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US military searching for missing Osan airman in South Korea

Staff Sgt. Tristin Blake Jarvis was last seen in the vicinity of the Osan Air Base Fitness Center on Wednesday afternoon and was reported absent from his unit as of Thursday.

Camp Humphreys places eight South Korean realty companies off-limits over security issues

The U.S. military’s largest base in South Korea has banned business with eight local real estate companies for 10 years over allegations of using fraudulent passes to access the installation.


Seven US troops test positive for coronavirus after arriving in South Korea

Seven U.S. service members tested positive for the coronavirus after traveling from the United States to South Korea in recent weeks, the military said Wednesday, raising its total number of cases to 54.


North Korea says no to more nuclear talks as US envoy travels to Seoul

North Korea insisted Tuesday that it has “no intention” of resuming dialogue with the U.S.


US troops accused of wreaking havoc at July Fourth beach party in South Korea

The U.S. military expressed regret for “disruptive behavior” after American troops allegedly caused a ruckus with a Fourth of July party in Busan.


South Korea marks 70th anniversary of first US ground battle in Korean War

More than 150 Americans were killed or went missing in the fighting on July 5, 1950, known as the Battle of Osan. But the unit accomplished its mission to help delay the North Korean advance while U.S. reinforcements arrived.


Five USFK personnel test positive for coronavirus after traveling to South Korea from abroad

The five cases reported Saturday have been placed in isolation units in a specially outfitted barracks on Camp Humphreys, according to U.S. Forces Korea.


US military helicopter forced to make 'precautionary landing' at park on base in South Korea

A U.S. military helicopter was forced to make a “precautionary landing” shortly after takeoff from Yongsan Garrison, U.S. Forces Korea said.


Two US troops with coronavirus mistakenly released early from quarantine in South Korea

Two newly assigned U.S. service members who tested positive for coronavirus after arriving at Osan Air Base were prematurely released from quarantine due to an administrative error, the military said.


Osan Air Base confirms coronavirus cases but says health alert level unchanged

The 51st Fighter Wing would not provide the number of people infected or give more details, citing operational security, but said the health alert level for the base was not being raised from HPCON Bravo.


Another US service member tests positive for coronavirus after arriving in South Korea

The announcement raised to 40 the total number of confirmed cases affiliated with U.S. Forces Korea. This includes 13 troops traveling from abroad for new assignments on the Korean peninsula.


US Forces Korea reports three more coronavirus cases from US arrivals

The announcement raised to 39 the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases affiliated with U.S. Forces Korea since late February.


US Forces Korea commander debuts ‘pinks and greens’-inspired uniform at Korean War ceremony

“I’ve been waiting for the right opportunity for it to make its debut and here it is,” Gen. Robert Abrams said Thursday of the new Army uniforms.


US, South Korea urge North to denuclearize on 70th anniversary of war’s start

Gen. Robert Abrams, the commander of U.S. Forces Korea honored the sacrifices of those who died during the Korean War at a ceremony Thursday at his headquarters on Camp Humphreys.


North Korea suspends military action plans against Seoul in move to de-escalate tensions

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un suspended military action plans against the South, state-run media reported, a week after the army threatened to redeploy forces to demilitarized border areas.


KOREAN WAR AT 70

It may be called the 'Forgotten War,' but the Korean conflict set the stage for decades of tensions

The Korean War is often called the “Forgotten War” in the U.S. because the stalemated conflict was overshadowed between World War II and Vietnam, but its legacy looms large over the divided peninsula. In a special report, Stars and Stripes marks the 70th anniversary of the conflict, which began on June 25, 1950.


US airman tests positive for coronavirus upon arrival in South Korea

The report raised to 36 the number of confirmed coronavirus cases affiliated with U.S. Forces Korea, including 12 active-duty service members, since an outbreak began in late February.


US service member tests positive for coronavirus after flying to South Korea

The total number of coronavirus cases affiliated with U.S. Forces Korea now stands at 35 — a quarter of which have been troops traveling to the peninsula from abroad.


ANALYSIS

North Korean military threats target South but also send a message to Trump

The principal target of the North’s ire was South Korea's president, but experts said it also sent a message to the U.S. that the regime is prepared to raise the ante with more provocations amid frustration over the lack of progress in nuclear talks.


