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  • OHA, COLA surveys to be distributed soon

    Military members who reside in the local community will soon receive a request to participate in two important surveys that could affect their wallets. The Overseas Housing Allowance and Cost of Living Allowance surveys will be sent to all military who reside off base via email. The OHA survey could affect the money people get for their housing
  • Unique operator refuels the war

    The KC-135 Stratotanker helps the Air Force accomplish its mission by providing gas during flight. But to accomplish its mission, this fuel station in the sky requires an operator with a very unique job. He goes by the name of "Boom" or Boom Operator. Staff Sgt. Larry Nahalea has refueled various jets as a boom operator aboard KC-135 Stratotankers
  • Recalls may come in, but products don't go out at Kadena's commissary

    Kadena's commissary takes safety seriously when it comes to keeping recalled food from getting into the carts of its customers. The Defense Commissary Agency's mission is to provide groceries to military members, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. With the various food recalls in the past few months, the
  • Kadena garners AF installation excellence awards

    Air Force officials recently recognized 16 units, programs and individuals at Kadena for excellence, the most of any base in the Air Force. Three units, five unit programs and eight Team Kadena members were named 2006 Commander-in-Chief Installation Excellence Special Recognition award winners. Kadena's 18th Services Squadron received the five unit
  • Commander support staffs consolidate at group level

    The 18th Mission Support Group became the final group on Kadena to consolidate its individual squadron commander support staffs into one staff that will support all personnel assigned to the group. "In order to meet our strategic, long-term personnel planning goals, combining the squadron CSS's under the MSG will effectively streamline personnel
  • Jeopardy searches Kadena for contestants

    Alex Trebek, host of the "Jeopardy" television game show, visited Kadena March 31 to search for future contestants as part of a USO-sponsored tour of military bases in the Pacific region. "There are military members stationed all around the world and some of them are on long deployments," Mr. Trebek said. "As a result, they don't have the
  • U.S. citizens can file immigrant visa petitions for family members through U.S. Consulate on Okinawa

    Immigrant visas for families of U.S. citizens on Okinawa can once again be processed through the U.S. Consulate General in Naha, a service that stopped in late January. "We are happy to once again be able to provide this important service to our military colleagues and their families," said Kevin Maher, U.S. Consul General in Naha. American
  • Kadena Airman gives SECAF insight on deployed job

    Staff Sgt. Joseph Bozsoki seldom appears at a loss for words. The munitions Airman from Kadena Air Base is always ready to talk, so it's no surprise he was selected to brief the Secretary of the Air Force during a tour of 407th Air Expeditionary Group facilities March 28. Sergeant Bozsoki had only a couple of minutes to detail the Ali "ammo"
  • Pacific Air Commandos head to Korea for annual ORE

    More than 400 members of Kadena's 353rd Special Operations Group practiced wartime skills needed to survive and operate during a recent exercise deployment to Korea. "It's our first game of the season," said Col. Raymond Chapman, 353rd SOG commander. "We will continue to exercise and train and get even better. From this exercise we'll take our
  • Services opens Kadena's new pet boarding facility

    Kadena's Karing Kennels opened a new pet facility March 23, bringing animal boarding services to a 300 percent increase for cats and a 30 percent increase for dogs. The $2.4 million complex, located just inside of Gate 3, is climate controlled and has five wading pools for dogs built in to the 8,800-square-foot complex. "The old facility was
  • Chief of Chaplains: Change is way of life in Air Force

    The Air Force chief of chaplains likens Airmen to Jack Bauer of television's "24" fame. "Just like Jack Bauer, we know trouble is out there because we're all fighting the Global War on Terror," said Chaplain (Maj. Gen.) Charles Baldwin. "Every day, we accept not only the personal troubles of life, but also the responsibility of the national and
  • Kadena commissary to reveal new look after temp closure

    The Kadena Commissary will close one hour early March 31 and be closed April 1-2 for a major reorganization intended to make the store more customer friendly. The Defense Commissary Agency is in a continual process of changing how  product is placed on commissary shelves, according to Mr. Rene Francisco, Kadena commissary  store director. New
  • Military women sharp--and showing it

    March is Women's History Month--a time to celebrate the grandmothers, mothers, sisters and daughters who are all at the heart of a movement that brought about significant changes in education, politics and law, religion, work, social reform and health. These women from all walks of life took long strides to ensure the acknowledgement of their
  • Air Force officials release 2007 posture statement

    Air Force officials released their annual posture statement which articulates the major elements required for the Air Force to fulfill its mission and its priorities over the course of the next year and into the future. The secretary of the Air Force and the Air Force chief of staff testified before the House Armed Services Committee Feb. 28,
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