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While much attention has gone to federal workers who have recently gained the government's recognition of their same-sex marriages, some employees have fallen into an unanticipated category in which diplomatic issues have seemingly trumped federal policy. (Photo by Amanda L. Boston/Stars and Stripes)

Japan not against same-sex spouses accompanying US military

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The Japanese government said Friday that it has no issue with the U.S. military allowing same-sex spouses to accompany...

A Fisher House volunteer looks for boots to tag and lace Sept. 1, 2013. More than 4,000 boots were tagged and donated as part of the Fisher House Hero and Remembrance Run, slated for Sept. 7. More than 2,500 boots are still needed for the event. For more information about Fisher House or the run, contact Theresa Johnson at (808) 433-1291. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Stoltz)

Sole searching: Army spouse uses boots to remember fallen servicemembers

TRIPLER HOSPITAL FISHER HOUSE, Hawaii -- Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen all have one thing in common: we all wear boots to...

Cash-strapped agency forced to halt loans to furloughed civilian employees

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — The agency that hundreds of federal civilian employees turned to for financial assistance while furloughed is hurting...

The Marine Corps will stop sales of liquor at Marine Marts adjacent to barracks and will restrict sales of alcohol at Marine Corps exchanges to 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., according to a memo provided to Stars and Stripes. (Photo by Christine Cabalo/U.S. Marine Corps)

Marine Corps limiting liquor sales on bases

SAN DIEGO — The Marine Corps is preparing to limit alcohol sales on base, following in the footsteps of a Navy effort designed to reduce alcohol-...

USO surveys identify top priorities for troops and military families

Arlington, VA (PRWEB) September 04, 2013

This week, the USO launches the fifth annual ...

Walter and Myrtle Powers hold hands as they look at the mountains in the distance outside a chapel in Honolulu.  The couple served in World War II from 1943-45 and got married after they were discharged, resulting in a 66-year marriage.

In midst of WWII, love connection emerges

HONOLULU – Looking down at the buzzing streets filled with tourists and out toward an ocean that seemed endless, I turned around to compliment...

Same-sex spousal benefits kick in

Hello military community,

I hope you had an enjoyable and relaxing Labor Day weekend with your family. As of Sept. 3, there were a couple...

Official notes progress in suicide prevention effort

WASHINGTON, Sept. 3, 2013 – Making sure people know where to turn for help during a time of crisis is the continuing goal of the Defense...

From right, Capt. Heidi Agle, deputy commodore, Amphibious Squadron 11, Michael Phelan, operation coordinator with Great Barier Reef Marine Park Authority, discuss methods of bomb recovery in the wardroom aboard dock landing ship USS Germantown, which is part of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group. With the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, it is currently conducting routine joint-force operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility. ANDREW B. CHURCH/COURTESY U.S. NAVY

US, Aussie sailors recover bombs dropped within Great Barrier Reef park boundary

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan – U.S. and Australian sailors have recovered two unarmed bombs dropped in July in deep water within Great Barrier Reef...

Gay airman fights for military benefits

CHEYENNE -- Airman First Class Daniel Henderson needed to make an important stop before beginning his new post at F.E. Warren Air Force.

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  Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 post their new battle colors during a ceremony aboard Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. (Photo by Lisa Tourtelot, Stars and Stripes)

Sun sets on Marines' historic 'phrogs'

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION FUTENMA, Okinawa — They first crossed into the Pacific Ocean in 1966 to support Marines in Vietnam.

There,...

An Osprey MV-22 from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar lands at a remote spot inside Cleveland National Forest, Calif., Aug. 19, 2013. (Photo by Greg Vojtko/U.S. Marine Corps)

Japan requests more info from Osprey hard landing

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa – The Japanese government said Wednesday that it has requested more information from the United States regarding the hard...

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