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  • Kadena pilot named Outstanding American by Choice

    One of Kadena's own was recently named an Outstanding American by Choice by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for his dedicated service in the military. Capt. Van Thai, 18th Operations Support Squadron current operations flight commander and mobility instructor pilot, was one of 10 service members recognized at a ceremony Sept. 24 at
  • MEO, EEO combine to provide world-class service

    Kadena's Military Equal Opportunity and Equal Employment Opportunity offices will soon merge to better serve the community. In line with the Program Budget Decision 720 initiative, the two offices are preparing for a January 2008 merger which will create a stronger workforce able to handle both military and civilian grievances. The combined offices
  • Patriot Express to offer more seats

    Beginning this month service members and their families on Okinawa who use the Patriot Express will have a better chance of catching a flight back to the United States or to mainland Japan. Due to a new contract, the L-10-11 model aircraft currently used is being replaced with a DC-10 that will seat more passengers. Master Sgt. Laurie Rogers, 733rd
  • Financial Management Transformation

    A town hall meeting to discuss the biggest change to financial management in 60 years will be held Oct. 9 at the Keystone Theater here. Lt. Col. Steve Kennedy, 18th Comptroller Squadron commander, will host the meeting to inform community members about the upcoming changes that include centralizing finance functions at Ellsworth Air Force Base,
  • Kadena children deploy for Skoshi Warrior '07

    Everyone in the tent stood at attention as the commander entered. Brig. Gen. Brett Williams, 18th Wing commander, cleared his throat and spoke to his young deployers. "I'm depending on you to do your best in this mission," said General Williams. "Your mission for this deployment is ... to have fun." The "deployers" are not your typical active-duty
  • Eight Shoguns selected for senior airman below the zone

    Congratulations to the following Airmen 1st class who were recently selected for promotion below-the-zone to senior airman: 18th Wing: Jon Tarell 18th Operations Support Squadron: Schyler Peck and Zachary Nichter 18th Dental Squadron: Isha Kargbo 718th Civil Engineer Squadron: Arvin Candelaria 353rd Special Operations Group: Gladys Oxford 17th
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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