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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


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As another Mount Fuji climbing season ends, iconic peak’s military connections stand firm

For decades, the 12,000-foot Mount Fuji climb has been a rite of passage for thousands of servicemembers and their families stationed in Japan, according to the Marine Corps’ Camp Fuji.


USS Ronald Reagan welcomes new commander with ceremony at sea

The nation’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier welcomed a new leader during a ceremony at sea Monday.


US, Japanese carriers link up for training in contentious South China Sea

The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter carrier JS Kaga linked up there on Friday to practice maneuvers, sail in formation and conduct replenishment-at-sea training, according to the Navy.


Family receives a second Japanese flag taken off soldier's body during WWII

During WWII, flags were often signed by servicemembers’ families, neighbors, schoolmates and coworkers wishing for good fortune in war. The warriors would then fold the flag and carry it into battle.


Truman strike group departs Norfolk just five weeks after its last deployment

The Truman strike group last deployed on April 11 to the Mediterranean and North Atlantic, but returned to Norfolk on July 21 for what the Navy called a “working port visit” that included routine maintenance and training.


DODEA starts new school year overseas with focus on college, career readiness

The streets of overseas military bases were lined with buses Monday morning as Department of Defense Education Activity students returned from their summer break.