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A salute to women's history

Editor’s note: March is National Women’s History Month, and Stripes Okinawa is honoring our courageous women in uniform – past and present –...

History in the making

When most people think of historians, university professors or museum curators may come to mind. As with countless other professions, however, the...

Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Bulkeley prepare to conduct a visit, board, search and seizure exercise in the Gulf of Oman. Bulkeley is deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (Donald R. White Jr./U.S. Navy)

Navy’s push to fill billets at sea may result in uncertainty for sailors

U.S. Navy officials are determined to fill 7,000 vacant billets at sea by...

Air Force cuts to continue, but retention board survivors safe for at least a year

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — The Air Force’s current round of unprecedented voluntary and involuntary personnel cuts won’t be the last, but airmen...

President Barack Obama talks about new Medal of Honor recipients Staff Sgt. Melvin Morris, Sgt. 1st Class Jose Rodela, and Spc. Santiago J. Erevia, left to right, March 18, 2014 at the White House. (Rick Vasquez/Stars and Stripes)

Obama awards Medal of Honor to 24 veterans from three wars

WASHINGTON — They made seemingly impossible solo assaults on enemy bunkers, or refused to leave their positions as they covered fellow soldiers...

U.S. Army Sgt. Michael Potoczniak and his partner Todd Saunders go through the process of getting married at city hall in San Francisco, Calif., along with Cynthia Wides and Elizabeth Cary in June 2013. (Waly Skalij/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Inconsistent policies overseas causing confusion, hardship for same-sex couples

VICENZA, Italy — Same-sex marriage is not legal in Japan, although homosexual relationships are widely accepted there.
 
Same-sex...

PJ O'Brady in "Krapp's Last Tape." Courtesy of Mouth on Fire

Waiting for Beckett

Award-winning theatre group Mouth on Fire returns to the capital this spring with “Solo,” a show comprised of three one-person Samuel Beckett...

Corpsman set off grenade to avoid duties, Navy says

NORFOLK, Va.  -- In the moments before the grenade exploded, two Afghan men sat in the back of a medical clinic on a small military base, waiting...

Sailors aboard the USS Ronald Reagan scrubbed the external surfaces of the flight deck and island superstructure to remove potential radiation contamination on March 23, 2011, while at sea off the coast of Japan, where the aircraft carrier was providing humanitarian assistance as directed in support of Operation Tomodachi. (Nicholas A. Groesch/U.S. Navy)

USS Reagan exposed to radiation levels exceeding what Japanese government said

SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — When the USS Ronald Reagan arrived off the coast of Japan’s main Honshu Island on March 13, 2011, it was greeted by...

Official U.S. Navy file photo of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100).

USS Kidd continues search for missing airliner

The USS Kidd has been searching for six days, and the additional measures taken during its mission are apparent both above and below decks. Extra...

Medal of Honor (Evelyn Chavez/U.S. Air Force)

Heroics detailed for 24 soon to receive Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON — Spc. Santiago J. Erevia had orders to tend the wounded while the rest of the platoon pressed on attacking. But when he and the men...

Pedestrians cross the crowded streets on a March 2014 evening in Tokyo's Shibuya area, a popular shopping and nightlife district. A 3 percent consumption tax increase set to take effect April 1 is expected to increase prices on many consumer items. (Eric Guzman/Stars and Stripes)

Japan tax hike to affect servicemember spending

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Living in Japan is getting more expensive for U.S. servicemembers, as retailers and others prepare to raise prices in...

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