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Army Command Sgt. Maj. John W. Troxell, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks to airmen attending an Air Force Element Senior Enlisted Leader Conference at the Pentagon, April 4, 2018. DoD photo by Army Sgt. James K. McCann

Troxell: NCOs must keep growing, learning, setting example

WASHINGTON, April 10, 2018 — Noncommissioned officers have to keep growing, have to keep learning and have to keep setting the example for the...

Tatami neatly placed in a room

TATAMI 101: What’s the deal with those Japanese floor mats?

Tatami is a very traditional floor mat - both symbolic and indispensable - for a Japanese style room called “wa-shitsu.” It is also considered an...

Here's the Beef: Meat so rare you have to try it

No matter where you are in Japan, there is one thing worth splurging on at least once before your tour is up – the taste of Wagyu beef.

This image from a Tokyo Broadcasting System program shows the Marine-driven vehicle involved in a fatal crash in Naha, Okinawa, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. SCREENSHOT FROM TBS

Marine gets 4 years with hard labor for drunken-driving death of Okinawa man

NAHA CITY, Okinawa – The Okinawa-based Marine who pleaded guilty last month in the drunken-driving death of a 61-year-old Japanese man has been...

CAMP FOSTER, OKINAWA, Japan – April is national Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Department of Defense defines child abuse as any type of physical, emotional and sexual, or neglectful actions or omissions on the part of a child’s caregiver. Child abuse prevention is the responsibility of everyone and any suspected abuse must be reported. Child abuse, without the proper support, can last a lifetime. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Kelcey Seymour)

Child Abuse Prevention Month: Do your part to stop the cycle

CAMP FOSTER, OKINAWA, Japan – Child abuse is an ongoing battle everyone must help fight so children can grow up healthy, happy and safe.


EAST CHINA SEA (April 9, 2018) USS Green Bay (LPD 20) (front), USS Wasp (LHD 1) and the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Osumi-class amphibious transport dock ship JS Shimokita (LST 4002) sail together as part of a coordinated formation. The bilateral navigational maneuvers were conducted as part of an enduring commitment of both sea services to increase U.S.-Japan naval interoperability. (Photo by MC3 Taylor King)

U.S.-Japan Maritime Forces Conduct Navigational Maneuvers in East China Sea

EAST CHINA SEA – Ships of the Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group, with embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, sailed together with the amphibious...

A 10-bed Expeditionary Medical Support Hospital (EMEDS+10) set up at the Air Force Medical Evaluation Support Activity testing facility at Fort Detrick, Maryland. AFMESA tests medical devices to ensure they will work in the field and survive the rigors of deployment. Many devices tested by AFMESA are used in EMEDS facilities, making it a critical testing location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Shireen Bedi)

Air Force lab puts medical devices through their paces

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — “We break stuff,” said Air Force Lt. Col. Brandi Ritter, chief of the Air Force Medical Evaluation Support Activity, showing...

Japanese residents protested the basing of U.S. Air Force CV-22 Ospreys at Yokota Air Base on April 6, 2018.  ALLEN ONSTOTT/STARS AND STRIPES

Air Force investigates after parachute part lands on Japanese high school

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — The Air Force is investigating after part of a parachute landed on a school Tuesday near the home of U.S. Forces Japan in...

Sailors take the E-6 advancement exam aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Arabian Gulf, March 1, 2018. Note: photo has been edited for security purposes by blurring test pages. VICTORIA FOLEY/U.S. NAVY

New pretest required before sailors can sit for advancement exam

Come September 2019, sailors will have to pass an online military knowledge test in order to take the E-4, E-5 and E-6 advancement exams.


South Korean civilian employees working on U.S. bases rally near U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan in Seoul in 2016 amid fears about job losses and benefits as most American forces prepare to relocate to regional hubs south of Seoul.  KIM GAMEL/STARS AND STRIPES

US military to cut 245 S. Korean jobs as forces move south

SEOUL, South Korea — The U.S. military will cut about 245 South Korean jobs by the end of September as garrisons shrink with the long-delayed...

A POW/MIA "Missing Man" table display set for POW/MIA Recognition Day 2010 at Camp Delaram II's dining facility in Afghanistan. BARRY MORRIS/U.S. MARINE CORPS

Navy investigates after Bible was included in Okinawa POW/MIA display

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The Navy has launched an investigation after a Bible was included in a POW/MIA “Missing Man” table display at U.S. Naval...

The Armed Forces Recreation Center Edelweiss Lodge and Resort in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, is investigating a data breach that has left some guests open to identity theft. FILE/STARS AND STRIPES

Data breach at military resort in Germany leaves soldiers open to identity theft

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Armed Forces Recreation Center Edelweiss Lodge and Resort is investigating a data breach that left some guests open to...