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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


Fourth USS Ronald Reagan sailor pleads guilty in drug operation

Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Gevero was found guilty of wrongful use or possession of controlled substances after admitting to possessing LSD with intent to distribute in August 2017 and illegally possessing steroids on Feb. 9, 2018.

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USS Blue Ridge, after long refit, makes first port visit in nearly three years

Quarter-sized snowflakes pummeled the USS Blue Ridge on Friday as the Navy’s oldest operational ship pulled into the Japanese city of Otaru for its first time in nearly five years.


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Icy tradition encourages warm friendships between sailors, Japanese at Sapporo Snow Festival

This year marks the 36th time the Navy sent a team to the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido to participate in the annual event, which draws visitors from around the world.


Naked, drunken sailor found in Japanese home, reports say

A U.S. servicemember was arrested Saturday in the home of a Japanese couple who found him naked after he’d used their shower, according to local news reports.


Navy awards dual carrier contract in move it says will save billions

The Navy has awarded a $14.9 billion construction contract for a pair of Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carriers, according a Defense Department contract announcement.


China tests ‘Guam killer’ missile, claims weapon could strike moving aircraft carrier

The missile can carry conventional and nuclear warheads, and is capable of “both rapid nuclear counter-strikes and conventional medium-and-long range precision strikes,” a Chinese defense ministry spokesman said.


Some overseas civilians relieved of PCS taxes, but many workers still face burden

Some civilian federal employees whose overseas moves were paid by the government in the past year are sighing with relief: The IRS has declared that a portion of that benefit is tax exempt.