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Yes, it’s that time of year; to my husband it’s a Hallmark Day. To others Valentine’s Day is an important day to...

  A Type 74 tank from the 16th Regimental Combat Team, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force fires on a target on Sept. 19, 2013, during a live fire exercise at Yakima Training Center in Washington as part of Operation Rising Thunder 13.   U.S. Army

Report says allies under attack must request Japan's assistance

TOKYO — Japan can defend its allies and friendly nations under attack but only at their request, a prominent member of a government panel mulling...

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Obama to award 24 Medals of Honor

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to 24 Army veterans for conspicuous gallantry, correcting what was in some cases...

Navy sailors participate in morning colors aboard the USS Ashland on Feb. 18, 2014.  Raymond D. Diaz III/U.S. Navy

DOD: US flags at military bases must be 100 percent American made

Here's a Stars and Stripes shocker: Prior to Friday, flags bought by the Department of Defense weren't necessarily 100% American made.

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Iwakuni Marine faces court martial for death of prostitute in Hawaii

A Marine charged in the killing of a prostitute in Hawaii will stand before a general court martial during the week of April 21, officials said....

A Navy sailor teaches visit, board, search and seizure techniques to Philippine marines during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training Philippines 2013 in this June 2013 photo. (Jay C. Pugh/U.S. Navy)

Philippines near pact to boost US troop presence, Aquino says

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines is "very close" to completing an agreement to boost the number of U.S. troops allowed into the country at a...

U.S. Army Europe closes the final installation in Heidelberg on Sept. 6, 2013. (Dee Crawford/U.S. Army)

Report: Obscure laws say DOD can close bases without Congress

The tug of war between the Pentagon and Congress about base closures might have gotten a little more interesting.
 
According to a story...

Ensign Christian Asaban, Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer aboard the USS Truxtun, participates in an underway replenishment with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Kanawha in December, 2013. The Truxton has tried a circadian-based sleep schedule for its sailors as Navy officials recast fatigue not as a badge of honor, but as an unnecessary risk that causes costly mistakes. (Scott Barnes/U.S. Navy file photo)

Catching Z's at sea is getting easier for sailors

NORFOLK, Va. — For sailors aboard deployed Navy ships, little sleep has long come with the territory.
 
It's partly a function of the...

Former President George W. Bush gives remarks during the Bush Institute's Military Service Initiative Feb. 19, 2014. (Screen/YouTube)

Former President George W. Bush outlines plans to help younger vets

WASHINGTON — Former President George W. Bush hosted a Military Service Initiative Summit on Wednesday, and spoke about the many problems facing...

Capt. John P. Heatherington (Chris Calkins/U.S. Air Force)

Commander relieved after Sub Ball fundraising includes adult businesses

The commanding officer and master chief of a Florida-based Navy missile unit have been relieved of their duties after an investigation found that...

Spc. Terry Harrison, a Wisconsin National Guard member, has been suspended after posting photos of herself and other members of an honor guard clowning around a flag-draped casket. Harrison also posted this photo with a caption suggesting that it was so cold at a military funeral that it would be hard to fold the flag draped over the casket. (Instagram)

2nd National Guard soldier suspended over casket photo scandal

WASHINGTON — A Wisconsin National Guard member who publicly defended a subordinate who posted controversial photos and comments about military...

A hangar owned by NIPPI Corporation with U.S. and Japanese owned P-3 Orion surveillance aircraft inside collapsed near Naval Air Facility Atsugi last weekend from heavy snow. (Trevor Andersen/Stars and Stripes)

Navy Orions likely damaged in hangar collapse

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — The condition of several U.S. Navy and Japan Self-Defense Force surveillance planes is still unknown after heavy snow...

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