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From left: Maj. Kevin Herrmann, Cpl. Daniel Baker, Staff Sgt. Maximo Flores and Cpl. Carter Ross were among those who were declared dead after their KC-130J Hercules collided with an F/A-18 Hornet on Dec. 6, 2018.  AP, YOUTUBE SCREEN GRABS AND GOFUNDME
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Family, friends remember Marines killed in KC-130J crash off Japan coast

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December 12, 2018
WASHINGTON — The five missing Marines who were aboard the KC-130J tanker plane that collided midair with an F/A-18 fighter off the coast of Japan last week ranged from young...
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Last-ditch effort to pass Blue Water Navy bill fails in Senate

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December 12, 2018
WASHINGTON — A final deal to provide Department of Veterans Affairs benefits to thousands of veterans who served off the coast during the Vietnam War failed in the Senate on...
Soldiers from the Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.-based I Corps and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force kicked off the 37th Yama Sakura exercise in Hokkaido, Japan, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018.  COURTESY OF U.S. ARMY
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US and Japanese soldiers kick off annual Yama Sakura drills in Hokkaido

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December 12, 2018
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — I Corps and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers gathered over the weekend in Hokkaido to kick off a joint command-post exercise called Yama...
Torii gate at Camp Zama  DOD.MIL
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Bombing suspect faces charges in 2015 attempt on Camp Zama near Tokyo

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December 11, 2018
TOKYO — A Japanese man suspected of attempting a crude rocket attack on Camp Zama in April 2015 may face charges under Japan’s Explosives Control Act, Kyodo News reported Saturday.
Marine Pilots fly in a missing-man formation upon returning to Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., Jan. 13, 2017.  U.S. MARINE CORPS
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Fallen Marines to be honored with missing-man formation flight over MCAS Iwakuni

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December 12, 2018
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — F/A-18 Hornets will conduct a single-pass, missing-man formation Wednesday morning over Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni as part of a private memorial...
The official emblem of the 353rd Special Operations Group from Kadena Air Base, Okinawa.  COURTESY OF U.S. AIR FORCE
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Airman arrested off base on Okinawa with handgun in his possession

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December 11, 2018
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — An airman assigned to Kadena Air Base was arrested off base Thursday for failing to report for duty and having a weapon in his possession, according to 18th...