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Members of the Kadena Air Base Honor Guard prepare to present the U.S., Japanese and Air Force flags during a retirement ceremony on Kadena Air Base, Japan, May 16, 2014. The honor guard is an all-volunteer duty that allows Airmen to show dignity and respect to service members and the nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Maeson L. Elleman) Kadena Honor Guard: Professional, respectful
"Forward HARCH!" *chrrrrick, click, click, click, click* They march out on to the stage with their perfectly shined shoes, silver lining of the ceremonial dress blues running up their body. On stage with their faces stone-cold, eyes staring straight ahead from underneath the black visor of their blue uniform cap and everyone in attendance is
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Members of the Kadena women’s dragon boat team learn to row their boat in unison during a practice session in Naha City, Okinawa, Japan, April 12, 2014. The team’s coach, Comica Middleton, bangs a metal drum at an even tempo to keep the team members in sync. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zade C. Vadnais)  Kadena dragon boat racers make friends, build confidence
Thirty-two people aboard a beautifully carved boat move in unison to the tempo set by a mallet striking a metal drum. Each time the drum sounds its command, two straight rows of people dig their oars into the water and pull backward with all their might. They are exhausted, they are wet and they are giving it all they've got.They are the Kadena men
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Default Air Force Logo Kadena’s Force Support Squadron wins three Air Force annual awards
The 18th Force Support Squadron was recently honored with three Air Force Manpower, Personnel and Services annual awards.First, the Kadena Aero Club and Flight Training Center claimed the 2013 Air Force Aero Club Program of the Year award. Kadena's Aero Club is the only Federal Aviation Administration certified testing facility in Japan. They boast
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ralph Rodriguez, 18th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, marches with his MWD, Dax, during obedience training on Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 28, 2014. Dax, one of three dogs from Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, came to Kadena in September 2013 and was recently certified as a military working dog after seven months of training with Rodriguez. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Hailey R. Staker) MWD: the road to certification
A military working dog and his handler walk out onto the field after being instructed to perform two lefts, two rights, two about faces and two halts while marching. The handler commands his dog to sit, lie down, sit back up and stay, then walks away and repeats the commands. He commands the dog to heel and the 2-year-old, 90-pound German Shepherd
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Default Air Force Logo Managing your move
With peak permanent change of station season fast approaching, it's important for service members and their families to stay up-to-date on general shipping restrictions, as well as considerations unique to overseas locations like Okinawa.The best resource for PCS information is the Transportation Management Office."Our role in the PCS process is to
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Rosalie Asuncion-Starr, Okinawa Enlisted Spouses Club president, surprises a U.S. Marine with a free gift card on Camp Foster, Japan, Dec. 19, 2013. The OESC donated $1,600 in cash and gift cards at installations throughout the island, paying for groceries, haircuts and meals to support active duty service members and their spouses. (Courtesy photo) OESC spreads holiday cheer through random acts of kindness
A woman peruses the aisles of Camp Foster's commissary with her daughter during the holiday season, pushing a cart full of groceries toward the checkout counter. Before entering the checkout line, she pulls her cart off to the side and begins to look through her check book register to ensure she has enough money. It doesn't really matter though;
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The Cardin Hall dedication plaque sits refurbished near Bldg. 3382 on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Dec. 20, 2013. The 18th Operations Support Squadron rededicated the building Dec. 20 as a remembrance and renewed commitment to honor the sacrifices of Capt. Edwin Cardin, who perished during a mid-air collision in 1982. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Hailey R. Staker)

18th OSS remembers fallen pilot, rededicates building
The 18th Operations Support Squadron rededicated Cardin Hall, Bldg. 3382, Dec. 20 on Kadena Air Base, Japan, 30 years after it's initial naming. But, who was Cardin?In 1979, 18 F-15 Eagle aircraft flew from the United States to Okinawa, marking a historic day for the aircraft and the Air Force. Kadena Air Base became the first overseas location to
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Default Air Force Logo 12 tips for coping with stress, depression and the holidays
Stress and depression can ruin your holidays and affect your health. Seeking support, being realistic and planning ahead can help ward off stress and depression. For some people, the holidays bring unwelcome guests -- stress and depression. And it's no wonder. In an effort to pull off a perfect holiday, you might find yourself facing a dizzying
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Nathan Lilly, 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Nondestructive Inspection technician, checks an aircraft part for cracks at the NDI shop on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 5, 2013. NDI uses multimillion-dollar equipment including an X-ray machine and a special dye that glows under a black light to inspect the integrity of roughly 500 parts a month. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Maeson L. Elleman) NDI: 'We are the last say'
(Editor's note: This is the first feature article in a three-part series highlighting the Airmen and teams within the 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron and how they are essential to the mission of Kadena Air Base and the stability of the Asia-Pacific region.)The Air Force heavily relies on inspections to ensure the safety of billions of
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U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Robert Miller, 909th Aircraft Maintenance Unit superintendant, embraces Tech. Sgt. Makoto Mizuguchi, a Japan Air Self-Defense medical technologist from Naha Hospital during the 14th annual Kadena Special Olympics on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 2, 2013.  Mizuguchi volunteered his medical ambulance services during the KSO event in the event of a medical emergency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amber E. N. Jacobs) Kadena senior NCO model of KSO volunteerism
As rain clouds began to dissipate and the sun began to shine, the sound of cheers could be heard blocks away from Kadena's Risner Fitness Center Nov. 2. The day had finally come--the 14th Annual Kadena Special Olympics was about to begin. Armed with a hand radio and a cell phone, Senior Master Sgt. Robert Miller, 909th Aircraft Maintenance Unit
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