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Jeremy Turner leaps for a spike against a team from Okinawa City during an invitational volleyball tournament Feb. 28, 2015, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Members of the Company Grade Officer Council and Airmen Committed to Excellence invited two Japanese teams to the base for a day of sportsmanship and camaraderie. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tim Flack) Good Neighbors: Airmen build friendship on the court
Airmen took to the volleyball court to help strengthen local friendships during an invitational tourney here Feb. 28, 2015.Members of the Company Grade Officer Council and Airmen Committed to Excellence challenged two local teams to a day of sportsmanship and camaraderie at the Risner Fitness Center.Capt. Jose Deliz Soto, CGOC president, said the
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2015
Nutrition and fitness - eat right and take care of your body. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Naoko Shimoji) New Year’s fitness challenge enters final weeks
Participants in the 2015 New Year Extreme Fitness Challenge - me included - have entered their final month of competition.I'm not sure about my competitors, but I know that I slipped a bit on my fitness goals in the last few weeks. A nagging knee injury, a heavy work schedule, and life got in the way a bit.That's why I was happy to get a reminder
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2015
Tourists visit an altar at Sefa-Utaki, on Okinawa, Japan, Feb. 21, 2015. Sefa-Utaki, one of Okinawa’s most significant religious sites, provides a great day trip for those looking to explore the island. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tim Flack) Less Than A Beer: Sefa-utaki sacred site
(Editor's Note: This is the second in a series of stories built on the challenge of "less than a beer." The goal is to provide the Kadena Air Base community with information on interesting places to explore on Okinawa that are cheaper to visit than buying one beer.)During a recent off-base adventure, I decided to visit Sefa-Utaki, one of Okinawa's
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2015
A group of local youth poses for photos in front of the Katsuren Castle ruins on Okinawa, Japan, on Jan. 25, 2015. The group dressed in period costume to perform dances and sing songs in honor of Lord Katsuren, the first lord of the castle in the 13th century. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tim Flack) Less than a beer: Katsuren Castle
Less than a beer -- that was my challenge last weekend. I wanted to explore Okinawa and find something cool to do that would cost less than one beer.Why? Because some people here are wasting their time being wasted. Some people are throwing away a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience this wonderful island we all live on. And a few people are
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2015
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kasey Roy, 18th Medical Support Squadron biomedical equipment technician, performs routine maintenance on an equipment sterilizer on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 28, 2015. Biomedical equipment technicians are responsible for the maintenance, repair and calibration of all medical equipment belonging to the 18th Medical Group and partner units stationed on Kadena, from defibrillators to X-ray machines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zade C. Vadnais) Caring for people by caring for machines
If aircraft parts aren't properly taken care of, the results can be disastrous. Lives can be lost, people can be seriously hurt and the mission can be adversely affected. The same can be said for improperly maintained medical equipment.On a routine visit to the 18th Medical Group, a patient's temperature, blood pressure and pulse may be measured
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2015
Airmen from Kadena Air Base, Japan, gather around a World War II memorial on Iwo To, Japan Jan. 8, 2015. They visited the island for a day to see the battleground, once known as Iwo Jima, of the largest assault in U.S. Marine Corps history. More than 6,800 Marines died over a period of 36 days. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class John Linzmeier) Battle of Iwo Jima approaches 70
The year was 1945 and war was waging in the Pacific.More than 20,000 Japanese soldiers inhabited a small volcanic island about 750 miles south of mainland Japan, known as Iwo Jima. Its strategic location and two airfields was an invaluable asset needed by the Allied forces to help end World War II.Under American control, Iwo Jima's airfields would
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2015
Nutrition and fitness - eat right and take care of your body. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Naoko Shimoji) New Year Extreme Fitness Challenge offers path to health
How badly do you want to lose? Weight, that is.I wouldn't mind losing a few (OK, maybe more than a few) pounds, so I was literally the first person to sign up for the 2015 New Year Extreme Fitness Challenge that kicked off Jan. 5.Conducted annually by the 18th Aerospace Medicine Squadron's Health Promotions, the challenge allows individuals or
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2015
Airmen from Kadena Air Base, Japan, gather around a rusted Type 96 Imperial Japanese Navy 25mm dual-purpose anti-tank/anti-aircraft gun Jan. 8, 2015, on Iwo To, Japan. The island was previously known as Iwo Jima and was the battleground of the largest assault in U.S. Marine Corps history, lasting 36 days and having more than 26,000 Japanese and American casualties. The Airmen traveled on an aircraft conducting a training mission with Iwo To enroute. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class John Linzmeier) Kadena Airmen visit Iwo To
A clump of damp sand is gripped in the hands of an Airman on the coast of Iwo To island. He places it into a Ziploc bag for safekeeping. It will forever be a reminder of a historic battle  fought on these grounds, once known as Iwo Jima.About a dozen others are doing the same. They are Airmen from Kadena Air Base, Japan, and they scaled to the top
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2015
Every year thousands of Airmen spend their holiday season away from family members while stationed overseas. The winter season can inflict higher levels of stress and loneliness in an individual, making it an important time for Airmen to look out for one another. Kadena Air Base mental health and chapel services are available to provide service members and their families with mental and emotional support throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class John Linzmeier) Shaking off the winter blues
The holidays are a time for family and friends to come together to celebrate traditions as they enter a new year, but that's not always the case when they're 10,000 miles away from home.While the winter season bears long weekends and many forms of annual customs, it also carries other elements that can impair an Airman's wellbeing."The holidays can
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2014
Yoshie Nakamura, welfare employment center employee, poses for a picture while sweeping at the Fuyo-Kan, welfare employment center, Oct. 28, 2014. Nakamura will be participating in her fourth Kadena Special Olympics for 50 meter and ground golf. Nakamura is looking forward to aim higher performance at this KSO. (U.S. Air Force photo by Naoto Anazawa/Released) Tale of two athletes
This is the story of two of this year's Kadena Special Olympics returning athletes, Fumie Nakamura and Ty Murdock.The 15th annual KSO is set to take place on Nov. 8. The one-day sporting event will host nearly 1,000 special needs athletes and artists participating in a day of competition, music and special recognition.Fumie Nakamura, 45, is a local
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2014
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