Matt Burke

Army holds its first comprehensive live-fire drills on Okinawa in a decade

The day-and-nighttime training at Camp Schwab was designed to ensure that all soldiers — even the Army’s cooks, paralegals and mechanics — are ready for any situation that might pop up in the Pacific.

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USS Juneau, final resting place of the Sullivan brothers, found off Solomon Islands

The USS Juneau became a symbol of wartime sacrifice after it was sunk by a Japanese torpedo during the Battle of Guadalcanal in 1942. Nearly 690 sailors – including five Iowa brothers known as “The Sullivans” – went down with the ship.

Prosecutors seek 6 years with hard labor for Marine charged in drunken-driving death on Okinawa

Lance Cpl. Nicholas James-McLean was charged with negligent driving causing death and driving under the influence of alcohol after a Nov. 19 head-on collision took the life of a 61-year-old Japanese man.

Tomori’s stone lion one of the most famous survivors of the Battle of Okinawa

It is an iconic photograph that has come to symbolize the Battle of Okinawa — a pair of GIs huddled behind a menacing stone lion, observing a nearby ridge through binoculars, a handful of their fellow soldiers taking cover nearby.

Japan seeks more details after Okinawa-based F-15 dropped antenna

Japanese officials want the U.S. military to provide information about an antenna that fell from an Okinawa-based fighter jet late last month.

Racial slur posted on Okinawa Marine base theater marquee

The slur — a derogatory term for African-Americans — was made from existing letters on the marquee advertising the Marvel film “Black Panther,” which features a predominantly black cast.

DODEA celebrates its first 21st Century schools on Okinawa

A pair of schools that opened their doors this week at the home of the Air Force’s 18th Wing are designed to prepare students for the tech-focused jobs of the future.

Japan considers placing surface-to-ship missiles on mainland Okinawa, reports say

There have been calls in Tokyo to install the missiles in response to China’s navy transiting the 180-mile straight between Okinawa and Miyako in the East China Sea.

Ship that participated in Pearl Harbor attack found off Japanese coast

Discovery of the destroyer Isokaze was kept from the public until this month to distance the find from a highly publicized survey on the legendary World War II superbattleship Yamato, which was found nearby in the 1980s.

Pilot program pairs pups with veterans suffering with PTSD

The Department of Veterans Affairs is studying how service dogs might be able to help veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. Though the results are years away, a group helping with that research isn’t waiting to pair its pups with servicemembers.

Okinawan murder victim’s family to seek compensation from US government

The family of an Okinawan woman slain by a former U.S. base worker plans to seek reparations from the U.S. government because the convicted killer is unable to pay a court-ordered settlement.