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Postal deadlines for sending holiday packages loom

The holiday season is here and postal officials are urging users of the military postal service to mail cards and presents as early as possible...

The commander of U.S. Forces Japan has placed an 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew on all U.S. troops in Japan, meaning an end to late-night visits to popular U.S. troop hangouts, such as Gate 2 Street outside Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. The curfew, which goes into effect immediately, came in the wake of this week's arrest of two U.S. sailors for the alleged assault and rape of a 20-year-old Japanese woman. Stars and Stripes file photo.

Summit will look at servicemembers' misbehavior in Japan

SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — Navy restrictions on the liberty policy across Japan, tightened in the wake of a series of alleged criminal incidents...

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US military in Japan wrestles with curfew's ineffectiveness

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Following the latest incident of drunken off-base misbehavior, the U.S. military and Japan faced the realization this week...

George Smith, 58, posing here in a radio studio at AFN headquarters in Mannheim, Germany, is one of thousands of Defense Department employees overseas who could be affected by stricter guidelines recently issued by DOD making it much more difficult for civilians to extend their overseas tours past five or seven years. Smith has worked in Europe for more than 25 years and currently oversees eight AFN stations in Europe. Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes

Civilians overseas could feel effects of revised tour extension policy

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — When George Smith came to Europe in January 1987 as the civilian in charge of the American Forces Network station at...

Rapper offers musical tribute to troops overseas

Rap music has been called many things by fans, critics, and people in general, but sensitive to the ordeals faced by members of the military is...

Naked sailor nabbed for urinating in Japanese cafe

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — A USS George Washington sailor accused of indecent exposure after stripping naked and urinating in a Yokohama cafe...

Manny Hechanova mans the radio on the University of Guam campus that connects isolated Pacific islands with the outside world. A five-person team offers daily news and weather reports, and help in emergencies, as well as coordinates between islanders and U.S. Air Force pilots during Operation Christmas Drop. Photo courtesy of Manny Hechanova.

Radiomen keep Christmas Drop on target

The holiday season brings to the Pacific region each year Operation Christmas Drop, a humanitarian effort that provides needed supplies to over 35...

Your GI Bill can help get the kids through college

Hello Military Community,

Another question that arises in my discussions with military families is the amazing benefit of Post 9/11 GI...

Master Sgt. Brandon Lambert, Bill Dietrich, Don Wiegand, Surgeon General of the Army Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho, Kelly Hope, Ella Sinise, Peggy Rochon, Carolyn Blashek and Ross E. Roeder, participated Nov. 15, 2012, in the Spirit of Hope Awards at the Pentagon. Lambert, Dietrich, Rochon, Blashek and Roeder attended the event to receive the award. Ella Sinise attended to receive the award on behalf of her father, actor Gary Sinise. Photo by Gregory L. Jones

'Spirit of Hope' awardees find unique ways to thank troops

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Nov. 15, 2012) -- Six Americans who've dedicated considerable time to U.S. service members received the 2012 Spirit...

11 Things you might not know about the Marine Corps

November 10 is the U.S. Marine Corps celebrates its 237th birthday. “The few, the proud” who serve are not only part of one of the most effective...

11 Things you might not know about the U.S. Navy

Founded on October 13, 1775, by an order of the Continental Congress, the U.S. Navy is the largest navy in the world, and is steeped in lore and...

Dietary supplements, such as these for sale in the Yokota Air Base gym, are popular with servicemembers, but a recent study found that many users don't fully understand the safety and effectiveness of what they're taking.

Dietary supplements confusing for troops, doctors

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Soldiers know rifles, tanks and first aid. Dietary supplements are another matter.

Fewer than half of Army troops...

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