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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Timothy Dupke, Wisconsin Air National Guard 115th Fighter Wing ordnance technician, carries a child from the Midori School-Age Program on his shoulders in Okinawa City, Japan, March 26, 2015. Dupke and other Airmen from the group organized several games and Easter-themed activities for the children to play in an effort to interact with the local community during their time on island. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zade C. Vadnais) Good Neighbors: Wisconsin Air National Guard members volunteer during deployment
Airmen from the Wisconsin Air National Guard's 115th Fighter Wing decided that they wanted to do their part in being good neighbors during their stay on Okinawa.By the time they leave, 40 of their members will have logged at least two hours each with the Midori School-Age Program in nearby Okinawa City.Chief Master Sgt. James Schiferl and Master
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2015
Visitors walk the short length of this beach on the far east side of Hamahiga Island during a March 28, 2015, visit. The beach, about a 30-minute drive from Kadena Air Base, Japan, is accessible via a small path near the Takaesu Salt Factory. Less Than a Beer: Exploring Hamahiga Island
(Editor's Note: This is the third 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.)Looking for another off-base adventure, my family and I decided to visit one of the
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2015
If you are considering obtaining a divorce in Japan, visit the Kadena Legal Office to seek the advice of qualified attorneys.  They will inform you of your legal rights, your options for obtaining a divorce, the pros and cons of each option, and can also provide a list of English-speaking Japanese attorneys who will be able to assist you if needed. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Naoko Shimoji) Untangling myths on options for divorce in Japan
One of the most common questions judge advocates face when providing legal assistance is, "How do I get a divorce while stationed here in Okinawa?"  This question is sometimes followed up by, "I have heard [insert myth here]."The purpose of this article is to untangle these myths and inform you of your options for getting a divorce while stationed
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2015
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
0 3/09
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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