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Photos by Tetsuo Nakahara, Stripes Kanto

Keeping the faith

At 6:30 a.m. Tsutou Kimura steers his boat from Momonoura, Ishinomaki City harbor toward oyster farming buoys tethered to hundreds of maturing...

  Former JPAC investigator Rick Stone said he found seven potential matches for the remains in this grave at the Punchbowl in Hawaii, and he believes that DNA testing could easily identify the body. JPAC says it is taking steps now to make the identification. (Photo Courtesy of Rick Stone)

Ex-investigator, critics say JPAC ignoring clues, technology that could bring unknowns home

Etched on a sun-kissed cross above grave A-12-195 at the Manila American Cemetery is the phrase, “Here Rests in Honored Glory a Comrade in Arms...

Christine H. Fox, acting Deputy Secretary of Defense (Photo by Department of Defense)

Hagel announces acting deputy; Fox to become highest-ranking female in DOD history

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Tuesday that President Obama has appointed Christine Fox to become the Acting Deputy...

For a military child, it's time to move again

Editor’s Note: Being a military child has its ups and downs. This group of resilient children face challenges most in the...

  U.S. Marines unload relief supplies from an MV-22 Osprey after Typhoon Haiyan in the area of Luzon, Philippines, Nov. 18, 2013. (Photo by Caleb Eames/U.S. Marine Corps)

Task force for Philippine typhoon relief effort shut down

SEOUL — The U.S. Pacific Command has shut down the task force it set up two weeks ago to assist in relief efforts following Typhoon Haiyan, the...

  With Cmdr. Bill Pennington Jr. at the controls, a P-8A Poseidon takes off from Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., on Nov. 29, 2013. The new patrol aircraft has arrived in Okinawa for its first deployment, Navy officials said Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. (Clark Pierce/Courtesy of U.S. Navy)

Advanced Navy patrol planes arrive in Okinawa

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Two of the Navy’s new P-8A Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft have arrived at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Navy...

  Navy Sr. Chief Vilma Rodriguez, a native of Tacloban, lost two family members in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan. She has returned to the city of Tacloban to assist with the relief efforts, and has been searching for her brother's body. Eric Guzman/Stars and Stripes

In wake of Haiyan, hope and dread in search for brother's body

TACLOBAN, Philippines — With the main evacuation shelter in town filling up, Dominador Rodriguez urged neighbors to ride out the massive...

Photos by Michiko Straker (above) and Renee Booe (others)

Bringing photos to life

Five volunteers from U.S. military bases in Japan recently traveled nearly 300 miles to bring something to Ishinomaki City that many residents...

Rangers from 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, as part of a combined Afghan and coalition security force operating in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, await a CH-47 for extraction. Pedro Amador/Courtesy of the U.S. Army

Special pays would be first casualty of delayed defense bill

WASHINGTON — Combat pay? Could be gone. Hazardous duty pay? Could be gone, too. Foreign Language Proficiency Pay? Same. Congress may not be...

U.S. Air Force cadets march to lunch at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., April 30, 2012.  Myles Cullen/Department of Defense

Secretive AF program recruits academy cadets to inform on colleagues and disavows them

Facing pressure to combat drug use and sexual assault at the Air Force Academy, the Air Force has created a secret system of cadet informants to...

  Victims affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan wait aboard a C-17 aircraft provided by the United States military as they prepare to leave Tacloban, Philippines for Villamore Airbase in Manila. (Photo by Eric Guzman/Stars and Stripes)

Last US troops pull out of typhoon disaster zone in Philippines

MANILA, Philippines — The last U.S. troops pulled out of storm-ravaged Tacloban on Wednesday, marking the end of the American military presence in...

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