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GOOAAALLLL!!!: Pro soccer squads head to island in prep for upcoming season

Okinawa is a training destination for professional soccer players as well as baseball players.
 
From mid-January through...

Did you know?: Wagyu brands

Each cow carcass in Japan is given a score based on its yield (from A to C) and level of marbling, firmness, color and overall quality (from 1...

Tips to refresh yourself in the New Year

Planning some New Year’s resolutions? Instead of simply resolving to lose weight or drop a clothing size, consider placing a more positive spin...

Did you know?: Izakaya, Japanese pubs

You may think of izakaya (Japanese pubs) as a place for adults, but people sometimes go there with children. To accommodate these customers some...
United States Marine Corps Sgt. David Lam, an assistant warehouse chief with 3rd Transportation Support Battalion, pictured here aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Hansen in Okinawa, Japan, was one of seven Marines who acted quickly to save an U.S. Airman’s life following a recent motorcycle accident Dec. 31, 2018. Lam, a native of San Jose, Calif., reported the accident, checked the injured and stood in the middle of the road directing traffic to allow emergency services to arrive.

Marines save airman's life in Okinawa

OKINAWA, Japan -- Seven United States Marines played a vital role in saving the life of a U.S. Airman with 353rd Special Operations Maintenance...

An aerial view of Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, shows the north and south runways.  COURTESY OF GOOGLE EARTH

Two F-15s make emergency arrested landings within minutes of each other on Okinawa

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Safety issues forced a pair of F-15 fighter jets to land on the same runway — in opposite directions — within minutes of...

Dyson Robinson, left, and E.J. King head to Kobe for this weekend's Western Japan Athletic Association boys tournament; Rodrick King and Nile C. Kinnick travel to American School In Japan for a rematch of last January's Far East Division I and combined tournament finals. (SHION RUDOLPH/SPECIAL TO STRIPES)

Okinawa schools set to host Taipei

Kadena’s and Kubasaki’s boys and girls teams have only faced each other, not counting Japanese opponents, since the Okinawa basketball season...

President Donald Trump speaks during a Missile Defense Review in the Pentagon Auditorium, Washington, D.C., on Jan. 17, 2019.  AMBER I. SMITH/U.S. ARMY

Trump delivers speech at Pentagon touting new weapons to protect US from missile attacks

WASHINGTON — The United States will invest heavily in studying new technologies capable of defending the U.S. mainland against all current and...

Former Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin listens during a House Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Feb. 15, 2018.  STARS AND STRIPES

Former VA secretary Shulkin violated ethics rules, allowed security staff to chauffeur his wife, IG report finds

WASHINGTON — Former Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin broke federal statutes and ethics rules when he allowed his personal...

Air Force recruits Daniel Sterling, right, and Ryan Padro, second right, try on shoes at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, Jan. 3, 2019.  COURTESY DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

New enlistees to receive free, American-made athletic shoes

They’re American-made and they’re free, at least to the basic training recruits who this month began receiving military-issued athletic shoes at...

The guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald returns to Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, after a collision with a merchant vessel on June 17, 2017.  PETER BURGHART/U.S. NAVY

Close call before USS Fitzgerald’s fatal collision went unreviewed, report says

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — A serious review of a near miss by the USS Fitzgerald in May 2017 might have prevented a collision five weeks later...

This still from a video shot using an x27 night vision system shows stars against a fully colored sky thanks to the system's ability to display color.  COURTESY OF SIERRA PACIFIC INNOVATIONS CORP.

New full-color night vision could revolutionize troops’ ability to operate in dark

An online video posted by a maker of civilian and military imaging equipment shows a yellow road sign, green grass, a blue sky with fluffy white...

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