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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, right, speaks at a press conference with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on May 13, 2014, to discuss the Department of Justice filing a lawsuit involving student loans under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. (MEREDITH TIBBETTS/STARS AND STRIPES)

DOJ: Student loan entity penalized for cheating veterans

WASHINGTON — The student lender Sallie Mae, which in recent weeks reorganized into separate corporations, agreed to pay almost $100 million in...

Staff Sgt. Roger L. Whaley speaks with Phillip McDonald about the possibility of becoming a journalist or X-ray technician at the U.S. Army Recruiting Station in Radcliff, Kentucky, in this September 2008 Army file photo. (CARL N. HUDSON/U.S. ARMY)

Belt-tightening forces Army to get picky in recruiting

Army Sgt. 1st Class Terrence Hoard must reach potential recruits early to set them straight.

They think anybody can enlist. Many see...

An Air Force illustration used to promote April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. (ILLUSTRATION BY CHRISTINA M. STYER/U.S. AIR FORCE)

Kadena student charged with raping fellow student, videotaping incident

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — An 18-year-old Kadena High School student was indicted Monday in federal court on charges that he allegedly raped a heavily...

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Study: Spice twice as popular as cannabis among drug-using soldiers

TACOMA, Wash. — University of Washington researchers studying treatment options for narcotics-using soldiers kept hearing about a new drug when...

Reflections of a proud military mom

Hello Military community,

I feel it is important to say what it means to me to be a wife of a service member and mother of a military...

Remembering Reversion

May 15 may mark the 42nd anniversary of Okinawa’s reversion from U.S. control to Japan, but for many this historical date may go largely unnoticed...

A child at the Hoikuen Aihara nursery school and day care center looks at a collection of donated gifts and toys following a recent graduation ceremony at the school. The day care center has struggled in the aftermath of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami, but survived with tireless efforts from school employees and volunteers from around the world. (ERIK SLAVIN/STARS AND STRIPES)

Tsunami-battered day care center gets new life from military, volunteers

ISHINOMAKI, Japan — In 2011, the Great East Japan Earthquake cracked open the Hoikuen Aihara day care and nursery school. The ensuing tsunami,...

U.S. Marine Corps members assigned unload their gear near their living quarters after arriving at Camp Al-Galail, Qatar, for Exercise Eagle Resolve 2013, April 21, 2014. Qatar was recently removed from the imminent danger pay location list but troops deployed there will still qualify for R&R, according to a recent Pentagon decision. (KENNY HOLSTON/U.S. AIR FORCE)

Pentagon reauthorizes R & R for 9 countries

WASHINGTON — Troops who deploy by the end of this month to nine Middle Eastern countries recently removed from the imminent danger pay location...

Sanpo in the Park 2014

This year Animal Walk Tokyo (AWT) is supporting two of their favorite local rescue...

Senior Airman Cody Haynes signals a KC-135 Stratotanker at the Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan, on Nov. 8, 2012. (BRETT CLASHMAN/U.S. AIR FORCE)

Nine countries removed from R&R leave eligibility list

Starting in June, servicemembers who deploy to nine countries removed from eligibility for imminent danger pay will no longer receive rest-and-...

A Chinese navy vessel is seen from an MH-60 helicopter assigned to USS Blue Ridge as the U.S. Navy conducts flight operations in support of maritime security operations in the South China Sea. (U.S. NAVY)

Blue Ridge encounters Chinese ships near disputed isle

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — A USS Blue Ridge-embarked helicopter photographed two Chinese navy ships May 5 near the site of a heavily contested...

Adm. John Kirby speaks at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., April 22, 2014. ERIN A. KIRK-CUOMO/DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Pentagon calls on Congress to change defense bill

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon called on Congress to change the $600 billion defense bill that a powerful congressional committee recently approved,...

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