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Staff Sgt. Chris Hofer, a loadmaster from Yokota Air Base, prepares a box of Operation Christmas Drop donations on board a C-130 Super Herc on Dec. 9, 2018.  CAITLIN DOORNBOS/STARS AND STRIPES
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Airmen Santas swap sleighs for C-130s to deliver gifts to some of the world's most remote islands

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December 13, 2018
ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam — A measure of relief went into Operation Christmas Drop this year for residents of far-flung and sometimes inaccessible islands of the Northern...
Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer, left, talks with Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, before a Senate Armed Services subcommittee hearing on Navy and Marine Corps readiness, Dec. 12, 2018, on Capitol Hill.  JOE GROMELSKI/STARS AND STRIPES
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'We must do better' in wake of Marine deaths, lawmakers say

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December 13, 2018
WASHINGTON – In a somber congressional hearing on Navy and Marine Corps readiness, lawmakers expressed condolences, read aloud the names of the Marines who died in a recent crash...
Capt. Jahmar F. Resilard died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, after a collision between a fighter jet and a refueling plane off the coast of Japan.  U.S. MARINE CORPS
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Fallen Hornet pilot honored with missing-man flyover at MCAS Iwakuni

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December 13, 2018
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan — Four northbound Marine F/A-18 Hornets roared over Iwakuni at 11:27 a.m. Wednesday and executed a missing-man formation in tribute to a...
Without a web-based way to send large files containing personal or medical information, the military now has to burn the data onto optical discs, like the DVDs pictured here in an Army facility on Dec. 10, 2018, and send them via registered mail.  BRIAN FERGUSON/STARS AND STRIPES
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CDs, faxes make comeback as military file-sharing service taken offline

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December 11, 2018
The shuttering of a widely used military file-sharing service last month has left the services without an online option for transferring sensitive unclassified files, so they’re...
Flags, including those from the United States, South Korea and the United Nations, are displayed at Osan Air Base, South Korea, Aug. 27, 2018.  SAVANNAH WATERS/U.S. AIR FORCE
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US, S. Korea hold separate talks on cost-sharing, status of forces

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December 12, 2018
SEOUL, South Korea — The United States and South Korea held separate talks Tuesday on military cost-sharing and the agreement on the legal status of American forces who are being...
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Last-ditch effort to pass Blue Water Navy bill fails in Senate

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December 12, 2018
WASHINGTON — A final deal to provide Department of Veterans Affairs benefits to thousands of veterans who served off the coast during the Vietnam War failed in the Senate on...