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Tattoo shop then hospital for 5 US troops on Okinawa

Five U.S. servicemembers on Okinawa ended up in the hospital emergency room this month seeking treatment for infections related to getting tattoos...

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. David S. Fadok delivers the oath of enlistment to new Air Force enlistees during Military Appreciation night at Riverwalk Stadiumin Montgomery, Ala., June 2, 2012. (BUD HANCOCK/U.S. AIR FORCE)

Air Force raises enlistee age limit from 27 to 39

WASHINGTON — Thanks to a new Air Force policy announced Tuesday, enlisted recruits can now experience the joys of basic training in their late 30s...

The musical toilets of Japan

I have a friend who always used the euphemism, “going to the Toto,” whenever he was headed for the men’s room. He called it that because Toto is...

The first of the Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles arrives at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Oct. 28, 2004. 9U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO BY MR. JOHN SCHWAB)

Japanese want more info on safety of Misawa-based Global Hawks

Officials in northern Japan — where the U.S. Air Force has decided to temporarily base its largest unmanned aircraft — want more information about...

Remembering that every life is important

Hello Military community,

Today I am not feeling whole, and I feel off balance. Yesterday our family received news of the death of our...

Austin novelist Sarah Bird’s new book is entitled, “Above the East China Sea.” Photo by Filipa Rodrigues

Novel plays on military life overseas then, now

On the first pages of “Above the East China Sea,” Sarah Bird’s ninth novel (Alfred A. Knopf; 320 pages; $25.95), a ghost of a World War II...

Top 10 outrageous VA behaviors

In addition to covering up appointment wait time records and handing out undeserved bonus awards, misconduct within the Department of Veterans...

Kiyola Ohara, 8, prays for Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Elbert Luther Kinser Monday at Irei no Hi, an annual ceremony held in Itoman, Okinawa on June 23 to commemorate the dead from the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. Her family added prayer for Kinser to their mourning routine after meeting his family by chance on a trip to Florida in 2012. (MATTHEW M. BURKE/STARS AND STRIPES)

Thousands remember Japanese, Americans who died during Battle of Okinawa

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Kiyola Ohara left the shade of her mother’s umbrella and slowly knelt on the crisp green grass before the sea of black...

  Servicemembers below the rank of E-5 in Japan need to get to the party early, because they are not allowed to be off post after midnight due to curfew restrictions placed upon them after a string of incidents.   Eric Guzman/Stars and Stripes

Were GIs in fatal incidents afraid to get help while disobeying liberty rules?

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — It’s Friday night, and curfew is looming for U.S. servicemembers across Japan and South Korea.

Some are...

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the GI Bill on June 22, 1944.

Happy 70th birthday, GI Bill

PHILADELPHIA — As a turret gunner on a B-24 bomber during World War II, Joe Kiernan flew 35 combat missions, many aimed at taking out German...

Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John F. Campbell  Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes

Army drawdown continues: 1,100 captains to be cut

WASHINGTON — The Army drawdown continues this week, when about 1,100 Army captains will receive word that their military careers are about to end...

Capt. Erin C. Stough and Lance Cpl. Anthony Chiccino, a military dog handler, stretch a German Sheppard's leg during a physical in the Combat Center Veterinary Treatment Facility on Dec. 4, 2013. (Charles Santamaria/U.S. Marine Corps)

Online veterinary service simplifies record-keeping for pets

The busy PCS season is here, and many military members moving to new assignments with a furry or feathered companion in tow may soon find they...

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