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Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert speaks to a group of sailors in Yokosuka, Japan at a town hall meeting on May 10, 2013. Greenert said that while federal budget cuts have decreased the number of ships available for rapid response at the global level, the Navy has prioritized deployments and funding for the Asia-Pacific and Arabian Sea areas of operation. Trevor Andersen/Stars and Stripes

Chief of Naval Operations says Asia-Pacific deployments on schedule

The Navy has lost two-thirds of its rapid “surge capability,” meaning the service has less flexibility to use its largest battle groups to respond...

Hale: Sequestration devastates U.S. military readiness

WASHINGTON, May 10, 2013 – During a Senate hearing yesterday on President Barack Obama’s $9.5 billion military construction budget request for...

Dear Korea: I still don't have AIDS

Josh Foreman, a married man, has been teaching English in Korea for six years. Because he is a foreign teacher, he has been required to submit HIV...

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AFN passes on sexual assault documentary; will be used in training

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon says the American Forces Network won’t be showing an Oscar-nominated documentary about sexual assault in the military...

Alternate win conditions for Operation Bikini

“Operation Bikini” begins every year in Spain about this time. It’s a dark ritual that involves doing whatever is necessary to achieve the perfect...

Road tax season returns

It’s time to pay your annual road taxes, which are mandated by Japanese law based on vehicle engine size. All Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA)...

The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz participates in the Great Green Fleet Demonstration as part of Rim of the Pacific 2012. (Ryan J. Mayes/U.S. Navy)

Camera club tips off North Korea to US carrier's Pacific presence

SEOUL -- Looks like some shutterbugs might have tipped off North Korea that the U.S. Navy's USS Nimitz was headed into South Korean waters.
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Asian Pacific Heritage Month


Do you know anyone who want to promote Asian Pacific American Heritage Month on Stripes Okinawa?

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From right: Lt. Col. Lisa Whittaker, commander at 78th Signal Battalion, reads a book to her 7-year-old daughter Kyndall along with her mother, Belinda, at home on Camp Zama, Japan. Photo by Tetsuo Nakahara

MOTHER'S DAY 2013: A single mom soldiers on with strong support

It is 5:30 a.m. and Lisa Whittaker kisses her sleeping daughter, Kyndall, 7, and gently wakes her up. Minutes later she welcomes a babysitter and...

How this mom is dealing with deployment

Hello Military Community,

It has been a week since my husband left for deployment to Afghanistan and I find myself trying to find that...

In this still from the controvercial new film "Unclaimed," a man named Dang Tan Ngoc, living in Vietnam, can be seen walking through the trees near his home. The man claims he is John Hartley Robertson, an American soldier listed as killed in action in Vietnam in 1976. The film has pitted Robertson's family against the U.S. government who has said that DNA and figerprints prove the man is a fraud. The film premiere's at the G.I. Film Festival in Washington D.C. on May 12. Courtesy of Myth Merchant Films.

Film about vet's search for MIA stirs controversy

A controversial documentary film making its US premiere at the G.I. Film Festival, examines the possibility that a Special Forces soldier missing...

DOD civilians affected by housing benefits error may have reprieve

Defense Department civilian workers overseas who were told last week they were receiving housing benefits by mistake and would lose them...

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