Matt Burke

Laser pointed at US military cargo plane in Tokyo sparks local police probe

Japanese police have opened an investigation after someone pointed a laser at two Yokota-based C-130J cargo aircraft Monday evening.

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Rise of the machine: Okinawa Marines expand 3D-printing capabilities

3D printing projects spearheaded by servicemembers with the III Marine Expeditionary Force has saved the Marine Corps in Okinawa thousands of dollars and streamlined logistics and supply lines.

Nonprofit agrees to reconsider family’s request to display Medal of Honor in hero’s hometown

A Pennsylvania nonprofit dedicated to educating The family of Marine Maj. Henry Courtney Jr. has been seeking the return of his medal from the Valley Forge-based Freedoms Foundation since around 2015.

Marine Corps suicides hit 10-year high

News of the increase in suicides came within days of commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller’s “Message to the Force 2019,” which was drafted Jan. 25, according to a copy provided to Stars and Stripes. In that document, Neller said he felt compelled to address the issue.

Pair of Guam airmen face trial on sex offenses in unrelated cases

Tech. Sgt. Donald Frierson Jr. faces a court martial for the alleged 2017 sexual assault of a child in Germany, while Tech. Sgt. Jacory Royster is due in court Monday to start trial on charges of aggravated sexual assault.

III MEF Marine honored for bravery following water rescue on Okinawa

Marine Maj. William Easter was preparing for a run on the Okinawa seawall near American Village when he saw an exhausted man who had made it to shore after a swim, but whose pregnant wife was in distress roughly a quarter-mile out.

Second phase of Futenma relocation landfill work could start as early as March

The Japanese government plans to expand landfill work as early as March on a new U.S. military runway that will lead to the closure of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, local media have reported.

US military planning its first-ever missile test around Okinawa, report says

It is unclear when the test will take place but it will reportedly feature two systems: the Army’s High-Mobility Artillery Rocket System — known as HIMARS — and the Army Tactical Missile System — or ATACMS.

Charges dismissed against Okinawa-based Marine accused of sexual assault

Sgt. Morgan Bergdahl was scheduled to appear for the start of court-martial proceedings on four counts of sexual assault and four of abusive sexual contact. A dismissal without prejudice means the charges against Bergdahl could be refiled later.