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Default Air Force Logo New eligibility guidelines announced for free/reduced school lunches
The Department of Defense Education Activity is encouraging families of children attending its overseas schools to reapply for free and reduced price school lunches. Earlier this year, DoDEA requested an increase in the reimbursement rate the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides for school lunches. The USDA approved the request and also
0 4/17
2007
Default Air Force Logo Customers make Kadena facilities 'best in Air Force"
Two Air Force facilities on Kadena won the prestigious award of "Best in the Air Force 2006." The Enlisted Club Complex -- which includes the Rocker NCO Club, Banyan Tree Club, Chili's and the Seaside Inn restaurant -- took the top honors along with the Schilling Community Center. Managers from both facilities said they're the best mainly because
0 4/16
2007
Default Air Force Logo Kadena drivers reminded to pay annual road tax
Department of Defense employees on Okinawa must pay the annual Japanese road use fees commonly referred to as "road tax" in May. Kadena drivers can make road tax payments between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. May 14 to 18 at the base theater. Road tax fees will be assessed on approximately 28,000 DoD-owned vehicles this year, depending on vehicle type
0 4/16
2007
Default Air Force Logo OHA, COLA surveys to be distributed soon
Military members who reside in the local community will soon receive a request to participate in two important surveys that could affect their wallets. The Overseas Housing Allowance and Cost of Living Allowance surveys will be sent to all military who reside off base via email. The OHA survey could affect the money people get for their housing
0 4/15
2007
Tech. Sgt. Leslie Yarbough looks out of his boom pod while refueling an F-22 Raptor March 28. The Air Force's newest fighter jet is on its first overseas deployment. Sergeant Yarbough is a KC-135 Stratotanker boom operator from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan. (U.S. Marine photo/Cpl. M. Todd Hunter) Unique operator refuels the war
The KC-135 Stratotanker helps the Air Force accomplish its mission by providing gas during flight. But to accomplish its mission, this fuel station in the sky requires an operator with a very unique job. He goes by the name of "Boom" or Boom Operator. Staff Sgt. Larry Nahalea has refueled various jets as a boom operator aboard KC-135 Stratotankers
0 4/11
2007
Default Air Force Logo Recalls may come in, but products don't go out at Kadena's commissary
Kadena's commissary takes safety seriously when it comes to keeping recalled food from getting into the carts of its customers. The Defense Commissary Agency's mission is to provide groceries to military members, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. With the various food recalls in the past few months, the
0 4/11
2007
Default Air Force Logo Kadena garners AF installation excellence awards
Air Force officials recently recognized 16 units, programs and individuals at Kadena for excellence, the most of any base in the Air Force. Three units, five unit programs and eight Team Kadena members were named 2006 Commander-in-Chief Installation Excellence Special Recognition award winners. Kadena's 18th Services Squadron received the five unit
0 4/11
2007
KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Col. Max Kirschbaum, 18th Mission Support Group commander, cuts the ribbon on the new 18th MSG Commander's Support Staff office located in building 721B. (Air Force/Airman 1st Class Ryan Ivacic) Commander support staffs consolidate at group level
The 18th Mission Support Group became the final group on Kadena to consolidate its individual squadron commander support staffs into one staff that will support all personnel assigned to the group. "In order to meet our strategic, long-term personnel planning goals, combining the squadron CSS's under the MSG will effectively streamline personnel
0 4/06
2007
KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Alex Trebek, host of the Jeopardy game show, greets members of Kadena's 18th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron and the 909th Air Refueling Squadron March 31 during a Jeopardy game show USO tour of Japan.  During a two-day trip to Kadena, Mr. Trebek and Jeopardy show staff also toured an F-22 stealth fighter, a KC-135 stratotanker, an E-3 AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System), an F-15C fighter, and an HH-60 helicopter.  The F-22 is temporarily based at Kadena on its first overseas deployment from Langley Air Force Base, Va. Kadena residents were allowed to try-out to be contestants on Jeopardy, as well.  (Air Force/Senior Airman Nestor Cruz) Jeopardy searches Kadena for contestants
