Bieber apologizes after visiting controversial Japanese war shrine

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — International pop star Justin Bieber’s full day of sightseeing in Tokyo on Wednesday included a stop that managed to offend China, South Korea and much of the Pacific Rim.

Bieber’s Instagram post of a picture of himself at the Yasukuni Shrine – a memorial to Japan’s millions of war dead, including several criminals blamed for atrocities throughout Asia – unleashed a torrent of negative reaction.

VFA-27's 'Shoot 'Em If You Got 'Em' Cruise

Viral video: 'Royal Maces' Navy fighter pilots

YOKOHAMA, Japan — A high-definition video of U.S. Navy fighter pilots swooping between snowy mountains and skimming the western Pacific Ocean has gained more than 135,000 hits since being posted four days ago.

The VFA-27 Royal Maces, based at Naval Air Facility Atsugi in Japan, shot the footage from their cockpits while flying F/A18-E aircraft at various locations in the Pacific theater.

Air Force reopens Prior Service Program -- for a select few

A U.S. Air Force pararescueman, 58th Rescue Squadron, lands during a jump Jan. 11, 2012, at Wendover Field, Utah. Pararescuemen are trained to provide emergency medical treatment in adverse terrain and conditions.

Has this ever happened to you? You were an airborne cryptologic linguist in the military, got out of the service, and then found the career field of airborne cryptologic linguistics to be a dead-end in civilian life? Yeah, probably not.

But, if you are ex-military and used to be part of that or a handful of other very specialized careers, then the Air Force might have a place for you.

Gen. Dempsey and Bret Michaels

Video: Gen. Martin Dempsey sings with Bret Michaels

ARLINGTON, Va. – In a night to honor five extraordinary military children, Gen. Martin Dempsey took a moment to entertain the crowd with a rendition of Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA.”

Operation Homefront was honoring the Military Child of the Year from each service branch Thursday, and Dempsey was a key speaker, along with heavy metal band Poison’s frontman Bret Michaels.

DARPA invites gamers to solve security puzzles

Do you like puzzles? Do you like video games? Do you like generating mathematical proofs and pro-gram annotations that verify the absence of important classes of flaws in some programs written in Java?

Do you have any idea what that last sentence means?

Well, if you somehow managed to answer “yes” to all of those questions, you may be the person the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency had in mind when it launched a series of video games in December.

US Ambassador to Korea finally asked about topics not related to North Korea

U.S. Ambassador to Korea Sung Kim and his wife, Jae Eun, on the SBS set recording "Good Morning Korea." The segment aired March 6.

SEOUL – Think answering questions about how to convince North Korea to get rid of its nuclear weapons is tough? Try talking on national television about dating your wife.

U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim recently appeared on the popular SBS program "Good Morning Korea," where the focus was, for once, not on the latest provocation from Kim Jong Un.

No tats inside eyelids: New Army rules get strangely specific

The document says nothing about the venerated “Rangerhawk,” but its flat-top cousin the “horseshoe” gets gunned down in broad daylight along with the “landing strip” — better known to humans as the Mohawk.

The days of sergeants major complaining about relaxed Army grooming and appearance standards are coming to an end.

A leaked document about upcoming changes to the Army Regulation 670-1 — Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia — outlines rules that largely return the service to a more innocent time, when neck tattoos were no-gos and female soldiers’ hair buns were no wider than their heads.

Weight training in Afghanistan? Build a gym

For Staff Sgt. Canon Richard and the other Marines of Georgian Liaison Team 11, it was a question of accessibility.

You fly 10,000 miles and get plunked down in a compound with cardio gyms, weightlifting gyms and an outdoor Crossfit box.

What do you do?

Incirlik still atwitter despite ban on tweets

Airmen at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, still had the ability to tweet Friday morning, despite widespread Twitter outages after Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan ordered that the social media platform be shut down.

“As of now, it hasn’t affected us,” said 1st Lt. David Liapis, public affairs officer for the 39th Air Base Wing. He said airmen appeared to have access to Twitter not only on government computers but via the commercial system on base.

Yongsan a historic landmark?

The Dragon Hill Lodge at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, South Korea, offers a gateway to Seoul, with the conveniences of an Armed Forces Recreation Center.

SEOUL – Egypt has the pyramids. Greece has the Acropolis. Cambodia has Angkor War. And South Korea has – U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan?

Depending on whom you ask, the city of Seoul may be asking that the decades-old military base – dotted with dozens of Japanese colonial-era buildings – be added to the prestigious list of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization World Heritage sites sometime after 2016, when U.S. Forces Korea is supposed to vacate the installation.

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