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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


USS Ronald Reagan sailor gets two-year sentence after assaulting fellow sailor, strangling civilian

Petty Officer 3rd Class Steven Garcia was originally charged with two counts of abusive sexual contact causing bodily harm but pleaded down to the assault charges in a pre-trial agreement with prosecutors.

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Navy crew ejects from jet experiencing ‘mechanical issue’ over Philippine Sea

Two Navy aviators are safe after ejecting from an F/A-18 Super Hornet that “experienced a mechanical issue” over the Philippine Sea on Monday morning, a Navy statement said.


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Artillery relocation program brings battalion’s worth of equipment, Marines to mainland Japan

For more than 20 years, the Japanese government has been paying to move U.S. military personnel and equipment from Okinawa to mainland Japan for artillery training.


As competition grows, Pacific-based submarine group strives to ‘defeat, deter and win’

The surveillance, reconnaissance and lethality that nuclear-powered U.S. submarines provide has gone unparalleled by rivals; however, a changing landscape of military power in the Pacific presents a challenge to the Navy’s long-dominant submarine force, leaders say.


More USS Ronald Reagan sailors sanctioned in drug probe aboard carrier

Additional details released this week about a drug ring run by USS Ronald Reagan sailors revealed that the number of servicemembers involved totals 15.


Airman pronounced dead after being found ‘unresponsive’ near Guam’s Tumon Bay

An airman deployed to Guam’s Andersen Air Force Base was pronounced dead Tuesday afternoon after being found “unresponsive” near Tumon Bay, the Air Force said Wednesday.


Japan developing supersonic glide bombs to defend remote islands also claimed by China

An agency under the country's defense ministry began glide-bomb research this year and will continue with trial production through March 2025, with plans of putting the weapons into service by March 2026, a spokesman said.