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U.S. servicemembers walk down the main street of The Ville, the entertainment district just outside the front gate of Camp Casey in South Korea. Four U.S. soldiers were injured on March 16, 2013, in a brawl that involved a knife and baseball bat.
U.S. servicemembers walk down the main street of The Ville, the entertainment district just outside the front gate of Camp Casey in South Korea. Four U.S. soldiers were injured on March 16, 2013, in a brawl that involved a knife and baseball bat. (Jon Rabiroff/Stars and Stripes)
U.S. servicemembers walk down the main street of The Ville, the entertainment district just outside the front gate of Camp Casey in South Korea. Four U.S. soldiers were injured on March 16, 2013, in a brawl that involved a knife and baseball bat.
U.S. servicemembers walk down the main street of The Ville, the entertainment district just outside the front gate of Camp Casey in South Korea. Four U.S. soldiers were injured on March 16, 2013, in a brawl that involved a knife and baseball bat. (Jon Rabiroff/Stars and Stripes)
Paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division hunker down before a mock assault on a row of abandoned buildings. The UN peacekeeping scenario was part of the Garuda Shield exercise.
Paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division hunker down before a mock assault on a row of abandoned buildings. The UN peacekeeping scenario was part of the Garuda Shield exercise. (Wyatt Olson/Stars and Stripes)
Soldiers examine a "dead" enemy as they clear a building during a mock UN peacekeeping scenario as part of Garuda Shield in Indonesia.
Soldiers examine a "dead" enemy as they clear a building during a mock UN peacekeeping scenario as part of Garuda Shield in Indonesia. (Wyatt Olson/Stars and Stripes)
U.S. Marine 1st Lt. Mike Kopa, 26, of Woodbridge, Va., second from left, gets some advice from an Australian soldier at Mount Bundey Training Area, Australia in June 2013.
U.S. Marine 1st Lt. Mike Kopa, 26, of Woodbridge, Va., second from left, gets some advice from an Australian soldier at Mount Bundey Training Area, Australia in June 2013. (Seth Robson/Stars and Stripes)
A soldier asks a question during a town hall-style meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, at Yongsan Garrison in South Korea led by Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife Deanie.
A soldier asks a question during a town hall-style meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, at Yongsan Garrison in South Korea led by Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife Deanie. (Jon Rabiroff/Stars and Stripes)
An ESPN production crewmember watchs a large monitor during the NCAA season-opening 2013 Armed Forces Classic at Camp Humphreys, South Korea, on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013.
An ESPN production crewmember watchs a large monitor during the NCAA season-opening 2013 Armed Forces Classic at Camp Humphreys, South Korea, on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. (Armando R. Limon/Stars and Stripes)
Typhoon victims wait to board a flight out of Tacloban Airport bound for Villamor Airbase, Manila, Philippines, November 15, 2013.
Typhoon victims wait to board a flight out of Tacloban Airport bound for Villamor Airbase, Manila, Philippines, November 15, 2013. (Eric Guzman/Stars and Stripes)
An aircraft at Tacloban Airport, Philippines, waits on the runway as victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan prepare to board.
An aircraft at Tacloban Airport, Philippines, waits on the runway as victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan prepare to board. (Eric Guzman/Stars and Stripes)
U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy sits for a group photo with (from left to right) Lt. Gen. Salvatore Angelella, commander, US Forces Japan; Ryota Takeda, Japan Parlimentary Senior Vice Minister of Defense, Lt. Gen. Kunisuke Nakashima, Japan Air Self Defense Force vice chief of staff at Yokota Air Base, Japan, on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013.
U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy sits for a group photo with (from left to right) Lt. Gen. Salvatore Angelella, commander, US Forces Japan; Ryota Takeda, Japan Parlimentary Senior Vice Minister of Defense, Lt. Gen. Kunisuke Nakashima, Japan Air Self Defense Force vice chief of staff at Yokota Air Base, Japan, on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. (James Kimber/Stars and Stripes)
The wreckage of a U.S. Navy Knighthawk helicopter sits where it crash-landed in an empty area about 10 miles southwest of Yokosuka Naval Base on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013.
