Matt Burke

F-35B stealth fighters make first appearance on Okinawa

Two F-35B Lightning II aircraft landed on Okinawa Monday, the first time the state-of-the-art stealth fighter has visited the strategically important Japanese island.

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Okinawans recall horrors of war, call for lasting peace during Battle of Okinawa remembrance

Sunao Oshiro was only 11 when the Battle of Okinawa came to his tiny home island of Ie Shima, which lies just off the coast of Okinawa’s main island. He was huddled in a cave with his parents and four younger brothers when a bomb landed on the island, killing his entire family and 48 village residents.

Anti-US base protest leader has become symbol of resistance on Okinawa

Since his release from prison, Hiroji Yamashiro has toured Japan to talk about the protests against the military presence on Okinawa. He spoke before the United Nations this month about the movement and how the Japanese government has cracked down on dissent.

Marine carries on 12-year-old Hiroshima victim’s message of peace through origami

Over the course of several years, Staff Sgt. Ismael Esconde has folded thousands of cranes to show appreciation to the Japanese allies of the United States. He has caused quite a stir; people are generally surprised to see a Marine doing origami for the wellness of others.

Okinawan tourism officials urge US military not to advertise dangerous falls

The recent death of a teenage airman at Okinawa’s Aha Falls — a spot popular with servicemembers and tourists for hiking and cliff jumping — left some local officials searching for answers.

War-movie adviser looks to troops, vets to fund his directorial debut

As an actor and military technical adviser, Dale Dye has been the driving force behind some of the most beloved and revered war epics. Now he wants to step behind the camera.

Reports: Okinawa governor planning new lawsuit opposing Futenma relocation

The governor of Okinawa is preparing another lawsuit challenging the relocation of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to a remote part of the island, according to multiple Japanese media reports.

Kadena airman arrested following crash

A 24-year-old airman assigned to Kadena Air Base was arrested following a hit-and-run crash, police officials said.

DPAA still plagued with problems after reorganization, report says

It’s been more than two years since the scandal-plagued Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command and Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office merged to form the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency — a new U.S. government super-agency responsible for recovering America’s war dead.


Caring for tombs warms tense relationship between US military and Okinawans

Over the past couple of years, U.S. and Japanese servicemembers and their families have worked to clear thick jungle brush from the trails, and base access has been arranged for locals who want to pay their respects.

Family suing for DNA testing of possible remains of WWII Medal of Honor recipient

The family of World War II’s first Medal of Honor recipient is once again suing the U.S. government in an attempt to force a DNA test on an unknown set of remains buried in the Philippines that evidence suggests could belong to the celebrated war hero.