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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


Off-base businesses in Japan feel the squeeze of US military’s anti-virus measures

“We still get a few Japanese locals and some of their foreign friends come in,” said Mary Jane, the owner of Venus Resto Bar near Yokosuka, “but with the Americans restricted to base, business is noticeably slower since there isn’t much volume.”

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Navy Super Hornet loses refueling cover while training off Okinawa coast

The jet belongs to Strike Fighter Squadron 115 and was training with Air Force F-15 Strike Eagles from Kadena when the part was lost, according to a report in the Okinawa Times newspaper.


Marines declare popular Iwakuni barbecue restaurant off-limits after owner’s drug arrest

The restaurant's owner, Phillip Christopher Azevedo, a Marine Corps veteran, was taken into custody Dec. 21 on suspicion of marijuana possession, according to a Japanese police spokesman.


Air Force turns to tablet computers, online study guides to improve basic training

The Air Force is using tablet-style computers and web-based study guides during basic military training to reinforce classroom lessons and track trainees’ progress, officials said Monday.


Raku Beer offers 15 Japanese craft beers

Iwakuni, the city that lends the nearby Marine Corps air station its name, is a wonderful place to live, but it lacks one thing: a pub-style establishment with a large selection of craft beer.


‘Who they were, what they gave’: Iwakuni Marines dedicate memorial to victims of 2018 midair collision

A section of a propeller recovered from the wreckage of the Dec. 6, 2018 collision is included in the new memorial, which was unveiled at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni on the first anniversary of the accident.


Online fundraiser for family of injured Sasebo sailor quickly surpasses $10,000 goal

Janet Castillo, a 20-year-old sailor, was leaving a Christmas gathering Saturday when she was struck by a motorcycle and then run over by another vehicle outside Sasebo Naval Base, according to the fundraiser.