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U.S. Army Gen. James Thurman, U.S. Forces Korea commander, looks towards North Korea during a visit to the Demilitarized Zone in South Korea on Nov. 11, 2012. Thurman told a town hall meeting on Jan. 23 that U.S. forces are in a period of "high vulnerability" following Pyongyang's test of a long-range rocket in December. (D. Myles Cullen/U.S. Army)

North Korea stops answering hotline with South

SEOUL — As threatened, North Korea stopped answering a two-way hotline in the Demilitarized Zone on Monday, symbolically marking its decision to...

Okinawans from Ginowan and Chatan participate in a tsunami evacuation drill Feb. 23 through Camp Foster. Scientists say that the island is overdue for a major earthquake, and a tsunami following such a quake could cover most of the ground in water. The Marines have been working with the local population to allow the Japanese people to enter the base in an effort to get to higher ground more quickly.

Experts: Okinawa 'well overdue' for quake

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — With the memory of Japan’s devastating disaster still fresh, scientists are warning of a possible repeat on Okinawa, saying...

Calvin Yang listens as Cameron Gonzales, first grade/kindergarten teacher, gives instructions during the Summer Enrichment Program held by Seoul American elementary and middle schools in Seoul, July 2, 2010.   Alfredo Jimenez Jr./Stars and Stripes

Schools to announce sequestration impact next week

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Students attending Department of Defense Dependents Schools should learn the impact of government funding cuts within a...

Remembering warrior women of Japan

Hello military community,

March is Women’s History Month, so all this month I’m writing about great woman from the Asia Pacific region. This...

An aerial view of the Pentagon, taken from a Marine Corps CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter on July 8, 2011. (Tia Dufour/USMC)

Will sequestration lead to 'brain drain' at Pentagon?

WASHINGTON — Hundreds of thousands of civilian defense workers are bracing for cuts in work hours and paychecks starting in late April, thanks to...

An MH-60R Seahawk assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 73 flies in front of the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1). This is the first fleet MH-60R to operate with a Right Hand Extended Pylon (RHEP) and a full compliment of eight AGM-114 Hellfire Captive Air Training Missiles as it joins Freedom for sea trials off the coast of Southern California. Freedom, the lead ship of the Freedom variant of LCS, is expected to deploy to Southeast Asia this spring. (James R. Evans/U.S. Navy)

Despite budget uncertainty, Pentagon continues Pacific pivot

WASHINGTON — Sequestration or not, the Pentagon is moving ahead with the Asia-focused national security strategy announced last year by President...

All commissaries around the world – about 250 – will likely be closed an additional day each week and DOD school employees will see furloughs as part of the Pentagon’s effort to impose the automatic spending cuts known as sequestration, Defense Department spokesman George Little said Monday. (Laura Rauch/Stars and Stripes)

Reduced commissary days, some DOD school furloughs begin mid-April

WASHINGTON — All commissaries around the world — about 250 — will likely be closed an additional day each week and DOD school employees will see...

Effects of sequestration will be real for every service branch

WASHINGTON — More than half of the Air Force’s combat units will no longer be mission capable by July.

The Army will have to institute...

Seaman Christopher Browning, left, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Skyler Dozierwalker are pictured in the Ryukyu Shimpo newspaper Feb. 27, 2013. Two days later the two servicemembers received 10 and nine-year sentences, respectively, for the gang-rape of an Okinawa woman in 2012. (Credit: The Ryukyu Shimpo Newspaper)

Sailors sentenced for gang-rape in case that sparked curfew

NAHA, Okinawa — Two U.S. sailors were sentenced to prison Friday for gang-raping and robbing an Okinawan woman outside her apartment building....

Kyle Peters Army Ranger and Uncle John

BOY BRING ME HOME

Editor's note: John Rogers in Palmdale, Cal. shared this prose from a poignant and uniquely military-family perspective. We thought we'd pass it...

Sequestration kicks in: 'The pain will be real'

WASHINGTON – The “dumb” cuts are happening.

By noon Friday, all that was left was for President Barack Obama to sign the official order...

Hagel promises 'honest, direct' approach as new defense secretary

WASHINGTON — In his first morning on the job, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told assembled troops and Defense Department civilians he’d live up to...

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