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Students reunite with friends as new school year begins at Pacific bases

Stars & Stripes
Sasebo Naval Base, Japan | August 29, 2011

They came carrying new backpacks and binders, wearing fresh outfits and the caps of their favorite sports teams.

The sounds of laughter and chatter filling the air Monday morning could only mean one thing: it was back to school for the more than 22,000 Department of Defense school students across the Pacific.

At Sasebo Naval Base’s E.J. King, which serves as both a middle and a high school, the excitement was palpable. For some, the excitement soon gave way to angst as lockers wouldn’t open and schedules needed to be adjusted. Read rest of article.

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