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A Japanese Coast Guard ship is seen at sea during a search operation for U.S. Marine refueling plane and fighter jet off Muroto, Kochi prefecture, southwestern Japan, on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018.  KYODO NEWS/AP
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Five Marines declared dead after service calls off search for KC-130J crew

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December 11, 2018

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan — The Marine Corps has ended an extensive search for five Marines missing after their KC-130J Hercules collided midair with an F/A-18...

Without a web-based way to send large files containing personal or medical information, the military now has to burn the data onto optical discs, like the DVDs pictured here in an Army facility on Dec. 10, 2018, and send them via registered mail.  BRIAN FERGUSON/STARS AND STRIPES
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CDs, faxes make comeback as military file-sharing service taken offline

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December 11, 2018

The shuttering of a widely used military file-sharing service last month has left the services without an online option for transferring sensitive unclassified files, so they’...

The official emblem of the 353rd Special Operations Group from Kadena Air Base, Okinawa.  COURTESY OF U.S. AIR FORCE
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Airman arrested off base on Okinawa with handgun in his possession

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December 11, 2018

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — An airman assigned to Kadena Air Base was arrested off base Thursday for failing to report for duty and having a weapon in his possession, according to...

Everett Hyland, a Pearl Harbor survivor from the USS Pennsylvania, represents his fellow survivors in a salute to the USS Michael Murphy sailing through Pearl Harbor, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, during a ceremony commemorating the 1941 surprise attack.  WYATT OLSON/STARS AND STRIPES
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A sense of fading voices and sunset imbues 77th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack

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December 10, 2018

PEARL HARBOR VISITOR CENTER, Hawaii – An atmosphere of fading voices and vanishing time permeated the Friday morning ceremony commemorating the 77th anniversary of the Dec.

Members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force handle unexploded ordnance at Sendai airport in Miyagi, Japan, Nov. 14, 2012.  COURTESY OF JAPAN GROUND SELF-DEFENSE FORCE
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Disposal of unexploded artillery shell from WWII displaces 2,500 Okinawans

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December 11, 2018

NAHA, Okinawa — A large part of a city neighborhood was cleared Sunday while experts disposed of a leftover piece of World War II — an unexploded artillery shell once the...

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley listens to opening statements during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, April 12, 2018. (JOE GROMELSKI/STARS AND STRIPES)
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Trump is expected to pick Army chief Milley as next Joint Chiefs chairman

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December 08, 2018

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is expected to reveal the Army’s top general as his choice for the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Saturday during an...