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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


American, Japanese bikers raise thousands for Iwakuni flood victims

American and Japanese bikers recently delivered $2,500 to the mayor of Iwakuni to support the victims of deadly flooding and landslides over the summer.

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USS Wasp strike group departs Sasebo for patrol of Western Pacific

The USS Wasp amphibious-assault ship and the USS Ashland landing-dock ship departed Sasebo Naval Base this week for a deployment that marks only the second time F-35B Lightning II stealth fighters have embarked aboard the Wasp.


Airmen earn their wings in 6 months with modern pilot-training program

The first graduates of Pilot Training Next — a six-month program at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Austin, Texas, designed to accelerate the learning curve to becoming a pilot — are slated to pin on their wings Friday.


US wraps up nearly 2-week minesweeping exercise with India, Japan

U.S. and Japanese minesweepers and Indian bomb-disposal experts have been drilling this month on skills they’d need to clear mines from Pacific shipping lanes during wartime.


Air Force OKs new hairstyles for women, off-duty earrings for men

The changes eliminate minimum hair length for females but set a maximum bulk of 3 ½ inches from the scalp and mandate hairstyles that allow a cover to sit properly on the head. Dreadlocks must be tightly fused or interwoven and present a neat and professional appearance.


National Guard making it easier for soldiers to access tuition benefits

The Army is making it easier for National Guard troops to get an education as it strives to recruit and retain more soldiers.


Marines, sailors help clean waterlogged homes after flooding in Japan

More than 50 sailors and Marines joined a volunteer effort organized by Iwakuni’s Single Marine Program Thursday, heading for flood-hit neighborhoods. Torrential waters and landslides have killed at least 200 in recent days.