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U.S. Air Force Airmen from Kadena Air Base, Japan, walk along a trail to Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima, Jan. 12, 2017. Airmen from different units throughout Kadena were selected for this special trip as part of a professional military education outing to learn about the battle of Iwo Jima. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lynette M. Rolen/Released) My Iwo Jima Experience
Long before I stepped onto the KC-135 Stratotanker, I couldn’t contain my anticipation and excitement. I kept thinking about how great and rare of an opportunity I was being given.
0 2/03
2017
The 1-1 Air Defense Artillery hosted the 3rd-annual Okinawa Missile Defender of the Year Banquet at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 22, 2016. Each awardee received an autographed jersey and football from Ellison, a 3-time Super Bowl Champion, as well as the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance Medal, and excellence coins from their senior leaders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Corey Pettis/Released) Army hosts Okinawa Missile Defender of the Year Banquet
KADENA AIR BASE, Japan — The 1-1 Air Defense Artillery hosted the fourth-annual Okinawa Missile Defender of the Year Banquet Nov. 22 here. The event that has come to embody the spirit of the air defense artillery community in Okinawa, as well as the rest of the Pacific. Sponsored by the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance, this yearly banquet seeks to highlight and recognize Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines from U.S. and Japanese military organizations who demonstrate proficiency on air defense systems and who enable theater air defense through direct coordination with air defense assets and organizations.
0 12/08
2016
The Airman’s Coin is given to everyone who completes basic training. It is the symbol which solidifies a basic trainee becoming an Airman in the world’s greatest Air Force. The Airman’s Coin is given to everyone, men and women, making it a true symbol of equality. August 26 marks the 96th anniversary of Women’s Equality Day, when women first gained the right to vote. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lynette M. Rolen) Equality for all
On Aug. 26, 1920, women gained the right to vote, a monumental achievement toward women's equality.
0 8/26
2016
Default Air Force Logo Green Dot equals do something
In December 2015, I was notified that I was nominated to be part of a new program related to sexual assault prevention training - Green Dot. Initially, I had no idea what Green Dot was all about. All I knew was that it concerned sexual assault.It wasn't until I went through the training that I realized the full potential of Green Dot.The whole
0 5/17
2016
Depression can leave you feeling isolated and alone. Help is available through your base's mental health clinic or chaplain along with many other helping agencies. Don't suffer alone. Talk to someone and get help. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Master Sgt. Jason W. Edwards) Taking off the stripes: a personal look at depression
Taking off your stripes is a common expression in the military when you're having conversations with people who outrank you -- maybe overused or cliché in the opinions of some. When I say that for this commentary, this isn't as Airman 1st Class Nicholas Emerick; this is as Nick Emerick, a kid from Kansas City, Missouri.As of the writing of this
0 5/17
2016
Lt. Col. Sarah Babbitt is the commander of the 18th Security Forces Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan. As the largest career field in the Air Force, it's the job of security forces to protect, defend and fight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier) Police week honors security forces legacy
It was President John F. Kennedy who, in 1962, proclaimed May 15 as Peace Officer's Memorial Day, one of many significant milestones celebrated annually during National Police Week.  As a Security Forces Airman, Police Week provides an opportunity to showcase our unique profession while honoring the legacy of those bold men and women who advocated
0 5/16
2016
FAA model aircraft do's and don'ts Tommy got a toy drone for Christmas, what's next?
The presents have been opened and the wrapping paper placed in the recycling bin. Tommy is anxious to get outside and fly the new "Invader 700" drone, complete with a 10 times zoom digital camera that sends immediate videos to your new iPad. Wow, you can't wait to get out there with him and fly this thing. We can get to the instructions and safety
0 12/22
2015
Airmen are trained to provide Self-Aid Buddy Care throughout their Air Force career. This training can prove useful in the event of an emergency situation where lives need to be saved. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Naoko Shimoji) The right place, the right time
Zamami Island is one of the most beautiful locales in the country of Japan, with a population of only 1,000 people at peak seasons when residents of mainland Japan move down to their second homes for the winter. Other than that, it is a quiet little hamlet, a series of three seemingly smaller villages with one of them holding the main port.There
0 12/16
2015
Default Air Force Logo Belonging--an Air Force journey
Belonging--the one thing that had eluded me for so many years.I grew up your typical southern girl; raised by great parents, loving God and country, the whole nine yards. It was my parents that provided me with the foundation for my life. They taught me to always be respectful to those in authority over me, say "sir" or "ma'am" when needed, tell
0 12/09
2015
Default Air Force Logo Honoring veterans past, present this Veterans Day
To the men and women of Pacific Air Forces and to veterans across the services, I offer my sincere gratitude and appreciation for your dedicated service. As you know, this Wednesday commemorates a significant date in our nation's history, a day in 1918 where a signed armistice marked an end to World War I. The historical significance of Veterans
0 11/09
2015
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