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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


Dumbo Pizza Factory offers big flavor for a bargain near NAF Atsugi

The quality of a pizza parlor coincides with the quality of its Margherita pie. Luckily, the pizza at Dumbo Pizza Factory near Naval Air Facility Atsugi is a standout — and not just by Japanese standards.

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New leader takes helm of Navy’s only forward-deployed amphibious force

Rear Adm. Fred Kacher assumed command of Task Force 76 from Rear Adm. Brad Cooper during a ceremony Friday aboard the USS Wasp at Sasebo Naval Base, Japan.


Navy identifies US sailor found dead in public park near Sasebo

Petty Officer 3rd Class Chase Edwards, a 21-year-old gunner’s mate from Euless, Texas, was found dead late Thursday in a public park outside Sasebo Naval Base, Japan.


US sailor found dead at public park near Sasebo Naval Base

The body of the sailor, identified only as a male, was found by local police and Navy security personnel just before midnight Thursday in a park in Sasebo’s Hirase area.


Attendance dips at Iwakuni’s annual Friendship Day, but crowds still line up for military aircraft

The largest air show in Japan features long lines of people climbing into cockpits for views usually reserved for the pilots of U.S. military and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force aircraft.


USS America, USS New Orleans to replace Wasp and Stethem as forward-deployed Japan vessels

The amphibious assault ship USS Wasp, homeported at Sasebo Naval Base, and the guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem, at Yokosuka Naval Base, will return to the United States after spending several years in Japan, according to the Navy statement.


Marine squadron commander at Iwakuni fired months after fatal midair collision

Lt. Col. James Compton was removed April 22 by Maj. Gen. Thomas Weidley, commander of the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing in Okinawa, due to a “loss of trust and confidence,” according to a statement from the III Marine Expeditionary Force.