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Service Record Books and other official records sit at the Installation Personnel Administration Center in Beaufort, S.C. (Joshua Pettway/U.S. Marines Corps)

Senate bill would provide clean service records for discharged gay, lesbian troops

 A bill that would upgrade the service records of gay, lesbian and bisexual troops discharged due to sexual orientation and open the door to...

This viral photo of an airman licking a POW sign went viral on Friday.

Air Force will take ‘appropriate action’ over viral POW/MIA emblem photo

WASHINGTON — The Air Force is “disappointed” in the airman who appeared in a photo that is being circulated of her posing with her tongue in the...

Col. Kevin L. Sampels (U.S. Air Force)

Relieved Yokota commander to be replaced Friday

 YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Aircraft maintainers at Yokota Air Base, Japan will welcome a new leader Friday, three months after their old commander...

Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine talks with reporters in Tokyo on Feb. 13, 2014. Inamine, who is steadfastly opposed to building a replacement facility for Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in his city, won re-election in January despite opposition from Japan's ruling party. Inamine's opposition could complicate efforts by both the United States and Japan to move the controversial helicopter base. (Erik Slavin/Stars and Stripes)

Okinawa mayor plans to block Marine base, says re-election gives him mandate

TOKYO — The mayor of a small city in Okinawa took his case to the world media Thursday in Tokyo, portraying the plan to build a Marine base there...

The U.S. Senate side of the Capitol.  Stars and Stripes

Senate votes to restore cuts to military retirement pay

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted 95-3 on Wednesday to repeal cuts that would have reduced military retirement pay by tens of thousands of dollars for...

U.S. soldiers prepare for extraction during a training exercise at Camp Roberts, Calif., on Feb. 1, 2014. Rangers constantly train to maintain their tactical proficiency.  Steven Hitchcock/U.S. Army

Army identifies hundreds for separation

The U.S. Army has identified hundreds of senior noncommissioned officers for involuntary separation as the service advances toward reducing 80,000...

Scanning a common access card.   U.S. Air Force

DOD to require documentation to replace lost CAC cards

The Defense Department is about to require documentation to fully account for lost and stolen common access identification cards, officials say....

  Whitney Haas, lead sales associate at Kadena Air Base's Gift Corner, shows an oriental antique to Cindy Scaparrotti on Jan. 30, 2014. The Kadena Gift Corner is run by the Kadena Officers Spouses Club, a private organization whose purpose is to provide scholarship opportunities for military spouses and dependents. The gift corner also provides employment opportunities.  Naoto Anazawa/U.S. Air Force

Study: 90 percent of military spouses underemployed

STUTTGART, Germany — A new study confirms what many military spouses know from experience: Finding gainful employment is no easy task.

The 2014 Navy Misawa Snow Team poses on Feb. 3, 2014, with the "Fighting Bee" snow sculpture they completed for the 65th Annual Sapporo Snow Festival. the sculpture is a tribute to the U.S. Navy Seabees, who are celebrating their 72nd anniversary this year. Daniel Sanford/U.S. Navy

Misawa team recreates 'Fighting Bee' for Sapporo festival

SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — To bring the Seabees’ intricate “Fighting Bee” to life from a block of snow, seven first-time sculptors from Naval Air...

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy talks to Yokota Air Base personnel during a visit to the base Nov. 21, 2013. Kennedy met with service members and their families after touring both US Air Force and Japan Air Self Defense Force facilities in Yokota. (James Kimber / Stars and Stripes)

Kennedy meets with Okinawa governor, praises momentum on Futenma relocation

NAHA, Okinawa — U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy met with Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima on Wednesday and said she hopes to maintain the recent...

Lance Cpl. Manuel Carnero with his mother Angela Carnero. Manuel Carnero was found dead in an alleyway in November on Okinawa. (Courtesy of Carnero family)

Mother searches for answers in Okinawa Marine's death

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Angela Carnero never wanted to return to Okinawa this way.
Last fall, the 52-year-old New Jersey woman came to...