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  • 175 graduate Kadena High School

    One hundred and seventy-five Kadena High School students reached one of the greatest milestones in life as they turned their tassels from left to right at the Okinawa Civic Center June 8 and graduated. The class valedictorian was Kristin Arden and the salutatorian was her sister Loriann. Competition for the honors was intense with the top four
  • 353rd SOG gets new commander

    A new commander for the Air Commandos of the Pacific accepted the responsibility to lead the 353rd Special Operations Group into the future June 8. Col. David Mullins accepted command from Col. Ray Chapman during a change of command ceremony with Maj. Gen. Donald Wurster, vice commander for Air Force Special Operations Command, presiding. "It is an
  • Typhoon season starts on Okinawa

    June 1 marked the official start of typhoon season, and base officials are urging Team Kadena to be prepared for what could be a busy season. "We are in a region where typhoons can develop anywhere around us," said 1st Lt. Kevin Bourne, wing weather officer. "Should one begin to develop fairly close we would definitely be affected within 72
  • AFSO 21 office opens for Team Kadena

    Air Force Smart Operations 21 doesn't just consider how the Air Force and Kadena can do a task better, but asks a tougher, age-old question: Why do we do it that way? While Team Kadena has already been practicing smart operations, an AFSO 21 unit is now operating here to better help facilitate those principles. Kadena's AFSO 21 office, located in
  • Motorcycle group ride, all-call highlights safety

    Kadena motorcyclists gathered in the Keystone Theater June 5 to get the latest on mishap prevention during a motorcycle "all-call" and some also participated in the first annual Kadena Motorcycle Group Ride. The 18th Wing holds mandatory all-calls for motorcycle riders quarterly, with the intent of reducing mishaps and keeping people safe and
  • DARE team visits Kadena schools

    An Army, Navy and Marine military police team taught students at Kadena schools recently skills needed to avoid drugs, gangs, and violence, as part of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program. DARE is a series of classroom lessons designed to teach children from kindergarten through the 12th grade how to resist peer pressure and live productive
  • New program may speed Airmen to bachelor's degree

    Airmen at Kadena will soon be able to enroll in a program that allows them to transfer all 64 credit hours of their Community College of the Air Force degree into a bachelor's degree. Air University's Associate-to-Baccalaureate Cooperative program features partnerships with civilian higher-education institutions to offer four-year degree
  • Summer opportunities abound at teen town hall

    More than 150 Kadena teens discovered food, friends, fun and, more importantly, opportunity during Kadena Air Base's first teen town hall meeting and information fair June 2 at the Schilling Community Center. Representatives from a wide range of Kadena organizations participated in the 18 th Mission Support Group-sponsored event and answered
  • 101 Critical Days of Summer begins

    Memorial Day weekend not only gave Kadena Airmen the chance to hit the beach or enjoy a barbecue with family and friends but also kicked off the 101 Critical Days of Summer - a deadly time of year for military members. The 101 Critical Days of Summer is an annual Air Force-wide campaign designed to raise safety awareness during this critical
  • Military Home Front replaces SITES Web site

    A Permanent Change of Station move can be stressful, especially without all the right information. But recently, two online resources became available to help military members prepare for a PCS: militaryhomefront.dod.mil and militaryonesource.com. These two Web sites replaced the Standard Installation Topic Exchange Service, commonly known as
  • New commander describes Kadena's role as 'pivotal' to alliance

    The 18th Wing commander described Kadena Air Base's role as "pivotal" to the U.S.-Japan alliance during his first interview since taking command of the largest combat wing in the Air Force May 24. "The Pacific is an incredibly important strategic region for us, Japan and our other friends and allies in the region," said Brig. Gen. Brett Williams,
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