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Maintainers from the 81st Aircraft Maintenance Unit inspect an A-10 Thunderbolt II on Sept. 12, 2012 during Ramstein Rover 2012 at Namest Air Base in the Czech Republic. Across military commands overseas, officials are looking at deferring training opportunities and maintenance on everything from aircraft to buildings due to possible automatic spending cuts. (Natasha Stannard/U.S. Air Force)

With sequestration, one thing is sure: Big changes will occur for military

STUTTGART, Germany — Less than three days before sequestration is set to take effect, military officials cannot say what exactly it will mean for...

Furlough pay calculator released for federal workers

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Federal workers now have a convenient way to calculate their loss in pay if planned furloughs of about 800,000...

Ranger's Take: Volunteer opportunities await future ‘VIPs’

National Parks are some of the most special places of our nation. The transcendent beauty, natural wonders, and profound meanings of our national...

Remembering one of Guam's great heroines

Hello military community,

Reading and listening to the media about whether women should fight in combat, or even be in the war, I can’t help...

Poems honoring women in history

Editor's note: March is Women's History Month. Here are some poems honoring women by Latorial Faison. You can read more of her poems and about...

"WAVEs" in an R4D transport plane, Nov. 1944.

Military women: History that built a nation

Since the beginning of time, women have played pivotal roles in cultures all over the world.  As societies vary, so have the roles of women....

Press Secretary: Sequestration poses long-term danger to DoD

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2013 – Though little will change immediately if deep across-the-board spending cuts trigger March 1, the long-term changes...

The hallways of Kaiserslautern High School could be empty one day a week if sequestration goes into effect next month. Closing one day a week is one option reportedly being considered by DODEA. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Uncertainty over how furloughs might affect DOD schools

GRAFENWÖHR, Germany — As the deadline for staving off massive defense budget cuts looms, educators at military-funded schools around the world...

Civilian furloughs hit hard; also, check if you lose 'Prime'

Most of 800,000 Department of Defense civilian employees will see their workweeks shortened and their pay cut by 20 percent from late April...

A crewman braces as a MV-22 Osprey takes off from a Navy vessel in the Gulf of Thailand on Feb. 19, 2013, during the Cobra Gold exercise. (MICHAEL ACHTERLING/U.S. NAVY, FLICKR)

Budget woes threaten Pacific ‘pivot’

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — A century ago, U.S. foreign policy was summed up by President Theodore Roosevelt as “Speak softly and carry a big stick...

The USS Guardian sits in the Sulu Sea in the Philippines, stuck on the Tubbataha Reef, where it has been since Jan. 17, 2012. A Malaysian tug arrives Jan. 27 to remove hazardous material from the U.S. Navy ship. (U.S. Navy/Flickr)

Work to dismantle Navy ship stuck on Philippine reef might begin soon

SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — Work to cut up and remove the USS Guardian from a protected reef where it ran aground more than a month ago is expected...

DOD civilian furloughs planned; What it means for you

WASHINGTON — With automatic budget cuts looming in just over a week, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Wednesday notified Congress of a plan to...

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