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Airman 1st Class Daniel Wallace (front) and Staff Sgt. Shanika Lane fire at targets during the M4 Tactical Qualification Course at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 7, 2007. The course ensures every security forces member stays qualified with the M4 rifle.  Both are assigned to the 18th Security Forces Squadron.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Darnell T. Cannady) Honing warrior skills

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Kalsuhike Yokoda finely slices ham that will be part of the night's dinner selection at the Marshall Dining Facility ont Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 15, 2007.  The dining facility serves three meals to around 1,000 U.S. military members daily.  Mr. Yokoda is a cook at the Marshall Dining Facility.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kelly Timney) Feeding the force

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Senior Airman Kelly Hargraves performs a dental prophylaxis on Staff Sgt. Robert Keegan at Kadena Air Base, Japan, August 6, 2007. The prophylaxis is used not only to clean teeth, but also to evaluate the oral cavity for any other problems that might be present. The dental clinic averages  200 appointments a day for military members and their family at general dentistry as well as orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, prosthodontics, endodontrics, and oral surgery. Airman Hargraves is assigned to the 18th Dental Squadron and Sergeant Keegan is with 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron. (U. S. Air Force photo by A1C Sheila deVera) Keeping your smile

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Frazier Pollard, son of Tech. Sgt. Angela Banks, 18th Mission Support Squadron, checks out his "mangekyoo" — a kaleidoscope decorated with Japanese paper called "washi" — during washi class Aug. 8 at the Airman and Family Readiness Center. The two-hour washi class was the third in a series of free cultural classes designed to expose teens to various elements of Japanese culture. The cultural class series was an activity idea resulting from the teen town hall meeting in June.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Nestor Cruz)
Japanese culture for teens

