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Alphonso Maldon, Jr., chairman of the Department of Defense Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, asks for service members' ideas for improvement aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Mar. 25, 2014. (U.S. MARINES)

Commission's interim report 'sets stage' for pay reform

Military folks upset that recent defense budgets have targeted their pay and benefits have no reason to fear a new 358-page “interim” report from...

Visitors gather to take photos in front of the A-10 Thunderbolt, one of the many aircraft on display Aug. 20, 2011, for the annual Japanese-American Friendship Festival at Yokota Air Base, Japan. (GRANT OKUBO/STARS AND STRIPES)

Friendship events back on at US bases in Japan despite costs

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Hot dogs and fireworks are back!

In the face of sequestration cuts, the Defense Department last year decided to...

Someone drove a stolen seven ton AMK-23 truck through this gate aboard Camp Foster in Ginowan on Saturday and fled the Marine Corps base. The truck was found in Naha on Monday. NCIS is asking for the public's help to catch the perpetrator or perpetrators. (MATTHEW M. BURKE/STARS AND STRIPES)

Culprits sought after 7-ton truck stolen from Camp Foster on Okinawa

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is looking for the thief or thieves who stole a 7-ton Marine Corps vehicle from...

An U.S. Air Force pararescueman explains some of the equipment used during missions to visiting members of the Japan Self Defense Forces' Deployment Air Force for Counter-Piracy Enforcement at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Dec. 3, 2013. (CHAD THOMPSON/U.S. AIR FORCE)

Japan reinterprets constitution, can defend allies in combat

TOKYO — Japan’s ruling coalition adopted a resolution Tuesday that – for the first time in the post-World War II era – will allow the nation’s...

Each year, Americans, including a hefty share of military personnel, spend billion of dollars on cigarettes. (ILLUSTRATION BY JODI MARTINEZ/U.S. AIR FORCE)

AAFES changing pricing method, will offer refunds on tobacco

WASHINGTON — After pricing errors resulted in smokers being overcharged for cigarettes, AAFES has switched to an automated system, and will offer...

Fireworks safety urged on July fourth

WASHINGTON, June 30, 2014 – Shooting-off fireworks on Independence Day is becoming more hazardous, according to a Consumer Product Safety...

Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Freeman gives a tour of an operating room to college preparatory medical arts magnet high school students attending Naval Hospital Jacksonville's 2nd Science, Service, Medicine and Mentoring (S2M2) program in this July 2011 photo. (GARY GRANGER/U.S. NAVY)

Report: Military health care inferior to civilian hospital systems

Despite official statements to the contrary, care in the military health care system is inferior to typical civilian hospitals, according to...

An Airman passes a spice display in a local smoke shop prior to a Nov. 24 ban by on the substance by the Drug Enforcement Agency. Spice and other mood-altering substances are banned by the Air Force, but were legal to sell in the civilian community until the DEA used its emergency powers to implement a one-year ban of the substance. (U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO ILLUSTRATION)

Army says it's close to finalizing handheld Spice detector

The allure of synthetic marijuana. or Spice, lies mostly in its chameleon-like chemical blends that make it difficult to test.

By the...

Independence days celebrated around the Pacific

Independence Day is more than a mere holiday. Perhaps the proudest day in American history, it commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of...

The Men and Women in Uniform

Editor’s note: Sheri Castelow, a mother of two whose husband is retired from the Air Force, sent this poem to us in hopes of it running on the...

Dempsey in Hawaii to meet Japanese, South Korean counterparts

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT, June 29, 2014 – The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will hold trilateral talks with his Japanese and Korean...

  From left, Army Pvt. Arthur "Bud" Kelder, Bud's father Herman, and brother Herman.    Courtesy of Doug Kelder

Fight over US veterans' remains in Philippine graves continues

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The Defense Department’s accounting agencies have agreed to disinter and conduct DNA testing on the remains of 10 World War...

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