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James Bolinger

James Bolinger is a reporter at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan.

He previously served at Vance Air Force Base, Okla., where he spent nearly seven years as the NCOIC of public affairs covering specialized undergraduate pilot training. He began his career as editor of the Airlifter newspaper at Dover Air Force Base, Del., then headed to the Defense Information School where he served as a journalism instructor from 2009 to 2011.

Email: bolinger.james@stripes.com


Impossible Whopper, other meatless fast-food options continue to elude overseas troops

Burger King’s popular Impossible Whopper, Qdoba’s meatless burritos and Dunkin’s meat-free breakfast sausage are being sold on many Army, Air Force and Navy bases in the United States.

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Air Force women’s fly-in event aims to provide mentorship, networking for future leaders

The Air Force’s third annual Women in Aviation Fly-In drew female aviators from the around the world Sept. 18-21 to Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, for networking and mentorship opportunities within the officer and enlisted ranks.


DODEA cuts ribbon on $57 million, ‘21st century’ elementary school at Sasebo Naval Base

Sasebo Elementary School took three years to build and serves approximately 220 children from pre-kindergarten to sixth grade at one of the Japan’s busiest naval bases.


Like AAFES shops, Navy Exchange concessionaires will stop selling vape products Oct. 1

The Navy made the decision Sept. 12, the same day the Army Public Health Center warned servicemembers to avoid vape products after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said vaping may be linked to hundreds of cases of severe lung disease and at least six deaths in dozens of states.