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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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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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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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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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Default Air Force Logo Why is fluoride important to you?
Did you know that every time you eat or drink something, your teeth undergo a very complex process?Throughout the day, it is natural for your teeth to constantly mineralize and demineralize. You can think of this process as your enamel becoming harder or softer. Although this is a natural process, if demineralization is happening more frequently
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Casey Nunes, 733rd Air Mobility Squadron client systems administrator, troubleshoots an infrastructure issue within the squadron on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 24, 2014. As part of the 733rd AMS's mostly self-sufficient operation, there is a communications flight within them that handles any computer and network related issues. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airmen 1st Class Zackary A. Henry/Released) 733rd AMS: The combat readiness flight
(Editor's note: This is the third and final installment of a series on the 733rd Air Mobility Squadron.)With the responsibility of the entire squadron on their shoulders, the combat readiness flight plays a crucial role in the Kadena and Air Force mission.The combat readiness flight of the 733rd Air Mobility Squadron is responsible for all of the
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Nicholas Otos, 733rd Air Mobility Squadron avionics technician craftsman, marshals a C-17 Globemaster III into its spot on the flight line for inspection and servicing on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 9, 2014. The 733rd AMS aircraft maintenance unit maintains multiple airframes on Kadena to ensure aircraft are mission ready at all times. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zackary A. Henry) Kadena's 733rd: The maintenance section
(Editor's note: This is the first installment of a three-part series on the 733rd Air Mobility Squadron.)Maintainers are a crucial part of the Air Force, working long days and nights in every type of weather imaginable to make sure all of the aircraft are always mission ready. The 733rd Air Mobility Squadron manage all passengers and cargo
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Default Air Force Logo Beautiful pain: A Kadena Airman's story of resiliency
We all have dreams when we are younger, whether that is going to space or going back to college, they take hard work and dedication. For Staff Sgt. John D. Music, 18th Maintenance Group, maintenance operations center board controller, his dream was to run across the Golden Gate Bridge. Fifteen years later, he realized that dream as he crossed the
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jonathan Corbitt, 18th Component Maintenance Squadron avionics team leader, stains a piece of wood in preparation for engraving on Kadena Air Base, Japan, June 12, 2014. Corbitt has been working with wood for about 15 years, and held a job remodeling homes before enlisting into the Air Force. He said working on creative, constructive projects is a relaxing hobby he has always enjoyed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zade C. Vadnais) CMS NCO gets creative
Enlisting in the Air Force and being thrust into a job with little hands-on experience is a familiar situation to most Airmen today. Although there are plenty of opportunities for Airmen to pursue their interests, not everyone is able to incorporate their passions into their day-to-day work.However, Staff Sgt. Jonathan Corbitt, 18th Component
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Marques Bones, 18th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment specialist, inspects parachute cords for an Advanced Concept Ejection Seat II on Kadena Air Base, Japan, May 21, 2014. The parachute is designed to provide safe escape at aircraft speeds from zero to 600 knots. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marcus Morris) 18th OSS AFE understands 'gravity' of parachutes
A pararescueman leaps out of the aircraft intent on saving a life. He pulls the cord knowing the parachute will open and allow him to land safely.Every day people rely on lifesaving equipment to function properly with little time to sit and wonder what will happen if it fails.The Airmen from the 18th Operations Support Squadron Aircrew Flight
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