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  • Independence Day: An American Tradition

    As Kadena Air Base opens its gates to welcome its friends in the local community to AmericaFest 2008, it does so in celebration and commemoration of the America's 232nd birthday. On July 4, 1776, a group of American patriots signed the Declaration of Independence, signaling the 13 colonies'

  • Welcome to Americafest

    Hai sai! On behalf of the 18th Wing and all of the men and women of Kadena Air Base, welcome to AmericaFest 2008. This year's open house, the first in four years, promises to be an exciting and entertaining event for the whole family. AmericaFest features a wide variety of aircraft representing not

  • Giving spouses a break

    Spouses of servicemembers deployed down-range gathered for an evening of food, fellowship and fun at Chapel One here June 21. They were attending the Deployed Spouses Dinner, a monthly event sponsored by numerous base organizations and hosted by the 18th Wing Chaplain. Attendance at the event is

  • 33rd RQS heads back to Afghanistan

    One of Kadena busiest units is on its way back to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The 33rd Rescue Squadron will deploy this week to conduct combat search and rescue missions as U.S. and NATO forces continue to battle Taliban and other anti-Afghan insurgents. They will be

  • USFJ commander reviews the troops

    Lt. Gen. Edward A. Rice Jr., U.S. Forces Japan commander and 5th Air Force commander, spoke about the importance of meeting the men and women stationed on Okinawa and seeing the mission up close as he toured Kadena and other local bases June 18-20. The general said seeing the service members

  • Saving lives, money

    Kadena Air Base is now home to a rescue technician course designed to help Pacific region firefighters save lives and save the Air Force dollars at the same time. The three week course is being offered by Detachment 1, 554th Red Horse Squadron and teaches firefighters how to manage personnel and

  • Post-war exhibit debuts at base library

    A photographic exhibit at the Kadena library featuring photographs from the Battle of Okinawa and post-war reconstruction efforts will run from June 20 to 30. The exhibit, which features over seventy-five photographs from last month's exhibit in Nakagusuku titled "From the Ashes: Courage and

  • TLF construction continues

    The Hershey Temporary Lodging Facility is currently undergoing a one-year renovation, limiting lodging availability for inbound and outbound travelers. The closure of the Hershey TLF has cut the Shogun Inn's family lodging capability in half, but the lodge continues to accomodate many guests

  • Base teens connect with Okinawans

    Thanks to a new initiative designed to promote cultural exchange, local Okinawans are practicing their English skills and nurturing friendships with teens from Kadena Air Base every first and third Wednesday of the month. The local Kadena Language Institute and Kadena's Teen Center Millenium have

  • Bug season creeps up on residents

    As summer continues to heat up, many Okinawa residents are getting frequent visits from some unwelcome guests - termites, ants and other pests. The 18th Civil Engineer Squadron has a team of experts in the Kadena Pest Management office who have noticed a few pest trends, and they have a few tips to

  • Opportunity knocks at Teen Summer Expo

    Kadena Air Base teenagers got a glimpse of the possibilities this summer during the Teen Summer Expo held June 7 in the Rocker NCO club. More than 100 teens ages 12-18 received information from base agencies about summer jobs, volunteer opportunities and recreation. "The Teen Summer Expo's purpose

  • Parents warned about dangers of DXM

    Abuse of over-the-counter medications continues to be a problem on Okinawa and officials here caution parents to be aware of this potentially fatal trend as medical emergencies among youth have increased in the past year. Paul Howell, 18th Medical Operations Squadron Drug Demand Reduction program

  • AmericaFest preparations continue

    The 18th Wing continues preparations for the first Americafest held in four years, July 4 and 5 at Kadena Air Base. Highlights from the 2008 open house include aircraft static displays, performances by rock group Eve 6, fireworks, kiddie land and a variety of food vendors. The event will blend

  • PACAF command chief focus on the Strategic Airman

    Pacific Air Force's top enlisted leader visited here June 2-7 to thank the men, women and families of Kadena Air Base for their service to the nation and to update the base on current command issues. PACAF Command Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Bishop spoke with Airmen about a variety of topics,

  • COMPACAF Message to Airmen on Leadership and Accountability

    This week, Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates nominated Michael Donley to serve as Secretary of the Air Force, and General Norton Schwartz to serve as Air Force Chief of Staff. As you know, both Secretary of the Air Force Michael W. Wynne and Air Force Chief of Staff T. Michael Moseley resigned