North Korea blows up joint liaison office near border with South Korea

North Korea blew up a joint liaison office near the border with South Korea on Tuesday in a sharp escalation of tensions triggered by the dispatch of anti-regime leaflets by activists.


North Korea threatens to re-enter demilitarized border areas amid latest tensions

The North Korean army said it was “keeping a close watch on the current situation in which the north-south relations are turning worse and worse.”


US Forces Korea bans display of Confederate flag in on-base public areas

The order comes as Confederate symbols have become a frequent target for protesters following the May 25 death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, at the hands of police.


South Korea on alert following threats from the North two years after first Trump-Kim summit

The defense ministry in Seoul said it was closely monitoring North Korean military moves and maintaining a defensive posture “in preparation for all eventualities.”


GALLERY

‘Eating away at us’: US troops honor George Floyd with candlelight vigil at Camp Humphreys

Gen. Robert Abrams, who commands U.S. Forces Korea, has expressed outrage over the killing and held a town hall-style meeting Sunday after directing subordinate leaders to initiate dialogue with their units.


Two newly arrived US troops test positive for coronavirus amid South Korean outbreaks

Two service members who recently took government-chartered flights to Osan Air Base tested positive for the coronavirus.


North Korea doesn’t answer phone after vowing to cut communication with South

Tensions between North and South Korea have been rising since U.S.-led nuclear talks with the North broke down. Pyongyang also resumed missile tests amid the impasse.


Black troops call for action to fight racism in the military during USFK forum

U.S. military leaders have been unusually outspoken about the need to address institutional racism amid a growing wave of civil unrest over the latest killing of a black man in police custody.


US Forces Korea commander says ‘we should all be outraged’ by George Floyd killing

Gen. Robert Abrams was the latest senior official to speak out publicly the police killing of George Floyd, which has unleashed nationwide unrest and anger that has extended to troops overseas.


‘Unusual senior year’: DODEA students enjoy in-person graduations in South Korea

After months of online classes, seniors at DODEA schools in South Korea graduated together.


US agrees to temporary deal allowing furloughed South Korean employees to return to work

The deal, announced in a press release, will end a more than two-month furlough of U.S. Forces Korea employees but does not resolve a larger dispute over defense cost-sharing between the two longtime allies.


Another US soldier tests positive for coronavirus after arriving in South Korea

The new case, which brings to 32 the number of people affiliated with U.S. Forces Korea who have been found to have the virus, underscores the continuing challenges involved in personnel movements amid the pandemic.


South Korea restores anti-coronavirus measures in Seoul amid new outbreaks

Museums, theaters, parks and other public facilities in the Seoul metropolitan area will close for two weeks starting Friday.


US Forces Korea worker helps thwart apparent suicide attempts on bridge in Seoul

An American who works at Yongsan Garrison sprang into action when he saw two men perched dangerously on barriers lining a bridge.


United Nations Command says it is unable to determine if North Korea accidentally fired in DMZ shooting

A probe into the shooting earlier this month found that both Koreas violated the 1953 armistice agreement, officials said Tuesday.


North Korean leader seeks more nuclear strength in first appearance in three weeks

In his first reported appearance in more than three weeks, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un presided over a meeting calling for increased nuclear capabilities and putting the armed forces on “high alert,” state-run media said Sunday.


United Nations Command finds defects on aircraft warning markers near Korean border

The U.S.-led United Nations Command said Friday that it will repair several defects found on warning markers meant to keep aircraft from flying mistakenly into the tense border area that divides the Korean peninsula.


‘New normal’: US troops fill South Korean restaurants after military lifts most virus restrictions

U.S. Forces Korea announced Monday it was lowering its health alert level from Health Protection Condition Charlie to Bravo beginning at 6 a.m. Wednesday for most bases in South Korea.


South Korea to provide 10,000 face masks to help Navajo veterans fight coronavirus

South Korea will provide masks and hand sanitizer to help Navajo veterans of the Korean War fight the coronavirus.


