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Norio Muroi began working for Stars and Stripes’ Tokyo office as a copy boy in 1977 and began working in the library in 1979. THERON GODBOLD/STARS AND STRIPES
Norio Muroi

VIDEO| Stars and Stripes Pacific Librarian retires after 42 years

Stars and Stripes’ library in Tokyo preserves the stories and heroics of countless service members from World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars alongside records of newsworthy events on American bases in the Far East over the past 75 years.

Hailey Smits, the 35th Fighter Wing Pantry coordinator, pauses for a photo at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 31, 2019. Active duty members and their families can pick up 10 non-perishable, shelf-stable and non-expired packing food items at no cost each month. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)
Hailey Smits

Let the food drive begin!

U.S. Air Force veteran Hailey Smits, the 35th Fighter Wing pantry coordinator, gives back to the Misawa Air Base community by volunteering her time at the food pantry.

Tek, 374th Security Forces Squadron military working dog, bites a Japanese Air Self-Defense Force Security Guard Squadron handler during the annual air show at Iruma Air Base, Japan, Nov. 3, 2019. The suit allows the dog to practice subduing suspects without endangering the decoy, providing a safe training environment for both dog and handler. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brieana E Bolfing)

Yokota first for MWDs at Iruma Air Show

Military working dog (MWD) teams from the 374th Security Forces Squadron out of Yokota Air Base, Japan, participated in a bilateral MWD demonstration with Japanese Air Self-Defense Forces Security Guard Squadron security dog team during the 51st annual air show at Iruma Air Base, Japan, Nov. 3, 2019.

SASEBO, Japan (November 01, 2019) Chief Hospital Corpsman, Kenneth Van Tassel, bandges up his daughter for fun to show her what he does at work aboard Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Pioneer (MCM 9). Pioneer, part of Mine Countermeasures Squadron 7, is operating in the 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response platform for contingency operations. (Photo by Lt.j.g. Alexander Fairbanks)
Chief Hospital Corpsman Kenneth Van Tassel

USS Pioneer sailed around Sasebo harbor for a Family and Friends Day cruise

The Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Pioneer (MCM 9) sailed around Sasebo harbor for their Family and Friends Day cruise in Sasebo, Japan, November 1.

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