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Maj. Gregory Costello, assigned to U.S. Army Japan Staff Judge Advocate, left, teaches military spouses, local national employees and members of Japan Ground Self-Defense English during an Army Community Service's English as a Second Language class held Nov. 14, 2018, on Camp Zama, Japan. (Photo Credit: Noriko Kudo, U.S. Army Garrison Japan Public Affairs)

Zama soldier learning Japanese by teaching English

CAMP ZAMA, Japan (Nov. 30, 2018) Major Gregory Costello, with the U.S. Army Japan Staff Judge Advocate office, understands just how difficult it...

Confusion reigns over retroactive payments for underpaid GI Bill recipients

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs has no plans to retroactively pay student veterans who might get lower monthly housing stipends...

Misawa Air Base director Asako Tuttle tries out an Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset at Makerspace, a new facility at the home of the 35th Fighter Wing devoted to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  SETH ROBSON/STARS AND STRIPES

Serious about STEM: Misawa library’s new annex lets patrons try out 3D printing, robotics, virtual reality

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan — Virtual-reality goggles, 3D printers, robots, tablet computers and electrical engineering kits are common sights at on-...

An adjustment in setting technique got senior Mimi Larry and her Kubasaki teammates back in gear as they dethroned Seisen for their fourth Far East Division I Tournament title in five years. Larry had 43 sets in that match.  DAVE ORNAUER/STARS AND STRIPES

Girls Volleyball: Larry was consistent leader until it came time to change

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa – Kubasaki was in trouble in the Far East Division I Tournament finals against defending champion Seisen.

Mimi Larry,...

Nile C. Kinnick quarterback Patrick Kelly took the reins of the Red Devils offense this season after being the understudy for two years and led Kinnick to its first DODEA Pacific Far East Division I football title.  DAVE ORNAUER/STARS AND STRIPES

Football: Kelly's cool efficiency propelled team to perfect season

Life on the football field could not have been much worse for Nile C. Kinnick, especially their new quarterback, Patrick Kelly.

The junior...

Nile C. Kinnick Red Devils senior cross country runner Akimanzi Siibo won the Kanto finals, DODEA -apan finals and the Far East Division I title this season and ran the Pacific's fastest time of 16 minutes, 8.3 seconds.  EMMANESTA STOVALL/SPECIAL TO STRIPES

Cross Country: Siibo ran at his own pace all the way to Far East title

Most cross country runners say they don’t worry so much about their opponents as how they themselves are doing on the courses.

But given...

Matthew C. Perry junior Angelique Armijo ran the best time by a DODEA-Pacific runner this season, won the DODEA-Japan final and took the Division II title in the Far East meet.  DAVE ORNAUER/STARS AND STRIPES

Cross Country: Armijo followed her passion; everyone else followed her

A year earlier, Angelique Armijo was serving, setting and diving for digs on the volleyball courts at Matthew C. Perry.

But her passion –...

Brig. Gen. Kristin Goodwin (left), commandant of cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., chats with a group of cadets on the terrazzo, Nov. 13, 2018. The five cadets seen here helped a family out of an overturned vehicle after it lost traction and slid off the highway near Breckenridge, Nov. 11, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joshua Armstrong)

Air Force Academy cadets help family out of crashed car

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Returning from a weekend ski trip in Breckenridge, Colorado, five Air Force Academy cadets witnessed the vehicle...

Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Robert M. Worley II, director of education service for the Veterans Benefit Administration, listens during a House Veterans' Affairs subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill, Nov. 15, 2018. (JOE GROMELSKI/STARS AND STRIPES)

Leader of Forever GI Bill implementation reassigned to Houston office

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs official leading implementation of a major expansion to veterans’ education benefits will be...

Falling enrollment prompted officials to combine the Seoul American Middle School and the Seoul American High School. (KIM GAMEL/STARS AND STRIPES)

Yongsan Garrison schools to close in June after six decades of teaching military kids

YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — U.S. elementary, middle and high schools on Yongsan will close at the end of this school year as the military...

Tennis: International schools come out on top again

KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa – Christian Academy Japan’s Kaito Masuda was as familiar with his Far East tennis boys singles foe as he could be...

Christian Academy Japan Knights volleyball players celebrate their Far East Division II tournament title.  KRYSTAL DUENAS/SPECIAL TO STRIPES

Girls Volleyball: Knights hold off Trojans to break title drought

CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea – After a slow start to the tournament, Christian Academy Japan turned it on the last two days and captured its first...

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