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U.S. Navy sailors man the rails aboard the U.S. 7th Fleet Flagship USS Blue Ridge as it pulls into port in Darwin, Australia, in June 2013 on a mission to build maritime partnerships and conduct security operations. Port calls by U.S. by U.S. ships are expected to increase under an agreement made by the leaders of the two countries last week. (Brannon Deugan/U.S. Navy)

Deal likely to bring more US military assets to Australia

FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii — The U.S. military is expected to significantly increase the number of troops, ships and watercraft rotating through...

The transmitter site of Naval Communication Station Cam Ranh Bay, in a photo taken sometime between 1970 and 1971, shows a portion of the sprawling base used by tens of thousands of U.S. and South Vietnamese servicemembers during the Vietnam War. (COURTESY OF THE COLLECTION OF WILLIAM J. LONGHI/U.S. NAVY)

Changing times: Door may open to US military at former Vietnam War hub

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The United States flag once flew over 25,000 acres of airfield and port facilities at Cam Ranh Bay, one of the...

Retired Marine Corps Cpl. Kyle Carpenter smiles after receiving the Medal of Honor at the White House, June 19, 2014. (JOE GROMELSKI/STARS AND STRIPES)

Incredible survival, inspiring recovery: Carpenter receives his Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON — “Cpl. William ‘Kyle’ Carpenter should not be alive today,” President Barack Obama told those gathered at the White House Thursday to...

Guam Diner Bytes: Hyatt Saipan wins 1st place in th Taste of the Marianas Chef Competition

Team Hyatt Regency Saipan's Junior Chefs Vinson Deleon Guerrero and Pastry Chef Ian Cranley edged out their competition by preparing Mexican Tacos...

Guam Diner Bytes

We are back! We are making up from last week's newsletter with this short edition and will publish this next week to get back on our regular...

Veteran shares his poetry from WWII

Editor’s Note: World War II veteran Joseph Errico recently reached out to Stripes because he had some poems he wanted to share with our...

A desire to serve

Editor’s note: Michael Schaefer has always dreamt of serving his country, but that dream may never become reality. Below is his story followed...

The Pentagon with the Washington Monument and National Mall in the background. (U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE)

Report: Savings from 2013 furloughs might not be accurate

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The Defense Department did not calculate an accurate cost savings during its furlough of more than 600,000 civilian...

Above and beyond: Former Marine to receive Medal of Honor Thursday

WASHINGTON — Marine Lance Cpls. Kyle Carpenter and Nicholas Eufrazio were standing watch on the roof of a mud and timber building being used as...

Jason Heap, who submitted paperwork in June to become the Navy's first humanist chaplain, said the military needs to broaden its view of the chaplain's corps to better serve all troops. (COURTESY OF MILITARY ASSOCIATION)

Rejection doesn't stop campaign to become military's first humanist chaplain

WASHINGTON — A Navy chaplain candidate who believes people can pursue “good without a god” said the recent rejection of his application wouldn’t...

About 4,000 airmen previously eligible for involuntary separation this summer will be spared from possible elimination, Air Force officials have announced. Deborah Lee James, secretary of the Air Force, spoke about the service's drawdown during an interview with Stars and Stripes on March 23, 2014. (JENNIFER H. SVAN/STARS AND STRIPES)

About 4,000 airmen to be spared involuntary separation

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — The Air Force will spare more airmen from involuntary separation in part to bolster the service’s nuclear missile corps...

Senior Airman Decoltius Dickerson, 726th Air Control Squadron, returns from deployment to his wife and children at a celebration at the Mountain Home Air Base flightline, May 23, 2014, at the base in Southwestern Idaho. Kevin Wallace/U.S. Air Force

Military dads balance service to country with love of family

WICHITA FALLS, Texas — “One team, one fight.” This phrase, often heard around the military, could be equally applied to the challenge of being a...

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