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The guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur patrols the South China Sea in October 2018. (DIANA QUINLAN/U.S. NAVY)

US urges Pacific allies to boost their military presence in South China Sea

The Pentagon is urging America’s Pacific allies to increase their military presence in the South China Sea in line with its own efforts to...

Sailors man the rails in the hangar bay aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in 2016. On Jan. 1, 2019, the punishment of bread and water confinement for the lowest-ranking sailors will be banned. (SAM JENKINS/U.S. NAVY)

Navy to scrap bread-and-water confinement

The age-old naval punishment of jailing junior sailors for three days with just bread and water soon will go the way of flogging and keelhauling...

Base housing at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. (MARTIN EGNASH/STARS AND STRIPES)

Army unit in Europe rescinds unusually specific order banning sex and cuddling

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Christmas came late for some Army troops on rotation to Europe when officials canceled an order Wednesday that for nine...

Ranking Member of the House Committee on Armed Services Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., questions Defense Department officials during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. (CARLOS BONGIOANNI/STARS AND STRIPES)

New armed services committee chair puts White House on notice

“Constant misinformation from the president is a real problem in a democratic society, and we in Congress have got to do our best to hold him...

President Donald Trump autographs a hat at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. (BRIAN FERGUSON/STARS AND STRIPES)

Nothing improper about airmen displaying pro-Trump merchandise at Ramstein, Air Force says

STUTTGART, Germany— U.S. Air Forces Europe said troops holding “Make America Great Again” hats during President Donald Trump’s visit Thursday to...

A New Year’s tradition in Japan unlike any other

Sports and New Year’s. In the U.S., they go together like a soldier in camouflage.

In Japan, it’s no different. But it’s not football that...

Osechi photo courtesy of Kibun Foods Inc.

Taste 2019 the right way

New Year’s is Japan’s biggest and longest holiday. People take Dec. 29 through Jan. 3 off from work to celebrate the first three days of the year...

A military spouse has offered to spearhead a program known as trap, neuter, release aimed at reducing the number of stray cats at Yongsan Garrison in Seoul, South Korea, by sterilizing and vaccinating them. (KIM GAMEL/STARS AND STRIPES)

Yongsan cats: Army garrison faces furry invasion as soldiers move south of Seoul

YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — The population on this Army post has plunged since the U.S. military moved its headquarters south of Seoul over...

Senior Airman Andy Koehle poses on top of a graffitied MiG-23 fighter aircraft on Balad Air Base in Iraq. When he returned home, Koehle struggled with post traumatic-stress and a back injury.  COURTESY OF PAT AND BILL KOEHLE

Service after death: Veteran’s parents find comfort after donating son’s organs

WASHINGTON — Before Andrew Koehle died of an accidental fentanyl overdose in 2017, he had plans.

The Air Force veteran had just completed...

Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Anthony Mannino performs Art Therapy as part of his Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) treatment and recovery. Art Therapy Interns, Adrienne Stamper (left) and Nancy Parfitt instruct and work with Mannino as he receives his art therapy. The therapy is conducted at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center located in Bethesda, Maryland. (Department of Defense photo by Marvin Lynchard)

Promoting better understanding, treatment of traumatic brain injury

Traumatic brain injuries continue to be a top focus in the Defense Health Agency. According to the...

Tips to recover from holiday shopping

You’ve made it through your grandpa’s jokes during the Christmas meal and handed out all of your gifts. The holiday season has officially...

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