washington state, was officially tasked Friday to take over as chairman of the House...

Chief Master Sgt. Thomas Mazzone, at his desk on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., in 2014. (U.S. AIR FORCE)

Top NCO of Air Force Global Strike Command is removed, reassigned

The top noncommissioned officer of the Air Force Global Strike Command and Air Forces Strategic-Air has been removed for unbecoming behavior, the...

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