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Murder trial looms for base worker charged in Okinawan woman’s death

The former U.S. base worker accused of raping and killing a 20-year-old Okinawan woman last year is expected to plead guilty as his trial commences this week at Naha District Court on Okinawa.

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Okinawa Marines honor Gold Star dad who enlisted to finish what son started

After losing his son in 2006 to a roadside bomb in Fallujah, Iraq, Bill Krissoff joined the Navy medical corps after leveraging a meeting with President George W. Bush to obtain the needed age waiver. He later deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan where he is credited with saving countless lives.

Kadena Special Olympics continues to break down barriers in event’s 18th year

Air Force Staff Sgt. Lionel Rhone dressed up like Superman over the weekend to greet a group of special athletes who are far more courageous than the Man of Steel.


Marines help one another capitalize on abbreviated Blue Chromite drills

A maze of buildings with high, protected rooftops and walls was the scene of an intense mock battle for the fifth iteration of Blue Chromite, an annual Navy-Marine Corps exercise in the jungle training areas of Okinawa and its surrounding seas.

Man gets ‘stern warning’ for holding ISIS-like banner outside US air base

A Japanese man received a “stern warning” from police after dressing up in an all-black outfit and holding what appeared to be an Islamic State banner outside Kadena Air Base over the weekend.

F-35A stealth fighters arrive in Japan for 6-month ‘theater security’ deployment

The jets — America’s newest and most advanced stealth fighters — landed at Kadena Air Base on Monday. The fighters will be joined by approximately 300 airmen from Hill Air Force Base.

7th Fleet’s amphibious force gets new leader after shakeup over deadly collisions

Rear Adm. Charles “Brad” Cooper II is replacing Rear Adm. Marc Dalton as commander of the Okinawa-based Task Force 76/Expeditionary Strike Group Seven.

3 DODEA schools win National Blue Ribbon award for academic excellence

Three Department of Defense Education Activity schools — including one on Okinawa and another in Germany — have been selected as National Blue Ribbon winners for academic excellence.

Okinawa Marines resume Super Stallion flights following accident

The Marine Corps resumed CH-53E Super Stallion flights on Okinawa Wednesday despite Japanese officials’ calls to ground the legacy heavy-lift helicopters over safety concerns.

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force set to begin massive island-defense drills

Japanese soldiers are gearing up for massive, monthlong defense drills that will include 14,000 personnel, 3,800 vehicles and 60 aircraft

Spurred by Super Stallion accident, Okinawa villagers seek closure of military helipads

Okinawan villagers living near where a Marine Corps helicopter made an emergency landing after catching fire want the U.S. military to shutter six helipads in the nearby Northern Training Area.