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Seth Robson

Builders finishing up new indoor community space as winter descends on Misawa

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan — Winter is coming, and the Air Force is expanding indoor community space for troops and families at America’s northernmost military base in the Far East.

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Search continues for five Marines still missing after deadly midair collision near Japan

The downed planes, which launched from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, were conducting “regularly scheduled training,” including aerial refueling, when the accident happening, a Marine Corps statement said.


One Marine dead, five missing after jet and tanker collide off Japanese coast

One Marine has died, one has been rescued and five are still missing after a collision between a fighter and a refueling plane off the coast of Japan, U.S. and Japanese officials said Thursday.


Pair of enlisted leaders take over for Greene at US Forces Japan, 5th Air Force

Chief Master Sgt. Terrence Greene, who had been taking on both roles of senior enlisted leader and command chief, relinquished the roles for Chief Master Sgt. Richard Winegardner Jr. and Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick, respectively.


Japan’s winter illuminations promise holiday excitement for all ages

There’s electricity in the air during the Christmas season in Japan. Santa’s little helpers have been at work stringing lightbulbs around the city of Sapporo on Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido — and many more will light up other Japanese cities in the leadup to the end-of-the-year holidays.


Serious about STEM: Misawa library’s new annex lets patrons try out 3D printing, robotics, virtual reality

Makerspace, an annex that opened Nov. 13 at Misawa’s Overstreet Memorial Library, includes $12,000 worth of new gear related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM.


F-35B makes stealth fighter’s inaugural landing at Okinawa Marine base

U.S. Forces Japan released a photograph of the aircraft from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 — the “Green Knights” — at Futenma on Tuesday.


Military motorcyclists ride to honor Yokota airman stabbed to death in Tokyo

The riders gathered Saturday morning at the home of U.S. Forces Japan in memory of Master Sgt. Nicholas Vollweiler, 35, who was pronounced dead at a hospital Nov. 9 after being stabbed with a knife at his home just outside Yokota’s east gate in the city of Tachikawa.


Airman stabbed to death near Yokota remembered in emotional ceremony

Fellow airmen recalled Master Sgt. Nicholas Vollweiler's service, his love of tattoos and motorcycles, and his adoption of a former military working dog.


Don’t call them 'pinks and greens': Top enlisted soldier says there’s another name for the Army’s new dress uniforms

Sergeant Major of the Army Daniel Dailey talked about what the service is calling the retro-style uniform, who'll be wearing it first and more during a stop in Japan.


Second lady discusses employment challenges with military spouses in Japan

Karen Pence said officials are looking into finding more government jobs that can be done by military spouses from home.


Air Force identifies Yokota airman stabbed to death in western Tokyo

Air Force officials have identified an airman stabbed to death Friday outside the home of U.S. Forces Japan in western Tokyo.


Japanese woman arrested in stabbing death of Yokota-based airman

The unidentified airman, who was in his 30s, was stabbed with a knife at his home near Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo Friday. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.


North Korea, Okinawa may be on agenda during Pence’s upcoming Tokyo visit

Vice President Mike Pence and his wife are set to visit Tokyo next week, according to high-level Japanese government officials.


Japan seeks to route flights through US-controlled airspace in western Tokyo

Japanese officials want to route civilian jumbo jets through airspace near Yokota Air Base to increase the capacity of Haneda International Airport, which is one of the two major gateways for foreign visitors to Tokyo.


Century-old Stars and Stripes cartoons serve as vivid reminder of WWI troops’ struggles

Between Feb. 8, 1918, and June 13, 1919, Stars and Stripes published more illustrations than photographs and often included humor-filled cartoons reflecting the daily lives of members of the American Expeditionary Forces.


US, Japan move into final stretch of ‘largest and most complex’ field exercise

The U.S. and Japan are in the final stretch of a large, complex field training exercise that has 10,000 American servicemembers drilling alongside 47,000 Japanese troops on land, in the air and at sea.


Japanese prefecture devastated by 2011 earthquake thanks Yokota for relief efforts

Japanese residents from Miyagi prefecture recently brought food, drinks and crafts to the home of U.S. Forces Japan to thank Americans for their help in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.


China says airfield planned for Antarctica to be used by scientists and tourists

China has announced plans to build an airfield in Antarctica amid warnings that the communist nation is laying groundwork for a claim on the frozen continent’s vast natural resources.


Papua New Guinea island touted as potential base for US and Australian warships

Papua New Guinea’s Lombrum Naval Base was built by U.S. forces in 1944 on Manus Island, an 800-square-mile rock in the Bismarck Sea north of New Britain. It is already being upgraded to accommodate four Guardian-class coastal patrol ships that Australia is providing for the South Pacific nation.


Northern Marianas military bases survive Super Typhoon Yutu

Military installations in the Northern Marianas remain “mission capable,” the Navy said Thursday as crews cleared debris from a storm that tied for the strongest so far this year.


Boeing’s new aerial refueler stops at Yokota after maiden trans-Pacific flight

Boeing’s new KC-46 Pegasus tanker completed its maiden trip across the Pacific Tuesday when it touched down at the home of U.S. Forces Japan in western Tokyo.


Explore the storied history of a former American military base at Clark Museum

Clark Air Base, America’s then-largest overseas military facility located about two hours north of Manila in the Philippines, closed in 1991 — but, if you want to take a nostalgic trip to that bygone era, the Clark Museum in Mabalacat City offers just that.


No easy solution for Russia-Japan dispute over islands north of Hokkaido

The Russian presence and the expulsion of more than 17,000 Japanese from the country's Northern Territories remains a source of tension and the reason the nations have yet to sign a peace treaty 73 years after the war.


US military tightens base access for South Koreans in Japan

U.S. Forces Japan recently added the longtime American ally to a list of nations whose citizens must undergo additional screening before they can be escorted onto installations.


Yokota airman, a recent ‘Airlifter of the Week,’ found dead in off-base home

Staff Sgt. Eliction Chan, 27, assigned to the 374th Mission Support Group at Yokota Air Base, Japan, died Oct. 1, according to an Air Force statement issued last week.


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Filipino villagers welcome upcoming return of church bells seized by US troops

Residents of a seaside village on the island of Samar are getting ready to celebrate the return of three church bells seized by U.S. troops as war trophies more than a century ago after their comrades were massacred by local “insurrectos.”


Air Force gives Japanese reporters closeup look at Yokota’s Ospreys

Japanese reporters got a closeup look at one of five Air Force CV-22 Ospreys at the home of U.S. Forces Japan in western Tokyo on Wednesday.


Typhoon Trami topples trees, damages vehicles at US bases in Japan

Yokota Air Base and nearby Camp Zama appeared to be the worst hit, despite the eye of the storm traveling much closer to other installations, namely Kadena Air Base on Okinawa.


Korean War vet honored for 75 years of service to Boy Scouts

Since Willis “Buddy” Clark Jr. moved to the Philippines from California a few years ago, the father of five has had a big impact on Boy Scout Troop 485, which is mostly composed of children of U.S. veterans.


Vets remember daring raid that liberated 500 POWs in the Philippines

The story of a raid that freed prisoners at the Cabanatuan POW camp was retold to former servicemembers and supporters who gathered there for POW/MIA Recognition Day.