Capt. Stephen "Cole" Hayes, Task Force 76 chief of staff, died in an off-duty recreational accident, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. COURTESY OF THE U.S. NAVY
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Task Force 76 chief of staff dies in recreational accident on Okinawa

February 24, 2017
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The chief of staff for the Navy’s forward deployed amphibious force — based on Okinawa — died Tuesday in an off-duty recreational accident, Navy officials...
Photos courtesy of Tomoji Noro

Through the eyes of a Japanese player and coach

February 22, 2017
It was in 1975 when 15-year-old Tomoji Noro first strapped on a helmet and shoulder pads for his high school football team. No, not soccer. American football – in Japan.
A Japanese search-and-rescue team probes avalanche debris while looking for missing U.S. skier Mathew Healy on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, near Happo-one ski resort in Nagano prefecture, Japan. SETH ROBSON/STARS AND STRIPES
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Search continues for lost US skier in Japan

February 23, 2017
HAKUBA, Japan — Japanese police, helped by American volunteers, scoured an avalanche-prone valley in the Japanese Alps on Wednesday for a Navy civilian who went missing while...
U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Lawrence D. Nicholson, commanding general of III Marine Expeditionary Force, thanks Capt. John Krzyminski, with the 31st Rescue Squadron, who assisted in the search and rescue of an MV-22 Osprey in December of 2016 at Kadena Air Force Base, Okinawa, Japan, Feb. 14, 2017. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Laura Gauna)

No Marine Left Behind: An Osprey, an Air Force rescue crew, and the Marines they saved in Okinawa

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February 22, 2017
KADENA AIR FORCE BASE, Okinawa, Japan -- The minute combat rescue Airmen heard about what appeared to be the beginning of a disaster, they took action. An MV-22 Osprey made a...
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