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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis waits outside the Pentagon on Nov. 9, 2018.  PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS/AP

Mattis to step down as Pentagon chief, citing deep differences with Trump

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis resigned Thursday as the Pentagon chief just one day after President Donald Trump abruptly announced he...

A train, a tree and all the trimmings complete the festive holiday air in the Molinari household. (Courtesy of Lisa Smith Molinari)

Pining for a less painful Christmas tree ritual

This year, my husband, Francis, and I went to a local farm to pick out our Christmas tree. In 25 years of marriage, there was one year — and only...

Three South Korean soldiers guard at the border village of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea, on March 12, 2014. North Korea on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, deported an American citizen it detained for illegally entering the country recently.  LEE JIN-MAN/AP

N. Korea says no to unilateral denuclearization in latest sign of frustration with US

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea said Thursday that it won’t give up nuclear weapons until the United States does, toughening its stance as the...

Marine Maj. Lyle Gilbert, bottom right, and his wife Johanna, bottom left, have four children serving on active duty in the U.S. military. Three are in the Marine Corps and one is in the Air Force.  COURTESY OF THE GILBERT FAMILY

Family of four Marines, one airman share bond of service, blood and love

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan — Lyle Gilbert didn’t consider a military career until he felt the pull of patriotism after scores of U.S...

There he is, and there he will stay. (Courtesy of Lisa Smith Molinari)

Trying to keep the shame on the shelf

When it comes to trends, I operate on a standard five-to-10-year delay. Hence, I refer to ink cartridges as “printer ribbons,” I’ve always wanted...

Air Force 1st Lt. Danielle Dockery is a licensed clinical social worker with the 88th Medical Group’s Intensive Outpatient Program. (Courtesy photo)

Recognizing the holiday blues

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — During the holidays, many are busy decorating, baking and shopping for gifts for friends and loved ones...
Army Maj. Elizabeth Polfer (left), an orthopedic surgeon at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in Texas, performs hand surgery with her Honduran counterpart in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, during a Regional Health Command-Central Global Health Engagement Medical Readiness Training Exercise. (U.S. Army photo by Maria Pinel)

Leaders take world view to enhance health readiness

Increasingly, ensuring a medically ready force and a ready medical force requires thinking and acting globally, Defense Health Agency leaders...
U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Erica Earl (Photo Credit: Courtesy)

Japan Minister of Defense visits Yama Sakura 75

CAMP HIGASHI-CHITOSE, Japan-- The Japan Minister of Defense, Takeshi Iwaya, visited Yama Sakura 75 at Camp Higashi-Chitose, Hokkaido, Japan, Dec....

Marines with 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, currently assigned to 3rd Marine Division, join Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers at the opening ceremony for exercise Forest Light 19.1 at Hijyudai Maneuver Area, Japan, Dec. 7, 2018.  CHRISTINE PHELPS/U.S. MARINE CORPS

US-Japan alliance ‘more important than ever,’ says Tokyo’s revised defense strategy

TOKYO — Strengthening the U.S.-Japan alliance is more important than ever for Japan’s national security as challenges with China, cybersecurity...

PENSACOLA, Fla. (Feb. 3, 2017) A Sailor examines the features available on the Center for Language, Regional Expertise and Culture (CLREC) mobile application. The CLREC Navy Global Deployer app is available for download from the iTunes and Google Play online stores. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Taylor L. Jackson/Released)

Language, regional expertise and culture mobile app refreshed, encompasses 59 countries

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- The Center for Information Warfare Training’s (CIWT) Language, Regional Expertise and Culture (LREC) directorate released a new...

An encounter with a homeless man inspired Christopher and Yuko Nesbitt to found Help Oki in 2014 to provide food, clothing and other essentials for Okinawans in need.  AYA ICHIHASHI/STARS AND STRIPES

Retired Marine has a new mission on Okinawa: Helping locals in need

NAHA CITY, Okinawa — A group founded by a retired Marine and his wife collects thousands of pounds of food and hundreds of toys each year for...

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