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ANDERSEN AFB, GUAM -- An F-15 deployed here from the 44th Fighter Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, approaches the boom of a KC-135 Stratotanker, from the New Hampshire Air Nation Guard, during Valiant Shield, Aug. 9, 2007.  During the exercise, U.S. Air Force aircraft and personnel from stateside bases and Kadena AB will comprise part of an expeditionary air wing based at Andersen AFB, Guam.  These forces will participate in integrated joint training with Navy and Coast Guard forces.  Andersen AFB will also be the beddown location for approximately 64 U.S. Air Force and 29 U.S. Navy aircraft, plus transient aircraft, during Valiant Shield. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Miranda Moorer)                                 Valiant Shield wraps up
Valiant Shield 2007, the largest exercise of its kind in the Pacific, wrapped up seven days of flying operations in the vicinity of Guam Monday. During the field training exercise, more than 30 air-refueling sorties were flown, with KC-135 and KC-10 tankers offloading 2.286 million pounds of fuel to airborne aircraft. U.S. Air Force B-52s, F-15Cs,
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2nd Lt. Asim Khan, 18th Communications Squadron, recites traditional Islamic wedding vows along with an Imam,religious leader, over the internet, Aug. 4 in Okinawa. Lieutenant Khan officially married his wife, Sadaf, while she was in Pakistan and are planning to have a formal wedding in December. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Reynaldo Ramon)
Kadena Airman gets married by long distance
The Nikah--a marriage contract--can be seen in the background on a computer monitor as an Islamic religious leader steps into view and begins a ceremony uniting an 18th Communication Squadron officer here in Okinawa with his bride in Pakistan. Dating was never an issue for the couple that met 15 years earlier and kept in touch recently via e-mail,
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Master Sgt. Joe Howell, 353rd Special Operations Group air space controller, goes over control tower issues with Capt. Edwardus Wisoko, operations chief for Squadron 31 of the Indonesian Air Force.  The exchange was part of Exercise Teak Iron, an exercise between the U.S. Air Force and the Indonesian Air Force.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Marilyn C. Holliday) Teak Iron exercise
More than 80 Air Force members representing the 353rd Special Operations Group traveled to Indonesia for a joint combined exchange training exercise for the mutual security of Indonesia and the United States. The 26-day JCET was designed to improve the Special Operations Forces' readiness and capabilities by accomplishing both SOF and joint mission
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Default Air Force Logo Team Kadena's new Staff Sergeants
The following Team Kadena senior airmen were recently selected for promotion to staff sergeant: 18th Wing: Darnell Cannady, Jeremy McGuffin and Krystal Williams 18th Comptroller Squadron: Shaun Barton, Brittany Bohannon and Crystal Flick 18th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron: Nathan Adams and Matthew Lyon 18th Operations Support Squadron: Trebor
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Okinawan children joined their American counterparts for an evening of bowling, games, arts and crafts, food and fun during the Kadena and Chatan Town lock-in cultural exchange Aug. 10. The lock-in began at 8 p.m. and lasted until 8 a.m. the next day and promoted cultural awareness and friendship among the children.  The 18th Services Squadron and Chatan Lion’s Club sponsored the event. 
(U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Nestor Cruz) Youth share fun times at lock-in all-nighter
Rain was pouring Friday but that didn't dampen the spirits of the 90 children who gathered at the Kadena youth center for the Kadena/Chatan Town lock-in cultural exchange. Approximately 50 American and 40 Okinawan children bowled, played games, and shared slices of pizza and friendship well into the night. The lock-in, which began at 8 p.m. and
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Default Air Force Logo New policy prohibits watering lawns
A new wing water conservation policy now prohibits on-base residents from watering their lawns and washing cars in housing and dormitory areas. The new policy applies to all Kadena facilities and military family housing on Okinawa and was created to support an executive order issued by President George W. Bush in January. Executive Order 13423
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2007
Airman 1st Class Russell Almanza and Senior Airman Eric Proctor, members of the 18th Security Forces Squadron traffic safety unit, enforce speed regulations at Kadena Air Base, Japan, by using a Lidar speed detector near Gate 1, Aug. 8. The traffic safety unit was implemented three months ago to reduce accidents and promote safety on and off base.
U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Reynaldo Ramon New Kadena unit enforces safety
Officials here recently implemented use of a special traffic unit from the 18th Security Forces Squadron to keep down the number of vehicle accidents involving Team Kadena members. Recently an American driver hit an Okinawan child crossing the street off-base, adding the number of collisions involving base people--which stands at 46 major and 538
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Three 33rd Rescue Squadron HH-60 Pave Hawks await mission taskings at Kandahar, Afghanistan.  The 33rd RQS from Kadena Air Base, Japan, deployed the end of July to Kandahar to conduct combat search and rescue and medical rescue missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The squadron headed back to Afghanistan after returning from a four-month deployment to Kandahar in May.  U.S. Air Force photo Kadena unit on the job in Kandahar

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Army Lt. Col. Edward O'Neill passes the unit flag to Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Kuppers after assuming command of the 1-1 Air Defense Artillery Battalion at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 7, 2007.  The unit activated at the base in November 2006, conducts missile defense for the region with the Patriot missile system in accordance with the U.S. and Japan bilateral security agreements.  U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Darnell Cannady 1-1 ADA gets new commander

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Six 18th Wing F-15C Eagles prepare to take off while a seventh taxis into position at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 5, 2007, en route to Guam in support of Exercise Valiant Shield.  More than 400 Airmen and F-15Cs, KC-135R Stratotankers and E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft are participating in the weeklong Pacific Command joint exercise which focuses on integrated joint training to enable real-world proficiency in sustaining forces and detecting, locating, tracking and engaging units at sea, in the air, on land, and cyberspace in response to a range of mission areas. U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Darnell T. Cannady Kadena takes part in Valiant Shield
Kadena-based units departed Okinawa Sunday on their way to Guam to join fellow Airmen and sister services in the joint Exercise Valiant Shield which runs through Aug. 14. The 44th Fighter Squadron, with elements of the 67th FS, and the 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron and 909th Air Refueling Squadron will participate along with approximately
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Default Air Force Logo 4 Kadena's Lieutenants promoted to Captain
18th Wing Legal Office: David Illingworth and Keith Meister 18th Medical Group: Brandi Sellers 18th Medical Operations Squadron: Jennifer Ott
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