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AFN still working to get World Cut braodcast rights

Normally the nail-biting experience for soccer fans begins after the start of the World Cup,  but for the overseas military audience, that moment...

The USS Cowpens, a guided-missile cruiser, on patrol in the South China Sea as a part of the George Washington Carrier Strike Group, Oct. 24, 2013. (Declan Barnes/U.S. Navy)

3rd Cowpens commander fired since 2010; CMC relieved

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — The commanding officer of the USS Cowpens and his senior enlisted adviser have been relieved because of a loss of...

Father's day poems

Here are two father's day poems written by Latorial Faison, a military spouse living in South Korea. You can find out about her and read more...

More than 200 active-duty servicemembers wait at the entrance to Yokota Air Base, Japan, early Saturday morning, May 17, 2014, after a night out on the town. Base officials conducted a mass drug-testing of 273 troops. (COURTESY OF SAMUEL ALDRICH)

Airmen come up clean in Yokota drug sweep

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Servicemembers at Yokota Air Base passed last month’s mass drug tests with flying colors, officials report.

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Stacks of photos and letters detailing the youth of Army Pfc. Pierre Mathieu Van Wissem are stacked on the table of retired Marine Mark Simmons at his home in Sasebo, Japan. Simmons took possession of the letters and photos on behalf of Seikichi Tamanaha of Ginowan, Okinawa to try and track down Van Wissem, who died in 2003. Van Wissem asked Tamanaha to hold onto his belongings while he went to Vietnam almost 50 years ago but he never returned. (MATTHEW M. BURKE/STARS AND STRIPES)

Returned photos reveal a father never known, 50-year-old promise kept

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Army Pfc. Pierre Mathieu Van Wissem went to Vietnam in 1965, and part of him never came home.

After being...

The Dolomites

The Dolomites are the brainchild and 17 year old project of Stefanko Koji Iancu, Japanese-Romanian accordionist and story teller extraordinaire....

Officer writes about fatherhood

It should come as no surprise that the national Father’s Day Counsel named U.S. Army Maj. Jackson Drumgoole II an “All Star Dad” last year. While...

Salt of the earth—saline seasonings from around the world at Masuya

Senmon-tastic

While most industrialized countries have been taken over by mega stores, limited real estate and adventurous consumers are moving Japan in the...

  Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan D. Gibson, right, visits with Bay Pines VA Healthcare System leadership and staff during a visit to the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center in Bay Pines, Florida, on April 10, 2014.  Jason Dangel/Department of Veterans Affairs

Washington promises to fix troubled VA, but overhaul won't be easy

WASHINGTON — Eric Shinseki has been pushed out as the secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. The president vows changes. The Senate is...

The Nimitz-class aircraft carriers USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), left, and USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) transit during a turnover of responsibility in the Gulf of Aden. George H.W. Bush is taking over support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Juan David Guerra/U.S. Navy

In era of tight budgets, how many aircrafts carriers are enough?

WASHINGTON — Aircraft carriers are perhaps the most powerful expression of U.S. military might. They’re also expensive and potentially vulnerable...

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer Takanami, left, sails alongside the USS McCampbell on March 9, 2014, in the Pacific Ocean. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to soon begin a process that, if approved by the national legislature, would allow Japan to defend the U.S. military and other allies on the high seas for the first time in the post-WWII era. Currently, Japanese forces or territories must be directly attacked to engage in defensive measures. (CHRIS CAVAGNARO/U.S. NAVY)

Japan to propose Self-Defense Forces aid attacked US ships

TOKYO — The Japanese government will propose creating a new rule in the Self-Defense Forces Law to protect U.S. ships attacked during joint...

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