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Airmen examine a patient while Marcelino Piedade, right, a translator from Dili, Timor-Leste, translates for the medical staff at the Negri Saran Kote Secondary School during Pacific Angel 2018 in Suai, Cova Lima Municipality, Southwest Timor-Leste, June 11, 2018.<br>Benjamin W. Stratton/U.S Air Force photo

US troops to begin aid mission on S. Pacific island China reportedly eyed for overseas base

About 65 U.S. troops will provide humanitarian assistance to Vanuatu during Operation Pacific Angel. The South Pacific island is suspected to be under consideration by China as a location for a potential overseas military base.


Air Force rescue specialist details 'once in a lifetime' Thai cave rescue

The Thai boys saved from a flooded cave endured dives in zero visibility lasting up to half an hour and in places were put in a harness and high-lined across rocky caverns, said a leader of the U.S. contingent that was part of the operation, calling it a "once in a lifetime rescue."


Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft have a Japanese fan club

The Okinawa Osprey Fan Club, whose members attend the annual Futenma Flight Line Fair and help clean up outside the base, has more than 13,000 Facebook followers who post photographs and articles about their favorite flying machines.

Sub USS Hawaii prepares for undersea hunt

There wasn't much going on outside the state's namesake submarine, the USS Hawaii, at pierside Thursday, but inside was a beehive of activity as the Virginia-class sub prepared to get underway for the at-sea portion of Rim of the Pacific exercises.


Mustache diplomacy: Retired Adm. Harry Harris has new look for new diplomatic role in S. Korea

The former leader of U.S. forces in the Pacific, who arrived in Seoul on Saturday, said he decided it was time for a change after being clean-shaven for most of his military career.


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