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Tips to ward off holiday heartburn

The holidays are known for many pleasant sights and sensations. Unfortunately, seasonal...

An Air Force F-22 Raptor from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, prepares to land at Royal Malaysian air force P.U. Butterworth, Malaysia, on June 16, 2014. The Pacific Air Force command will not have to cut any personnel due to budget cuts, officials announced Nov. 17, 2014. (Jason Robertson/U.S. Air Force)

Pacific Air Forces will lose no one because of budget cuts

(TNS) — The Air Force is reducing its ranks overall due to budget cuts, but staffing in the Pacific will remain at 100 percent due to the re-...

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James talks with reporters Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, as Gen. Lori Robinson, commander of Pacific Air Forces, looks on. James is on a 10-day tour of the Pacific that will include Guam, Japan, South Korea and Alaska. (Wyatt Olson/Stars and Stripes)

AF secretary wants to recruit more women, open combat fields

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii — Although women comprise about 20 percent of the Air Force, the service needs to increase that ratio...

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Disability system for veterans strays far from its official purpose

The room fell silent for seven minutes as Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth upbraided a government contractor.
"Shame on you," the...

Two MV-22 Ospreys from Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, prepare to refuel at Yokota Air Base near Tokyo on July 19, 2014. The Ospreys were en route to the Sapporo Air Show. (James Kimber/Stars and Stripes)

Transparency clouds Osprey acceptance in Japan

TOKYO — In the morning of Nov. 8, an MV-22 Osprey transport aircraft appeared in the sky over Oshima, an island just off the coast of Kesennuma,...

  Lexi Vermeire spends time volunteering to teach and mentor second grade students of Ramstein Air Force Base elementary school before her own classes start in high school on Jan. 28, 2013    Bennie J. Davis III/U.S. Air Force

Military brats or CHAMPS? Authors' proposed name change riles up locals

(MCT) — Area military families seem less than enthused about a proposed replacement for the term “military brat.”

For about a year, the...

  Staff Sgt. Kevin Rivera, Air Force Radiation Assessment Team, checks a servicemember's radiation levels in Fukushima Prefecture on March 29, 2011. The U.S. military collected radiation and toxin samples at hundreds of places throughout Japan after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami knocked the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant off line.   U.S. Air Force

Study: Fukushima health risks underestimated

TOKYO - "Hot spots" of nuclear radiation still contaminate parts of Fukushima Prefecture, according to findings from the latest Greenpeace...

  An aerial view of Camp Schwab, Okinawa, shows the future site where the Futenma Air Facility is to be relocated.   Jose O. Nava/U.S. Marine Corps

Anti-US base candidate wins Okinawa governor race

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Takeshi Onaga, who had vowed to block the shifting of U.S. flight operations from Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Camp...

This undated photo provided by the Kassig Family shows Peter Kassig delivering supplies for Syrian refugees. A new graphic video purportedly produced by Islamic State militants in Syria released Sunday Nov. 16, 2014 claims U.S. aid worker Kassig was beheaded.   Courtesy Kassig Family

Islamic State group beheads former Army Ranger Peter Kassig

BEIRUT — Islamic State militants have beheaded Peter Kassig, a U.S. aid worker and ex-Army Ranger who was captured last year in Syria while on a...

Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Hoskins

Volesky: Fewer Soldiers will deploy to West Africa than planned

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Nov. 14, 2014) -- Nearly 2,200 U.S. troops are in West Africa today, working to stop the spread of Ebola, and that...

The 633rd Air Base Wing established the Langley Transit Center in a pre-existing expeditionary training center, shown here on Nov. 4, 2014 to quarantine military troops returning from the Ebola response mission in West Africa. (Jason J. Brown/U.S. Air Force)

Hagel calls up 2,100 from reserve, National Guard for Ebola fight

WASHINGTON — Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has authorized the mobilization of roughly 2,100 troops from the Army Reserve and National Guard to...

The Unha-3 rocket for launching Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite installed on the launch pad at Tongchang-ri base, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) is seen in this April 8, 2012 photo. Media reports said the Democratic People's Republic of Korea launched an earth observation satellite on April 13, 2012, where it broke up quickly and splashed into the Yellow Sea. (Zhang Li/Xinhua/Zuma Press)

North Korea likely unable to reach US with nuke yet, experts say

How far along North Korea has come in miniaturizing nuclear warheads for use on intercontinental missiles depends on the target, experts say....