Smugglers used U.S. military mail to bring 3.7 pounds of marijuana into Japan through Yokota Air Base – home of U.S. Forces Japan in western Tokyo, according to U.S. and Japanese officials.
Seeking to block a new U.S. military runway in Okinawa’s remote north, Gov. Takeshi Onaga revoked a permit Tuesday for landfill work in Oura Bay at Henoko, the latest salvo in his battle with Tokyo over the U.S. military presence on the tiny island prefecture.
President Barack Obama insisted that the last American troops in Afghanistan would return home by the end of his presidency, definitively ending the longest war in American history. Then, Gen. Martin Dempsey, the outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, came in with one more plan to maintain a force of as many as 5,000 troops in Afghanistan to prevent a re-emergence of al-Qaida and to battle Islamic State fighters.
An increasing workload and continuously shrinking budgets have pushed the United States Army to “the ragged edge of readiness,” Army Secretary John McHugh said Monday.