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House approves bill allowing deployed troops to cancel cable, Internet contracts

WASHINGTON – The House approved legislation that would allow servicemembers to terminate their cable, satellite television and internet contracts...

Did you know?: Oct. 17 Okinawa Soba Day

Oct. 17 is “Okinawa Soba day.” It is a day when the local food earned its title. In 1976, the fair-trade commission argued that Okinawa Soba...
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis, center right, meets with reporters and takes their questions in the Pentagon, July 27, 2018. DoD photo by Tom Crosson

Communications key in solving international disputes, Mattis says

WASHINGTON -- Reopening communications at the top line between the United States and nations such as Russia is essential in solving disagreements...

Sgt. Kalyntae Williams, top, and Sgt. Deveon Landfair, soldiers with the Army's Second Cavalry Regiment, play the final round of Street Fighter V, at the E-game tournament at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Saturday, July 28, 2018. Williams beat Landfair, and will now be traveling to Seattle to compete in the PAX West Gaming Convention.  MARTIN EGNASH/STARS AND STRIPES

Soldiers take to virtual streets to display video fighting skills

GRAFENWÖHR, Germany – The Army hosted Street Fighter V tournaments at eight installations around the world Saturday in an effort to jump in on the...

The first of 55 cases of remains repatriated from North Korea is carried off a plane at Osan Air Base, South Korea, Friday, July 27, 2018.  MARCUS FICHTL/STARS AND STRIPES

North Korea’s return of presumed US war dead remains is start of long process

SEOUL, South Korea — The U.S. military plans to hold a ceremony Wednesday to honor the 55 cases of human remains handed over by North Korea last...

Two U.S. servicemembers were arrested in alleged alcohol-related incidents on Okinawa over the weekend.  COURTESY OF FREEIMAGES.COM

Guam Sailor accused of slashing Okinawa man’s neck after vandalizing vehicle

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — A sailor was arrested early Sunday after vandalizing a vehicle and then slashing the neck of a Japanese man who tried to...

Shokibarai: A 10-point plan to keeping cool this summer

When it’s summer Japan, all the jimejime (humidity) and hītoairando genshō (“heat island phenomenon”) may have you suffering natsubate (“summer...

Okinawa's pesky habu snakes can sneak up on you

You may not believe this, but I once saw a habu beat a mongoose in a cross-species duel when I was a kid. Back then, the death match...
In June 2017 a group of workers at a U.S. Army warehouse on Tower Barracks in Dulmen, Germany, were exposed to a toxic agent after mishandling a shipment of material that contained cadmium, according to the Army. (U.S. ARMY)

Army says workers in Germany exposed to toxic cadmium last year

STUTTGART, Germany — A group of workers at a U.S. Army warehouse in Dulmen, Germany, was exposed to a toxic agent more than a year ago after...

The Navy Exchange package store is the only place to purchase liquor at Naval Support Activity Bahrain. Personnel under 21 stationed in Bahrain will no longer be permitted to buy alcohol on base beginning Aug. 1, 2018. (JASON BEHNKE/STARS AND STRIPES)

Military raises drinking age for DOD personnel in Bahrain from 18 to 21

MANAMA, Bahrain — The minimum age for drinking alcohol for servicemembers and Defense Department personnel in Bahrain is being raised to 21 years...

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis speaks to reporters at the Pentagon, Friday, July 27, 2018. (MANUEL BALCE CENETA/AP)

Mattis: Military teams could be sent into North Korea to search for missing American remains

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon could send military teams into North Korea to search for the remains of thousands of missing Americans who fought during...

Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga, seen here at a Washington, D.C., press conference in 2015, has been campaigning against the relocation of the Marine Corps air station at Futenma to a remote spot on reclaimed land farther north at Henoko. (STARS AND STRIPES)

Okinawa governor vows late-hour challenge to halt Futenma relocation

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Okinawa’s anti-base governor has once again unveiled plans to revoke permitting for a new coastal runway that will...

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