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Navy SEAL with Harvard medical degree becomes NASA astronaut

Navy Reserve Lt. Jonny Kim, 35, said he plans to draw on his battlefield experiences when he goes into space.

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Japan, Philippines to cooperate on development plan for US Navy’s former home at Subic Bay

Subic Bay was once home to thousands of U.S. sailors and their families before the Navy vacated its bases there in 1992. It’s still a regular port call for U.S. warships and for Marines who practice beach landings nearby in Zambales province.


US firefighters sent to fight Australian bushfires get heroes’ welcomes Down Under

Cheers and applause greeted American firefighters arriving in Australia in recent days to help battle some of the worst bushfires in the nation’s history.


Tokyo official: No evidence that US military caused groundwater contamination near Yokota

Two types of synthetic chemicals found in firefighting foam and other products were detected in two wells near Yokota Air Base in Japan, a government official said.


Army turns to personality testing to find better job fits for recruits

A pilot program, slated to run for three years, will gauge the effectiveness of assigning Army recruits to jobs based on personality testing along with standard vocational aptitude tests.


Former Marine colonel pitches Australian-American amphibious force in western Pacific

The U.S. and Australia should establish a combined amphibious force including 2,000 Marines and a similar number of sailors based in Darwin, Australia, to build regional support for countering China’s ambitions in the western Pacific, according to a former Marine colonel.


Yokota Air Base unveils new $50,000 golf simulator

The system includes sensors and projected images of fairways that allow golfers, hitting real balls against a screen, to imagine they’re playing on any of 50 courses around the globe.


False alarms in Japan and South Korea amid expectations of North Korean Christmas 'gift'

The first alert occurred when an alarm sounded at Camp Casey, a U.S. military base just south of the Demilitarized Zone. Then, at 12:22 a.m. Friday, Japanese state broadcaster NHK erroneously reported that a North Korean missile had landed in the sea.


First of four Global Hawk surveillance drones arrives in South Korea

South Korea has taken delivery of the first of four RQ-4 Global Hawk surveillance drones, according to local media reports.


Former WWII ammo depot marks 50 years as US military’s golf course in Tokyo

Tama Hills opened Dec. 24, 1969, on a World War II-era Japanese ammunition depot. When the first round was played, land near the course, just over 12 miles from Shinjuku’s glittering skyscrapers, was still rural.


Australia investing $715 million in northern port that hosts US Navy warships

The enhancements are designed to support new Australian vessels used for border protection, but they will also be useful for visiting Navy ships, former Australian assistant defense secretary Ross Babbage said Wednesday in a telephone interview.


US military flights over South China Sea common but not publicized, Pacific Air Forces commander says

While the press regularly covers Navy warships passing through disputed territory in the South China Sea, U.S. military aircraft operating there often fly under the radar.


Yokota airman suffers ‘major injuries’ after being struck by excavator, official says

The incident occurred near Yokota’s nine-hole golf course, Yokota spokeswoman Kaori Matsukasa said.


US flag, signed by soldiers and hidden in Iraq for years, inspires message from Trump

Staff Sgt. Ahmed AlSaedi, 38, a member of the Army’s 155th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion in Los Angeles, got a reply from his commander in chief Nov. 14 after writing to tell him about the flag.


Yokota post office faces package pileup a month after changing pickup system

The post office at Yokota Air Base said on Facebook that it has reached "maximum capacity" and needs people to pick up packages so that it can process incoming mail.


US, Japan kick off Tokyo drills days after Trump says ally should pay more for troops

Yama Sakura-77, which runs through Dec. 16, aims to prepare the nations’ ground forces to conduct operations together against an invading enemy force.


Air Force breaks ground on first phase of ‘Osprey campus’ at Yokota Air Base in Tokyo

The work involves building 587,000 square feet, equivalent to about 10 football fields, of paved areas to support aircraft flown by the 21st Special Operations Squadron.


At NATO summit, Trump says Japan and South Korea should pay more for US troops

Japan and South Korea can and should pay more to host U.S. forces, President Donald Trump told reporters alongside NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday in London.


Japan toughens penalties for those caught using cellphones behind the wheel

Service members caught using mobile devices while driving off base in Japan could be hit with thousands of dollars in fines or up to a year in prison under a recent law change.


World War II war trophies returned to families of fallen Japanese soldiers

The returned photo album, likely taken as a souvenir by an American soldier, belonged to Hideo Shikata, who was killed in action, aged 24, in the Philippines in 1945, according to Obon Society founder Rex Ziak.


Air Force: No hazard in precautionary Globemaster landing at Okinawa air base

Photographs of a C-17 Globemaster aircraft showed an open compartment on the plane after a precautionary landing at Kadena Air Base Tuesday.


Yokota security forces, Japanese police target Fussa’s notorious Bar Row with joint patrol

Air Force security forces teamed up with Japanese police Wednesday to patrol a nightlife area popular with service members at the home of U.S. Forces Japan in western Tokyo.


Japan and Australia to hold regular air force training in each other’s countries

The two countries’ defense ministers also announced Wednesday that they are establishing an exchange program for defense scientists and engineers.


Marine pilot survived in sea for nearly 10 hours after deadly midair collision, smartwatch shows

The data was extracted from the Garmin Fenix 3 smartwatch of Capt. Jahmar Resilard, a Marine Corps pilot who ejected from his F/A-18 Hornet after colliding with a KC-130J tanker last year off the coast of Japan.


Cafe in western Tokyo owned by Japan’s rugby team captain

Did Japan’s Rugby World Cup turn you into a Brave Blossoms fan?


Preserving Pacific history: Stars and Stripes librarian retires after 40 years among the archives

Thousands of newspapers dating back to 1945, countless clippings of old stories and half a million priceless photographs detailing Stars and Stripes' presence in the Pacific fill a room that Norio Muroi has tended for the past four decades.


In-flight selfies and other reckless behavior by Marine aviators outrage Japanese officials

Investigators determined that the squadron involved in a deadly 2018 midair collision suffered from “inadequate oversight of training and operations” and an “unprofessional command climate.” A report says officers engaged in wrongful use of prescription and over-the-counter drugs and that aviators took selfies in-flight.


Adult flu shots arrive at Yokota to replace doses damaged by broken fridge

The mechanical failure delayed access to adult influenza vaccinations at the base earlier this month; however, they are now available for active-duty troops.


No injuries or damage after Air Force F-16 drops dummy bomb on private property in Japan

The object, described by Misawa’s 35th Fighter Wing as an “inert training device,” created a deep crater upon impact, according to Japanese public broadcaster NHK.


US air power is growing alongside Marine Corps in Australia’s Northern Territory

The Enhanced Air Cooperation initiative focused this year on fifth-generation fighter integration, aero-medical evacuation and aircraft maintenance.


Medical fridge malfunction renders adult flu vaccine ‘unusable’ at Yokota

Mechanical failure in a medical refrigerator has delayed access to adult influenza vaccinations at the home of U.S. Forces Japan in western Tokyo, a 374th Airlift Wing spokeswoman said Wednesday.