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Then Pvts. Melissa, left, and Melinda Carbajal pose for a picture during Marine Combat Training at Camp Geiger, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Nov. 2010. Photo courtesy of Cpl. Melinda L. Carbajal

Sisterhood within brotherhood

When the senior drill instructor shouted for Recruit Carbajal, two voices screamed at the top of their lungs, “Yes, ma’am!”

It was not...

Sgt. Melvin G. Reno III removes a portion of damaged artificial canopy at the Hiro Coffee Farm Nov. 10. Service members volunteered to clean up debris created by recent typhoons at the farm. Reno is an instructor with the Jungle Warfare Training Center, Marine Corps Base Camp Butler, Marine Corps Installations Pacific. Photo by Lance Cpl. Donald T. Peterson

Service members help Okinawa citizen keep promise

As Tomoko Hiro stumbles through the field with sweat rolling down her face, the only thing pushing her forward is a dream and a promise.

Marine Corps Toys for Tots needs your donations

The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign is now accepting donations of new, unwrapped toys at drop-off locations at the Army and Air...

Dan Massoni, chief engineer of the MV Manukai, a Matson commercial cargo ship; Gen. Herbert J. “Hawk” Carlisle, Pacific Air Forces commander; ship Captain Mike F. Gruninger; and Col. Stephen Williams, 35th Fighter Wing commander, pose for a group photo aboard the Manukai in Honolulu, Hawaii, Nov. 19, 2012. Carlisle presented Gruninger with a tail flash plaque on behalf of the men and women of PACAF and the 35th Fighter Wing. The plaque is dedicated to the crew of the ship for rescuing a U.S. Air Force F-16

Kadena crews play key role in multinational rescue effort

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR HICKAM, Hawaii -- *Editors Note: (On Nov. 19, Carlisle and Col. Stephen Williams, 35th Fighter Wing commander, presented a...

Club Alliance on Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, is all but empty minutes before curfew on Oct. 22, 2012. (Photo by Trevor Andersen/Stars and Stripes)

Navy adds host of restrictions to curfew in Japan

SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — The U.S. Navy cracked down Monday on late-night drinking in Japan following a spate of alleged crimes involving U.S....

Gunnery Sgt. Andrew Bauer, left, and Maj. John P. Arnold pilot an MV-22 Containerized Flight Training Device at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma recently. Arnold is the officer in charge of Marine Aviation Training Systems Site Futenma. Bauer is the site's staff noncommissioned officer in charge. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Mike Granahan)

Osprey simulator promotes safety, prepares pilots

MCAS FUTENMA, Okinawa, Japan -- All Marine pilots face an endless number of variables every time they take to the air in their respective...

Lance Cpl. Jordan A. Finestone posts security on the back of an assault amphibious vehicle during an amphibious landing at Camp Schwab during Exercise Keen Sword 2013 Nov. 15. Finestone is a rifleman with 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, which is assigned to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Adam B. Miller)

Exercise Keen Sword 2013 concludes

CAMP SCHWAB, Okinawa, Japan -- Marines and sailors concluded Exercise Keen Sword 2013 with an amphibious landing here Nov. 15.


Staff Sgt. Noel P. Lopez serves Mitsu Afuso during a Thanksgiving meal at Hikarigaoka Nursing Home in Kin Town Nov. 15. Marines with 7th Communication Battalion provided the meal for nearly 200 elderly Japanese residents and staff at the nursing home. Lopez is an electronics maintenance technician for 7th Comm. Bn., III MEF Headquarters Group, III MEF. Afuso is a resident at the nursing home. Photo by Lance Cpl. Jose D. Lujano.

Residents, nursing home staff feast with service members

KIN TOWN, Okinawa, Japan — Service members with 7th Communication Battalion provided a Thanksgiving meal for nearly 200 elderly Japanese residents...

Marines of the III Marine Expeditionary Force Band play side by side with numerous bands from the Japan Self-Defense Force during the 2012 Japan Self-Defense Force Marching Festival at the Nippon Budokan Arena in Tokyo Nov. 17. Hours of practice were put into the festival by the Marines to ensure their performance with the other bands would go smoothly. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Anne K. Henry)

III MEF Band impresses at Budokan

TOKYO, Japan -- The Japan Ground, Air and Maritime Self-Defense Force Bands performed with the III Marine Expeditionary Force Band and U.S. Army...

Marines fire an M777A2 155 mm howitzer during a demonstration for local government officials and media at the North Fuji Maneuver Area, Shizuoka prefecture, Japan, Nov. 13. The demonstration allowed Marines to showcase their proficiency to visitors attending the event as part of Artillery Relocation Training Program 12-3. Mike Battery is currently assigned to 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Katelyn Hunter)

Mike Battery conducts live-fire training

NORTH FUJI MANEUVER AREA, Shizuoka prefecture, Japan -- Marines and sailors with Mike Battery conducted live-fire training with M777A2 155 mm...

Your GI Bill can help get the kids through college

Hello Military Community,

Another question that arises in my discussions with military families is the amazing benefit of Post 9/11 GI...

Airman 1st Class Wynton Warren, alto saxophone with Tops in Blue, plays his saxophone during an interview on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 16, 2012. Warren is a part of the 18th Communications Squadron when he’s not touring with Tops in Blue performing for service members throughout the world (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Laszlo Babocsi)

Kadena's Airman shines during Tops in Blue

11/19/2012 - KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- As the premiere U.S. Air Force entertainment group, Tops in Blue, performs for service members stationed...