Alex Trebek, host of the "Jeopardy" television game show, visited Kadena March 31 to search for future contestants as part of a USO-sponsored tour of military bases in the Pacific region. "There are military members stationed all around the world and some of them are on long deployments," Mr. Trebek said. "As a result, they don't have the
0 4/02
2007
Default Air Force Logo U.S. citizens can file immigrant visa petitions for family members through U.S. Consulate on Okinawa
Immigrant visas for families of U.S. citizens on Okinawa can once again be processed through the U.S. Consulate General in Naha, a service that stopped in late January. "We are happy to once again be able to provide this important service to our military colleagues and their families," said Kevin Maher, U.S. Consul General in Naha. American
0 4/01
2007
KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Alex Trebek, host of the Jeopardy game show, greets members of Kadena's 18th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron and the 909th Air Refueling Squadron March 31 during a Jeopardy game show USO tour of Japan.  During a two-day trip to Kadena, Mr. Trebek and Jeopardy show staff also toured an F-22 stealth fighter, a KC-135 stratotanker, an E-3 AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System), an F-15C fighter, and an HH-60 helicopter.  The F-22 is temporarily based at Kadena on its first overseas deployment from Langley Air Force Base, Va. Kadena residents were allowed to try-out to be contestants on Jeopardy, as well.  (Air Force/Senior Airman Nestor Cruz) Jeopardy host Alex Trebek visits Kadena

0 4/01
2007
ALI BASE, Iraq -- Staff Sgt. Joseph Bozsoki, a Kadena munitions Airman, explains the munitions mission at Ali Base, Iraq, March 28 to Secretary of the Air Force Michael Wynne.  Secretary Wynne’s visit was part of a two-base tour of Air Force units in Iraq. (Air Force/Master Sgt. James A. Rush) Kadena Airman gives SECAF insight on deployed job
Staff Sgt. Joseph Bozsoki seldom appears at a loss for words. The munitions Airman from Kadena Air Base is always ready to talk, so it's no surprise he was selected to brief the Secretary of the Air Force during a tour of 407th Air Expeditionary Group facilities March 28. Sergeant Bozsoki had only a couple of minutes to detail the Ali "ammo"
0 4/01
2007
Airman 1st Class Christopher Randolph, 1st Special Operations Squadron life support technician, adjusts equipment for Master Sgt. Don Fannin, 17th Special Operations Squadron loadmaster, during training on the Aircrew Eye and Respiratory Protective System.  This training was part of the Blue Horizon Operational Readiness Exercise. More than 400 members of the 353rd Special Operations Group traveled to Daegu Air Base, Korea, for the exercise.    (Air Force/Master Sgt. Marilyn Holliday)
Pacific Air Commandos head to Korea for annual ORE
More than 400 members of Kadena's 353rd Special Operations Group practiced wartime skills needed to survive and operate during a recent exercise deployment to Korea. "It's our first game of the season," said Col. Raymond Chapman, 353rd SOG commander. "We will continue to exercise and train and get even better. From this exercise we'll take our
0 3/29
2007
Default Air Force Logo Services opens Kadena's new pet boarding facility
Kadena's Karing Kennels opened a new pet facility March 23, bringing animal boarding services to a 300 percent increase for cats and a 30 percent increase for dogs. The $2.4 million complex, located just inside of Gate 3, is climate controlled and has five wading pools for dogs built in to the 8,800-square-foot complex. "The old facility was
0 3/29
2007
Default Air Force Logo Chief of Chaplains: Change is way of life in Air Force
The Air Force chief of chaplains likens Airmen to Jack Bauer of television's "24" fame. "Just like Jack Bauer, we know trouble is out there because we're all fighting the Global War on Terror," said Chaplain (Maj. Gen.) Charles Baldwin. "Every day, we accept not only the personal troubles of life, but also the responsibility of the national and
0 3/29
2007
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