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1st Lt. Travis Wilkes, a C-130 pilot from the 36th Airlift Squadron out of Yokota Air Base, Japan, and co-pilot for the first mission of this year's Operation Christmas Drop, pauses for a moment after reaching the island of Ulul on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012. The eight-day mission brings C-130 crews from Yokota to deliver supplies to 55 remote islands of Micronesia and Palau. Charlie Reed/Stars and Stripes

Troops in Pacific play Santa in world’s longest-running humanitarian mission

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam — Playing Santa in a C-130 is tricky.

The sleigh can break down.

And the presents, if not...

Lance Cpl. Katelyn M. Hunter conducts pullups during an initial assessment at Camp Foster Dec. 12. Hunter is a combat photographer with combat camera, G-3/5, operations and training, Marine Corps Base Camp Butler, Marine Corps Installations Pacific. (Photo by Pfc. Kasey Peacock)

Flexed-arm hang out, pullups in

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa, Japan -- The Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos announced Nov. 27 that all female Marines will perform...

The rocket launch by North Korea on Dec. 12, 2012, dominated the front pages of South Korean newspapers the following day. (Photo by Armando R. Limon/Stars and Stripes)

South Korea expects North to conduct new nuclear test

SEOUL — Military officials expect North Korea to conduct a nuclear test in the “near future” following its successful rocket launch this week,...

Dos and don'ts of sending troops care packages

Hello Military Community,

This week as a continuation of my previous column I would like to go over some do’s and don’ts of military...

Spirit of the holidays

Editor's note: The U.S. military community has traditionally been a religious one, with a wide range of beliefs represented...

Marine given four years for rape of Okinawa woman

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — An Okinawa-based Marine who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a local woman was sentenced to four years in prison...

An airman logs into myPay to check her leave and earnings statement for her paycheck at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. (Krystal Jeffers/Courtesy of the U.S. Air Force)

As of March, DOD will no longer issue paper paychecks

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — The Defense Department will soon no longer issue paper paychecks, a change aimed at saving millions of dollars in...

The rocket launch by North Korea on Dec. 12, 2012, dominated the front pages of South Korean newspapers the following day. (Photo by Armando R. Limon/Stars and Stripes)

North Korea urges international community to ‘remain cool’

SEOUL — Faced with worldwide condemnation, the prospect of even-tighter United Nations sanctions and threats of possible retaliation for its...

Soldiers getting enhanced transition assistance

WASHINGTON -  One of the biggest challenges Soldiers face is transitioning to civilian life. That transition got a boost Nov. 21, when the...

An unidentified North Korean soldier, binoculars in hand, keeps an eye on the South Korean side of the Joint Security Area of the Demilitarized Zone on Dec 22, 2011. Jon Rabiroff/Stars and Stripes

North Korea launches rocket that lands near Philippines

SEOUL — Once again defiant in the face of international sentiment, North Korea fired a long-range rocket Wednesday that passed over Okinawa...

Vice Adm. Scott Swift, U.S. 7th Fleet commander, conducts an all hands call for sailors at Naval Air Facility Misawa and its tenant commands. Swift thanked the sailors for their work and fielded questions on topics ranging from sequestration to curfew policies. Courtesy of U.S. Navy

Fleet lifting some drinking restrictions on sailors in Japan

SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — The U.S. Navy in Japan says it will ease one of its new behavioral restrictions Wednesday, letting sailors once again...

35th Logistics Readiness Squadron

Misawa squadron on lockdown following car crash

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — In the latest curfew crackdown on the U.S. military, a squadron at Misawa Air Base in northern Japan has been restricted to...

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