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Austin addresses Indo-Pacific security challenges during first call with Australia's defense chief

The discussion with Australian Minister of Defence Linda Reynolds took place a day after the retired Army general was ceremonially sworn in as the United States’ 28th defense chief.

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South Korean police clear protesters blocking access to US Army-operated THAAD missile-defense battery

More than 50 people staged a sit-in in South Korea as trucks approached the former golf course that’s home to a U.S.-built and operated Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system.


Philippines inks $940 million deal with China to link Subic Bay and Clark Air Base by rail

China and the Philippines have agreed to build a railway linking a pair of former American military facilities on the island of Luzon that are still used by visiting U.S. forces.


‘America is back’: Indo-Pacific allies tweet their congratulations to Biden on inauguration

America’s most important allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region, along with its greatest strategic rival, took to social media to congratulate President Joe Biden on his inauguration Wednesday.


US Forces Korea extends ‘shelter in place’ order, reports 31 new coronavirus cases

Thirty-one people affiliated with U.S. Forces Korea tested positive for the coronavirus after arriving on the peninsula between Dec. 29 and Jan. 18, the command said.


Expect North Korea's nuclear and missile tests to resume, Japanese security expert says

North Korea will likely restart nuclear weapon and missile activity, spurring Japan and South Korea to cooperate on security, a Japanese foreign policy expert told journalists Thursday.


Bringing up the rear: US bases in Japan support UN Command in S. Korea

The command’s work in Japan is vital to the defense of South Korea since it would help facilitate reinforcements that would head to the peninsula through Japanese ports in an emergency.


US veterans in the Philippines in coronavirus vaccine limbo

Representatives of veteran and retiree support organizations in the Philippines wrote to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, outlining their concerns about the U.S. government’s vaccination plan.


Navy rejects China’s claim it 'expelled' US warship from disputed South China Sea

The U.S. Navy denied a Chinese claim that the USS John S. McCain was forced from waters near the Spratly Islands.


Coronavirus vaccines expected within days for select subjects at six US bases in Japan

Medical-care and emergency-service providers have priority for immediate inoculation, including medical personnel, firefighters and public health and safety personnel, U.S. Forces Japan announced Sunday.


Marines test-drive new armored vehicles in Japanese Alps

Compared to the Humvee, the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle is significantly more capable of taking a hit from direct-fire weapons, indirect fire, and explosives, said a Marine Corps official.


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Japanese swimmer chases Olympic dream while teaching classes at US air base in Tokyo

Shotaro Shimazaki, a swim instructor at the Yokota Natatorium, ranked 16th in Japan for 100-meter-breaststroke based on this year’s results.


Heavy snowfall in northern Japan strands more than 200 military travelers at Misawa Air Base

Misawa Air Base received more than 22 inches of snowfall in 72 hours, delaying a Patriot Express flight.


Marines put minimalistic command concept to work during air-assault exercise in Japan

The Marines and Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force are practicing assaults on “key maritime terrain” during Forest Light, the type of operations the Pentagon foresees in a potential conflict with China.


Fewer ships and aircraft are monitoring North Korea’s illicit trade during the pandemic

Sanctions-monitoring missions, which include ships and aircraft operating out of U.S. military bases in Japan, declined from 50-60 a year in recent years to about 20 in 2020, U.N. command staff said.


Parts of Yongsan Garrison among a dozen US military sites being returned to South Korea

Here's a list of facilities that will be returned to South Korea by U.S. forces.


US Army Pacific commander will be nominated to lead US Forces Korea, reports say

Amid reports that US Army Pacific commander Gen. Paul LaCamera would be the new leader of US Forces Korea, a USFK spokesman said no official announcement has been made about a new commander.


Mask-free dancing prompts closure of base establishments in South Korea

USFK said a pair of recent events at Camp Humphreys and Osan Air Base "displayed poor judgment."


US Forces Korea restricts travel amid rise in coronavirus cases on the peninsula

U.S. Forces Korea said all 17 of its new patients are recent arrivals to the peninsula, either via commercial flights to Incheon International Airport or the Patriot Express.


Simple health precautions help keep Tokyo-based airlifters flying during the pandemic

The airlifters' missions include tactical airdrop, aeromedical evacuation, humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, and transporting distinguished visitors.


Marines and Japanese troops train together to capture islands, coastal areas

Five hundred members of the 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment out of Camp Lejeune, N.C., are working with 400 troops from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s 30th Infantry Regiment, their commander, Lt. Col. Neil Berry, said in a telephone interview Sunday from Camp Fuji, outside Tokyo.


Navy pushes ahead with plans to stand up another numbered fleet in the Indo-Pacific

The Navy can’t rely on 7th Fleet alone to cover an almost 48 million-square-mile operations area, the service’s top civilian leader said.


Palau islanders to receive extra Christmas Drop aid after Micronesia opts out over pandemic

The annual Air Force mission, which brings food, clothing and other donated supplies to thousands of people living on small Pacific islands, is scheduled to fly its first sorties of the season on Sunday from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.


‘Phantom Forever’: Iconic fighter jet makes final appearance at a Japan Air Self-Defense Force review

Japan is retiring the F-4s after 48 years of service, according to the Japan Air Self-Defense Force.


US-to-Philippines arms transfers include recon drone, 100 precision-guided missiles

U.S. officials delivered armaments worth nearly $33 million to the Philippines.


Huge historic hangar is getting $5.7 million dollar upgrade at US air base in Tokyo

A giant 72-year-old hangar at Yokota Air Base is getting a makeover.


Navy secretary pitches 1st Fleet revival in Western Pacific, possibly based in Singapore

The 7th Fleet, based at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, is the only U.S. fleet in the Indo-Pacific region. It includes the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group, which is supported at times by ships from the San Diego-based 3rd Fleet.


Japan, Australia edge toward military alliance with new training agreement

Australian and Japanese Prime Ministers Scott Morrison and Yoshihide Suga announced plans during a joint news conference Tuesday in Tokyo for a reciprocal access agreement that sets rules governing troop visits.


ANALYSIS

Human rights pressures may further complicate US-Philippines relations during Biden presidency

A new U.S. administration under President-elect Joe Biden will tread carefully in its dealings with Philippines strongman President Rodrigo Duterte, defense experts predict.


Zama museum preserves history of camp serving as US Army Japan headquarters

During World War II, the military installation that serves as the modern-day headquarters for U.S. Army Japan was Japan’s version of West Point.


In calls with Biden, leaders of America’s Pacific allies pledge to work with president-elect

The leaders of South Korea, Japan and Australia each released details of their calls with President-elect Joe Biden Thursday.