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Caitlin Doornbos

Caitlin Doornbos reports for Stars and Stripes out of Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan.

She’s a University of Kansas graduate who previously covered crime and breaking news for the Orlando Sentinel. Her reporting helped the Sentinel become a Pulitzer Prize finalist in breaking news for its coverage of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub.

Email: doornbos.caitlin@stripes.com


As murder trial opens, Japanese woman says she stabbed her Yokota airman boyfriend in 2018

Aria Saito faces charges of murder and violation of Japan’s Swords and Firearms Control Law in the November 2018 death of Master Sgt. Nicholas Vollweiler, who served as the Yokota security forces squadron’s chief of standards and evaluation.

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Navy reprimands sailors who wore ‘Make Aircrew Great Again’ patches during Trump speech

A Navy investigation determined patches featuring a twist on President Donald Trump’s “Make Aircrew Great Again” campaign slogan worn by Guam-based sailors violated a Department of Defense order banning troops from participating in political events in uniform.


All of Marine Forces Special Operations Command will be based in North Carolina by 2022, officials say

About 900 Marines, sailors and civilian employees attached to the 1st Marine Raider Battalion and the 1st Marine Raider Support Battalion at Camp Pendleton will start their moves to Camp Lejeune in summer 2021.


US sends three aircraft near Taiwan Strait after back-to-back Chinese drills near Taiwan

The Air Force flew two B-52 bombers and an MC-130J Commando II tanker along the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday, according to Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense.


Ferry spotted near Yokosuka won’t host ship passengers quarantined for coronavirus, Japan says

The 17,000-ton Hakuo will be used as sleeping quarters for Japan Self-Defense Forces personnel and a base for their relief efforts in supporting cruise-ship passengers quarantined over the coronavirus.


Navy warship steams near contested Spratly Island reefs militarized by China

The Navy on Saturday sent a warship steaming past two of the seven features China has militarized in the contested Spratly Islands, according to the 7th Fleet.


Navy Seahawk crew OK after going down in Philippine Sea

Two naval aviators have returned to duty and three others were released from an Okinawa naval hospital after their MH-60 Seahawk helicopter went down in the Philippine Sea on Saturday.