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The hallways of Kaiserslautern High School could be empty one day a week if sequestration goes into effect next month. Closing one day a week is one option reportedly being considered by DODEA. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Uncertainty over how furloughs might affect DOD schools

GRAFENWÖHR, Germany — As the deadline for staving off massive defense budget cuts looms, educators at military-funded schools around the world...

Sgt. Robert Juarez opens wide for a few drops of cobra blood after the snake's head has been severed. Juarez and other soldiers from Company B, 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, based in South Korea, drank the blood as part of a ritual common among Thai soldiers. Soldiers from both countries recently trained during the Cobra Gold exercise in Thailand. Lindsey Elder/U.S. Army

US troops testing jungle skills during Cobra Gold exercise

PHITSANULOK, Thailand — The sweltering sun burned directly overhead as U.S. Army Pacific Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Leota pointed to the thicket of...

US airman admits to drinking before accident, Okinawa prosecutors say

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — A U.S. airman has admitted to driving under the influence of alcohol, which led to a traffic crash on Okinawa earlier this...

Civilian furloughs hit hard; also, check if you lose 'Prime'

Most of 800,000 Department of Defense civilian employees will see their workweeks shortened and their pay cut by 20 percent from late April...

A crewman braces as a MV-22 Osprey takes off from a Navy vessel in the Gulf of Thailand on Feb. 19, 2013, during the Cobra Gold exercise. (MICHAEL ACHTERLING/U.S. NAVY, FLICKR)

Budget woes threaten Pacific ‘pivot’

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — A century ago, U.S. foreign policy was summed up by President Theodore Roosevelt as “Speak softly and carry a big stick...

The USS Guardian sits in the Sulu Sea in the Philippines, stuck on the Tubbataha Reef, where it has been since Jan. 17, 2012. A Malaysian tug arrives Jan. 27 to remove hazardous material from the U.S. Navy ship. (U.S. Navy/Flickr)

Work to dismantle Navy ship stuck on Philippine reef might begin soon

SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — Work to cut up and remove the USS Guardian from a protected reef where it ran aground more than a month ago is expected...

Okinawa-based Marines remain hospitalized after helo's hard landing at Cobra Gold

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Four Marines remain hospitalized Thursday following a hard landing by a Sea Knight helicopter during a joint exercise in...

Getting tax credits for your education expenses

Hello military community,

Following last week’s article tax filing tips for military personnel and their families, I will now briefly cover...

Celebrate Aftrican American history with poetry!

Share a restaurant review or travel story of at least 200 words and you’ll be entered for a chance to win Latorial Faison’s “28 Days of Poetry...

DOD civilian furloughs planned; What it means for you

WASHINGTON — With automatic budget cuts looming in just over a week, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Wednesday notified Congress of a plan to...

Okinawa Marine arrested after allegedly jumping roof to roof

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Another drunken off-base trespassing incident has riled Okinawa’s leaders just days after the Marine Corps followed other...

The Defense Department intends to notify Congress on Wednesday of a plan to furlough nearly 800,000 civilian employees one day each week beginning in April, a defense official said Tuesday.   Perry Aston/U.S. Air Force

Defense Department set to announce furlough plan Wednesday

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department intends to notify Congress on Wednesday of a plan to furlough nearly 800,000 civilian employees one day each...

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