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Female Marines assigned to an engagement team speak with a villager in the Helmand province of Afghanistan, Dec. 30, 2010. Marionne Mangrum/U.S. Marine Corps, Flickr

Officials: Panetta, Dempsey to remove ban on women in combat

WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey will remove the ban on women in combat,...

Memorial service

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- There will be a memorial service Jan. 25 at 9 a.m. at Chapel One in honor of Staff Sgt. Glenn Bearson, 18th Equipment...

Q&A: VA grave medallions and Army grooming

Hello Military Community,

I hope the New Year is finding you all well. This week I’m answering a couple questions I frequently get asked...

Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington face Mount Fuji in Yokosuka, Japan on Nov. 20, 2012. (William Pittman/U.S. Navy)

Two US sailors arrested, another released without charges in Japan

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Two USS George Washington sailors were arrested Monday in separate off-base incidents, while prosecutors dismissed a...

China 'wild card' in any Korean unification effort, report says

SEOUL — South Korea is downplaying a U.S. Senate report that suggests China might resist reunification of the two Koreas.

“The South...

The painted nose of the Memphis Belle, a B-17 Flying Fortress. The Air Force announced Friday it had found hundreds of examples of pornography and tens of thousands of other inappropriate items, including photos of painted aircraft nose art, listed under "inappropriate/offensive." Haley Zimmerman/Courtesy of the U.S. Air Force

Air Force finds thousands of inappropriate items, including pornography

WASHINGTON — The Air Force announced Friday it had found hundreds of examples of pornography and tens of thousands of other inappropriate items in...

New South Korean president wants 'comprehensive' alliance with US

SEOUL — South Korea’s incoming president this week referred to Seoul’s alliance with the U.S. as a major contributing factor to the country’s...

Tower apartments and ground-style housing like these at Misawa Air Base are common at U.S. military bases in Japan. (T.D. Flack / S&S)

PACAF policy seeks to identify convicted sex offenders living in base housing

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — The Air Force in the Pacific is implementing a servicewide policy aimed at finding out if any registered sex offenders...

The USS Guardian is pictured in the East China Sea in this March 2011 photo. (U.S. Navy)

Sasebo-based Navy ship runs aground off Philippine coast

SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — A Sasebo-based minesweeper ran aground Thursday off the coast of the Philippines, Navy officials said.

The...

Japanese police stand guard over demonstrators who blocked the main gate of the Futenma air station Sept. 28, 2012, to protest the planned deployment of the controversial Osprey aircraft to Okinawa. U.S. Air Force talk of deploying the tilt-rotor aircraft to Japan is sparking fears more may be headed to Okinawa. (Travis Tritten/Stars and Stripes)

Possible Air Force Osprey deployment rekindles Japan ire

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Air Force talk of deploying tilt-rotor Osprey aircraft to Japan sparked fears this week that more of the hybrid aircraft...

It's all in the dressing

It could be the heat, or maybe its days spent at the beach showing off my spare tire. But the humble salad has grown more and more heroic in my...

What's that?! Beni-imo and Okinawan yams

Guess which one is purple inside??

Hard to tell from the outside, eh?  These two tubers are abundantly available on Okinawa.  One is a...

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