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Tokyo police arrest former US service member months after broken glass incident at Yokota gate

Louis Bonamigo, an unemployed man living near Yokota Air Base, was taken into custody Tuesday on suspicion of forcible obstruction of business.

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Air Force OKs shorts for maintainers on hot days, other uniform changes

Starting March 15, commanders can authorize maintainers to wear navy-blue shorts in maintenance areas when temperatures are forecast to meet or exceed 80 degrees Fahrenheit.


Air Force is building a $42 million standoff weapons facility on Guam

The new contract includes a facility to support preloading rotary launchers, improvements to roads to support the vehicles carrying munitions to an airfield and earth covered storage magazines.


Top general: US missile defense is aimed at North Korea, not China, Russia, Iran

North Korea has not tested any nuclear weapons or intercontinental ballistic missiles since late 2017, but short-range missile tests have continued.


Call them guardians: Seventeen airmen transfer to Space Force at US air base in Japan

Seventeen airmen at the home of U.S. Forces Japan in western Tokyo have transitioned into Space Force guardians, Air Force officials announced this week.


‘No known danger’ after recent deaths at Air Force base in Tokyo, wing commander says

The commander of the largest U.S. military base in Tokyo has moved to assure residents they are safe after the body of a man who had been missing for 16 days was found in his own apartment building on the installation.


Pandemic creates a junior golf boom at Air Force base in Japan

Junior golf is thriving at the home of U.S. Forces Japan in western Tokyo, as dozens of youngsters seek out alternatives to team sports and other activities that were shut down because of the coronavirus.


Yokota names Air Force spouse who died last week, says investigation remains open

Kayla Ash, wife of a 374th Logistics Readiness Squadron member, was pronounced dead Feb. 9, Yokota officials said.


US, Japan decide to extend military-support agreement for another year

Washington and Tokyo decided to extend an agreement on Japanese financial support for approximately 54,000 U.S. troops in the country.


Body of missing Yokota spouse found in his own building 16 days after disappearance

The body of Trevor Balint, the spouse of a Defense Department computer programmer and analyst, was found at Yokota Air Base in Japan.


Yokota Air Base announces its second on-base death this month

The cause of death is under investigation, and the individual’s identity will be withheld until 24 hours after next-of-kin notification.


Yokota teens hope to convince Air Force to replace base skate park demolished last year

After the Yokota Air Base skate park was demolished last year, teens say providing a new place to safely skateboard on base would benefit both adults and children who enjoy the popular sport.


‘Deeply disturbing’: Ohio lawmaker calls Yokota commander about constituent’s disappearance

U.S. and Japanese investigators have searched parts of Yokota Air Base and attempted, unsuccessfully, to track Trevor Balint — the spouse of a Defense Department computer programmer and analyst — with a police dog.


US and Japan are 'making progress' on military support agreement, State Department says

Under the agreement, Japan would pay roughly $1.91 billion toward the cost of utilities, labor and training for American military personnel during the 2021 fiscal year, around the same level as the previous year.


Six out of 10 South Korean students back unification with the North, survey says

Students cited a reduced threat of war and common ethnic roots as reasons for unification, according to the report.


‘I Survived COVID-19’: Unofficial patches and coins show pandemic’s impact on troops overseas

The coronavirus pandemic is being immortalized in a colorful array of unofficial military patches and challenge coins sold near U.S. bases in South Korea.


Mystery surrounds former DODEA substitute teacher’s disappearance from Yokota Air Base

Trevor Balint, 34, the spouse of a civilian Defense Department computer programmer, was reported missing from Yokota Air Base on Feb. 1.


Marines are bolstering their annual Australia deployment to pre-pandemic strength

The onset of the coronavirus pandemic meant last year’s Marine Corps’ rotation to Australia was cut by more than half.


Air Force’s F-35 stealth fighters make their debut at Cope North drills on Guam

F-35A Lightning II stealth fighters are flying, for the first time, alongside Japanese and Australian warplanes in a large-scale Pacific Air Forces’ exercise, which kicked off Wednesday on Guam.


Search is on for DODEA substitute teacher last seen Sunday at US air base in Japan

Trevor Balint, a dependent in Japan under the status of forces agreement that governs the presence of U.S. military personnel and their families in the country, was last seen entering Yokota Air Base.


South Korea’s defense minister says a joint military exercise with US will happen in March

The two countries canceled a bilateral exercise last spring due to the coronavirus pandemic, but conducted a two-week drill in August focused on defending South Korea from an attack by the North.


Air Force honors kennel master who got much-needed military working dogs to Japan amid pandemic

By the time the pandemic hit, Yokota Air Base was down to 60% of its military working dog force and other bases had dropped as low as 35% due to restrictions on commercial air travel


US, Australia plan to carry on with massive Talisman Sabre exercise despite pandemic

Dates and locations for the multinational military exercise Down Under have been posted on the Australian Department of Defence website.


Austin addresses Indo-Pacific security challenges during first call with Australia's defense chief

The discussion with Australian Minister of Defence Linda Reynolds took place a day after the retired Army general was ceremonially sworn in as the United States’ 28th defense chief.


South Korean police clear protesters blocking access to US Army-operated THAAD missile-defense battery

More than 50 people staged a sit-in in South Korea as trucks approached the former golf course that’s home to a U.S.-built and operated Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system.


Philippines inks $940 million deal with China to link Subic Bay and Clark Air Base by rail

China and the Philippines have agreed to build a railway linking a pair of former American military facilities on the island of Luzon that are still used by visiting U.S. forces.


‘America is back’: Indo-Pacific allies tweet their congratulations to Biden on inauguration

America’s most important allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region, along with its greatest strategic rival, took to social media to congratulate President Joe Biden on his inauguration Wednesday.


US Forces Korea extends ‘shelter in place’ order, reports 31 new coronavirus cases

Thirty-one people affiliated with U.S. Forces Korea tested positive for the coronavirus after arriving on the peninsula between Dec. 29 and Jan. 18, the command said.


Expect North Korea's nuclear and missile tests to resume, Japanese security expert says

North Korea will likely restart nuclear weapon and missile activity, spurring Japan and South Korea to cooperate on security, a Japanese foreign policy expert told journalists Thursday.


Bringing up the rear: US bases in Japan support UN Command in S. Korea

The command’s work in Japan is vital to the defense of South Korea since it would help facilitate reinforcements that would head to the peninsula through Japanese ports in an emergency.


US veterans in the Philippines in coronavirus vaccine limbo

Representatives of veteran and retiree support organizations in the Philippines wrote to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, outlining their concerns about the U.S. government’s vaccination plan.