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Air Force Gen. Lori Robinson departs the ceremony Thursday at which she became commander of U.S. Pacific Air Forces, marking the first time a woman has been appointed general of a joint forces air component command. To the left is her husband, David Robinson, a retired major general. (Wyatt Olson/Stars and Stipes)

Air Force selects 1st woman to head major component command

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii — Gen. Lori J. Robinson assumed top command of the Air Force in the Pacific on Thursday, becoming the first...

  The guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold is seen at sea in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility in August 2012.  Shawn Truesdale/U.S. Navy

2 ballistic missile defense-equipped ships moving to Yokosuka

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Two additional ships with ballistic missile defense capabilities will relocate to Yokosuka during the next three...

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Uncertainties swirl as VA 'Choice Card' deadline nears

Congress last August gave the Department of Veteran Affairs 90 days to issue medical “Choice Cards” to 9.1 million veterans enrolled in VA care....

Metropolis Halloween Glitterball

The legendary Metropolis Halloween Glitterball is back! Futuropolis blasts off 7pm October 30 at Tokyo's latest and hottest nightspot, ELE TOKYO,...

  Misawa Air Base's AN/FLR-9 antenna, known as the 'Elephant Cage,' is seen just before the beginning of demolition Oct. 15, 2014.   Jordyn Rucker/U.S. Air Force

Misawa begins dismantling its 'Elephant Cage'

TOKYO — Now is the time for the elephants to strike.
Misawa Air Base began the long-planned dismantling of the Cold War-era antenna...

Trevor Romain rolls out new teen program on fall USO tour to the Pacific

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, and the USO and Trevor Romain are partnering to make sure military children across the...

Navy retests show lower lead levels in some water taps on Japan bases

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Retests of water taps at Navy bases in Japan showed fewer elevated levels of lead than the initial tests that forced...

Tumon, Guam after 2002’s devastating Typhoon Pongsonga.

Are you making these 10 mistakes during a typhoon?

1. Not Securing Your Animals
Many Guamanians keep their animals tied on a chain outside and some are severely neglected. Don...

The amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu is seen moored at Subic Bay, Philippines, on Sept. 29, 2014, for Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) 2015. (Amanda R. Gray/U.S. Navy)

Navy ships being held in Philippine port as death investigation continues

Five Navy warships are being held in port in the Philippines while police investigate the killing of a Filipino transgender at Subic Bay.

  Matthew C. Perry running back Zach Brown, running between Robert D. Edgren defenders for his one touchdown Friday, finished with 148 yards on 13 carries at Yokota Air Base, Japan.   Nathaniel Punla/Special to Stars and Stripes

Perry beats Edgren, will play for D-II title

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan – Thanks to a pair of young running backs, Matthew C. Perry will host the Far East Division II football title game in its...

Despite claims that service is improving, defense transportation officials have declined to say how many privately owned military vehicle shipments remain severely delayed, and customers claim deep problems with deliveries persist.  U.S. Army

DOD says POV shipments improving, but delays continue

WASHINGTON — Defense transportation officials say chronic delays shipping troops’ private vehicles are clearing up, but persistent complaints and...

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Chad Burk, left, crew chief from the 435th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, and Nevada Air National Guard Senior Airman Alanna Vick, C-130 Hercules aircraft loadmaster from the Reno-based 192nd Airlift Squadron, work together to release passenger luggage for soldiers and airmen taking part in the 70th commemoration of D-Day at Cherbourg-Maupertus Airfield, France, on June 2, 2014, in support of Allied Forge 2014.  Erica J. Knight/USAF

Military branches say they will continue to open jobs for female troops

Military leaders will continue to broaden opportunities for women in each of the four service branches, officials said.

Speaking during...