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US troops in Japan must abide by curfew over holiday weekend

All troops in Japan must abide by a new curfew over the holiday weekend, part of the fallout after a 21-year-old Marine was involved in a fatal vehicle crash on Okinawa.

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Japan-based servicemembers slapped with alcohol ban after fatal crash on Okinawa

The U.S. military has ordered servicemembers in Japan not to buy or consume alcohol until further notice after a fatal vehicle accident involving a 21-year-old Marine on Okinawa.


Trump to tell Duterte he is ‘fully committed’ to US-Philippines alliance, official says

President Donald Trump is expected to underscore the importance of the U.S.-Philippines alliance while in the country for a summit of Asian leaders, a State Department official told a group of mostly pro-Trump veterans here over the weekend.


Philippine troops credit US intel, training for helping them beat ISIS in Marawi

Filipino troops guarding the ruins of a city freed from Islamic militants last month said American training and intelligence gave them an edge against the 1,000 insurgents who fought to nearly the last man.


Trump touts ‘crucial’ alliance with Japan as he kicks off Asia tour

U.S. and Japanese troops “instill confidence in the hearts of our allies” and “strike fear in the hearts of our enemies,” President Donald Trump said Sunday at a U.S. air base in western Tokyo.


A veteran’s ashes are in limbo in Cambodia; friend, VFW members want to help

The remains of Jimmie Herschal Sillavan, an Air Force veteran who lived in Phnom Penh, have been held by a Cambodian funeral home since then because nobody has paid the $1,270 cremation fee.


War stories: Vietnam War journalists share examples of courage

Vietnam-era war correspondents wore uniforms, ate field rations and shared many of the deprivations and dangers of ordinary fighting men. Five decades later, their ranks are thinning but those who remain are still telling stories about “the last good war” for combat journalists.


China to US: Mind your own business on South China Sea disputes

The United States should butt out of territorial disputes in the South China Sea, a Chinese official said ahead of President Donald Trump’s inaugural visit to the region.


Air National Guard joins New Zealand’s largest military exercise

Air National Guard personnel and planes are participating in New Zealand’s largest military exercise. Kiwi troops have participated in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and are deployed to the Middle East as part of Operation Inherent Resolve.


Dozen F-35A stealth fighters set for 6-month deployment to Okinawa

The F-35A Lightning IIs and 300 Airmen from Hill Air Force Base, Utah’s 34th Fighter Squadron will arrive at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, in early November, a Pacific Air Forces statement said.


Mattis to congratulate Philippine military for winning battle against ISIS

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis plans to congratulate the Philippines on their progress battling Islamic State militants, he said after arriving in the island nation on Monday.


Former Yokota High student aims to raise awareness about ‘limb-different’ kids

Camden Whiddon was diagnosed with Amelia-phocomelia syndrome — a disorder that leads to malformed or missing limbs. His mother is using his story to raise awareness of the challenges faced by disabled kids.


White House releases details of Trump’s 5-nation tour of Asia

President Donald Trump will meet U.S. servicemembers in Japan and South Korea during a tour of five Asian nations next month, the White House announced Monday.


Japanese court awards residents $5.4 million over Yokota aircraft noise

A Japanese court has awarded more than $5.4 million to people living near Yokota in western Tokyo as compensation for aircraft noise.


Air Force bids farewell to last active-duty C-130H cargo plane

The last C-130H Hercules cargo plane in the active-duty Air Force bid sayonara to Japan on Monday.


Marines launch AAVs from Philippine ship during Kamandag drills

The tracked amphibious landing vehicles, known as AAVs, launched seven times between Oct. 2-9 from the BRP Tarlac, one of the Philippines’ two new landing platform dock ships.


US, Philippines will ramp up bilateral war games in 2018, official says

America and the Philippines will return to regular war games starting next year, the chief of the Philippine military announced Thursday while hailing the U.S. as his country’s “number one ally.”


Twitter users appear to track Navy ships using newly activated beacons

Naval enthusiasts are tweeting what they believe are U.S. warship positions after commanders ordered the vessels to activate their beacons while in congested waters to avoid collisions.


US-Filipino troops kick off new Kamandag exercise in the Philippines

Marines, sailors and Filipino troops began counterterrorism and disaster-response drills Monday in the Philippines, the U.S. Embassy in Manila said.


In Tokyo, Petraeus says world has returned to era of ‘great power rivalries’

The world has returned to an era of “great power rivalries” not seen since the Cold War, former CIA director and retired four-star Army general David Petraeus told reporters in Japan on Saturday.


Danger Zone cafe in Irbil gives troops a comfortable spot to relax, recharge

If it weren’t for all the customers wearing camouflage, visitors to Danger Zone Coffee Shop might imagine they’re on vacation in Italy instead of in Irbil, Iraq.


Suite in hotel where MacArthur stayed preserves artifacts from his storied career

Strolling through the MacArthur Suite at the Manila Hotel on Manila Bay, Philippines, it’s easy to imagine the great general at his desk, puffing on a corncob pipe and pondering some military problem.


Japanese temple grave may contain WWII Navy pilot’s remains

The Defense Department has confirmed the existence of a grave that Japanese townsfolk say contains the remains of a downed World War II Navy pilot.


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San Diego-based Super Stallions enjoying their rotation to Japan

Two hundred and fifty Marines from the squadron out of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego, are midway through a six-month Unit Deployment Program rotation to Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, he said.


Soldiers, Apaches, Black Hawks arrive in Japan for Orient Shield drills

Six hundred Alaska-based soldiers along with AH-64 Apache and UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters are in Japan for annual drills amid tension over North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs.


Yokota airmen guide air traffic over world’s most populous metro area

Air-traffic controllers from the 374th Operational Support Squadron, working out of a tower on the east side of Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo, are responsible for the skies surrounding Japan’s tallest mountain and the airspace over the city’s western suburbs.


Marine Corps Osprey makes emergency landing at Japanese airport

Japanese broadcaster NHK reported that the Osprey was flying between Yamaguchi Prefecture and Okinawa. White smoke was seen rising from the aircraft on Monday,.


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Japan demonstrates PAC-3 system in Tokyo hours after missile flies over Hokkaido

The Japan Air Self-Defense Force is deploying Patriot Advanced Capability-3 surface-to-air systems to several U.S. bases in Japan to test their ability to quickly respond to Pyongyang’s missile threats.


Divers recover second body in USS McCain collision

Navy and Marine Corps divers have recovered the body of a second USS John S. McCain sailor, the Navy’s 7th Fleet announced Friday.


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Amphibious assault ship bolsters search for missing USS McCain sailors

Navy and Marine Corps divers from the America and Yokosuka have been searching the guided-missile destroyer for the missing sailors using surface-supplied air rigs to access sealed compartments in damaged areas of the ship.


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US WWII vet returns flag to fallen Japanese soldier’s family

A 93-year-old former Marine carried a calligraphy-covered flag to a small Japanese village Tuesday, keeping a battlefield promise he made more than seven decades ago.