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

Searchers recover body of Marine missing at sea since Thursday off southern Japan

Sgt. Tyler M. Rankin disappeared Thursday off the coast of Hamada Beach in Shimane prefecture, according to a statement Tuesday from Marine Aircraft Group 12.

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The master sergeant promotion board began meeting June 1. It was unable to meet March 23 as originally scheduled thanks to movement restrictions imposed by the Defense Department to curb the coronavirus’ spread.

US military softens anti-coronavirus measures for many bases in mainland Japan

The change represents a “move toward Health Protection Condition Bravo,” the military’s moderate risk level, Yokosuka base commander Capt. Rich Jarrett said in a video posted to Facebook.

Coronavirus rules relaxed, MCAS Iwakuni lets children return to Japanese schools

Dozens of Iwakuni students have been away from off-base school since March when Col. Lance Lewis ordered all SOFA personnel to keep their children out of local schools.