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  Petty Officer 1st Class Lee Harstad, assigned to the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam, fires a .50 caliber automatic machine gun during Talisman Saber 2013.  Declan Barnes/U.S. Navy

US-Australia exercise shows cultural alignment, different approaches

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Ask a group of U.S. military officers why they like working with their Australian counterparts, and a similar answer...

  U.S. Marines assigned to Echo Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit prepare to be extracted from Samuel Hill Airfield in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area by MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 (Reinforced), 31st MEU on July 16, 2013 during Talisman Saber 2013. Matthew Bragg/USMC

Ospreys enter the lineup in Talisman Saber exercise

As the biggest and most comprehensive of the five biennial iterations of Talisman Saber, the 2013 exercise going on now across the east coast of...

Former US sailor accused of smuggling drugs arrested, extradited to Japan

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — A former Yokosuka sailor wanted since 2004 for...

Steve Gonsalves, a dental technician in Stuttgart, Germany, is among nearly700 overseas civilian workers who the Defense Department says received a housing allowance in error. (Photo by John Vandiver/Stars and Stripes)

Civilians balk at signing debt waiver request in LQA dispute

STUTTGART, Germany — When Steve Gonsalves left active duty nine years ago, he was advised by Army human resources to take a non-appropriated fund...

Check out family activities for summer

Hello Military Families,

Are you looking for a few fun things to do this summer with your family? Military families have a great opportunity...

Stretching more than 1,200 miles along the Queensland coast, the Great Barrier Reef, was inscribed on the World Heritage List in October 1981. One of Australia's greatest assets is the magnificent reef which runs along virtually the entire coast of Queensland. (Courtesy Defense Department)

US will assist in Aussie reef park bomb recovery if asked, top admiral says

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The United States will help recover four bombs dropped in a deepwater area of Great Barrier Reef Marine Park if...

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From brains to planes, 3-D printing opens world of possibilities for military

Making a gun with a printer is old news. The latest applications under development are straight from science fiction: ready-to-fly drones,...

Tsutomu Arakaki, owner of Amazonesu, a club located on Gate 2 Street, outside Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, stands in front of his shuttered bar on Oct. 23, 2012. The recently imposed military curfew has completely stalled his business, he said. (Photo by Chiyomi Sumida/Stars and Stripes)

USFJ commander says curfew may be permanent

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The commander of U.S. Forces Japan says curfew and alcohol restrictions, imposed on servicemembers around the country...

Kadena family gets a sneaky scuba surprise while at Okinawa beach

Daddy is supposed to be home from Afghanistan in a few weeks. His children are enjoying the day at an Okinawa beach with their mother, Bethany...

U.S. Marine Rotational Force-Darwin personnel board a Royal Australian Air Force C-17 Globemaster July 13, 2013, to participate in Exercise Talisman Saber 2013. This year's bi-annual exercise features 28,000 U.S. and Australian troops who will participate in a series of military and humanitarian operations. The exercise runs through Aug. 5. (Jo Dilorenzo/Australian Navy Imagery Unit-North)

20,000 US troops descend on Australia for training

SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — Talisman Saber 2013 — a joint U.S. and Australian military and humanitarian exercise — kicked off this week as...

Volumes of Court-Martial Reports line the bookshelf located in a courtroom at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., in this Aug. 2012 photo. These books are essential to understanding military law and court-martial cases, and also document and archive vital court-martial cases often cited as references during trials. (Daniel Blackwell/U.S. Air Force)

Prominent Republicans join fight to remove sex assault cases from chain of command

SAN DIEGO — Republican Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz have joined a bipartisan group of more than 30 senators in support of a bill that would remove...

Tech. Sgt. Curtis Eccleston in an Air Force photograph when he was the special planning supervisor for the 733rd Air Mobility Squadron at Kadena Air Base. Eccleston was found dead with a neck wound in February 2011 in an off-base apartment. (Rey Ramon/Courtesy of the U.S. Air Force)

Okinawa court denies wife’s appeal in airman murder case

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — A Japanese court on Tuesday rejected the appeal of a Brazilian woman convicted of plotting the murder of her Air Force...

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