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  • USFJ commander emphasizes role of military leaders

    The commander of U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force spoke to senior enlisted leaders and field grade officers here Sept. 27 to emphasize the role they play in securing peace in the region. "You've never been more important," Lt. Gen. Bruce Wright told the crowd of more than 100 Airmen gathered at the Keystone Theater to hear the leader. The
  • Motorcycle safety competition tests inclement weather skills

    Riding a motorcycle presents many hazards which increase during inclement weather and require special skills. Base riders recently got to test those skills in a motorcycle all-call and safety competition held here in the rain Sept. 21. "As a rider, we need to learn how to ride in the rain because Okinawa does get a lot of rain," said Staff Sgt.
  • Seabees train with RED HORSE

    U.S. Navy Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 7 "crossed into the blue," working with U.S. Air Force personnel during a joint training exercise held Sept. 24 - 26 at Kadena Air Base, Japan. More than 87 personnel from NMCB 7 participated in the Rapid Runway Repair and utilities training with Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy
  • Boy Scouts to offer new co-ed program here

    The Kadena Aero Club and the Great Okinawa District, Boy Scouts of America are joining forces by forming Crew 1200, a new Venture Crew for boys and girls who have completed the 8th grade, 14 through 21 years of age. Venturing is the newest program in Boy Scouts and focuses on high-adventure activities for older boys, and what may be a surprise for
  • Kadena Airman stars in Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.”

    Pacific Okinawa Players is putting on Disney's "Aladdin Jr." and a Kadena Airman from the 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron has one of the lead roles. "At last absolute power is mine!!! Ha, ha, ha!" said Senior Airman Jamaal Solomon, 18th LRS, during a rehearsal as he prepares to play the dark Vizier Jafar in an upcoming performance of "Aladdin
  • Friendship Golf tournament

    More than 85 Okinawan leaders partnered with their 18th Wing counterparts during the annual friendship golf tournament held here Sept. 21. "The event is meant to strengthen the bond between military and civilian leaders," said General Brett T. Williams, 18th Wing commander. "This provides us an opportunity to reinforce those values between us and
  • Kadena couple Air Force fit

    They were both instructor pilots. She was primarily a runner. He pushed weights. They became workout partners. She pushed some weights. He ran some. Then they became life partners. Capt. Hollie Diesselhorst, 909th Aerial Refueling Squadron, and Capt. Tom Hunt, 67th Fighter Squadron, have a dedication to each other, not only in their marriage, but
  • ID appointment system goes online

    Making an appointment to get a new identification card will be easier when the new appointment system goes online here Oct. 1. The 18th Mission Support Squadron's customer service team is setting up a new system that will enable members to make their own appointments with a few clicks of their computer mouse. "This will benefit our customers and
  • CFC campaign to kick off Oct. 1

    Last year Kadena Shoguns gave $457,000 to charities under the Combined Federal Campaign. Officials hope to raise even more in this year's campaign, which starts Oct. 1. "Our goals are $475,000 for the whole wing, and that includes DoDDS schools on Kadena," said Capt. Vanessa Bartley, wing CFC project officer. "That gives us a three to four percent
  • POW sells America to Americans

    Those in the military have a responsibility to sell America to Americans, said a former prisoner of war and guest speaker at the Kadena Air Base POW/MIA breakfast held here Sept. 21. Retired Air Force Col. James L. Lamar, and former pilot with the 421st Tactical Fighter Squadron said, "Many Americans don't believe in their own country and I'm here
  • HAWC sponsors 2nd Biggest Loser

    Shoguns are encouraged to become winners by first becoming losers during a contest being held here from Oct. 8 to Dec. 8. The Biggest Loser contest, sponsored by Kadena's Health and Wellness Center, is designed to reward participants who lose the most body weight in eight weeks. Participants will compete in five-member teams and provide moral