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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, center, tours the commissary at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., July 16, 2013. (Glenn Fawcett/DOD)

Commissaries avoid cuts, but at cost to customers

WASHINGTON — The long-feared cuts to military commissaries appear to be real: The Defense Department subsidy would drop from $1.4 billion annually...

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel meets with Veteran and Military Service Organizations for a round table discussion at the Pentagon February 24, 2014. (Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo/Department of Defense)

Proposed Pentagon budget favors high-tech over personnel

WASHINGTON — Facing fiscal constraints, the Defense Department will try to preserve high-tech warfare capabilities while cutting people and...

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Hello Military Families,

Yes, it’s that time of year; to my husband it’s a Hallmark Day. To others Valentine’s Day is an important day to...

  A Type 74 tank from the 16th Regimental Combat Team, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force fires on a target on Sept. 19, 2013, during a live fire exercise at Yakima Training Center in Washington as part of Operation Rising Thunder 13.   U.S. Army

Report says allies under attack must request Japan's assistance

TOKYO — Japan can defend its allies and friendly nations under attack but only at their request, a prominent member of a government panel mulling...

Medal of Honor Evelyn Chavez/U.S. Air Force

Obama to award 24 Medals of Honor

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to 24 Army veterans for conspicuous gallantry, correcting what was in some cases...

Navy sailors participate in morning colors aboard the USS Ashland on Feb. 18, 2014.  Raymond D. Diaz III/U.S. Navy

DOD: US flags at military bases must be 100 percent American made

Here's a Stars and Stripes shocker: Prior to Friday, flags bought by the Department of Defense weren't necessarily 100% American made.

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Iwakuni Marine faces court martial for death of prostitute in Hawaii

A Marine charged in the killing of a prostitute in Hawaii will stand before a general court martial during the week of April 21, officials said....

About 1,500 people rally in front of the Okinawa prefectural government office Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, to urge Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima to turn down a request from Tokyo government to reclaim waters off Henoko in Nago to build a new Marine Corps runway as part of a move from the current air operations at MCAS Futenma to Camp Schwab. (Chiyomi Sumida/Stars and Stripes)

Okinawa lawmakers grill governor over Futenma relocation approval

NAHA, Okinawa — Okinawa lawmakers grilled Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima on Friday over his recent approval of the Marine Corps Air Station Futenma...

A Navy sailor teaches visit, board, search and seizure techniques to Philippine marines during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training Philippines 2013 in this June 2013 photo. (Jay C. Pugh/U.S. Navy)

Philippines near pact to boost US troop presence, Aquino says

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines is "very close" to completing an agreement to boost the number of U.S. troops allowed into the country at a...

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

Report: Obscure laws say DOD can close bases without Congress

The tug of war between the Pentagon and Congress about base closures might have gotten a little more interesting.

According to a story...

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Plan to move base highlights US problem on Okinawa

CAMP SCHWAB, Japan — For 10 years, Hiroshi Ashitomi has been coming to the beach near his Okinawa home every day to sit. He loves nothing more...

Former President George W. Bush gives remarks during the Bush Institute's Military Service Initiative Feb. 19, 2014. (Screen/YouTube)

Former President George W. Bush outlines plans to help younger vets

WASHINGTON — Former President George W. Bush hosted a Military Service Initiative Summit on Wednesday, and spoke about the many problems facing...

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