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Pentagon weighs firing thousands under 2014 spending cuts

The Defense Department may have to fire at least 6,272 civilian employees if automatic cuts known as sequestration slice $52 billion from its...

  Marines from the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, headquartered in Okinawa, storm a beach in the Philippines during a 2011 exercise. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Aug. 21, 2013,during a visit to the Pacific theater that Congress still has concerns over the planning and costs of moving Marines off Okinawa. (Courtesy of the U.S. Marine Corp)

Lack of solid plan holds up Marines' move from Okinawa, McCain says

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — A top U.S. senator says Congress still has the same concerns over the planning and costs of moving Marines off Okinawa that...

  Marines with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262 keep a fast-paced flightline at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Aug. 16, 2013. (Photo by Lisa Tourtelot/Stars and Stripes)

Sea Knights prepping for final takeoff from Okinawa

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION FUTENMA, Okinawa — The Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262 “Flying Tigers” are in their final days flying the CH-46 Sea...

An MC-130 aircraft flies over Tinian Island as it transports senior leaders of Guam's Andersen Air Force Base for an island tour Oct. 11, 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Carlin Leslie)

How the US is encircling China with military bases

WASHINGTON — The U.S. military is encircling China with a chain of air bases and military ports. The latest link: a small airstrip on the tiny...

Japan Air Self Defense Force F-15s arrive for the Red Flag exercises at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 4, 2013. (Photo by Jim Araos/U.S. Air Force)

Uneasy partners Japan, S. Korea join US air drills

WASHINGTON -- Japan and South Korea's unprecedented joint participation in air force exercises over Alaska shows that America's two staunchest...

  Two F-16 Fighting Falcons conduct a training mission over Misawa Air Base, Japan, Feb. 14, 2013. (Photo by U.S. Air Force)

Growing US presence in Australia to include aircraft

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — The U.S. is preparing to add aircraft to its military presence in Australia, which will include 2,500 Marines rotating...

DOD Facilities Gear up to Issue ID Cards to Same-Sex Spouses

WASHINGTON, Aug. 20, 2013 – DOD facilities are gearing up to issue identification cards to same-sex spouses beginning Sept. 3, Pentagon officials...

Remember scholarship deadlines for seniors

Hello military community,

For those of us that are preparing our child for senior year, there is one word that may best sum up how we are...

DOD leave for same-sex marriage criticized

WASHINGTON — Conservative critics are blasting the Defense Department for giving gay troops an early wedding gift: up to 10 days uncharged leave...

Bottles of dietary supplements containing dimethylamylamine, or DMAA, sit in boxes in the Yokota exchange store room. The Army and Air Force Exchange Service pulled the supplements from the shelves as the Defense Department investigates a possible link between DMAA and the deaths of two soldiers. (Photo by Grant Okubo/Stars and Stripes)

DOD finds risks in DMAA supplement but no link to deaths

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The embattled fitness supplement DMAA posed elevated health risks for tens of thousands of military users, but it did not...

A Japanese worker brushes away dirt from one of 16 barrels unearthed in Okinawa City on June 13, 2103. The city called for Tokyo to investigate for Agent Orange, but manufacturer Dow Chemical Company denied the drums contained the herbicide. PHOTO COURTESY OF OKINAWA CITY

Expert: Chemicals found on Okinawa likely not Agent Orange

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Chemical barrels recently unearthed on former U.S. military land on Okinawa most likely contained military maintenance shop...

Airmen with the 31st Operations Support Squadron at Aviano Air Base in Italy begin a 1.5-mile run during physical fitness testing in 2010. KENT HARRIS/STARS AND STRIPES

Welsh still measureing waist rule for Air Force fitness test

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Since 2010, more than 30,000 airmen have failed the waist measurement portion of the Air Force fitness test.

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