The wreckage of a U.S. Navy Knighthawk helicopter sits where it crash-landed in an empty area about 10 miles southwest of Yokosuka Naval Base on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. (Trevor Andersen/Stars and Stripes)
Senior Airman Jared Callahan guides a passing A-10 on Jan. 16, 2013, during the Beverly Midnight excercise at Osan Air Base, South Korea. The exercise tests the airmen's ability to survive and operate in a war-time environment. Callahan was given the OK to take off his protective mask after wearing it for hours during the exercise.
Senior Airman Jared Callahan guides a passing A-10 on Jan. 16, 2013, during the Beverly Midnight excercise at Osan Air Base, South Korea. The exercise tests the airmen's ability to survive and operate in a war-time environment. Callahan was given the OK to take off his protective mask after wearing it for hours during the exercise. (Armando Limon/Stars and Stripes)
Klara Enriquez, a fourth-grader at Shirley Lanham Elementary School, takes a quick break from reading the program for the March 28, 2013, soroban event where American students and Japanese students showed off their abilities to manually computer complex series of numbers.
Klara Enriquez, a fourth-grader at Shirley Lanham Elementary School, takes a quick break from reading the program for the March 28, 2013, soroban event where American students and Japanese students showed off their abilities to manually computer complex series of numbers. (Charlie Reed/Stars and Stripes)
A sailor from the destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur observes as the anchor drops while at sea, east of Japan, during preparations for a Navy Board of Inspection and Survey review. The destroyer is 1 of the Navy's ballistic missile defense-capable ships based in Japan and could be among the 1st to know if North Korea were to launch a ballistic missile.
A sailor from the destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur observes as the anchor drops while at sea, east of Japan, during preparations for a Navy Board of Inspection and Survey review. The destroyer is 1 of the Navy's ballistic missile defense-capable ships based in Japan and could be among the 1st to know if North Korea were to launch a ballistic missile. (Erik Slavin/Stars and Stripes)
Leroy Myers leaves Sasebo's Soto Dam after the 93-year-old came back to see it one final time May 25, 2013, 72 years after his captivity and forced labor during World War II.
Leroy Myers leaves Sasebo's Soto Dam after the 93-year-old came back to see it one final time May 25, 2013, 72 years after his captivity and forced labor during World War II. (Matthew M. Burke/Stars and Stripes)
South Korean protesters rally against the 51st Fighter Wing command at the Songtan Entertainment District outside Osan Air Base, South Korea, June 14, 2013. They were protesting the command's decision to make some bars off-limits.
South Korean protesters rally against the 51st Fighter Wing command at the Songtan Entertainment District outside Osan Air Base, South Korea, June 14, 2013. They were protesting the command's decision to make some bars off-limits. (Armando R. Limon/Stars and Stripes)
An Indonesia woman leaves the free medical clinic held during the Garuda Shield exercise after being treated for an eye infection.
An Indonesia woman leaves the free medical clinic held during the Garuda Shield exercise after being treated for an eye infection. (Wyatt Olson/Stars and Stripes)
Mahika Mano lets you get all Caribbean in the heart of Tokyo.
Mahika Mano lets you get all Caribbean in the heart of Tokyo. (Wyatt Olson/Stars and Stripes)
A North Korean soldier takes photos of the 21-nation delegation gathered at the demarcation line between North and South Korea at the Joint Security Area, South Korea, July 27, 2013.
A North Korean soldier takes photos of the 21-nation delegation gathered at the demarcation line between North and South Korea at the Joint Security Area, South Korea, July 27, 2013. (Armando R. Limon/Stars and Stripes)
A Marine paints a Japanese boy's face with camouflage at the 37th annual Yokosuka Friendship Festival on Aug. 3, 2013. The Navy base was open to the Japanese public who were treated to live entertainment, food vendors and other events.
