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About 600 soldiers and airmen live and labor on the relatively remote installation that offers few of the amenities servicemembers are used to — but to those stationed at Soto Cano, the base offers a deployment unlike any other.



New efforts mean a crash course in Italian traffic tickets for some servicemembers

Italian authorities recently complained that Americans weren’t paying or even responding to their traffic tickets. As a result, some on base said they’re receiving hundreds or thousands of euros in ticket fines at once.


Tokyo eyes nearby US air base for handling flights during Olympics

The Japanese government has suggested that allowing civilian planes to land at Yokota, home of U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force, could help increase the number of flights arriving during the games, a news report said Friday.


Grand jury dismisses assault charge against Army sergeant in road rage case

Sgt. 1st Class Kai Waters, a 15-year veteran with combat tours of Afghanistan and Iraq and a clean military record, was charged with felony assault after a February road rage incident. Waters claimed she was acting in self-defense.



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The families left behind

In this episode we talk to Barbie Baker and Nicole Woodland, two women with firsthand knowledge of the lifestyle change that takes place after a spouse joins the world of private military contracting.

Their story might sound familiar to former military spouses — loneliness, uncertainty and a search for new meaning — but some of what they say might surprise you.



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Pompeo dismisses North Korea's rejection of him as US negotiator

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday rejected a North Korean demand that he be replaced as President Donald Trump's top negotiator, as the United States and Japan vowed to continue to enforce tough sanctions on North Korea until it dismantles its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.


Tokyo eyes nearby US air base for handling flights during Olympics

The Japanese government has suggested that allowing civilian planes to land at Yokota, home of U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force, could help increase the number of flights arriving during the games, a news report said Friday.


New efforts mean a crash course in Italian traffic tickets for some servicemembers

Italian authorities recently complained that Americans weren’t paying or even responding to their traffic tickets. As a result, some on base said they’re receiving hundreds or thousands of euros in ticket fines at once.


Talks between Afghan leaders and Taliban insurgents canceled

Organizers canceled talks between Afghan leaders and Taliban insurgents that were scheduled to begin Friday, dealing a major setback to a U.S.-led peace process aimed at ending nearly 18 years of warfare.


Sudanese protest organizers step up pressure on military

Sudanese protest organizers on Friday stepped up calls for a swift transfer of power, saying they will announce an interim ruling council they want to see take over from the military that ousted President Omar al-Bashir after months of street protests against him.


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Pompeo dismisses North Korea's rejection of him as US negotiator

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday rejected a North Korean demand that he be replaced as President Donald Trump's top negotiator, as the United States and Japan vowed to continue to enforce tough sanctions on North Korea until it dismantles its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.


Tokyo eyes nearby US air base for handling flights during Olympics

The Japanese government has suggested that allowing civilian planes to land at Yokota, home of U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force, could help increase the number of flights arriving during the games, a news report said Friday.


New efforts mean a crash course in Italian traffic tickets for some servicemembers

Italian authorities recently complained that Americans weren’t paying or even responding to their traffic tickets. As a result, some on base said they’re receiving hundreds or thousands of euros in ticket fines at once.


Talks between Afghan leaders and Taliban insurgents canceled

Organizers canceled talks between Afghan leaders and Taliban insurgents that were scheduled to begin Friday, dealing a major setback to a U.S.-led peace process aimed at ending nearly 18 years of warfare.


Sudanese protest organizers step up pressure on military

Sudanese protest organizers on Friday stepped up calls for a swift transfer of power, saying they will announce an interim ruling council they want to see take over from the military that ousted President Omar al-Bashir after months of street protests against him.



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Two brothers, both priests and military chaplains, will be buried together at Arlington

The ashes of Rev. Frank Brett, who died two years ago at 86, will be placed in the grave with his brother Rev. Robert Brett, who was killed during the 1968 battle of Khe Sanh, on Arlington National Cemetery's Chaplains Hill next week.



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Tokyo eyes nearby US air base for handling flights during Olympics

The Japanese government has suggested that allowing civilian planes to land at Yokota, home of U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force, could help increase the number of flights arriving during the games, a news report said Friday.


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Tokyo eyes nearby US air base for handling flights during Olympics

The Japanese government has suggested that allowing civilian planes to land at Yokota, home of U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force, could help increase the number of flights arriving during the games, a news report said Friday.