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Former defense chief’s book recalls battling ISIS, F-35 troubles, Pacific pivot

The backstories behind some of the biggest issues faced by the Department of Defense during former Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s tenure are told in “Inside the Five-Sided Box: Lessons from a Lifetime of Leadership in the Pentagon.”

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Team recovers remains of US Marine aviators killed in midair collision off Japan

The number and identity of those recovered is not yet known, officials said. Five crew members of a KC-130J tanker and the pilot of an F/A-18 Hornet were killed in a December collision.


French press agency drops copyright claim against ex-POWs group

Agence France Presse had sought a financial settlement from a veterans’ service organization for unauthorized use of an image.


Troops should learn meditation in basic training, veteran yoga instructor says

The Army should start teaching soldiers meditation techniques in basic training to make them more resilient to trauma they might face in combat, according to the author of an upcoming book on military mindfulness.


Japan takes ownership of first E-2D Advanced Hawkeye at Misawa

Japan’s first E-2D Advanced Hawkeye early-warning and control aircraft arrived at Misawa Air Base in late March, according to a spokesman for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force.


Pizzeria La Soffitta offers a tasty spot to escape from Shibuya’s hustle and bustle

Finding a quiet spot near Tokyo's Shibuya Station — just steps from the world’s busiest intersection — isn’t as hard as it might seem when you’re struggling to think over the clatter of pachinko parlors. All you have to do is navigate with thousands of others across that busy intersection and wander down a few back alleys to arrive at a staircase leading to Pizzeria La Soffitta, which touts authentic Milanese pies and imported Italian pastas and wines.


White House wanted USS McCain ‘out of sight’ during Trump visit to Japan, reports say

The White House asked the Navy to move the destroyer named after the late Sen. John S. McCain “out of sight” during President Donald Trump’s visit this week to the home of the 7th Fleet in Japan, according to media reports.


NY wholesaler charged with selling counterfeit US military uniforms from China

The Justice Department alleges that samples of actual military uniforms and gear were provided to manufacturers in China to replicate and then knockoffs were shipped to the wholesaler and others who marketed and sold them as American-made products.


Marine accused of punching Tokyo taxi driver, assaulting woman after not paying fare

Lance Cpl. Kahsai Hill, 21, was taken into custody Saturday by Tokyo Metropolitan Police on suspicion of robbery resulting in bodily injury after he allegedly punched a taxi driver in the face after not paying his approximately $7.40 fare, according to Kyodo News agency.


US Marine dies following tactical vehicle accident in Australia

Lance Cpl. Hans Sandoval-Pereyra, 21, of Fairfax, Va., died Tuesday from injuries sustained in an accident while training at Mount Bundey Training Area in Australia’s Northern Territory, according to a III Marine Expeditionary Force statement.


Trump puts US servicemembers in spotlight during Memorial Day address aboard USS Wasp

President Donald Trump had plenty to tell the troops about his state visit to Japan, but he also surprised an enlisted sailor and Marine by calling them onto a stage and inviting them to say a few words.


Golf and sumo as Trump begins second state visit to Japan

President Donald Trump is slated to become the first world leader to meet with new Japanese Emperor Naruhito since his enthronement on May 1.


Bolton: North Korea issues at top of list for Trump’s state visit to Japan

North Korea should discuss the return of a U.S. warship it seized more than 50 years ago if it has issues with the detention of a cargo vessel accused of violating U.N. sanctions, National Security Adviser John Bolton said Saturday.


Japanese man arrested in laser-pointing incident near US Air Force base in western Tokyo

The arrest was related to an incident in which lasers were pointed at two C-130J Super Hercules planes in February, according to officials.


US agrees to sell $600M in air-defense missiles to Japan and S. Korea

The U.S. State Department has approved more than $600 million in air-defense missile sales to South Korea and Japan, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.


US plans new anti-terrorism training centers for Southeast Asia, East Africa

The State Department’s Antiterrorism Assistance program already operates training centers in Jordan and Senegal where local first responders can, for example, train as a quick-reaction force, learn to use special weapons and tactics and respond to bombs.


F-35B bird strike at Marine air station in Japan does over $2 million in damage

A safety investigation and a complete damage assessment are ongoing after a bird strike at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni.


US personnel in Japan can join Olympic ticket lottery this month

A ticket sales website hosting the lottery allows people to register and chose events they want to attend. The website includes information about Olympic sports, venues, prices and dates.


No evidence of shots fired following lockdown at home of US Forces Japan

The west side of Yokota Air Base was locked down for about an hour on Tuesday morning after reports of shots fired.


Joint counterterrorism drills suspended after New Zealand soldier dies during training

A member of the 1st New Zealand Special Air Service Regiment has died following an accident during counterterrorism training with the U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Regiment, according to New Zealand and U.S. officials.


Navy ends support of Japanese search for F-35A stealth fighter, pilot

The Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-35A stealth fighter went down with its pilot, Maj. Akinori Hosomi, who remains unaccounted for, in the Pacific Ocean approximately 85 miles east of Misawa Air Base on April 9.


Chinese firms could gain footholds at both Subic and Clark in the Philippines

Philippines Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said the government would not, and could not, block Chinese offers to buy Subic Bay shipbuilder Hanjin Philippines, which has defaulted on $1.3 billion in loans.


Survey finds that US Marines are welcome in Australia’s Northern Territory

There’s been a steady build-up of Marines in Darwin, Australia, since 2012. Australia’s northernmost large city is close to a region that’s of increasing strategic importance to military planners.


Private firm prepares to launch three Air Force satellites from New Zealand

This month’s launch is part of the Air Force’s Rapid Agile Launch Initiative to procure small, commercial launch vehicles. The service is interested in commercial launch services because they’re cheaper and more convenient than traditional launches


Navy sends a pair of guided-missile destroyers through Taiwan Strait

Two U.S. warships sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Sunday and Monday, the Navy said. The move is likely to spark protest from Beijing.


Ex-Misawa jiujitsu instructor convicted of attempted manslaughter in on-base brawl

Rodrigo Pineda Gomez, the husband of an Air Force officer, was arrested in February last year on charges stemming from a New Year’s Eve 2016 incident at an on-base café at Misawa Air Base.


Australia-bound battalion will boost Marines' Darwin presence to 2,500

Once the Hawaii-based 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment arrives in Australia, there will be 2,500 Marines in the country — a target set by former President Barack Obama when he announced the creation of the rotational force in 2011.


Army astronaut set to blast off on moon landing’s 50th anniversary

Col. Andrew Morgan, a veteran of two deployments to Afghanistan and one to Iraq, is set for a July 20 launch on a nine-month mission to the International Space Station.


Earthquake damage affects flights at former Clark Air Base in the Philippines

Flights in and out of Clark International Airport, formerly Clark Air Base, north of Manila, remained canceled Tuesday due to damage to facilities caused by the quake, which injured seven at the airport.


Marines are bringing more air power than ever to annual training in Australia

Aircraft deploying to Australia’s Northern Territory include 10 MV-22 Osprey tiltrotors, four AH-1Z Vipers and three UH-1Y Venom helicopters, a Marine spokesman said.


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.