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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.

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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...

Increased aircraft activity at Yokota Air Base, Japan, has meant longer waits for motorists attempting to cross the flightline during trips from one side of the base to the other. (SETH ROBSON/STARS AND STRIPES)

Noise, traffic delays from Yokota aircraft cause headaches

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — For some, Yokota Air Base would be a great place to live and work if it weren’t for all those airplanes flying around....

The Marine Corps Memorial, the famed monument to the World War II flag raising on Iwo Jima. (JOE GROMELSKI/STARS AND STRIPES)

Marine Corps force planner: No more Iwo Jimas

WASHINGTON — Although the Marine Corps intends to go back to its amphibious roots, don’t expect to see any epic beach assaults like those of...

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Tattoo shop then hospital for 5 US troops on Okinawa

Five U.S. servicemembers on Okinawa ended up in the hospital emergency room this month seeking treatment for infections related to getting tattoos...

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. David S. Fadok delivers the oath of enlistment to new Air Force enlistees during Military Appreciation night at Riverwalk Stadiumin Montgomery, Ala., June 2, 2012. (BUD HANCOCK/U.S. AIR FORCE)

Air Force raises enlistee age limit from 27 to 39

WASHINGTON — Thanks to a new Air Force policy announced Tuesday, enlisted recruits can now experience the joys of basic training in their late 30s...

The musical toilets of Japan

I have a friend who always used the euphemism, “going to the Toto,” whenever he was headed for the men’s room. He called it that because Toto is...

The first of the Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles arrives at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Oct. 28, 2004. 9U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO BY MR. JOHN SCHWAB)

Japanese want more info on safety of Misawa-based Global Hawks

Officials in northern Japan — where the U.S. Air Force has decided to temporarily base its largest unmanned aircraft — want more information about...

Remembering that every life is important

Hello Military community,

Today I am not feeling whole, and I feel off balance. Yesterday our family received news of the death of our...

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