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Tax time for military personnel, families

Hello military community,

I hope the New Year is finding you all well. As I was gathering my papers together for my appointment with the tax...

Curfew eased for servicemembers in Japan

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — U.S. Forces Japan adjusted the curfew rules Wednesday, pushing back the start by an hour to midnight for...

The mine countermeasures ship USS Guardian (MCM 5) sits aground on the Tubbataha Reef.  (U.S. Navy photo by Naval Aircrewman (Tactical Helicopter) 3rd Class Geoffrey Trudell)

Guardian salvage delayed another week as crane found inadequate

SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — Efforts to salvage the grounded USS Guardian have been pushed back yet another week as crews failed to successfully...

The entry to the Hoa Lo prison museum is adorned with a banner celebrating Tet, the nation's lunar new year. Some American POWs spent up to seven years behind this wall during the Vietnam War. Wyatt Olson/Stars and Stripes

40 years after release, POWs at Hanoi Hilton reflect on experience

HANOI — Little remains downtown of the prison known as Hoa Lo, a name loosely translated as “hell hole.”

Most of the French colonial-...

Same-sex couples can claim new benefits by October

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2013 – Military members and retirees with same-sex partners will qualify for up to 24 new benefits under policy changes...

Underlying Harmful Effects: The Criminal Investigative Division at Commander, Navy Region Hawaii, displays examples of seized evidences of synthetic drugs, commonly known as Spice as part of an awareness campaign and training against its usage, March 29. Spice looks similar to marijuana or oregano and is used for its psychoactive and hallucinogenic effects. Spice and other designer drugs are falsely marketed by manufacturers in commercial-like packaging as a safe way to get high while avoiding drug testing.

Two Sailors Reveal How Spice Ended Their Careers

Sailors were interviewed about their use of Spice and the repercussions of the termination of their naval career in less than two months.

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An airman sorts incoming packages at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. U.S. Postal Service plans to stop Saturday letter deliveries will have not affect overseas military post offices. (S&S photo)

Postal Service plans to limit deliveries will not affect military

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — U.S. Postal Service plans to stop Saturday letter deliveries will not affect overseas military post offices, according...

Angelita Angeles, owner of the M/Y Sakura, inspects her boat in Puerto Princesa, Philippines. Dive operators such as Angeles worry the USS Guardian grounding could dampen tourism at the famous Tubbataha reef. Travis J. Tritten/Stars and Stripes

Navy ship's grounding in Philippines could hurt tourism

PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines — Visitors to this rural province are greeted at the airport by a towering image of the Tubbataha Reef teeming with...

Seaman Casey Perrow paints the side of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington in December. The ship and its strike group could be the only crisis-ready carrier group in the Navy by October if automatic spending cuts set to be triggered in March aren't canceled, according to Navy documents. The Yokosuka, Japan-based carrier is scheduled for a six-month maintenance period, beginning in about a week.   Brian Abel/U.S. Navy

If cuts take effect, GW may be only carrier ready to respond to a crisis

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The USS George Washington may be the Navy’s only aircraft carrier that will be ready to respond to a crisis later...

A soothing punch for the broken-hearted

February is here, but for some love is no longer in the air. Life is moving along, and suddenly one of my friends sends me an email: “What’s the...

South Korean observers join Cope North for first time

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — South Korean Air Force personnel are in Guam observing the Cope North exercise for the first time, a significant...

The ABSCBNNews Philippine TV (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=y8M-XKQyEAg)

Officials reject Navy assessment of USS Guardian damage to reef

SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — The Navy’s assessment of damage sustained by a protected reef off the Philippines when the USS Guardian ran aground...

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