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The amphibious assault ship USS Essex enters dry dock at the National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. in San Diego. The ship is undergoing an 18-month maintenance and upgrade period and expects to return to the fleet in 2014. (Joe Kane/Courtesy of the U.S. Navy)

Essex begins 18 months of maintenance, upgrades in San Diego

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SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — After a rough-and-tumble 12 years of being forward deployed to the 7th Fleet’s area of operations — a...

Airman found guilty of multiple offenses

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MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- Senior Airman Justin J. Lyle, 35th Logistics Readiness Squadron, was found guilty at a special court-...

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Bradley Baker, 35th Civil Engineer Squadron fire protection operator, stands outside the 35 CES fire station at Misawa Air Base, Japan, April 18, 2013. Baker was recently named the recipient of the Pacific Air Forces Scouting Salutes the Military Award, and has collectively served 20 years with the Boy Scouts of America where he currently volunteers as an assistant scout master. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Derek VanHorn)

PACAF recognizes lifetime scout

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MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- Twenty years ago, 6-year-old Bradley Baker was told to find a specific location in the forest. Today,...

U.S. Army Japan leaders display a "check" for $392,430, the amount saved in the past year by members of the Camp Zama Volunteer Program who thousands of hours without pay. Several of those volunteers were recognized during the installation's annual volunteer recognition ceremony held April 18 at the Camp Zama Community Club here. (U.S. Army photo by Candateshia Pafford)

Camp Zama recognizes outstanding youth, adult volunteers of the year

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CAMP ZAMA, Japan (April 22, 2013) -- Camp Zama's outstanding youth and adult volunteers of the year were recognized at the...

Contestants gear up for Mrs. Sakura 2013 Scholarship Pageant

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Twenty talented women are preparing for the Mrs. Sakura 2013 Scholarship Pageant on Saturday, May 11.  They gathered recently at...

Air Force flying hour cuts hit Misawa

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MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- Misawa's 13th and 14th Fighter Squadrons will have a few less flying hours to work with this fiscal year...

Linda Camarillo pushes her daughter, Maya, 3, on an obstacle course rope during the Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 Johnny and Suzie Wayne Day, which took place by the obstacle course here, April 5, 2013. Bouncy houses and other inflatable playgrounds were available for children to gallivant through. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Benjamin Pryer)

MWSS-171 celebrates during Johnny and Suzie Wayne Day

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Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 held a Johnny and Suzie Wayne Day at the obstacle course here, April 5, 2013. Children garnered...

Participants in the 46th annual Kintai Marathon begin the full marathon portion of the race, which started in front of the IronWorks Gym here, April 14, 2013. More than 1000 people participated in the marathon. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Benjamin Pryer)

Americans, Japanese run until the runnings done during Kintai Marathon

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A sea of Americans and Japanese covered the IronWorks Gym parking lot here as athletes stretched and prepped for the 46th annual...

Station Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting’s Morita Airport Crash Tender MAF-125 exits the ARFF warehouse after undergoing a maintenance check at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, April 11, 2013. (Photo by Lance Cpl. James R. Smith)

Station ARFF improves capabilities with MAF-125

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With the December 2012 opening of the Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, which uses Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni’s runway, Marines from...

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