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My day with sumo wrestlers

It was 6:30 a.m., the time I’m usually just rolling out of bed. But there I was staring in amazement as large, blubbery men dressed only in what...

3-D printer-capable Marines with 31st MEU print replacement part for F-35B

AT SEA, USS WASP, Pacific Ocean -- Marines with Combat Logistic Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, are now capable of ‘additive...

A Marine Corps AH-1Z Viper, foreground, and a UH-1Y Venom lift off at U-Tapao International Airport, Thailand, Feb. 10, 2018.  ANDY MARTINEZ/U.S. MARINE CORPS PHOTO

Marine Corps helicopter makes ‘precautionary landing’ at Japanese airport

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — No damage or injuries were reported after a U.S. military helicopter made an emergency landing Wednesday at an airport on...

Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller, attends a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on March 7, 2018. In response to questioning on Thursday, April 19, before the Senate Armed Services Committee about a nude-photo sharing scandal involving Marines and sexual misconduct, Neller said, "I give you my word that anyone who does violate the rules regardless of whether they are a general or a private, they are going to be held accountable.”  CARLOS BONGIOANNI/STARS AND STRIPES

Neller: Marines 'in better place' since sexual misconduct scandals

WASHINGTON — Gen. Robert Neller, commandant of the Marines, told a Senate panel on Thursday that the Corps has enacted a series of reforms to...

The collision-damaged guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald sits in dry dock at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, July 11, 2017.  LEONARD ADAMS/U.S. NAVY

‘Significant progress’ made on 7th Fleet’s manning issues, Navy official says

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The head of the Navy’s Surface Forces says the service is solving manning shortages that have plagued the 7th Fleet,...

Photo by Shoji Kudaka

Do you know what ‘A-lunch’ means on Okinawa?

Yoshoku, or Western dishes, came to Okinawa decades after hitting Japan’s mainland.

The adoption of the Western cuisine was accelerated...

Speakin' Japanese: Introduction/Greeting

1. Hajimemashite. (How do you do?)
This expression is only used when you meet someone for the very first time. In future...

DoD’s Underfunded Maintenance Backlog Exceeds $116 Billion, Official Says

WASHINGTON -- The requested $10.5 billion in military construction and family housing programs in the president’s fiscal year 2019 budget request...

A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense -- also known as THAAD -- interceptor is launched from the Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska in Kodiak, Alaska, during Flight Experiment THAAD (FET)-01, July 30, 2017. During the test, the THAAD weapon system successfully intercepted an air-launched, medium-range ballistic missile target. (Missile Defense Agency photo by Leah Garton)

Increasing Global Threats Call for Capabilities to Deter, Defend, Officials Say

WASHINGTON -- In today’s increasingly complex and threatening environment, the Defense Department must sustain the capabilities needed to deter...

A U.S. Marine with 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, Kilo Company poses with a drone during Urban Advanced Naval Technology Exercise 2018 at Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 20, 2018. The Defense Department has highlighted its need to be more agile in technology development, to keep pace with rapidly evolving adversaries. (Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Laiqa Hitt)

DoD Must Be More Agile in Technology Development, Official Says

WASHINGTON -- The Defense Department must embrace a more agile approach to technology development to keep pace with rapidly evolving adversaries,...

A screenshot from a video of an Air National Guard master sergeant using a dinosaur hand puppet while reciting the oath of re-enlistment.  SCREENSHOT FROM FACEBOOK

Colonel who led dinosaur-puppet oath demoted, forced to retire

A Tennessee Air National Guard colonel has been demoted and forced to retire for leading a re-enlistment ceremony during which a senior...
Photos by Shoji Kudaka

Reflect on WWII battle at Okinawa’s famous Hacksaw Ridge

With the 2016 release of Mel Gibson’s Academy Award nominated “Hacksaw Ridge,” there has been increased interest in the Okinawa site where the...

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