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Marine assigned to Darwin rotational force tests positive for coronavirus in Australia

The Marine received the test result two days after arriving in Darwin on Wednesday in a third wave of troops arriving Down Under as part of the annual rotational force.

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State Department OKs sale of F-35 stealth fighters to Japan worth more than $23 billion

Japan has asked to buy 63 F-35As and 42 F-35Bs — the short-takeoff and vertical-landing versions of the aircraft.


More-lethal littoral combat ships flex their muscles during Pacific deployments

A decade after the debut of the U.S. Navy’s littoral combat ships, the military says it has tweaked the vessels’ design and honed the way it operates them during rotational deployments.


Former Thunderbird pilot takes command of 36th Wing at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam

Brig. Gen. Jeremy Sloane will oversee U.S. Indo-Pacific Command’s Bomber Task Force, theater security packages, contingency response, and humanitarian and disaster-relief operations.


US approves Osprey sale to Indonesia as Japan preps to deploy the aircraft

The State Department has approved the sale of eight MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft to Indonesia, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced Monday.


Heavy rain, flooding and landslide threats in Japan prompt Sasebo Naval Base to close

Heavy rain in southern Japan on Monday prompted landslide and flood warnings from Japanese officials and early closures at Sasebo Naval Base.


Japanese general, prepping for new Global Hawks, surveys US fleet at Yokota

The top U.S. general in Japan showed off an RQ-4 Global Hawk surveillance drone to one of his Japanese counterparts Thursday as the country prepares to field its own fleet of the unmanned aircraft.


Report: Marine Corps finds ‘many inaccuracies’ with probe into 2018 fatal midair collision

A Marine Corps review has found multiple inaccuracies in the investigation of a midair collision off Japan’s coast that killed six Marines more than two years ago, according to a report by Military.com.


Australia to boost military spending amid ‘most challenging times’ in Indo-Pacific region

Australia 's 10-year defense spending plan includes working with the United States to develop missile defense for deployed forces and acquiring long-range missiles to protect shipping lanes.


Air Force grants Tokyo troops more freedom to roam ahead of July Fourth weekend

People who live or work at the home of U.S. Forces Japan in western Tokyo have been authorized to travel much of the country’s main island in time for Independence Day, although Tokyo Disneyland and popular nightlife districts in the capital remain off-limits.


With Yokota troops ordered to stay close to home, Outdoor Rec tweaks its gameplan

Coronavirus restrictions have led the Outdoor Recreation office and service members at Yokota Air Base to adjust the ways they enjoy the outdoors.


Travel restrictions ease for some US troops in Japan, but Tokyo remains off-limits

Soldiers are still barred from using public transportation or visiting bars, clubs and karaoke establishments, according to U.S. Army Garrison Japan.


Air Force is testing cruise missiles launched from cargo planes

Launching missiles from pallets makes it easy for flight crews to deploy them without much training, said Col. Gary Haase, director of the Air Force Research Laboratory Munitions Directorate at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.


Japanese jets scramble daily to meet probing Chinese aircraft, says nation’s defense chief

Japanese military planes now must scramble daily — sometimes several times a day — in response to Chinese aircraft approaching Japanese airspace, Japan’s defense minister told foreign journalists in Tokyo on Thursday.


US Army Japan confirms first coronavirus case in its community since April

“This person was asymptomatic during travel and had no reason to believe he/she was infected prior to undertaking the trip to Japan,” according to a U.S. Army Japan statement.


Tokyo reports 55 coronavirus cases, its highest daily tally since early May

Japan’s capital city reported 55 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, the highest number since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lifted a state of emergency there on May 25.


Misawa flexes airpower muscles a week after going on lockdown over coronavirus cases

“Seeing our forces and our partners and allies taxi to the runway in one formation, as one fighting force, really brought home my last two years of command,” said Col. Kristopher Struve, 35th Fighter Wing commander.


US may move thousands of US troops from Germany to Pacific, senior White House official says

President Donald Trump announced last week his intentions of cutting troop levels in Germany —where the U.S. has stationed troops since 1945 — from 34,500 to 25,000.


Air Force colonel begins his third Yokota assignment — this time as wing commander

A tactical airlift pilot with hundreds of combat flight hours has assumed command of the Air Force’s home in Tokyo.


KOREAN WAR AT 70

Fan of Korea veterans maps memorials for the forgotten war

Hannah Kim has met 1,200 Korean War heroes and visited memorials in all 50 states as well as those in U.S. territories and foreign countries that participated in the conflict.


KOREAN WAR AT 70

Korean War veterans look back with pride

More than five million Americans served in the Korean War, which lasted from 1950 to 1953; more than two million of them are still alive. Here are some of their memories.


KOREAN WAR AT 70

Chinese-American Marines risked more than most on Korean War battlefields

The possibility of dying from friendly fire was a worry for Franklin Chang, one of a small group of Chinese American Marines who fought in the Korean War.


Missing Osprey part sparks call for an investigation at Yokota

Local authorities in western Tokyo are calling for an investigation into whether a small part may have fallen from a CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft stationed at Yokota.


Marines send RQ-21 Blackjack drones to Australia rotation for first time

This year’s rotation, delayed by two months due to the coronavirus pandemic, includes 1,200 Marines, fewer than half as many as headed south last year.


Marine Corps loosens coronavirus restrictions for troops training at Camp Fuji

The Marine Corps just gave service members at its training center in the shadow of Mount Fuji a little more freedom than most U.S. military personnel in Japan as coronavirus restrictions continue to ease.


Australian shipbuilder teams with US firm in bid to take over Subic Bay shipyard

Austal, who has strong ties to the U.S. Navy is favored to assume control of the Philippines’ Subic Bay shipyard, where it plans to build and service American warships.


Yokota reports first coronavirus case in local military community

An individual affiliated with Yokota Air Base tested positive for the coronavirus after arriving in Japan from the U.S., according to U.S. Forces Japan officials.


B-52 relic calls to aircraft buffs at Andersen AFB on Guam

If you’re stuck on base at the home of the 36th Wing on Guam, it’s worth a short jaunt to check out the tail section of a B-52E Stratofortress that was blown into the jungle during a super typhoon in 1976.


US military signals it may soon lower health-protection level for troops in Japan

The health emergency, declared by U.S. Forces Japan commander Lt. Gen. Kevin Schneider on April 6, is currently set to expire after Sunday.


Army grants more freedom to Tokyo-area soldiers as coronavirus threat subsides

Service members stationed at Camp Zama, Sagami General Depot and Yokohama North Dock may now travel within most of Kanagawa prefecture and part of Tokyo prefecture, according to U.S. Army Japan.


Coronavirus factors into Air Force’s typhoon preparations in Tokyo

The Air Force is ready to house families in separate emergency lodging at Yokota to prevent the spread of the coronavirus if they’re evacuated during typhoon season in Tokyo, officials said June 5.