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  • Air Force Ball to celebrate anniversary of aviation

    The Air Force Ball, to be held at the Rocker NCO Club Sept. 22, will recognize the birthdays of two key events in military aviation. "This year is the 60th anniversary of the Air Force and it also coincides with the 100th anniversary of military aviation," said Lt. Col. Peter Oertel, 18th Operations Group deputy commander. "It was back in 1907 when
  • Remembering 9/11

    Feeling a powerful blow, the mother of a Kadena NCO, looked up and saw the tail end of a plane protruding from one of the World Trade Center towers. "While standing in the street, everyone was talking amongst themselves of the sad fate for those where the plane hit," said Melva Sierra, mother of Tech. Sgt. Luz Swanner from the 18th Equipment
  • 61 base members earn stripes at supplemental board

    Congratulations to the following Airmen who were recently selected for promotion during an Air Force supplemental promotion board: To master sergeant: Wesley Fleming, 18th Wing; Henry Williams, 18th Maintenance Group; Jeffrey Kluesner, 18th Communications Squadron; Garry Fobbs, Brian Janiszewski and Sandra Torres, 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron;
  • Energy conservation begins at Kadena's family housing

    Okinawa military family housing residents must take steps to conserve energy to comply with a new wing utilities conservation policy. The policy was created to support an executive order issued in January by President George W. Bush mandating all federal facilities to reduce energy use by three percent starting in fiscal year 2006. The total goal
  • Keeping children safe from predators

    A nationally renowned child safety expert and founder of the Child Lures Prevention organization spoke at Kadena Aug. 27 about "lures" sexual predators use to trap unsuspecting children and even young adults. Kenneth Wooden gave specific examples to Kadena family members of lures used by these predators to manipulate their victims and take
  • Japan toughens traffic, DUI laws

    Passengers in vehicles driven off-base by intoxicated drivers may face prison time and a fine under new laws being implemented by the Japanese Government Sep. 19 and applicable to military members and their families. Japanese officials have revised sentences for current laws, established new laws, and are taking an even tougher stance on traffic
  • Pacific Airmen deploy to OIF, OEF

    More than 240 Airmen from seven bases in Pacific Air Forces deployed from Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 2, to several locations in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. "Kadena is the staging base for aggregate air into CENTCOM," said Maj. Aaron Booth, Kadena installation deployment officer. "The aircraft picked Airmen up at Eielson (Air
  • Selective arming program begins at Kadena

    Non-security forces Airmen are redefining the meaning of force protection by taking up weapons and the training that goes along with it to protect their squadron resources. A few units have already completed training with the 18th Security Forces Squadron through the selective arming program which gives them the ability to respond immediately to an
  • Upgrade training on Kadena critical

    Living on an island in the Pacific, it is difficult for Airmen to travel from Kadena Air Base back to the United States to receive needed upgrade training for mission support and career advancement. Field Training Detachment 15, 372nd Training Squadron is a maintenance training unit instructing a gamut of aviation maintenance-related courses for
  • Feeding hungry minds

    School starts next week and the AAFES School Meal Program is ready to provide healthy meals to feed hungry minds. AAFES School Meal Program is operated under the guidelines of the USDA National School Lunch Program. This means that the school menu must follow Dietary Guidelines and meet the following nutrition standards when analyzed over a week: 
  • Back to school

    Department of Defense Dependant Schools officials are emphasizing safety, health and wellness and the acquisition of foreign language skills, for the 2007-2008 school year, which starts Monday. Children's safety is a critical focus for DoDDS and officials encourage parents to speak with their kids about general safety tips and preventative
  • Mouth guards for safety use

    The mouth is one of the most commonly injured parts of the body while participating in sports activities. Dental injuries can be painful, expensive and permanent. For prevention of dental injuries, the sports mouth guard is considered an essential item of sporting equipment. A mouth guard is a flexible appliance made out of plastic and worn during