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Thousands of Okinawans rallied April 28, 2013, against the anniversary of Japan's sovereignty following World War II. (Travis J. Tritten/Stars and Stripes)

Okinawans rally against Japan’s World War II independence celebration

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa – While the Japanese mainland celebrated Sunday, Okinawans staged a protest rally over the national 61st anniversary of the...

The USS Curtis Wilbur fires its Mark 45 5-inch gun on April 16, 2013, while at sea, east of Japan, during preparations for an upcoming Navy Board of Inspection and Survey review. The destroyer is one of the Navy's ballistic missile defense-capable ships based in Japan, and could be among the first to know if North Korea were to launch a ballistic missile. (Erik Slavin/Stars and Stripes)

Amid Pacific tensions, Yokosuka ship readies for inspection

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan – If North Korea launches a ballistic missile in the coming months, the destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur could be among the...

Marines refuel two MV-22B Ospreys during a ground refueling exercise on Ie Shima Airfield in Okinawa on April 15, 2013. (Ian McMahon/U.S. Marines Corps)

US sending more Ospreys to Okinawa

WASHINGTON — The U.S. will deploy a second squadron of MV-22 Ospreys to Okinawa this summer, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Monday, despite...

Dempsey talks regional issues with U.S. troops in Japan

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan, April 25, 2013 – The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff explained U.S. objectives in the Asia-Pacific region during an...

VA launches hotline for health care, women veteran questions

WASHINGTON, April 24, 2013 – The Veterans Affairs Department has launched a new hotline -- 1-855-VA-WOMEN -- to receive and respond to questions...

Photo courtesy of Tatebayashi City Sightseeing Association

All that glitters is gold

Ever wonder why cities clear out and airports, train stations and tourist traps are all abuzz from late April to early May? It’s a time of year...

The amphibious assault ship USS Essex enters dry dock at the National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. in San Diego. The ship is undergoing an 18-month maintenance and upgrade period and expects to return to the fleet in 2014. (Joe Kane/Courtesy of the U.S. Navy)

Essex begins 18 months of maintenance, upgrades in San Diego

SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — After a rough-and-tumble 12 years of being forward deployed to the 7th Fleet’s area of operations — a tour punctuated...

My personal take on military families


Hello Military Community,

In closing the month of April and month of the military child; I felt it was important to say what it means...

A U.S. Air Force F-16 from Miswa Air Base's 35th Fighter Wing takes off to perform an aerial demonstration at the Australian International Airshow on March 1, 2013, in Geelong, Australia. Due to sequestration, Misawa's fighters, as well as other fighter jets in Pacific, will be unable to maintain their combat ready status. However, Air Force officials in the Pacific say pilots and aircraft could quickly get ready for combat in an emergency. (Michael R. Holzworth/U.S. Air Force)

AF: Fighters might be grounded, but pilots could get ready for combat quickly

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Even though the Air Force has grounded a third of its fighter squadrons due to sequestration, Pacific-based pilots and...

Frank Hunter salutes a picture of Seaman Apprentice Matthew Snow during a memorial service aboard the USS George Washington on Thursday. Snow, who worked for the aviation intermediate maintenance department, died earlier this month in Florida after being stabbed while defending his girlfriend from an attacker, according to media and Navy reports. (Ramon G. Go/U.S. Navy)

Memorial service held for sailor killed after defending girlfriend

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — USS George Washington sailors have memorialized a shipmate who died after defending his girlfriend from an attacker...

Staff Sgt. Carlito Englatiera, from Philippine Marine Battalion Landing Team 5, demonstrates the effectiveness of the blade and its usefulness in the age of technology during a Balikatan 2013 hand-to-hand combat training exercise. The blade he is holding is called a Ginunting, from the Filipino word meaning scissors; it is carried by many of the Filipino Recon Marines. (Nick Papadakis/U.S. Navy)

Philippines, US wrap up Balikatan exercise

MANILA — The Philippines and the United States ended their 29th Balikatan joint military exercises on Wednesday, and immediately set about...

File photo of an aerial view of MCAS Futenma in the heart of Ginowan City. Courtesy of the Ginowan City Government

Report: US paying more for bases in allies' countries

WASHINGTON — The United States is bearing a bigger share of the cost to maintain military bases in allied countries than in years past, and...

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