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This photo provided by Bob Dial shows World War II veterans Wilfred "Spike" Mailoux, left, and John Sidur, both of Cohoes, N.Y., at a presentation on the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Saipan at the New York State Military Museum on June 7, 2014, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Both served on Saipan with the U.S. Army's 27th Infantry Division, 105th Infantry Regiment. Courtesy of Bob Dial

US survivors of WWII battle recall Saipan attack

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Even after seven decades, Wilfred "Spike" Mailloux won't talk about surviving a bloody World War II battle unless...

  Two Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers (left and center) advance to cover while their squads provide cover during an amphibious assault at Pyramid Rock Beach. The JGSDF conducted the training exercise with U.S. Marines with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, based in Okinawa, Japan.    Matthew J. Bragg/U.S. Marine Corps

South Korea tempers response to Japan's expanded military role

SEOUL, South Korea — Concerns over North Korean aggression and a rising Chinese military has led to a tempered South Korean reaction to last week’...

Typhoon preparedness guide

Here's an excellent resource and guide to typhoon preparedness, especially for folks new to Okinawa, courtesy of Marine Corps Bases Japan's Oki...

In John Trumbull's 12-foot-by-18-foot painting, the drafting committee presents the Declaration of Independence to Congress on June 28, 1776. Congress voted on independence on July 2, and adopted the document on July 4.

5 Things you may not know about July Fourth and American independence

Every July 4 Americans celebrate their freedom with fireworks, barbecues and family gatherings, honoring the day in 1776 that the founders...

Illustration by Christi Rochin

So I married a Japanese man

My husband and I got married in America and shortly thereafter moved to Japan—where I proceeded to run headfirst into all sorts of unintentionally...

Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Tuesday that he and his counterparts from Japan and South Korea had met that morning and discussed dealing with the threat of North Korea. (WYATT OLSON/STARS AND STRIPES)

Dempsey applauds Japan's move to expand military role

HONOLULU — U.S. and South Korean defense leaders strongly support Japan’s move toward allowing its armed forces to defend allies in combat, the...

Alphonso Maldon, Jr., chairman of the Department of Defense Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, asks for service members' ideas for improvement aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Mar. 25, 2014. (U.S. MARINES)

Commission's interim report 'sets stage' for pay reform

Military folks upset that recent defense budgets have targeted their pay and benefits have no reason to fear a new 358-page “interim” report from...

Visitors gather to take photos in front of the A-10 Thunderbolt, one of the many aircraft on display Aug. 20, 2011, for the annual Japanese-American Friendship Festival at Yokota Air Base, Japan. (GRANT OKUBO/STARS AND STRIPES)

Friendship events back on at US bases in Japan despite costs

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Hot dogs and fireworks are back!

In the face of sequestration cuts, the Defense Department last year decided to...

An U.S. Air Force pararescueman explains some of the equipment used during missions to visiting members of the Japan Self Defense Forces' Deployment Air Force for Counter-Piracy Enforcement at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Dec. 3, 2013. (CHAD THOMPSON/U.S. AIR FORCE)

Japan reinterprets constitution, can defend allies in combat

TOKYO — Japan’s ruling coalition adopted a resolution Tuesday that – for the first time in the post-World War II era – will allow the nation’s...

Each year, Americans, including a hefty share of military personnel, spend billion of dollars on cigarettes. (ILLUSTRATION BY JODI MARTINEZ/U.S. AIR FORCE)

AAFES changing pricing method, will offer refunds on tobacco

WASHINGTON — After pricing errors resulted in smokers being overcharged for cigarettes, AAFES has switched to an automated system, and will offer...

Fireworks safety urged on July fourth

WASHINGTON, June 30, 2014 – Shooting-off fireworks on Independence Day is becoming more hazardous, according to a Consumer Product Safety...

Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Freeman gives a tour of an operating room to college preparatory medical arts magnet high school students attending Naval Hospital Jacksonville's 2nd Science, Service, Medicine and Mentoring (S2M2) program in this July 2011 photo. (GARY GRANGER/U.S. NAVY)

Report: Military health care inferior to civilian hospital systems

Despite official statements to the contrary, care in the military health care system is inferior to typical civilian hospitals, according to...

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