Wife of imprisoned Navy officer meets with Biden after State of the Union address

Brittany Alkonis, the spouse of the Navy officer serving a three-year prison sentence in Japan met with President Joe Biden on Tuesday in a chance meeting at the Capitol following his State of the Union address.

Poll shows growing public support for a stronger Japanese defense

The Nikkei Research survey of 1,663 Japanese adults between October and November showed 49% backed an expanded role in the U.S.-Japan alliance while 46% opposed it.

DOD failed to apprise Japanese medical providers about a potential wave of US patients

Japanese government officials and health care providers say they were not told in advance of a U.S. Department of Defense decision last year to force tens of thousands of its civilian employees into Japan’s health care system.

USS America takes out drone with ‘fire-and-forget’ missile near Okinawa

The USS America “detected, tracked and engaged a target” with an RIM-116 rolling airframe missile this week in the Philippine Sea, an exercise the Navy says was aimed at keeping the amphibious assault ship’s crew ready for warfighting. 

Four-nation paratrooper jump carries on New Year tradition east of Tokyo

Col. Ricky Taylor and more than 400 American, Japanese, Australian and British paratroopers jumped Sunday into a drop zone at Camp Narashino, east of Tokyo in Chiba prefecture, as part of the annual New Year’s Friendship Parachute Jump.

Australia to buy HIMARS, a US-made rocket system that’s seeing success in Ukraine

The Australian government announced plans Thursday to spend more than $680 million to field surface-to-surface High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, or HIMARS, launchers, missiles and training rockets by 2026.

Professor mines Marine Corps history for book on WWI cartoons

History professor Cord Scott hopes his new book, “The Mud and the Mirth: Marine Cartoonists in World War I,” adds insight into the lives of ordinary Marine riflemen in World War I as the memory of that conflict has faded into history.

From Senate floor, a plea to continue pay for Navy officer imprisoned in Japan

The Defense Department will deny a plea from Navy Lt. Ridge Alkonis to extend his pay and allowances while he serves a three-year prison sentence in Japan, according to U.S. Sen. Mike Lee of Utah on Thursday.

Sampling the hikes — and hops — in Bend, Ore.

Writer takes a 10-day hiking trip to the city to discover why it made her friends trade their RV for a house