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1st Lt. Kaleb Young and Tech. Sgt. Christopher Rector of the 459th Airlift Squadron wave to festivalgoers over Yokota Air Base, Japan, Sept. 17, 2016, during the Japanese-American Friendship Festival. U.S. bases in Japan cost $5.5 billion in 2016, a figure not including $1 billion in Japan-provided labor, according to the Pentagon's 2017 operation and maintenance overview. Yasuo Osakabe/Air Force
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US election campaign casts light on Pacific where allies already pay US big sums for their defense

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September 29, 2016
The defense policy debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton often glosses over differences between Europe and the Pacific, where Japan and South Korea already pay...
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Senate passes stopgap budget to avert troop pay freeze

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September 29, 2016
WASHINGTON — The Senate on Wednesday passed a temporary federal budget bill, taking a key step toward avoiding a government shutdown and freeze on troop pay at the end of the week.
Actor Tom Hanks addresses the crowd at the launch of the Hidden Heroes campaign for military caregivers. Hidden Heroes is a groundbreaking campaign created by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation to call attention to the countries 5.5 million military and veteran caregivers.
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Tom Hanks joins call to help military caregivers

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September 29, 2016
WASHINGTON — The public service announcement begins with Tom Hanks introducing himself on a black screen.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Sept. 22, 2016. (Andrew Harnik/AP)

Defense chief: 9/11 bill could be devastating to US military

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September 28, 2016
WASHINGTON — Legislation that would allow the families of Sept. 11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia for allegedly backing the terrorists who carried out the attacks...
Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force chief of staff Adm. Tomohisa Takei says he hopes to resume port visits and the exchange of high-level officials with China as soon as possible in an attempt to assuage rising tensions in the Asia-Pacific. Nathan Laird/U.S. Navy
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Japan’s navy chief to China: Our door is open to improving relations

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September 29, 2016
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Japan’s navy chief hopes to resume port visits and the exchange of high-level officials with China as soon as possible in an attempt to assuage rising...
BARRIGADA, Guam – Soldiers with Detachment 5, 368th Military Police, 9th Mission Support Command, sing the Army Song to conclude their deployment ceremony at the Guard Army National Guard Assembly Hall on Saturday, Sept. 24. (Photo By Staff Sgt. James Kennedy Benjamin)

Army reserve unit makes history

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September 28, 2016
Soldiers assigned to Detachment 5, 368th Military Policy Company, 9th Mission Support Command, made history by becoming the first Army reserve unit in Guam to deploy from its home...