Seth Robson


Marines acquire hundreds of quadcopter drones for infantry squads

Eight hundred quadcopter drones will soon hover over Marine Corps infantry squads, giving them new high-tech tools to survey the battlefield.

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Okinawans take concerns over falling aircraft parts to Tokyo

Last month, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis apologized to his Japanese counterpart for a string of recent aircraft mishaps, including the emergency landings of Okinawa-based Marine Corps helicopters. He also vowed to address the “important” issue of aircraft safety.

Naeba hotel a great base for skiing — even if you don’t spend the night

At Naeba Prince Hotel — nestled in Japan’s third-largest ski area about two and a half hours northwest of Tokyo — it’s easy to imagine you’re inside a massive cruise liner that’s run aground at the foot of a dormant volcano.

AFN limits service to news and sports during government shutdown

Servicemembers overseas and their families will see AFN broadcasts from the Winter Olympics in South Korea, and AFN's Eagle and The Voice radio stations will continue to broadcast.


Pence blasts N. Korea, lauds US military strength during troop talk at Yokota

Vice President Mike Pence slammed North Korea for human-rights abuses and touted American military strength during a speech to troops Thursday at the home of U.S. Forces Japan and the 5th Air Force in western Tokyo.

Pence arrives in Tokyo, plans to keep heat on N. Korea ahead of Winter Games

Vice President Mike Pence, who is in the region to lead the U.S. delegation during Friday’s opening ceremonies of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, will engage in talks Wednesday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.


Wearable tech could be a challenge for US military, experts say

Revelations this week that servicemembers’ devices can be tracked, and even identified, inside secure facilities worldwide have prompted a Pentagon review. The Defense Department might respond with more restrictions on personal electronics and a review of potential new vulnerabilities — but that won’t be an easy job in an era where new technology is rapidly emerging in the civilian world.

Former Korean War correspondent photographed feeding orphaned kitten dies

Frank Praytor, a Stars and Stripes correspondent whose reporting included firsthand accounts of prisoner-of-war exchanges and the truce-signing at Panmunjom, died Jan. 10 in Albuquerque, N.M.

Air bag recall could affect Japan-based servicemembers’ vehicle registrations

The recall of faulty air bag inflators made by a Japanese company is the largest automotive recall in US history. Vehicles affected by the recall owned by U.S. personnel in Japan will not be allowed to pass mandatory Japanese inspections.

Japan's Kagura ski resort boasts light, dry powder

It takes a while to reach the highest point of Kagura, a sprawling ski resort in mountainous Niigata Prefecture, but it’s worth the journey to ride some of the lightest, deepest snow in Japan.

One size won’t fit all for Army’s future helicopter fleet, official says

The Army has been looking at vertical-lift options since 2008 and has proposals for aircraft that can carry a payload of 12 troops and four crew, hover at 6,000 feet and fly 2,100 nautical miles at a speed of at least 230 knots.

No-drone zone: Defense Department studies unauthorized flights near Pentagon

The Defense Department detected nearly 100 unauthorized drones flying near the Pentagon over a two-month period last year, according to officials involved in a survey of drone activity near military bases.

US asks Japan to ban personal drone flights over American bases

The small aircraft don’t appear to be a significant issue at other U.S. installations in Japan; however, there are rules for operating them on base.

Group works to give medals to WWII veterans in the Philippines

There are 9,000 Filipino World War II veterans still living in the Philippines. Supporters hope to hold a ceremony there next year and present 100 replicas of the Congressional Gold Medal awarded on behalf of Filipino veterans in October.

US military issues alert after North Korean propaganda found on multiple bases

The 8th Army reported that propaganda leaflets were discovered at Seoul’s Yongsan Garrison Thursday, shortly after a North Korean soldier defected across the heavily fortified border just north of the South Korean capital.


Misawa's Draughon Range helps pilots prepare to counter North Korean threats

Draughon Range encompasses 1,900 acres of sand dunes and forest near Misawa Air Base. It’s where Air Force and Navy pilots train to defeat enemy air defenses — a mission that would be crucial to any fight on the Korean Peninsula.

China quietly continues island-building campaign as tensions ease in South China Sea

Beijing has continued island-building and militarization in the South China Sea, even as it enters negotiations with neighboring countries that also hold claims over disputed territory there.

American honors late father by preserving Bataan Death March markers in the Philippines

Jungle moss and roadwork are threatening historical markers along the Bataan Death March trail in the Philippines, says an American who’s waging a lonely battle to preserve them.

Okinawa protesters rally after suspected US aircraft part lands on day care center

Okinawan protesters took to the streets Thursday night after a part that may have come from a U.S. military aircraft fell from the sky and landed on the roof of a day care facility in Ginowan City.

Warbirds soar over fairways at Misawa Air Base golf course

“Wild Weasel” F-16 jet fighters screaming overhead are a pleasant distraction for hackers at Misawa Air Base’s Gosser Golf Course.

Okinawa-based Marines charged with credit-card fraud by Tokyo police

Two Marines, assigned to the III Marine Expeditionary Force on Okinawa, are suspected of using a fake credit card to buy clothes at a department store in Tokyo’s Shibuya district.

USFJ relaxes alcohol restrictions imposed after fatal crash on Okinawa

The revised rules, which take effect at 4:30 p.m. Thursday local time, allow servicemembers to purchase alcoholic beverages on base and drink them in their on- or off-base homes.

Army report blames ‘human factors’ for deadly Apache crash in 2015

Two soldiers were killed when their AH-64D Apache attack helicopter crashed 50 miles east of Camp Humphreys in South Korea on Nov. 23, 2015.

US troops in Japan must abide by curfew over holiday weekend

All troops in Japan must abide by a new curfew over the holiday weekend, part of the fallout after a 21-year-old Marine was involved in a fatal vehicle crash on Okinawa.

Japan-based servicemembers slapped with alcohol ban after fatal crash on Okinawa

The U.S. military has ordered servicemembers in Japan not to buy or consume alcohol until further notice after a fatal vehicle accident involving a 21-year-old Marine on Okinawa.

Trump to tell Duterte he is ‘fully committed’ to US-Philippines alliance, official says

President Donald Trump is expected to underscore the importance of the U.S.-Philippines alliance while in the country for a summit of Asian leaders, a State Department official told a group of mostly pro-Trump veterans here over the weekend.

Philippine troops credit US intel, training for helping them beat ISIS in Marawi

Filipino troops guarding the ruins of a city freed from Islamic militants last month said American training and intelligence gave them an edge against the 1,000 insurgents who fought to nearly the last man.

Trump touts ‘crucial’ alliance with Japan as he kicks off Asia tour

U.S. and Japanese troops “instill confidence in the hearts of our allies” and “strike fear in the hearts of our enemies,” President Donald Trump said Sunday at a U.S. air base in western Tokyo.

A veteran’s ashes are in limbo in Cambodia; friend, VFW members want to help

The remains of Jimmie Herschal Sillavan, an Air Force veteran who lived in Phnom Penh, have been held by a Cambodian funeral home since then because nobody has paid the $1,270 cremation fee.

War stories: Vietnam War journalists share examples of courage

Vietnam-era war correspondents wore uniforms, ate field rations and shared many of the deprivations and dangers of ordinary fighting men. Five decades later, their ranks are thinning but those who remain are still telling stories about “the last good war” for combat journalists.

China to US: Mind your own business on South China Sea disputes

The United States should butt out of territorial disputes in the South China Sea, a Chinese official said ahead of President Donald Trump’s inaugural visit to the region.