A Marine paints a Japanese boy's face with camouflage at the 37th annual Yokosuka Friendship Festival on Aug. 3, 2013. The Navy base was open to the Japanese public who were treated to live entertainment, food vendors and other events. (Trevor Andersen/Stars and Stripes)
Members of the Osan Air Base joint town patrol walk on of the streets at the Songtan Entertainment District, just outside the front gate of the base in South Korea on Aug. 17, 2013. Base officials in recent months have systematically been putting the notorious base-area juicy bars off-limits to U.S. servicemembers.
Members of the Osan Air Base joint town patrol walk on of the streets at the Songtan Entertainment District, just outside the front gate of the base in South Korea on Aug. 17, 2013. Base officials in recent months have systematically been putting the notorious base-area juicy bars off-limits to U.S. servicemembers. (Armando R. Limon/Stars and Stripes)
Petty Officer 2nd Class Joshua Dingman greets his wife and meets his 7-week-old daughter, Evelynn, for the first time at Yokosuka Naval Base on Friday. About 5,000 sailors disembarked from the aircraft carrier USS George Washington, which returned to Yokosuka for a break in its ongoing Western Pacific patrol.
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Petty Officer 2nd Class Joshua Dingman greets his wife and meets his 7-week-old daughter, Evelynn, for the first time at Yokosuka Naval Base on Friday. About 5,000 sailors disembarked from the aircraft carrier USS George Washington, which returned to Yokosuka for a break in its ongoing Western Pacific patrol. Erik Slavin/Stars and Stripes (Erik Slavin/Stars and Stripes)
The new battle colors wave after the unveiling aboard Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Aug. 30, 2013.
The new battle colors wave after the unveiling aboard Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Aug. 30, 2013. (Lisa Tourtelot/Stars and Stripes)
Eisa performers wear elaborate traditional costumes at the 58th Okinawa Zento Eisa Matsuri contest in Okinawa City, Okinawa, Sept. 1, 2013.
Eisa performers wear elaborate traditional costumes at the 58th Okinawa Zento Eisa Matsuri contest in Okinawa City, Okinawa, Sept. 1, 2013. (Lisa Tourtelot/Stars and Stripes)
The temporary library at the Humphreys High School consisted of several mostly empty bookcases in an unused classroom on the first day of school last month. A new facility for the high school did not open as scheduled on Aug. 26, forcing teachers and staff to prepare temporary classrooms and offices in the base's former elemetary school in just five workdays.
The temporary library at the Humphreys High School consisted of several mostly empty bookcases in an unused classroom on the first day of school last month. A new facility for the high school did not open as scheduled on Aug. 26, forcing teachers and staff to prepare temporary classrooms and offices in the base's former elemetary school in just five workdays. (Ashley Rowland/Stars and Stripes)
Brightly colored stuffed shisa dogs -- an Okinawa icon -- are sold in the park gift shop.
Brightly colored stuffed shisa dogs -- an Okinawa icon -- are sold in the park gift shop. (Travis J. Tritten/Stars and Stripes)
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel listens as outgoing U.S. Forces Korea commander Gen. James D. Thurman gives a farewell speech at his change of command ceremony at Yongsan Garrison, South Korea, on Oct. 2, 2013. Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti succeeded Thurman as the new commander.
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel listens as outgoing U.S. Forces Korea commander Gen. James D. Thurman gives a farewell speech at his change of command ceremony at Yongsan Garrison, South Korea, on Oct. 2, 2013. Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti succeeded Thurman as the new commander. (Armando R. Limon/Stars and Stripes)
Petty Officer 1st Class Louis Deforest, the engineer of Naval Beach Unit 7's Landing Craft Air Cushion 8 looks out to sea from the cockpit on a mid-May training run out of Sasebo Naval Base. The unit was stood up in August and is operating out of a brand new $285 million facility dedicated in March.
Petty Officer 1st Class Louis Deforest, the engineer of Naval Beach Unit 7's Landing Craft Air Cushion 8 looks out to sea from the cockpit on a mid-May training run out of Sasebo Naval Base. The unit was stood up in August and is operating out of a brand new $285 million facility dedicated in March. (Matthew M. Burke/Stars and Stripes)
Okinawans opposed to the U.S. military picket Oct. 8 outside a hotel where the prefecture's governor and ministers from Tokyo met to discuss the relocation of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.
