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Default Air Force Logo 18th Wing, Kadena commemorate Korean War
On June 25th, members of the 18th Wing at Kadena may reflect on the service of their predecessors in the Korean War.From July 1950 to the ceasefire in July 1953, members of the 18th Fighter-Bomber Group and their colleagues in the 20th Air Force at Kadena AB fought ceaselessly and valiantly in the face of overwhelming odds to turn back aggression
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The Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum is located near Mabuni Hill, also known as Hill 89, in Itoman City, Okinawa. Mabuni Hill was where the Battle of Okinawa ended June 22, 1945. Also on the museum grounds is The Cornerstone of Peace, which lists more than 240,000 names etched in stone of those who died in the Battle of Okinawa, and Memorial Path, which has 32 memorials. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alexy Saltekoff) The Battle of Okinawa: 70 years later
On the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa, Peace Prayer Park serves as a reminder of that historic battle. It is an experience of contrasts for those who visit southern Okinawa. It is acres of monuments to a great battle, scenic vistas, towering sea cliffs and solemn storytelling. But to Okinawa it is a warning to the world.With Peace Prayer
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Default Air Force Logo Tohoku earthquake and tsunami: Four years later
Four years ago today - on March 11, 2011 - I was sitting in my office on Misawa Air Base, on the northern tip of the main island of Japan, when a massive magnitude-9 earthquake rocked the island nation.It was 2:46 p.m. and I was finishing up my shift as a Stars and Stripes reporter. It was a slow news day for me since all the Airmen were
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U.S. Navy SBD Dauntless dive bombers approach the burning Japanese heavy cruiser Mikuma for a third round of attacks near Midway Island, June 6, 1942.  Mikuma was one of five Japanese ships destroyed in the Battle of Midway along with approximately 292 Japanese aircraft.  (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of the National Archives Collection)    The Battle of Midway remembered
With the recent revival of Barack Obama's "pivot to Asia" plan, we would be remiss if we did not take time to remember the anniversary of one of the most important naval battles of World War II.The Battle of Midway took place June 4-7, 1942, six months after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, and involved an outnumbered U.S. Pacific fleet taking
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