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“Relax,” a narrator says, adding the South won’t be taken by surprise and is fully prepared to respond to any North Korean provocation because of the ability to track anything significant north of the Demilitarized Zone and the “nuclear umbrella” the U.S.–South Korean alliance provides. (YouTube:

US, South Korea preparing for North provocation in near future

SEOUL — Officials are preparing for the possibility that North Korea will carry out some kind of provocation next week in conjunction with the...

Marines with the III Marine Expeditionary Force maneuver amphibious assault vehicles through the water in formation March 5, 2013, at Camp Schwab on Okinawa, where the Futenma air station is slated to be moved. (Mark W. Stroud/Courtesy U.S. Marine Corps)

US, Japan agree relocation of Futenma is more than a decade away

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa – The United States and Japan agreed Friday that the relocation of the controversial Marine Corps Air Station Futenma and the...

The USS Guardian sits aground on the Tubbataha Reef in the Philippines, Jan. 22, 2013. Work to cut up and remove the ship is expected to begin Friday. Geoffrey Trudell/U.S. Navy, Flickr

USS Guardian: CO, 3 others relieved after grounding review

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan -- The commanding officer of the former minesweeper USS Guardian and three others have been relieved of duty following...

DOD to Deploy Ballistic Missile Defense System to Guam

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2013 – The Defense Department will deploy a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System, or THAAD, ballistic missile defense...

A caravan of vehicles from South Korea passes under a bridge en route to the Kaesong Industrial Complex in North Korea in April 2010. About 1,000 South Koreans work in the complex, which supports about 120 companies and more than 43,000 workers. Jon Rabiroff/Stars and Stripes

North Korea halts commuters going to Kaesong

PAJU, South Korea - North Korea barred South Korean commuters from crossing the border Wednesday to work at the jointly owned Kaesong Industrial...

Special resources for our military children

Hello Military Community,

This week, in conjunction with Month of the Military Child, I will be highlighting a few resources that you and...

Dawn and Van Harl (left), John Rauschin Korea in 1953.

Korea -- Two generations in country

I did my time in Korea, in 1983.
It wasn't really a hardship; I had my wife Dawn with me.
We were both in the Air Force doing a one-year...

Kim Yeon-soon moves in to give another hug to retired U.S. airman Richard Cadwallader during a reunion ceremony April 1, 2013, at a Seoul hotel. The two were reunited nearly 60 years after Kim was brought to Cadwallader's military base as a child with severe burns after the Korean War, and the airman went out of his way to help care for her. With them is Cadwallader's wife, Nancy, and other members of Kim's and Cadwallader's families. (Jon Rabiroff/Stars and Stripes)

Korean War vet reunited with woman he helped nearly 60 years ago

SEOUL — Retired U.S. airman Richard Cadwallader finally got to hug the woman who earned his lifelong admiration for the way she bravely dealt with...

Courtesy of the Department of Defense

Furlough time reduced for DOD civilians

WASHINGTON — Civilian defense employees now are facing 14 unpaid furlough days this summer instead of the 22 previously announced by the Pentagon...


Military tuition assistance restored, but timing is uncertain

WASHINGTON — The military’s tuition assistance programs will resume soon, but no one knows when.

Last week, Congress rolled back plans...

Official urges spouses to start job hunt before moving

WASHINGTON, March 25, 2013 – As service members start to receive their orders for summer moves, it’s time for working spouses to update resumes,...

U.S. Air Force Airman First Class, Lee Simpson from Sportanburg, S.C., mans a machine gun atop a humvee, with South Korean soldiers during a joint military drill. (AP)

US-South Korea alliance won't be bullied by the North, USFK says

SEOUL — U.S. Forces Korea said allied troops in South Korea will not be bullied by North Korea’s announcement Tuesday that parts of its military...