Navy testing exoskeletons for shipyard workers

The Navy hopes exoskeletons can help reduce overexertion and repetitive-motion injuries in shipyard workers.

Navy shipyard workers may someday share something in common with Special Operations forces: on-the-job exoskeletons.

The U.S. Navy is testing two Fortis exoskeletons (PDF graphic) through a contract between Lockheed Martin and the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences consortium, according to a Lockheed statement.

AFN to honor Robin Williams

The American Forces Network is honoring the work of Robin Williams this week.

The network, which serves U.S. personnel stationed overseas, is screening popular films featuring the late actor, who died at his California home Monday of an apparent suicide, according to AFN public affairs officer George Smith.

Looking for a new grill? Check your neighbors' curb

The lawn doesn't stand a chance during PCS season in this front yard at Yokota Air Base, Japan.

It’s PCS (permanent change of station) season at military bases all over the world.

On-base living areas are a hive of activity: Moving trucks load and unload people's possessions, filling front yards with cardboard boxes, while stressed-out families scramble to get paperwork signed and quarters cleaned for the next occupants.

Calling it a submarine doesn’t float Japan’s boat

A conception of how the hypothetical underwater drone "Hydra" would operate, according to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Japanese defense officials told Stars and Stripes that they are budgeting $26 million on fuel cell research for underwater drones with the United States, but they shied away from calling the weaponless drones "submarines."

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Japan would kindly appreciate it if you don’t call the unmanned underwater vehicle they’re doing fuel cell research for with the United States a “submarine.”

Japanese defense ministry officials told Stars and Stripes on Monday that they’ve budgeted $26 million over the next five years to develop a high-powered fuel cell for the vehicles, known in military circles as UUVs.

Army veteran gets much younger look after TV makeover

A video screen grab shows Army veteran Pat Rowland before and after he had a makeover on a "Good Morning America" segment called "Lose 10 years in 60 Minutes."

Army veteran Pat Rowland admits he just "let everything go," after he left the military.

According to a report on an ABC News website, Rowland stopped cutting his hair. His moustache became overgrown and his appearance made him look at himself as an "old man."

7th Fleet returns to its old base in China

U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge pulls into dry dock at Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, for an incline survey Jan. 17, 2012.

Seventh Fleet leaders and flagship USS Blue Ridge arrived in Qingdao, China, for a goodwill visit Aug. 5.

Qingdao is the home port of the People’s Liberation Army Navy North Sea Fleet. But from 1946 to 1949, it was the 7th Fleet’s home port, according to a 7th Fleet news release.

GAO: DOD personnel with tax debt a potential security risk

A vast number of Department of Defense personnel eligible for security clearance levels of secret or higher owed more than $730 million in back federal taxes as of June 30, 2012, according to a report issued Monday by the Government Accountability Office.

About 83,000 DOD military and civilian employees and contractors owe three-quarters of a billion dollars in back taxes.

VIDEO: Newest Medal of Honor recipient closes NYSE with a bang and a whoops

Bang, bang, whoops!

Something unexpected happened when the newest Medal of Honor recipient, former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts, got to ring the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday, two days after being awarded the medal at the White House.

Vietnamese teens find large cache of cluster bombs, rockets

These munitions were among the more than 500 found recently by Project Renew in a coastal forest in the central province of Quang Tri in Vietnam. The province was the site of intense bombing by the United States during the Vietnam War.

Two Vietnamese teenagers this week led technicians to a large cache of unexploded ordnance buried in a coastal forest, a legacy from U.S. military intervention in the country.

The boys reported their discovery after hearing the sounds of controlled detonations of old bombs made by technicians with Project Renew, an organization based in Vietnam’s Quang Tri Province, according to demolition team leader Truong Cong Vinh.

Alaska soldiers reach summit of Mount McKinley

One team made the top; the other was repelled by the merciless conditions faced by all mountaineers.

The second of two groups of soldiers attempting to climb Mount McKinley in Alaska has returned to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson after successfully scaling the tallest peak in North America.

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