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U.S. Naval Hospital Corpsmen assess and treat the condition of a simulated casualty victim during Kanagawa Prefectural Government’s “Big Rescue” joint mass casualty and earthquake response drill held at Sakawa-gawa Sports Park. The drill was conducted to enhance mutual cooperation between medical institutions, strengthen local disaster prevention capabilities and raise residents' awareness of disaster prevention capabilities. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Richard L.J. Gourley)

U.S. Makes a Big Splash at Big Rescue 2014

ODAWARA, Japan – U.S. military medical forces joined 135 U.S. and Japanese disaster relief organizations in the Kanagawa Prefectural Government’s...

  International Auto Logistics opened new vehicle processing centers, like this one in Mildenhall, England, when it took over the contract in May to ship servicemembers' vehicles. The company has faced criticism for late deliveries and not being able to provide accurate information about the location of vehicles.   Adam L. Mathis/Stars and Stripes

Servicemembers still complain about missing cars

NEW BADEN, Illinois (MCT) — Retired Air Force officer Michelle Kastler is happy to be reunited with her 2012 Hyundai Accent after a nearly three-...

A transitioning servicemember fills out a form during the Hiring our Heroes hiring fair at the 96th Annual American Legion National Convention, Aug. 26, 2014.  USMC

Hiring process is an adjustment for veterans . . . and companies

SAN ANTONIO (MCT) — Tyler Dahl, a USAA claims service manager and retired Marine, says “desk attire” is one thing that quietly sets former U.S....

  Sailors release a mooring line as the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown departs Sasebo, Japan, for a patrol in June 2011.   U.S. Navy

USS Germantown, Sasebo 'in a much better place' after leadership changes

Faced with rampant reports of sexual harassment and mistrust of the chain of command on the USS Germantown, Navy leaders turned to Cmdr. Jason...

Oscar the Grouch during Sesame Street's 42nd season. (Richard Termine/sesameworkshop.org)

VA chief orders training program review after ‘Oscar the Grouch’ incident

PHILADELPHIA — Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald on Thursday ordered a systemwide review of the agency’s training programs after the...

The 2015 Japan defense budget proposal, released on Aug. 29, 2014, calls for a 3.5 percent spending increase over last year. (Courtesy of Japan Ministry of Defense)

Japan wants higher defense budget with emphasis on sea, air

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Japan is seeking a 3.5 percent defense budget increase as it manages ongoing tensions with China and a realignment of...

From left to right: Cameron Kline, Brian Paone, Adam Kulawy.

Navy spouses overcome obstacles to achieve success

Editor’s note: Mark Schlocker is a Navy spouse whose wife, Caroline, is stationed at Yokosuka Naval Base. In an effort to reach out and build...

Paper files of benefits cases crowd shelves at the Department of Veterans Affairs office in Los Angeles, December 5, 2012. (Rick Loomis, Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Why VA claims exploded and ways to slow the trend

America’s population of living veterans fell by almost five million, or 17 percent, from 2000 to 2013.  So why did the number of veterans drawing...

A Task Force Lightning Horse AH-64E Apache Guardian from 1st Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, conducts deck landing qualifications, a historical first for the E model of the Apache, on the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu while underway for Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014. Some of the Apaches are scheduled to push further into the Pacific for the Pacific Pathways exercise. (Mark Leung/U.S. Army)

Army in the Pacific adopts new style of deployment

The Army in the Pacific is starting a new deployment concept this week that sends soldiers out into the region for multiple exercises and longer...

Adm. Samuel Locklear III, head of U.S. Pacific Command, listens to a speech at the United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command and U.S. Forces Korea change of command ceremony at Yongsan Garrison, South Korea, on Oct. 2, 2013. (Armando R. Limon/Stars and Stripes)

Locklear: Navy tech, legacy fleet must 'bend' to meet future threats

FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii — Scientific innovators will need to “bend” elements of the Navy’s current technology to meet the force’s future needs, the...

  Oscar the Grouch during Sesame Street's 42nd season. An internal training guide used by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Philadelphia compares veterans unhappy about their care to the Muppet character. (Richard Termine/sesameworkshop.org)

Philly VA training slides depicted veterans as ‘Oscar the Grouch’

The beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs depicted dissatisfied veterans as Oscar the Grouch in a recent internal training guide, and some...

Maj. Gen. Michael T. Harrison during a ceremony at Camp Zama, Japan, Jan. 10, 2013. (Jay Mann/U.S. Army)

Former US Army Japan commander forced out, forfeits star for mishandling sex assault claim

WASHINGTON — An Army two-star general in Japan who delayed investigation of a sexual assault complaint against an officer with whom he had a long...

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