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With passage of the new Blended Retirement System in 2016, officials used computer models to help make predictions critical to planning future military retirement cost obligations. Turns out those projections were far too high.  DOD OFFICE OF FINANCIAL READINESS VIDEO ILLUSTRATION/FACEBOOK

‘Blended’ military retirement plan not as popular as projected

With passage of the new Blended Retirement System (BRS) in 2016, the Defense Department’s Office of Actuary, assisted by computer modeling from...

Courtney nephews unveil a replica of their Marine uncle's Medal of Honor on Nov. 12, 2018, at the St. Louis County Historical Society's Veterans' Memorial Hall in Duluth, Minn. From left, Courtney Storey, Ben Storey, Bob Storey and his wife, Lynn Storey.  COURTESY OF ST. LOUIS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

‘They don’t tell his story’: Family fights to display Medal of Honor in Marine legend’s hometown

CAMP COURTNEY, Okinawa — On the night of May 14, 1945, Marine Maj. Henry Courtney Jr. led a daring assault on Okinawa’s Sugar Loaf Hill.

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Marines camp on Sugar Loaf Hill during the Battle of Okinawa, May 26, 1945.  COURTESY OF U.S. MARINE CORPS

Where did Camp Courtney get its name? It started with a Medal of Honor recipient’s heroics on Okinawa

CAMP COURTNEY, Okinawa — Marine Maj. Henry Courtney Jr. was already a battle-hardened officer by the time he reached Okinawa’s shores during World...

A lesson on Japanese yen very valuable

If you are new to Japan or Okinawa, local currency, and the conversion between dollars and yen, may leave you annoyed at the cash register....
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Finding the best Izakaya in Tokyo

The moment you step inside waiters and cooks behind the busy counter exclaim in unison “Irrashaimase!”, thus welcoming you with typical Japanese...

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Edo dining culture: Tracing the history of Tokyo's cuisine

Edo: both the name of a particularly character-defining period in Japanese history and the old name for Tokyo. The Edo Era, in contrast to its...
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Depachika: Foodie heaven in Japanese department store basements

If you are new to Japan, you might not be aware that culinary wonderlands are spread under the majestic façades of department stores.

Simply...

Let the pros in Japan teach you how to make sushi

If there’s one food Japan is known for world-wide, it’s sushi. It’s certainly one of the most popular and highly critiqued Japanese cuisines....
Master Chief Petty Officer Jason Pick. U.S. NAVY

USS Milius command master chief relieved of duty for ‘misconduct’

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The command master chief of the 7th Fleet’s USS Milius guided-missile destroyer was relieved of duty on Friday for “...

Sgt. Claude Richardson, a U.S. Army Reserve Soldier and suicide prevention instructor with the 358th Military Police Company, talks about his experience as an instructor during a video project hosted and organized by the 200th Military Police Command's Suicide Prevention Program to document the stories of suicide survivors and those affected by the suicide of loved ones during a two-day shoot at the Defense Media Activity, Fort Meade, Md., Dec. 14, 2018. (Photo Credit: Master Sgt. Michel Sauret)

Soldiers share stories of suicide to save lives

FORT MEADE, Md. -- There was the staff sergeant who walked onto the street in front of his home -- gun in hand -- ready to end his life, when a...

That’s the way the cookies crumbled

There is a certain kind of limbo that takes place between Christmas and New Year’s. It’s a confusing time when it feels like something that has...

Petty Officer 3rd Class Bianca Valenzuela pipes colors using a boatswains pipe during a ceremony in Honolulu on March 28, 2018. (MATTHEW S. MASASCHI/U.S. COAST GUARD)

More than 40,000 Coast Guard members are working without pay during partial government shutdown

AUSTIN, Texas — All 42,000 active-duty members of the Coast Guard are working without pay through the partial government shutdown, which is...

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