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Let's explore the last depachika on Okinawa

The closure of the department store Okinawa Mitsukoshi in September 2014 was sad news to me, as it summed up the changes in the island’s shopping...

How to build a positive toolbox

Closing my eyes made the spinning thoughts in my head swirl faster. I got out of bed and tried anything I could to make myself fall asleep. I...

Got a hangover? Here's the cure!

While superfoods contain the kind of nutritional value that make them, well, super, turmeric goes above and beyond. The plant, a superfood found...
Photo By Staff Sgt. Christopher Jelle

Army: 100 Years of Courage

Tacoma, Wash. – The six Soldiers walking through the center of the Murano Hotel ballroom Feb. 10 carried the flags of their nation, their service...

Time to vote for the Best of the Pacific

The holidays are behind us and it’s time once again to turn your attention to the yearly tradition unlike any other – Best of the Pacific voting...
Midorigaoka nursery school headmaster Takehiro Kamiya holds up a map showing official flight paths for Marine Corps Air Station Futenma aircraft, during a press conference in Tokyo, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (JAMES BOLINGER/STARS AND STRIPES)

Okinawans take concerns over falling aircraft parts to Tokyo

TOKYO – Okinawans angry about parts falling from U.S. military aircraft have taken their concerns to their nation’s capital.

In December,...

Soldiers with Indonesian Armed Forces build a wall on a construction project at Thung Song Honsa School in Chachoengsao province, Kingdom of Thailand, Feb. 7, 2018. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Breanna L. Weisenberger)

Cobra Gold 18: An ice cream break during construction project in Chachoengsao

The service members at Engineering Civil Actions Projects Site 4 of Exercise Cobra Gold 2018 are currently working together on a three-classroom...

Millie Dunn Veasey wears her World War II medallion and shows a photo of her in uniform during World War II. The photo she holds was taken when she was stationed in England. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by David Vergun)

Civil rights pioneer proved her mettle in World War II

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Millie Dunn Veasey, now 100 years old, said her life changed in ways she never could have imagined when she joined the Army....

Brand new 2nd Lt. Allen Robertson proposes to his girlfriend, Chelsea Campbell, immediately after his Clemson University Reserve Officers' Training Corps commissioning ceremony, May 10, 2017. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Ken Scar)

Valentine's Day, the Army way: For these Soldiers, love is the greatest weapon

WASHINGTON -- For many couples, Valentine's Day is more than just a lighthearted holiday and a chance to exchange chocolates and flowers --...

Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, meets with Navy Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., commander of U.S. Pacific Command, at Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii, Feb. 1, 2018. Harris testified Feb. 14, 2018, before the House Armed Services Committee on the role of Pacom in the Indo-Pacific region. (DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Dominique A. Pineiro)

Pacom Commander Says Indo-Pacific Region at a Crossroads

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14, 2018 — America’s security and economic prosperity are linked to the Indo-Pacific region, which finds itself at a crossroads,...

Speakin' Japanese: Talking romance

Valentine’s Day is considered to be a great chance for women to confess their love in Japan. They give chocolates (often homemade) to men on the...

Get a taste of wonderful world of ramen

When people talk about Japanese food, ramen is usually at the top of the conversation. Tempura, sushi, sukiyaki are well-loved Japanese dishes,...

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