US Forces Korea to lift most anti-coronavirus restrictions for bases except for Seoul area

U.S. Forces Korea said bars, clubs and other adults-only establishments remain off-limits on the peninsula.


Two more US service members recover from the coronavirus in South Korea

Soldier, sailor declared free of the virus this week, leaving just three quarantined at bases in Korea.


Here’s a look inside a US military quarantine center in South Korea

U.S. Forces Korea is preparing for a summertime influx to the peninsula after the ban on military moves is lifted, opening the floodgates for regularly scheduled arrivals and a backlog of service members who have been in PCS limbo.


US Forces Korea to maintain current anti-coronavirus restrictions

Questions about USFK’s status arose after rumors that restrictions might be relaxed over the weekend, but military say no changes are imminent.


South Korea-based soldier with coronavirus keeps positive attitude while in isolation

Army Pfc. Victoria Tolley considers herself fortunate even though she has been largely isolated in a barracks room for six weeks after testing positive for the coronavirus.


Sailor tests positive for coronavirus after arriving in South Korea on a US-government-chartered flight

The new cases underscored the fragility of South Korea’s recovery as it begins to ease anti-coronavirus restrictions after several days with few to none local infections.


US military maintains coronavirus restrictions as South Korea edges toward normalcy

Restaurants and bars are crowded, public transportation is buzzing and students are preparing to return to school as South Korea loosens coronavirus restrictions. But U.S. Forces Korea says not yet for the military community.


UN Command investigating whether DMZ shooting violated Korean War armistice

The U.S.-led United Nations Command sent a team to the tense Korean border area Monday to investigate whether the exchange of fire the day before violated the 1953 armistice agreement.


North and South Korea exchange gunfire across DMZ days after Kim Jong Un reappears

No casualties or damages were reported in the incident, which occurred two days after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made his first public appearance in nearly three weeks.


US Forces Korea says 17 of its 26 coronavirus patients have recovered

The military, which counts about 58,000 people among its population in South Korea, has restricted access to bases and banned personnel from non-essential travel and off-base social activities during the pandemic.


South Korean workers fear extended furlough amid cost-sharing standoff with US

The unprecedented furlough of South Koreans working for U.S. Forces Korea — now in its second month — began in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, making it hard to find part-time work to make ends meet.


DODEA gives students on military bases a break on grades due to coronavirus woes

Students on U.S. military bases will get the higher grade from the last two quarters of the school year to help those struggling with home studies and other difficulties during the coronavirus pandemic, the organization that oversees the schools says.


Trump hints that he knows how North Korean leader is doing but won’t say

“I've had a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un. If I weren't president, you'd be in war,” Donald Trump said. “I hope he's fine. I do know how he's doing, relatively speaking."


South Korea rebuts rumors about Kim Jong Un’s health, but still no sign of North Korean leader

South Korea is confident that reports suggesting Kim Jong Un is ill are unfounded, a senior official said in one of the firmest rebuttals to a swirl of speculation about why the North Korean leader has made no public appearances in two weeks.


American dependent in South Korea tests positive for coronavirus upon return from US

Only two soldiers in South Korea have tested positive for coronavirus. The other cases included military dependents, contractors and U.S. and South Korean civilian employees.


Mystery deepens over North Korea leader’s whereabouts as health rumors swirl

A train probably belonging to Kim Jong Un was spotted at the North Korean leader’s coastal compound, according to satellite images, but his whereabouts remained unknown, fueling speculation about his health.


More civilians barred from bases in South Korea over coronavirus violations

USKF has stepped up pressure on its 58,000-strong community to comply with restrictions on nonessential travel and off-base social activities aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus.


Exclusive: First service member to get coronavirus wasn’t scared until wife, toddler got infected

Army Spc. Deontae Chappel, who was in isolation for 49 days, was “shocked” but not overly worried when he found out he had the respiratory disease in late February.


Three US soldiers from MP battalion punished for sneaking off base against coronavirus restrictions in South Korea

Soldiers were demoted after they went off base and returned to Camp Walker through a hole in the fence, violating coronavirus restrictions, according to the Eighth Army.


