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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


Commander: Changes to Navy culture after collisions lead to higher re-enlistment rates in Japan

The re-enlistment, or retention, rate for first-term sailors aboard Sasebo-based ships reached 80 percent this year along with an overall enlisted promotion rate at or above the Navy average.

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“April Fools’ Day allows III Marine Expeditionary Force the opportunity to build camaraderie and foster esprit de corps within our ranks," said III MEF spokesman Lt. David Mancilla.


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It's the first time the service has claimed top honors as the culinary team of the year at the Armed Forces Chef of the Year competition.


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Explosive ordnance disposal technicians defused the bomb in two hours, an Iwakuni City crisis-management official said.


Marine Corps’ newest, largest exchange store opens in Japan

The project at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, which cost nearly $70 million, features expanded military and civilian clothing, fitness, electronics and outdoor departments.


Japanese police detain Marine who tried to climb fence at German Embassy in Tokyo

The unidentified female Marine assigned to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 12 was on a trip sponsored by MCAS Iwakuni and attempted the climb after a night of drinking.


Marine steps in as impromptu interpreter during exercise in Japan

The linguistic services of Lance Cpl. Robert Lehman, a rifleman who is fluent in Japanese, provided his leaders a bonus; it’s rare for Marines serving in a field unit to be fluent in the local language.