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Jared Bullock, a former Green Beret, and his wife Jesica stand outside Foundry Athletics, a gym they opened May 19, 2018, in Carterville, Ill.  PHOTO BY TIM KOLCZAK

‘Tough as nails’ veteran urges focus on fitness, not wounds

AUSTIN, Texas — Everything changed for Sgt. 1st Class Jared Bullock on Nov. 13, 2013.

It was one month into his fifth deployment, and the...

The best beaches to BBQ on Okinawa

1.YAGAJISHIMA BEACH
This private beach is the perfect place to have a campout beach party. Amenities include rental barbeque equipment,...

Beach partying a la Okinawan-style

A beach party may be bikinis swaying to club music and resort-style cocktails on MTV and elsewhere, but on Okinawa it’s synonymous with a barbeque...

Folks, Okinawa is all about taco rice!

Nothing says fast food in the south of Japan like “tako-raisu!” And 2018 marks the 34rd birthday of this signature Okinawan dish, according to...

Popular YouTuber PewDiePie laughs during his encounter with Tina as he takes the Cyber Awareness Challenge. (YOUTUBE SCREENGRAB)

'Tina, you're a fraud!': YouTube star PewDiePie takes the Cyber Awareness Challenge

PewDiePie, a Swedish YouTuber with 65 million subscribers who is best known for sharing videos of himself playing video games, just took the Cyber...

An officer's cover sits on a table aboard the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford, Feb. 3, 2018. (JOSHUA SHEPPARD/U.S. NAVY PHOTO)

Navy to force some underperforming captains, commanders to retire early

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The Navy will consider some underperforming officers for early retirement during boards convening on Sept. 13,...

Servicemembers, DOD civilians set to keep more in pockets for TDY expenses

Servicemembers and Defense Department employees who travel a lot for work should see more money in their wallets soon thanks to the expected...

The multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Essex, the flagship of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group, sails through the Persian Gulf Oct. 14, 2015. (CHRIS CHURCH/STARS AND STRIPES)

Marine reported overboard on USS Essex near Philippines

A Marine embarked aboard the USS Essex is believed to have gone overboard Friday morning in waters near the Philippines, according to a statement...

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Sexually charged behavior draws outrage at MCCS Okinawa bodybuilding competition

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Overly sexual behavior at a popular amateur bodybuilding contest has spurred a flurry of complaints and angry comments...

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Tropical Storm Yagi forecast to hit Okinawa Saturday afternoon

Noon Friday, Aug. 10, Japan/Korea time: Yes, Tropical Storm Yagi is now forecast to rumble just northeast of Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, late...

A new Government Accountability Office audit says the military is not spending as much as it should on MWR family programs, such as this arts and crafts center.  MICHAEL ABRAMS/STARS AND STRIPES

Military not keeping some MWR program costs low enough for families, study finds

A category of Morale, Welfare and Recreation that includes youth programs and outdoor sports is costing military families more because of...

Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga speaks to reporters during a rally in 2015 against a plan to move Marine Corps air operations from urban Futenma to the island's remote north.  STARS AND STRIPES

Vice governor duo to fill in after sudden death of Okinawa’s Onaga

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa – A pair of vice governors will take turns leading Japan’s southern island prefecture following the sudden death of Okinawa...

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