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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Abdul Rahman Gaitan, an 821st Contingency Response Squadron aerial porter at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., has become the first Airman to be granted a religious accommodation for a shaving waiver based on his Muslim faith.  LILIANA MORENO/U.S. AIR FORCE

Air Force grants first beard waiver to Muslim airman

WASHINGTON — The Air Force has quietly approved a request by a Muslim airman to grow a beard, marking the service’s first such religious...

Korean traditional full-course meals for every special occassion

If you’ve sampled Korean culture without a traditional Korean meal, it’s about time to try hanjeongsik, a wide variety of Korean cuisine.
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South Korea announced Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, it has found five more sets of remains from troops killed in the 1950-53 Korean War in the Demilitarized Zone. Pictured is a skeleton that remains largely intact.  COURTESY OF SOUTH KOREA'S DEFENSE MINISTRY

South Korea unearths nine sets of war dead remains during DMZ mine-clearing operation

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has unearthed nine sets of remains of war dead, including a rare, relatively intact skeleton, during a mine-...

Marines with November Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion wait to have their uniforms examined by fitters at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., Nov. 9, 2018.  TYLER HLAVAC/U.S. MARINE CORPS PHOTO

Company of female Marines are first to graduate in new dress blues

A company of Marines became the first to graduate in the service’s new female blue dress uniforms Friday at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris...

Chief Petty Officer Jaime Kalaw disciplines a recruit during a recent boot camp at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.  COURTESY OF U.S. NAVY

‘Making a Sailor’ documentary reveals what boot camp is like in modern-day Navy

People who think the Navy may have gone soft on new recruits can see the tough training that goes on at a modern boot camp via a new documentary...

Get rid of your Winter Blues-Seasonal Affective Disorder

As the seasons’ change and the nights draw in, we’re greeted with the end of another year. While many look forward to the festivities of...
The controversial motto on the Department of Veterans Affairs headquarters in Washington, D.C. (STARS AND STRIPES)

Two House lawmakers launch new effort to make VA motto gender inclusive

WASHINGTON – A pair of House lawmakers introduced legislation Friday to alter the Department of Veterans Affairs motto to be more inclusive of...

The Army is investigating hazing and bullying allegations made by a 1st Infantry Division soldier.

'I thought he was going to kill me': Army investigating Fort Riley soldier’s abuse allegations

The Army is investigating a Fort Riley soldier’s claims he was subjected to physical punishment that left him seriously injured and that he has...

Master Sgt. Nicholas Vollweiler was stabbed to death at his home near Yokota Air Base, Japan, Nov. 9, 2018. (SETH ROBSON/STARS AND STRIPES)

Airman stabbed to death near Yokota remembered in emotional ceremony

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — An airman who died in an off-base stabbing last week was honored with a ceremony hosted Friday by fellow Security Forces...

Celebrating Thanksgiving overseas

Turkey, stuffing, gravy and mashed potatoes — these are the things I think of when I envision Thanksgiving. If you are stationed overseas, why not...

The USS Ronald Reagan maneuvers along the South Korean coast ahead of a port visit to Busan, Oct. 21, 2017.  MACADAM WEISSMAN/U.S. NAVY PHOTO

USS Ronald Reagan sailor gets 2 years in prison for sexually assaulting fellow sailor, strangling civilian

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — A USS Ronald Reagan aviation ordnanceman has been sentenced to two years in prison after admitting to sexually...

Busan Destinations: Two Busan locations to experience making some makgeolli

Do you like makgeolli, that milky, pleasant alcoholic Korean beverage that pairs so well on rainy days with pajeon (scallion pancake)? If you...

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