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Default Air Force Logo Patriot Express to offer more seats
Beginning this month service members and their families on Okinawa who use the Patriot Express will have a better chance of catching a flight back to the United States or to mainland Japan. Due to a new contract, the L-10-11 model aircraft currently used is being replaced with a DC-10 that will seat more passengers. Master Sgt. Laurie Rogers, 733rd
0 10/08
2007
Default Air Force Logo Financial Management Transformation
A town hall meeting to discuss the biggest change to financial management in 60 years will be held Oct. 9 at the Keystone Theater here. Lt. Col. Steve Kennedy, 18th Comptroller Squadron commander, will host the meeting to inform community members about the upcoming changes that include centralizing finance functions at Ellsworth Air Force Base,
0 10/05
2007
Abigail Johns, 6, daughter of Sherri and Staff Sgt. Bruce Johns, 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, and Chalk 1 team leader, crawls through the obstacle course during Skoshi Warrior Sept. 29. The event, designed to help children understand deployments through fun activities, was sponsored by the Airman and Family Readiness Center.
(U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Nestor Cruz) Kadena children deploy for Skoshi Warrior '07
Everyone in the tent stood at attention as the commander entered. Brig. Gen. Brett Williams, 18th Wing commander, cleared his throat and spoke to his young deployers. "I'm depending on you to do your best in this mission," said General Williams. "Your mission for this deployment is ... to have fun." The "deployers" are not your typical active-duty
0 10/03
2007
Default Air Force Logo Eight Shoguns selected for senior airman below the zone
Congratulations to the following Airmen 1st class who were recently selected for promotion below-the-zone to senior airman: 18th Wing: Jon Tarell 18th Operations Support Squadron: Schyler Peck and Zachary Nichter 18th Dental Squadron: Isha Kargbo 718th Civil Engineer Squadron: Arvin Candelaria 353rd Special Operations Group: Gladys Oxford 17th
0 10/03
2007
The Kadena Fire Department kicked off fire prevention weeks Oct. 1 with a parade of emergency vehicles. The parade was held to promote safety and fire prevention and was on the anniversary of the Great Chicago fire. McGruff the Crime Dog and Sparky rode around the housing area here, throwing candy to the children.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Reynaldo Ramon) Parading fire prevention

0 10/02
2007
Traffic congestion will cause delays for entry at Gate 3 for approximately six weeks due to construction work that began Oct. 1. Contract workers will be installing final denial barriers in the area. It is recommended for people to use an alternate gate if possible.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Reynaldo Ramon) Traffic delays

0 10/02
2007
Eighteenth Wing leaders fill out Combined Federal Campaign pledge slips to kick off the CFC season Oct. 1. The CFC, established in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy, provides a single drive for government employees to raise money for many charities. 
(U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Darnell T. Cannady) CFC begins at Kadena

0 10/01
2007
Lt. Gen. Bruce Wright, U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force commander, speaks to the field grade officers and senior enlisted leaders of all four services at a forum Sept. 27.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kasey Zickmund) USFJ commander emphasizes role of military leaders
The commander of U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force spoke to senior enlisted leaders and field grade officers here Sept. 27 to emphasize the role they play in securing peace in the region. "You've never been more important," Lt. Gen. Bruce Wright told the crowd of more than 100 Airmen gathered at the Keystone Theater to hear the leader. The
0 10/01
2007
Capt. Mark Lennon, 909th Air Refueling Squadron, rides his motorcycle through the safety course during the 18th Wing’s motorcycle all-call Sept. 21.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kasey Zickmund) Motorcycle safety competition tests inclement weather skills
Riding a motorcycle presents many hazards which increase during inclement weather and require special skills. Base riders recently got to test those skills in a motorcycle all-call and safety competition held here in the rain Sept. 21. "As a rider, we need to learn how to ride in the rain because Okinawa does get a lot of rain," said Staff Sgt.
0 10/01
2007
Equipment Operator 1st Class (SCW) David Martin supervises Equipment Operator 1st Class (SCW) Van Johnson as he excavates a crater September 25, 2007 in a simulated runway on Kadena Air Base as part of a joint-training exercise with the U.S. Air Force. 87 Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 7 personnel experienced the Rapid Runway Repair (RRR) training led by Kadena airmen to teach Seabees critical skills for their next deployment. NMCB 7 is currently deployed to the Far East to provide construction support to shore installations in support of the global war on terrorism.  (U.S. Navy photo/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael B. Lavender ) Seabees train with RED HORSE
U.S. Navy Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 7 "crossed into the blue," working with U.S. Air Force personnel during a joint training exercise held Sept. 24 - 26 at Kadena Air Base, Japan. More than 87 personnel from NMCB 7 participated in the Rapid Runway Repair and utilities training with Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy
0 10/01
2007
Staff Sgt. Richard Prebula conducts perimeter security at Balad Air Base, Iraq.  Sergeant Prebula is a member of the 332nd Expeditionary Services Squadron Personnel Support for Contingency Operations or PERSCO and deployed from the 18th Mission Support Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan.  (courtesy photo) Photos from the front

0 9/30
2007
Default Air Force Logo Boy Scouts to offer new co-ed program here
The Kadena Aero Club and the Great Okinawa District, Boy Scouts of America are joining forces by forming Crew 1200, a new Venture Crew for boys and girls who have completed the 8th grade, 14 through 21 years of age. Venturing is the newest program in Boy Scouts and focuses on high-adventure activities for older boys, and what may be a surprise for
0 9/30
2007
Senior Airman Jamaal Solomon (second from the right), 18th Logistic Readiness Squadron, reads a scroll that will determine who Princess Jasmine will marry during a rehearsal of Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.”
(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kasey Zickmund) Kadena Airman stars in Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.”
Pacific Okinawa Players is putting on Disney's "Aladdin Jr." and a Kadena Airman from the 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron has one of the lead roles. "At last absolute power is mine!!! Ha, ha, ha!" said Senior Airman Jamaal Solomon, 18th LRS, during a rehearsal as he prepares to play the dark Vizier Jafar in an upcoming performance of "Aladdin
0 9/27
2007
Japanese Air Self Defense Force Lt. Gen. Tatsuo Yamakawa putts on the green while  Brig. Gen. Brett Williams watches at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 24, 2007. All were playing golf as part of the base's Annual Friendship Golf Tournament where U.S. and Japanese military and community leaders gather for golf and camaraderie . General Yamakawa is the commander of the Southwest Composite Air Division at Naha Air Base, Japan, and General Williams is the commander of 18th Wing.  (U.S. Air Force Photo/Junko Kinjo) Friendship Golf tournament
More than 85 Okinawan leaders partnered with their 18th Wing counterparts during the annual friendship golf tournament held here Sept. 21. "The event is meant to strengthen the bond between military and civilian leaders," said General Brett T. Williams, 18th Wing commander. "This provides us an opportunity to reinforce those values between us and
0 9/26
2007
Capts. Thomas Hunt and Hollie Diesselhorst at a "Muddy Buddy" adventure race a year ago in Austin, Texas. The race involves trail running and mountain biking and is one of the ways the captains stay Air Force fit. (courtesy photo) Kadena couple Air Force fit
They were both instructor pilots. She was primarily a runner. He pushed weights. They became workout partners. She pushed some weights. He ran some. Then they became life partners. Capt. Hollie Diesselhorst, 909th Aerial Refueling Squadron, and Capt. Tom Hunt, 67th Fighter Squadron, have a dedication to each other, not only in their marriage, but
0 9/25
2007
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