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  • Veterans Day ceremony honors all who serve

    More than 100 base and local veterans gathered here Sunday to pay tribute to those who have answered their nation's call and served in the U.S. armed forces. The Veterans Day ceremony included laying of a wreath in remembrance of those who gave their lives for their country, a performance by the Kadena High School Junior ROTC drill team and
  • Kadena Marine unit celebrates its service's anniversary

    As Marines worldwide observed the 232nd birthday of the Corps Nov. 10, Kadena-based Marines took time to celebrate this tradition and reflect on their mission in the Pacific. Unit members from Marine Wing Liaison Kadena celebrated the birthday with a formal ball Nov. 8 and also explained their role here. "[The Marine Corps birthday is] a lot of
  • 18th Wing shows its edge during Keen Sword

    Over the next two weeks, members of Team Kadena will be participating in the largest bi-lateral field training exercise in Japan, designed to practice defending Japan against foreign aggression. The goal of Exercise Keen Sword is to improve interoperability between the Japanese Air Self Defense Force and U.S. forces as well as exercise JASDF
  • 12-year-old hero pulls classmate to safety

    Recently at the Overton Pool here, one young girl was called upon to be heroic when a classmate began to drown. A 12 year old girl attempted to swim in the deep end of the pool, and when she was unable to remain above water, her classmate had to jump in to rescue her. "We were at the end of the pool, on the deck area, and she went into the water,"
  • Toys for Tots begins campaign here

    The Toys for Tots campaign officially kicked off here on Nov. 3 with an opening ceremony at the Kadena Base Exchange. This year's campaign is aimed at bringing cheer to military dependents, Okinawa children, and teens. "We just look forward to overall excitement as we remind everyone that it's that time of year again," said Stacey Belden, sales and
  • 18th Wing is on course for CFC goal

    Kadena Air Base has raised 60 percent of its monetary goal for the Combined Federal Campaign, officials report as the charity drive enters its last few weeks. "I think the wing as a whole is doing pretty darn good," said Capt. Vanessa Bartley, 18th Wing Combined Federal Campaign project officer. "We'll see if that holds up. We have less than
  • Kadena cashes in on community involvement

    Airmen and families from Kadena Air Base dressed in Halloween costumes visited disabled children from the Okinawa Children Development Center for the first time Oct. 27. The Kadena volunteers joined 50 physically disabled Okinawan children in a musical chair skit and gave them an opportunity to 'trick or treat' by bringing candy along. "One of the
  • MOPPing up

  • Airmen practice water rescue

    Part of participating in a local operational readiness exercise is practicing skills and tactics that many hope they never have to use. Such was the case when a water survival and rescue exercise was conducted off the coast of Okinawa Oct. 24 here as part of LORE Beverly High 08-1. In the scenario a pilot ejects from his aircraft over the water far
  • AFSOC chief discusses hot topics with 353rd SOG

    In his second opportunity this year for an up close look at the Pacific Air Commandos, the command chief master sergeant for the Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Air Force Base, Fla., discussed hot topics with members of the 353rd Special Operations Group here. Chief Master Sgt. Michael Gilbert toured all five of the group's
  • Wing executes first LORE of fiscal year

    More than 5,000 Airmen here had the opportunity to sharpen their warfighting skills as the 18th Wing kicked-off its first local operational readiness exercise of the fiscal year Monday. The weeklong Beverly High 08-1 LORE tested the wing's ability to respond to higher headquarters directives to support air combat operations in the Pacific should it