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Station residents begin running during the Gokukan two and a half kilometer Fun Run, which took place on the seawall behind the IronWorks Gym here, Feb. 15, 2013. Participant categories for the race included men's, women's and strollers. The run, which takes place here annually and always during February, ensuring the coldest temperature, gets the name Gokkan from the word gokukan, which literally translates to “extreme cold.”

Station residents run for fun during Gokkan 2.5 kilometer race

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Station Iwakuni residents competed in the Gokkan 2.5 Kilometer Fun Run, which took place on the seawall behind IronWorks...
Students from the Shunan International Children's Club performs a karate demonstration during a cultural exchange event inside the Matthew C. Perry High School Gym here, Feb. 11, 2013. (Photo by Lance Cpl. J. Gage Karwick)

M. C. Perry hosts culture-sharing performance

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Shunan International Children’s Club groups performed at the Matthew C. Perry High School gym here, Feb. 11, 2013, for a...
Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force Sgt. Mari Yoshida, center, assigned to the 4th Engineer Group of the Eastern Army, takes part in a reception for Co-Op Class No. 67 at the Camp Zama Community Club on Jan. 15. With Yoshida are her sponsor, 2nd Lt. Rachel Stone, right, assigned to the 35th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, and Capt. William Gumabon, assigned to U.S. Army Japan.

US Army Japan's G5 Directorate 'walks the talk' on key 'Words to Live By'

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This edition of "Words to Live By" highlights the quiet, consistent and often unheralded efforts of two sections from the...
Sailors stationed aboard the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) converse during a monthly birthday celebration meal on the mess decks of the ship. The meal was prepared for Sailors with January birthdays and will continue as a tradition throughout the year. (U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Erin Devenberg)

George Washington Sailors wait in longer lines for better food

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The lines leading to the galley are longer than they’ve ever been in the past. Culinary Specialists (CS) are working...
Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT), Adm. Cecil Haney, speaks to 7th Fleet Sailors during an all-hands call at Fleet Activities, Yokosuka in the Fleet Theater as part of a routine stop in the area, Feb. 19.

PACFLT visits FLEACT Yokosuka forward-deployed forces

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Sailors from various commands at Fleet Activities,  (FLEACT) Yokosuka gathered in the Fleet Theater to attend  an an all...
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan – Senior Airman Jesus Calderon, 374th Airlift Wing Command Post emergency action controller, conducts a recall during a wing readiness week at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Feb. 22, 2013. The early-morning recall tested the wing’s ability to mobilize quickly in the event of a crisis, a key component of being prepared. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Christopher Love)

Command Post tests Yokota's recall ability during Readiness Week

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YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- The sun was still hours away from rising when Senior Airmen Jesus Calderon, 374th Airlift Wing...
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- Personnel wait while volunteers check paperwork during a simulated non-combatant evacuation operation Feb. 22, 2013, at the Taiyo Community Center at Yokota Air Base, Japan. The simulated NEO took place during a readiness week, which tested Yokota’s capabilities as the sole U.S. airlift hub in the Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stacy Moless)

Airmen demonstrate evacuation capabilities

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YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- The 374th Airlift Wing continued training during a readiness week Feb. 22, 2013, with a...

Re-enlistment shows strong bond between US, Japanese navies

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SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — As sailors from the USS Defender fell in formation next to their counterparts from the JS...
Zama American basketball players mug it up for the camera after they won the Far East High School Boys Division II Basketball Tournament title, their first Far East basketball title since 1963. (Justin Gushikuma/Special to Stars and Stripes)

Zama boys break 50-year drought with triumph

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Zama American has spent much of the school year collecting Far East High School sports tournament banners. Its latest joyfully...

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