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Sailors from the USS John S. McCain attend a memorial service at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, Wednesday, Oct. 4., 2017.  CHRISTIAN SENYK/U.S. NAVY
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USS John S. McCain chief pleads guilty in court-martial, loses rank

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May 25, 2018

WASHINGTON — A chief charged with training and use of a navigational system on the USS John S.

An MV-22B Osprey takes off from the USS Bonhomme Richard near the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia, July 20, 2017.  MARCUS FICHTL/STARS AND STRIPES
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Japanese defense minister expresses concern after Osprey crash report

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May 24, 2018
Japan’s defense minister has expressed concerns about the safety of Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft after a 
Dr. Jordan sharing her story during Air University's LREC Symposium this year.

AFCLC professor hopes to return Japanese war flag to soldier’s family

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May 24, 2018

Fitted in a frame for preservation, Dr. Jessica Jordan is both haunted and intrigued by the tattered Japanese war flag in her office.

Kubasaki High School at Camp Foster, Okinawa.  COURTESY OF DODEA
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Possible shooter threat cancels classes at Okinawa base schools

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May 24, 2018

Threatening graffiti sparked fears of potential shooting incidents at two Okinawa base high schools, prompting officials to cancel classes and other activities Wednesday.

NAHA, OKINAWA, Japan - Atsushi Sakima gives remarks during a land return ceremony May 20 at the Naha Terrace hotel in Naha, Okinawa, Japan. The return is part of the 1996 Special Action Committee on Okinawa agreement. Sakima is the mayor of Ginowan City. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Nathan Maysonet)

Land return promotes partnership, strengthens alliance

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May 24, 2018

CAMP FOSTER, OKINAWA, Japan – Commemorating the handover of land areas to the land owners of the West Futenma Housing Area along with more than three hectares of land at the...

The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs approved legislation to end the Veterans Choice Program and implement new rules about when and where veterans can seek medical treatment from private facilities. The 14-9 committee vote was along party lines.  PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY BEV SCHILLING/STARS AND STRIPES
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Senate panel proposal increases chances for record military pay raise

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May 23, 2018

WASHINGTON — A key Senate committee on Tuesday endorsed a growing movement to enact a 2.6 percent military pay raise, the highest in nearly a decade, as part of an overall...