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Airman 1st Class Devin Laird, places an old door on the pile at Neiafu Government Primary School, Neiafu, Vava'u, Tonga, on July 17, 2014. Military electricians, structural craftsmen, carpenters and plumbers are working to fix up the school as part of the Pacific Angel exercise. Laird is deployed from the 374th Civil Engineer Squadron, Yokota Air Base, Japan. (RACHELLE COLEMAN/U.S. AIR FORCE)

Pacific Angel: Building military relationships in paradise

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July 26, 2014

Servicemembers are routinely called on to deploy to Spartan trouble spots where the locals may try to kill them and entertainment consists of pumping iron or watching DVDs in a plywood shed.

But not every deployment is inherently dangerous...

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This photo of a diagram shows how Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force explosive ordnance disposal technicians planned to carry out the controlled detonation of 24 US World War II munitions. The operation went off without a hitch on July 23, 2014. (MATTHEW M. BURKE/STARS AND STRIPES)

Japan still clearing World War II bombs from Okinawa

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July 26, 2014

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — World War II ended 69 years ago, but shells are still exploding off the coast of Okinawa.

Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force explosive ordnance disposal technicians detonated two dozen U.S.-made munitions Wednesday...

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US says China tested anti-satellite missile

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July 26, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. says China has tested a missile designed to destroy satellites and is urging Beijing to refrain from destabilizing actions.

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said the "non-destructive" test occurred...

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Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, right, is greeted by Capt. Stanley Keeve Jr., left, commander of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, and Rear Adm. Rick Williams, commander of Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, as he arrives at Hospital Point at JBPHH for a groundbreaking and blessing ceremony for the Navy's largest solar generation system project in Hawaii, July 24, 2014. (JOHN M. HAGEMAN/U.S. NAVY)

Mabus: Female submariners to be assigned to Pearl Harbor

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July 26, 2014

HONOLULU — The first women on Virginia-class attack submarines in the Pacific will serve on the USS Texas and USS Mississippi at Pearl Harbor starting in fiscal 2016, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said Thursday.

"I made that decision in 2010 to...

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