Okinawans opposed to the U.S. military picket Oct. 8 outside a hotel where the prefecture's governor and ministers from Tokyo met to discuss the relocation of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. (Travis J. Tritten/Stars and Stripes)
U.S. Marines strap down shipping pallets on Nov. 13, 2013, in Manila, Philippines. The shipments will be delivered to those affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan last Friday.
U.S. Marines strap down shipping pallets on Nov. 13, 2013, in Manila, Philippines. The shipments will be delivered to those affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan last Friday. (Eric Guzman/Stars and Stripes)
A group of typhoon victims waits to board a flight out of Tacloban Airport bound for Villamor Airbase, Manila, Philippines, November 15, 2013.
A group of typhoon victims waits to board a flight out of Tacloban Airport bound for Villamor Airbase, Manila, Philippines, November 15, 2013. (Eric Guzman/Stars and Stripes)
A C-130 aircraft at Borongan, Philippines, prepares to take off to deliver relief to victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan, Nov. 18, 2013.

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A C-130 aircraft at Borongan, Philippines, prepares to take off to deliver relief to victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan, Nov. 18, 2013. Eric Guzman/Stars and Stripes (Eric Guzman/Stars and Stripes)
Volunteers at Villamor Air Base in Manila separate piles of donated clothing that will be given to Typhoon Haiyan evacuees from Tacloban and the surrounding areas. The U.S. military has flown nearly 11,600 evacuees to Villamor since the storm hit earlier this month.
Volunteers at Villamor Air Base in Manila separate piles of donated clothing that will be given to Typhoon Haiyan evacuees from Tacloban and the surrounding areas. The U.S. military has flown nearly 11,600 evacuees to Villamor since the storm hit earlier this month. (Ashley Rowland/Stars and Stripes)
Marine Cpl. Eden Dillon, left, controls aircraft at Guiuan Airport while Staff Sgt. Justin Kroemer keeps watch Nov. 21, 2013.  After more than a week on the ground helping Typhoon Haiyan victims, the Marines are packing up and heading back to Okinawa.
Marine Cpl. Eden Dillon, left, controls aircraft at Guiuan Airport while Staff Sgt. Justin Kroemer keeps watch Nov. 21, 2013. After more than a week on the ground helping Typhoon Haiyan victims, the Marines are packing up and heading back to Okinawa. (Seth Robson/Stars and Stripes)
Children shelter from rain inside a Jeepney in Guiuan last Friday. Officials there say locals are resilient despite the fact that most of their homes were destroyed or damaged by Typhoon Haiyan.
Children shelter from rain inside a Jeepney in Guiuan last Friday. Officials there say locals are resilient despite the fact that most of their homes were destroyed or damaged by Typhoon Haiyan. (Seth Robson/Stars and Stripes)
Navy Sr. Chief Vilma Rodriguez, a native of Tacloban, Philippines, holds a plea signed by nearly 200 people living in Tacloban requesting assistance and relief supplies in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan.
Navy Sr. Chief Vilma Rodriguez, a native of Tacloban, Philippines, holds a plea signed by nearly 200 people living in Tacloban requesting assistance and relief supplies in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan. (Eric Guzman/Stars and Stripes)

Stars and Stripes photographers and reporters have covered some of the most important events involving U.S forces in the Pacific since World War II.

In 2013, Stripes' Pacific-based photographers and reporters published more than 2,000 photos online and had several hundred appear in print. They captured everything from coverage of military exercises like the Oorah! Down Under special in Australia, to the U.S. military support in the Philippines during Typhoon Haiyan recovery efforts, to the crackdown of servicemembers and SOFA-sponsored personnel visiting juicy bars in South Korea.

Stripes Pacific photographers also captured the light-hearted after-hours places to see like a Tokyo cafe set on purr-fection and a toy park with a samurai-dressed Darth Vader mannequin, among other oddities.

This list looks at the best and most important Pacific news photos from 2013. Though hundreds of photos could have made this list, it has been whittled down to 30. In no particular order, here are Stripes' Pacific top news photos from 2013.

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