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First of Japan’s Global Hawk surveillance drones takes its inaugural flight

The drones will be deployed to Misawa Air Base, in the country’s northeast, sometime this year or later, a spokesman for Japan’s Defense Ministry said Monday.

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Four Barksdale-based B-52s arrive on Guam for bomber task force mission

Four planes from the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., will operate in the Indo-Pacific and support Pacific Air Forces’ training efforts with joint forces and partners.


Navy veteran hopes to repeat his Paralympic archery success in Tokyo

Andre Shelby, 54, of Jeffersonville, Ind., will compete against 15-20 other archers in a qualification tournament next month that will see three selected to travel to Japan with the U.S. Paralympic team.


Outgoing INDOPACOM commander receives another top honor, this time from South Korea

South Korea gave a prestigious medal to the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command a day after Japan presented him with its third-highest award.


Japanese emperor honors INDOPACOM commander with Order of the Rising Sun

The Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun was presented to Adm. Phil Davidson by Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi.


US, Philippines restart Balikatan military drills amid sea dispute with China

The annual Balikatan drills, which run through April 23, involve 736 Philippines troops and 225 U.S. service members.


Navy spouses add Guam, Okinawa to ‘Good Morning Military’ children’s book series

Marines storm a beach, fighter jets line up on an airfield and troops parachute from an aircraft in the latest installments of a book series for children living in military communities.


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USS John S. McCain returns to Taiwan Strait for Navy’s fourth transit there this year

John Kirby described the USS John S. McCain's transit as a freedom-of-navigation operation and not a response to any specific event or action by another country.


US military help desk closes permanently at Narita airport outside Tokyo

Closing the desk saves the military $50,000 annually, a U.S. Naval Forces Japan spokeswoman said.


Spat continues over hundreds of Chinese vessels parked in Philippine waters

Diplomats from the island nation protested last month after 220 Chinese fishing vessels were spotted by the Philippine coast guard near Julian Felipe Reef in the Spratly Islands.


French forces ramp up their Indo-Pacific presence with multinational training

The French navy is drilling with U.S. and allied forces in the Indian Ocean as French soldiers prepare to train alongside U.S. Marines and troops in Japan.


Japanese F-35 squadron could help defend Senkaku Islands claimed by China

F-35B Lightning II stealth fighters could fly out of Nyutabaru Air Base in Miyazaki prefecture, Kyodo News reported.


Film highlights alternative PTSD treatments for vets

The documentary “Wounded Heroes” includes interviews with about two dozen veterans and first responders who detail their struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder.


'We’re looked at as pioneers': New Space Force guardians from Yokota Air Base, Japan, will depart for other bases

The Space Force, established as a military service branch in December 2019, stood up a squadron at Kamp Kinser, Okinawa, in September — but it isn’t planning on stationing a dedicated unit in Tokyo, according to the Air Force.


Unusual tweet by Strategic Command spurs comedic reactions on social media

The unusual message from the U.S. Strategic Command Twitter account received more than 12,000 likes, 9,000 retweets and hundreds of comments less than an hour after it was posted.


North Korea says recent launch tested a 'new type' of ballistic missile

The launches come less than a week after Pyongyang fired multiple short-range missiles in the wake of a visit to Seoul by Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.


‘Finding people is easy:’ DNA databases help unite American veterans with their long-lost children

Vietnamese and Filipino children are finding their GI dads through online searches.


Projectiles fired by North Korea were ballistic missiles, US and Japan say

The launches come less than a week after Pyongyang fired multiple short-range missiles in the wake of a visit to Seoul by Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.


US sounds support for Philippines in dispute over loitering Chinese fishing vessels

The Philippines protested the presence earlier this month of over 220 Chinese fishing vessels spotted by the Philippine coast guard near Julian Felipe Reef in the Spratly Islands.


Fire at Air Force base in Japan guts home, destroys family’s possessions

A spokesman for Yokota Air Base's 374th Airlift Wing declined to provide further details about Tuesday's fire, including a description of the damage or the fire’s origin.


North Korea, denuclearization top agenda as Austin, Blinken talk with counterparts in Seoul

Asked about the impact of scaled back military exercises on the peninsula between the U.S. and South Korea, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the military is always looking for ways to make training better.


Austin, Blinken arrive in South Korea for talks expected to cover North’s nuclear ambitions

North Korea’s nuclear arsenal will likely be the focus of talks between the U.S. secretaries of Defense and State and their South Korean counterparts Wednesday and Thursday in Seoul.


Austin in Tokyo: US-Japan alliance will stay stronger than any adversary

The U.S. and Japan can “outmatch any competitor” in the years ahead, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin told his Japanese counterpart Tuesday.


Austin arrives in Tokyo for talks expected to include cooperation on China, North Korea

Talks in Tokyo Tuesday should include the Japanese-administered Senkaku Islands; North Korean nuclear weapons; vaccine diplomacy to counter Chinese moves; and the recent military coup in Myanmar.


Super Hercs and paratroopers pull off ‘biggest US-Japan airborne operation in history’

Photos of the training, dubbed Airborne 21, show paratroopers from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force jumping from a C-130J Super Hercules assigned to Yokota Air Base.


Bells, sirens and moments of silence at US bases in Japan mark 10 years since earthquake and tsunami

Tributes were a reminder that more than 20,000 American troops worked alongside their Japanese allies to respond to the disaster.


US Forces Korea commander was underwhelmed by North Korea's most recent missile display

U.S. Forces Korea commander Army Gen. Robert Abrams, in written testimony to the House Armed Services Committee Wednesday, said North Korea’s claims aren’t evidence of a viable nuclear weapon.


South Korea greenlights 13.9% spending boost for hosting American troops

South Korea will pay $1.03 billion this year, up from $910 million in 2019, to support 28,500 U.S. service members there, according to a ministry statement.


Serious snowboarding injury spurs Air Force safety warning in Japan

The Air Force is alerting service members to exercise caution in the Japanese mountains after an airman was seriously injured during a recent snowboarding trip.


US and South Korea reach ‘agreement in principle’ on defense cost-sharing

The United States and South Korea have agreed on a new cost-sharing agreement for stationing 28,500 U.S. troops on the peninsula, South Korea’s Foreign Ministry announced Monday.


Austin, Blinken are planning Biden administration’s first visit to Japan, reports say

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken are planning March 15-17 talks in Tokyo with their Japanese counterparts, reports said.