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Marines, sailors and guests are presented scissors for a ribbon-cutting ceremony April 30, 2013, at U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa on Camp Foster. The hospital had been located on Camp Lester since 1958. (Brianna Turner/U.S. Marine Corps)

Japan testing drums dug up on Camp Foster for toxins

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The Japan Ministry of Defense said Friday that it is testing for toxic materials among some barrels and pipes recently...

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James testifies before the House Armed Services Committee, March 14, 2014. (Pentagon Channel)

Air Force leaders detail force cuts, defend religion policies

WASHINGTON — Air Force leaders detailed future force cuts and defended the service’s religious accommodation practices after coming under attack...

  Felicia Salcido, a junior pitcher-first baseman, may play a vital role for the Zama American girls softball team, which has to replace its entire pitching staff and most of its infield, according to coach Adele Collins.    Kayla Bodwin/Special to Stars and Stripes

Kadena, Kinnick might be back at it again

KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa – The memory gnaws at Kelli Wilson and Kadena’s softball team’s veterans.

One inning away from a 1-0 win over...

Shoichiro Vivas, a senior catcher, is one of four three-year starters returning to a Kubasaki Dragons team set to begin the season as defending Far East Division I Tournament champions, as well as Okinawa Athletics & Activities Council district champion for eight straight years.  Dave Ornauer/Stars and Stripes

Kubasaki now carrying the label of favorite

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa – It was as improbable a championship as Randy Toor and Kubasaki’s baseball team could have reasonably expected.

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U.S. Army Europe closes the final installation in Heidelberg on Sept. 6, 2013. (Dee Crawford/U.S. Army)

Pentagon officials: We need more base closures

Each military branch has excess capacity and needs another round of...

Female Marine infantry students hike during patrol week near Camp Geiger, N.C., in October 2013. The Marine Corps plans to stand up an experimental task force consisting of about 25 percent women in primarily ground-combat-arms specialties so analysts can assess their performance. (Tyler L. Main/U.S. Marine Corps)

Marine Corps to create experimental task force with 25 percent women

The Marine Corps will open new combat jobs to women, allow women to volunteer for combat specialty training previously closed to them and create a...

Places set for veteran businesses at roundtable

Hello military community,

As the Department of Defense continues to down size our military and service members reintegrate into the civilian...

 MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII - From left: Cpl. Andrea Johnson, reports clerk with the military finance office; Petty Officer 2nd Class Althea Matteson, a Navy corpsman with Combat Logistics Battalion 3; Cpl. Alecia Walker, travel clerk, the military finance office; Sgt. Jasmine Matos, administrative separations support noncommissioned officer in charge, Legal Services Center; Lance Cpl. Martha Artiga, Staff Judge Advocate clerk, Legal Services Center; and Lt. Col. Heidi McKenna Schmitt, Marine Corps Base Hawai

A salute to women's history

Editor’s note: March is National Women’s History Month, and Stripes Okinawa is honoring our courageous women in uniform – past and present –...

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert testifies at a House Armed Services Committee hearing on March 12, 2014. (Pentagon Channel)

Navy, Marine Corps leaders detail risks of budget restraints

WASHINGTON — Navy and Marine Corps leaders warned lawmakers about the consequences of further...

Beyond Green Beer

St. Patrick’s Day has inspired us here at GuamDiner.com to seek out something a bit more sophisticated than Green Beer to celebrate the “The Luck...

Luck O' The Irish

In March, Americans observe Irish-American Heritage Month and honor the contributions of Irish immigrants and their descendants to the nation. The...

Republic of Korea Marine Corps assault amphibious vehicles advance past a smoke screen as their crews execute an amphibious landing April 26, 2013, at Doksuk-ri Beach, South Korea, during Exercise Ssang Yong 13.  Alyssa N. Gunton/U.S. Marine Corps

Large US contingent to take part in South Korean exercise

SEOUL — Almost 10,000 U.S. troops will join the South Korean military later this month in the peninsula’s largest joint amphibious landing drill,...

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