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The guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald returns to Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, after a collision with a merchant vessel on June 17, 2017.  PETER BURGHART/U.S. NAVY
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Close call before USS Fitzgerald’s fatal collision went unreviewed, report says

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January 18, 2019

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — A serious review of a near miss by the USS Fitzgerald in May 2017 might have prevented a collision five weeks later that killed 17 sailors,...

Air Force recruits Daniel Sterling, right, and Ryan Padro, second right, try on shoes at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, Jan. 3, 2019.  COURTESY DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY
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New enlistees to receive free, American-made athletic shoes

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January 18, 2019

They’re American-made and they’re free, at least to the basic training recruits who this month began receiving military-issued athletic shoes at no monetary cost — there’s no...

Former Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin listens during a House Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Feb. 15, 2018.  STARS AND STRIPES
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Former VA secretary Shulkin violated ethics rules, allowed security staff to chauffeur his wife, IG report finds

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January 18, 2019

WASHINGTON — Former Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin broke federal statutes and ethics rules when he allowed his personal security detail to transport his...

An aerial view of Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, shows the north and south runways.  COURTESY OF GOOGLE EARTH
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Two F-15s make emergency arrested landings within minutes of each other on Okinawa

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January 18, 2019

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Safety issues forced a pair of F-15 fighter jets to land on the same runway — in opposite directions — within minutes of each other this week at the Air...

President Donald Trump speaks during a Missile Defense Review in the Pentagon Auditorium, Washington, D.C., on Jan. 17, 2019.  AMBER I. SMITH/U.S. ARMY
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Trump delivers speech at Pentagon touting new weapons to protect US from missile attacks

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January 18, 2019

WASHINGTON — The United States will invest heavily in studying new technologies capable of defending the U.S.

United States Marine Corps Sgt. David Lam, an assistant warehouse chief with 3rd Transportation Support Battalion, pictured here aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Hansen in Okinawa, Japan, was one of seven Marines who acted quickly to save an U.S. Airman’s life following a recent motorcycle accident Dec. 31, 2018. Lam, a native of San Jose, Calif., reported the accident, checked the injured and stood in the middle of the road directing traffic to allow emergency services to arrive.

Marines save airman's life in Okinawa

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January 18, 2019

OKINAWA, Japan -- Seven United States Marines played a vital role in saving the life of a U.S. Airman with 353rd Special Operations Maintenance Squadron in Okinawa, Japan Dec...