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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.

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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 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.


New visitor center opens at Manila cemetery where thousands of American war dead are buried

A building that opened this week at a 152-acre cemetery and memorial includes displays of artifacts and photographs.


AAFES lifts restriction barring Reserve, National Guard members from buying uniforms online

Soldiers and airmen in the Reserve and National Guard are now authorized to buy uniforms online regardless of their active status or rank, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service announced this month.


Guam-based Global Hawks return home after spending another typhoon season in Japan

The 319th Reconnaissance Wing aircraft — along with about 20 service members and 100 civilians from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam — operated from Yokota Air Force Base in Japan for the past three months to avoid extreme weather in the western Pacific.


Yokota hangar used by Japan during WWII is being razed to make way for new facility

Known as Building 800, the hangar was constructed by the Japanese Imperial Army in the 1930s when Yokota was known as Tama Army Airfield, according to an Air Force video.


US military presence in northern Australia will grow, former defense official says

To support U.S. Air Force and Marine activities in the Northern Territory, Australia and the United States will invest about $2 billion on aircraft maintenance, support facilities, fuel storage and upgrades to accommodations, training areas and ranges, the Australian Defence Force said.


Visually impaired rugby team shows military kids how those with low vision can stay in the game

A group of English players showed off their skills on Wednesday to youngsters at the home of U.S. Forces Japan in western Tokyo.


Visually impaired rugby team shows military kids how those with low vision can stay in the game

A group of English players showed off their skills on Wednesday to youngsters at the home of U.S. Forces Japan in western Tokyo.


US Navy base reports damage to more than 20 structures days after typhoon pummels Japan

Naval Air Facility Atsugi lay along Typhoon Hagibis' path after the eye came ashore over the Izu peninsula on Saturday evening.


American bases near Tokyo escape deadly Typhoon Hagibis with minimal damage

By 5:30 a.m. Sunday, all bases in the region — including Yokosuka Naval Base, Yokota Air Base, Camp Fuji, Camp Zama and Naval Air Facility Atsugi — had issued the all-clear for residents to safely leave their homes.


Army-style land navigation, resilience training helped US Eagles prepare for Rugby World Cup

The U.S. Eagles national rugby team, which trained on the island of Okinawa before the start of the Rugby World Cup, went down 47-17 against Argentina on Wednesday, but could get a win in their final pool match against Tonga in Osaka on Sunday.


US and Filipino troops gear up for weeklong ‘warriors of the sea’ exercise in the Philippines

Kamandag — short for “Kaagapay Ng Mga Mandirigma Ng Dagat,” or “Cooperation of Warriors of the Sea” — will also involve Japan Self-Defense Forces conducting humanitarian-assistance and disaster-relief missions with U.S. and Philippine troops.


‘Committed to connecting’: Air Force chaplain stands by flight line to help airmen in western Tokyo

The Air Force opened a chaplain’s office near the flight line at the home of U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force after three maintainers there killed themselves during a six-month span in 2016.


Marine Corps veteran helps manage US national team at Rugby World Cup in Japan

Civilian life after a military career can be a challenge. It wasn’t easy for Oscar Alvarez, who went through four jobs before finding his calling as a manager with the U.S. Eagles national rugby team.


New 10% sales tax takes effect in Japan, raising the costs of off-base goods and services

U.S. military personnel are already feeling the impact of Japan's new sales tax, as the costs of various off-base goods and services saw prices surge Tuesday.