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A crash course in Japanese customs & etiquette

Every culture has its own rules regarding etiquette. In Japan, some of these rules are straightforward while others are more subtle. One of the...

Japan's Nourishing Nabe: Make your own tasty hot pot at home

There is something very comforting about sitting around a bubbling hot pot with friends and family. Often rich with a variety of vegetables, hot...

Basic Allowance for Housing rates for 2019 are released; will increase an average of 2.55 percent

Basic Allowance for Housing rates will increase an average of 2.55 percent beginning on January 1, 2019, the Department of Defense announced late...

Col. W. Scott Gallaway, front, commander, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, leads the formation July 2, 2018, during a ceremony at Ansbach's Storck Barracks Airfield. (U.S. ARMY)

Hundreds of soldiers thought they had holiday leave. Now the Army’s trying to help them cancel their tickets

STUTTGART, Germany — Scores of soldiers deployed to Europe could be on the hook after purchasing airline tickets home for the holidays, only to...

A soldier from the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division trains last year at Rodriguez Live Fire Complex in Paju, South Korea. (MARCUS FICHTL/STARS AND STRIPES)

With clock ticking, US, S. Korea fail to reach deal on military cost-sharing

SEOUL, South Korea — With an end-of-year deadline fast approaching, the United States and South Korea failed to reach a new military cost-sharing...

A KC-130J Hercules with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, conducts aerial refueling training in 2017. (STEPHEN CAMPBELL/U.S. MARINE CORPS)

Iwakuni Marines honor lost KC-130J aircrew with memorial service, flyover

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan — A single KC-130J flew slowly past MCAS Iwakuni Friday in remembrance of five Marines who lost their...

SAN DIEGO (May 1, 2016) Sailors attached to Coastal Riverine Squadron Group One participate in a mass re-enlistment in preparation for an extended unit mobilization planned for early 2017. Coastal Riverine Squadron Group One provides port and harbor security, high value asset protection and maritime security operations in coastal and inland waterways. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nolan O. Kahn/Released)

SRB update released with pay for performance pilot

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy updated the Selective Reenlistment Bonus (SRB) award plan for Active Component and Full Time Support Sailors and...

SAN DIEGO (Nov. 21, 2018) The future littoral combat ship USS Tulsa (LCS 16) arrives at its new homeport at Naval Base San Diego after completing its maiden voyage from the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. Tulsa is the eighth ship in the littoral combat ship Independence-variant class and is scheduled for commissioning Feb. 16, 2019 in San Francisco. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jason Isaacs/Released)

Officials detail steps to improve Navy, Marine Corps Readiness

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy and Marine Corps have some readiness challenges, but both services are taking steps to address them, Navy Secretary...

Army Chaplain (Capt.) Andrew Braswell, chaplain clinician/senior pastor Protestant Chapel congregation at WRNMMC, explained how faith helps in dealing with holiday stress. “Spirituality helps people see there is something greater than themselves. It helps put things in perspective and gives people hope.” (DoD photo)

Managing your holiday stress

Having family over for a meal, decorating the house and finding the perfect gifts are typical of the holiday season. To some these activities...

Submit photos for the cover of Welcome to the Pacific

Have you ever dreamed about having your photo featured on the cover of a magazine?

In May 2019, the next edition of our annual Stars and...

When in Japan you bonenkai

What do sake, neckties, coworkers singing and the end of the year have in common?

Bonenkai!

Much like the holiday season in the States...

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...

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