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Groups of aircraft enthusiasts nicknamed "tailwatchers" photograph F/A-18 Hornets from outside Naval Air Facility, Atsugi, Japan on Nov. 27, 2012.  Nathan A. Bailey/Stars and Stripes

Spies? Saboteurs? Or just tailwatchers?

Satoru Kuba spends parts of most days — and many nights — peering through a telephoto lens atop a three-story building overlooking Kadena Air Base...

Army Suspends Commander in Japan

WASHINGTON, June 7, 2013 – Maj. Gen. Michael T. Harrison Sr. was suspended today of his duties as the commanding general of U.S. Army Japan and I...

Iwakuni Marine arrested in connection with Hawaii slaying

SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — An Iwakuni Marine has been arrested in connection with the slaying of a 28-year-old Las Vegas woman who disappeared...

An MV-22 Osprey lands on the USS Makin Island amphibious assault ship in the Pacific Ocean on March 1, 2011. (Photo by John Lill/U.S. Navy)

Osaka mayor offers airport for Marines' Osprey training

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The Japanese government said this week it will study whether Marine Corps Osprey aircraft can train in Osaka after the city...

Specialist Joshua Leon, Company B, 209th Aviation Support Battalion, Task Force Lobos, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, works on the tail rotor section of a UH-60 Black Hawk during a phase maintenance inspection on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, July 31, 2012. A report prepared for the Defense Department found that Chinese cyber spies have stolen U.S. designs for ships, missile defense systems and military aircraft, including the Black Hawk. (Photo by U.S. Army)

Can US complaints stop China from cybersnooping?

WASHINGTON — On stage at an Asian security conference in Singapore last week, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel minced no words pointing to a “growing...

Kadena civilian, wife accused of possessing, growing marijuana

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — A U.S. civilian employed at Kadena Air Base on Okinawa and his Japanese wife were in police custody this week for allegedly...

Yokota clinic patients might see delays in medical billing

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Patients at Yokota Air Base might experience long delays in receiving medical bills following a switch in the base’s...

Courtesy of David Lee Roth; photo by Mark Rojas

David Lee Roth

Veteran Van Halen frontman and rock legend David Lee Roth has called Tokyo home for nearly a year. It might seem odd that an American rock star...

Lauren Oleksyk of the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center's Department of Defense Combat Feeding Directorate, holds a Flameless Ration Heater and a Meal, Ready-to-Eat. This is the 20th anniversary of the heater's introduction.

Between a 'rock or something' and an MRE

NATICK, Mass. (May 30, 2013) -- If you're familiar with the phrase "rock or something," then you've probably used a Flameless Ration Heater to...

U.S. and Japanese ships steam in formation behind the USS George Washington in this file photo. Adam K. Thomas/Courtesy U.S. Navy

No plan yet for USS George Washington replacement in Japan

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan – A decision hasn’t been made on when the USS George Washington will leave Japan for a multiyear overhaul, Navy...

Former Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Van shows a group of teachers around the aircraft carrier USS George Washington in Yokosuka, Japan, sometime before March 2011. Despite excellent evaluations and appointment to leadership and instructor positions, Van was one of 3,000 sailors laid off in 2012 by the Navy's Enlisted Retention Baord. This year, the Navy finds itself undermanned, but sailors like Van are having difficulty re-enlisting. Courtesy of Robert Van

Some 'involuntarily separated' sailors feel slighted amid recruiting push

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — One month after being cast out of the Navy because his career field was overmanned, the Recruit Training Command...

My thoughts on Space-A travel

Hello Military Community,

Traveling the world for military service members and their families is one benefit of military service. With...

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