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Play tells the story of Operation Babylift in Vietnam of 1975

The voices of nine people involved in one of history’s most dramatic humanitarian operations echo in a play that aims to keep memories of the Vietnam War alive.

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US troops should expect more South Pacific missions, security expert says

Concerns about Chinese efforts to build influence in the South Pacific will likely spur more exercises like one involving the U.S. Army in Fiji this month, according to a regional security expert.

Hear firsthand stories of World War II at the MacArthur Museum in Brisbane

Australian Ron Rees was just 6, on his way home from a fishing trip with his older brother, when he met Gen. Douglas MacArthur on the street in 1942.

Rotational force in Australia’s Northern Territory hits target of 2,500 Marines

Marine Rotational Force-Darwin, which trains in Australia for six months during the southern hemisphere summer, has built up slowly since an initial contingent of 250 Marines hit the beach there in 2012.

Japan’s new marine unit gets a workout during Talisman Sabre drills Down Under

Members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force began observing and participating in amphibious training with U.S. Marines on Okinawa in 2012. The training, which was off limits to media, was part of a multiyear effort to develop amphibious capability that included new helicopter carriers and landing craft.

Talisman Sabre troops honor Australians killed during World War I and beyond

Troops from several service branches of the nations that are participating in the monthlong drills gathered Tuesday at the Bowen War Memorial to pay tribute to those who had come before them and had made the ultimate sacrifice.

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US, Pacific allies show off their growing amphibious strength during Talisman Sabre

The Marines have been renowned for their ability to get from ship to shore under fire since World War II, but Monday’s training made clear that their mates have plenty of firepower to bring to the party.


Australian seaside town welcomes US Marines with open arms during massive exercise

Locals and vacationers in the small Australian town Bowen were eager to get to know U.S. Marines patrolling their streets this week as part of the biennial Talisman Sabre exercise.

Army microbiologist helps battle mosquito-borne illnesses from lab Down Under

A U.S. Army-run laboratory on an Australian military base is helping protect troops from mosquito-borne diseases in tropical environments such as the training areas used in this month’s Talisman Sabre exercise Down Under.


Faded memories: Former Air Force pilot pays tribute to his service as he turns 100 in Tokyo

It’s been decades since Dave Fisher soared through the wild blue yonder in Air Force jets, and a century since his birth on July 17, 1919. The former Air Force major is one of the oldest, if not the oldest, American military veterans in Japan.

Japanese police hunt assault suspect who fled in ‘Y’ plate car near Misawa Air Base

The suspect, described as being in his 20s or 30s, allegedly punched the victim in the head before leaving the scene in a vehicle with a type of license plate issued to American military personnel in Japan.

Highly mobile rocket systems to stay in Australia after Talisman Sabre ends

A platoon from the Okinawa-based 12th Marine Regiment brought three High-Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems launchers to Australia for the monthlong, biennial drills involving 34,000 U.S. and Australian troops.

China urges US to ‘immediately cancel’ sale of tanks and missiles to Taiwan

China is demanding that the United States scrap a plan to sell more than $2 billion worth of military hardware, including M1A2 Abrams tanks and Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, to Taiwan.

US, Australian forces kick off massive, monthlong military drills Down Under

The training, which comes amid heightened concern about Chinese influence in the South Pacific, is expected to be closely monitored by a Chinese Auxiliary General Intelligence vessel, according to Australia’s ABC television network.

Special operations Osprey squadrons stand up at US air base in Tokyo

The newly established 21st Special Operations Squadron and the 753rd Special Operations Maintenance Squadron at Yokota Air Base will fly and maintain five CV-22 Ospreys.

Undisclosed fuel spills at Yokota did not meet reporting criteria, US military says

Japan’s Mainichi Shimbun newspaper discovered a spill of 734 gallons of diesel fuel from a tank and a midflight leakage of 2,790 gallons of jet fuel at Yokota Air Base near Tokyo went unreported to Japanese authorities.

Military IDs remains of three Marines recovered after December midair collision off Japan

The cause of a collision between KC-130J tanker and an F/A-18 Hornet is still under investigation.

Navy eyes shipyard in Philippines as repair and maintenance facility

Subic Bay was once home to thousands of U.S. sailors and their families before the Navy vacated its bases there in 1992. It’s still a regular port call for U.S. warships.

Japan outlaws flying drone aircraft while under the influence of alcohol

The new rules don’t directly affect American personnel operating drones on military bases, Japanese officials said — but Federal Aviation Administration rules also ban drinking and droning flights over military installations.

New Misawa Queen looks forward to serving as ambassador for US air base in Japan

Airman 1st Class Brooklyn Shedd will represent Misawa Air Base, attending nine festivals with two Japanese beauty queens and joining a sports team.

USFJ commander emphasizes ‘greater number of challenges’ during visit with Japan’s defense chief

Challenges are growing for the United States and Japan in the Far East, the commander of U.S. Forces Japan told his host nation’s defense minister Wednesday in western Tokyo.

Soccer stars teach their techniques to military kids during Pacific tour

Former national team players Staci Wilson, Saskia Weber, Nikki Serlenga and Shannon MacMillan have been hosting clinics for youngsters on Pacific military bases.

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.”

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.