USFK levels 2-year ban on civilian violating coronavirus measures in off-base bar

It was the second such action against a civilian in South Korea since Gen. Robert Abrams declared a public health emergency in late March. Several soldiers also have been punished for violating restrictions on non-essential movement off-base.


Service member’s wife tests positive for coronavirus after returning to South Korea from US

The wife of a U.S. service member tested positive for coronavirus on Friday, nearly two weeks after she returned to South Korea from the United States, raising the total number of cases affiliated with U.S. Forces Korea to 25, the command said.


Contractor banned from bases in South Korea for violating quarantine by shopping at PX and commissary

U.S. Forces Korea said a contractor has been banned from all U.S. bases in South Korea for two years for visiting base shopping facilities. It was the first such action against a civilian.


First US service member to contract coronavirus has recovered in South Korea, military says

The first U.S. service member to test positive for coronavirus has recovered and been released after 49 days in isolation in South Korea, the military said Thursday.


Camp Humphreys to reopen gyms, barber shops as coronavirus slows in South Korea

U.S. service members have been largely holed up in barracks or off-base residences for about three weeks after a soldier and several American contractors at Camp Humphreys tested positive for the respiratory virus.


Two people linked to US Forces Korea test positive for coronavirus after quarantine

A pair of cases mark a new phase in the military’s efforts to contain the virus as people who were quarantined due to close contact with other patients must be tested before being allowed to leave.


North Korea fires missiles on eve of late founder’s birthday, South Korean vote

North Korean fighter jets fired missiles into the sea off the country’s eastern coast while units launched a salvo of cruise missiles from the ground on Tuesday, South Korea’s military said.


US Forces Korea contractor tests positive for coronavirus after weeks in quarantine

It was the 22nd case affiliated with U.S. Forces Korea since the pandemic took hold in South Korea in late February.


No new coronavirus cases reported in South Korean city where outbreak began

No new coronavirus cases were reported in Daegu for the first time since South Korea’s outbreak began there in February.


Volunteers at US Army base in South Korea churn out hundreds of cloth masks for their community

Volunteers, including civilians, military spouses and even some soldiers, set up a mask assembly line operation at the arts and crafts center on Camp Humphreys.


With Camp Casey infection, coronavirus spreads to nearly every major U.S. base in South Korea

USFK has seen an increase in confirmed cases in recent days, most at Camp Humphreys and Osan Air Base south of Seoul.


South Korean city in talks with military to test US civilian base workers for coronavirus

Officials in Pyeongtaek, about 40 miles south of Seoul, have been alarmed by the rapid increase in the number of infections linked to Camp Humphreys and the nearby Osan Air Base.


US military uses South Korean labs for coronavirus tests on troops stationed elsewhere

Struggling with its own cases, the U.S. military said Monday that it has used South Korean civilian laboratories to conduct coronavirus tests on samples from American troops stationed elsewhere.


Smell test: US Army garrison in South Korea tries new way to sniff out coronavirus

People trying to enter U.S. installations in the southeastern city were being randomly asked if they can smell apple vinegar as part of the health screening process.


South Korean police accidentally shot US military retiree, officials say

South Korean police shot an American military retiree near his home outside Osan Air Base, shattering his jaw in what officers said was an accident involving a “fierce dog.”


US, South Korea fail to seal defense cost-sharing deal, officials say

The United States and South Korea failed to reach a defense cost-sharing deal this week but will keep trying, officials said after thousands of South Korean employees at U.S. military bases went on unpaid leave because funds ran out.


‘We consider them family’: US military furloughs thousands of South Korean employees in blow to alliance

Negotiators have been deadlocked over the United States’ demand that South Korea sharply increase its contribution to offset the costs of stationing some 28,500 service members on the divided peninsula.


American contractor is latest to test positive for coronavirus on Camp Humphreys

The contractor was the fifth confirmed infection on Camp Humphreys in just over a week, and the 14th overall for U.S. Forces Korea, prompting the Army garrison to extend a partial lockdown for an indefinite period.


Foul play ‘not completely ruled out’ in deaths of two US soldiers in South Korea

Pfc. Marissa Jo Gloria and Spc. Clay Welch died in their barracks rooms on Camp Humphreys over two consecutive days earlier this month.