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David Lee Roth

Veteran Van Halen frontman and rock legend David Lee Roth has called Tokyo home for nearly a year. It might seem odd that an American rock star...

Senior Airman Rachel Hutson places a grocery bag in a commissary shopper's cart at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., on Feb. 5, 2013. (Kaylee Clark/Courtesy of the U.S. Air Force)

Backlash on commissary closure plan exemplifies DOD's dilemma

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Motion sensors and razor-wire coils ring the ammunition depot on this vast Marine Corps base. Sentries stand watch in the...

Fake weapons, including guns, are sold at a sidewalk vending stall in Itaewon just steps away from the Hamilton Hotel, where two U.S. soldiers allegedly shot BB guns at passersby on March 2, 2013. Two of the soldiers appeared in Seoul Central District Court on June 4, 2013.

2 soldiers appear in South Korean court for alleged roles in BB gun incident

SEOUL — Two U.S. soldiers appeared in Seoul Central District Court on Tuesday, facing assault charges for allegedly firing a BB gun at pedestrians...

Lauren Oleksyk of the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center's Department of Defense Combat Feeding Directorate, holds a Flameless Ration Heater and a Meal, Ready-to-Eat. This is the 20th anniversary of the heater's introduction.

Between a 'rock or something' and an MRE

NATICK, Mass. (May 30, 2013) -- If you're familiar with the phrase "rock or something," then you've probably used a Flameless Ration Heater to...

Former Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Van shows a group of teachers around the aircraft carrier USS George Washington in Yokosuka, Japan, sometime before March 2011. Despite excellent evaluations and appointment to leadership and instructor positions, Van was one of 3,000 sailors laid off in 2012 by the Navy's Enlisted Retention Baord. This year, the Navy finds itself undermanned, but sailors like Van are having difficulty re-enlisting. Courtesy of Robert Van

Some 'involuntarily separated' sailors feel slighted amid recruiting push

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — One month after being cast out of the Navy because his career field was overmanned, the Recruit Training Command...

My thoughts on Space-A travel

Hello Military Community,

Traveling the world for military service members and their families is one benefit of military service. With...

Director William Michael Alexander, center in suit, talks to U.S. and South Korea Army chaplains during a May 3, 2013, tour of the 2nd Infantry Division Museum on Camp Red Cloud in South Korea on May 9, 2013. U.S. Forces Korea says plans for the relocation of the museum to Camp Humphreys are on hold due to financial concerns in the wake of a Senate Armed Services Committee report critical of the project. (Jon Rabiroff/Stars and Stripes)

Plans for new 2ID museum in South Korea in doubt

CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea — The fate of the 2nd Infantry Division Museum is very much in doubt in the wake of a U.S. Senate Armed Services...

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel addresses DOD employees in Alexandria, Va., May 14, 2013. Hagel discussed sequestration and the resulting scheduled furloughs. (Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo/DOD file photo)

DOD civilians get seven days to appeal furloughs

WASHINGTON — Plans to trim the paychecks of the vast majority of civilian Defense Department employees this summer rolled forward this week as...

TOBELO, Indonesia (July 13, 2010) Capt. Lisa M. Franchetti, commander of Pacific Partnership 2010, poses for a photo with an Indonesian girl before participating in the opening ceremony to mark the beginning of operations by crew members of the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) in support of Pacific Partnership 2010. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matthew Jackson)

Navy in South Korea geting first female commander

SEOUL — The Department of Defense has announced the appointment of the first female commander for U.S. Naval Forces Korea.

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The true meaning of Memorial Day

Hello Military Community,

May is Military Appreciation Month and is filled with special days: Memorial Day, Loyalty Day, V.E. Day, Military...

US airman in South Korea likely to face trial on indecent assault charge

SEOUL — A U.S. Forces Korea airman is expected to face trial on an indecent assault for allegedly forcing a South Korean woman to look at...

Pyeongtaek police chief Park Sang Yung is distributing the "SOFA Patrol English Guidebook" and an accompanying CD, both pictured here, to police in the Pyeongtaek and Osan areas to help them learn English phrases they might use in situations involving the U.S. military. The guidebook also explains the Status of Forces Agreement and aspects of the U.S. military, legal system and American culture. (Ashley Rowland/Stars and Stripes)

For S. Korean police, a primer on Americans in 238 pages

SEOUL — Don’t ask American troops about their weight, income or the costs of their houses or cars. Don’t get closer than three feet while chatting...

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