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  • Air Force, JASDF forces train together

    Cowboy Picture.  Death 01 Push.  Commit.  Hostile Group.  Splash.  Cowboy Copy Kill.For many these words may not seem like they work together, but for fighter pilots conducting air-to-air combat, they are the words they live by. On April 27, these words were heard over the waters near Okinawa not only with American accents, but also with Japanese
  • PACAF commander to retire Jan. 1

    Gen. Paul V. Hester, commander, Pacific Air Forces, announced his retirement April 27. His announcement coincides with the Department of Defense naming Lt. Gen. Carrol "Howie" Chandler as the next Pacific Air Forces commander. General Chandler was also nominated for his fourth star. General Hester assumed command of PACAF in July 2004 and says that
  • Airmen's Creed exemplifies warfighting ethos

    The Air Force chief of staff introduced the new "Airman's Creed" April 18 to provide Airmen a tangible statement of beliefs that they can hold most dear. The Airman's Creed reflects pride in the role of air, space and cyberspace power and the Air Force's commitment in supporting and defending the nation. The creed is fueled by the Air Force's
  • Health care survey of ill or injured service members to determine quality of post-operational deployment health care

    A telephone survey of ill or injured Service members who have returned from operational deployment will begin May 1 to examine post-deployment health care experiences. This health care survey is being conducted in response to the Secretary of Defense's request to comprehensively assess the quality of health care Service members receive since
  • Kadena exceeds 2007 AFAF goal, donates $168,000

    For the second year in a row, Team Kadena members have met and exceeded their goal to raise money for the annual Air Force Assistance Fund campaign. This year, Kadena had a goal of $105,000, the highest in the Pacific Air Forces region. "Not only did we meet this year's goal, we exceeded it," said Capt. Kenneth Joseph, AFAF installation project
  • Kadena Airmen practice wartime skills during week-long exercise

    "We are at war." Four words that sent a buzz of anticipation through the majority of Kadena Air Base as Exercise Beverly High 07-2 kicked off Monday with the receipt of a deployment order to move forces forward to another country in the Pacific Region.  This exercise tested the wing's ability to mobilize and forward deploy people and cargo, respond
  • Kadena P-3 crew helps rescue stranded sailors

    A Navy P-3 Orion crew temporarily assigned to Kadena helped rescue six sailors stranded on an outrigger canoe 300 miles south of Guam earlier this month. The P-3 Orion flown by Combat Aircrew ONE from Kadena was dispatched in response to a U.S. Coast Guard request for assistance. A 25-foot outrigger canoe supplied with enough food and water to make
  • DoD unveils compensation program for frequent deployments

    The Defense Department today unveiled a program that will reward administrative leave to servicemembers whose service in combat does not meet the department's goal for the time at home station between deployments. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates directed the development of this program Jan. 19, when he implemented a force management policy
  • DoD's top enlisted leader tours Kadena

    The Department of Defense's top enlisted leader visited Okinawa April 11-13 to see firsthand the role the U.S. military plays on Okinawa to include the missions at Kadena. Army Command Sgt. Maj. William Gainey, the senior enlisted advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met with Airmen, Soldiers, Marines and Sailors assigned here and
  • New eligibility guidelines announced for free/reduced school lunches

    The Department of Defense Education Activity is encouraging families of children attending its overseas schools to reapply for free and reduced price school lunches. Earlier this year, DoDEA requested an increase in the reimbursement rate the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides for school lunches. The USDA approved the request and also
  • Customers make Kadena facilities 'best in Air Force"

    Two Air Force facilities on Kadena won the prestigious award of "Best in the Air Force 2006." The Enlisted Club Complex -- which includes the Rocker NCO Club, Banyan Tree Club, Chili's and the Seaside Inn restaurant -- took the top honors along with the Schilling Community Center. Managers from both facilities said they're the best mainly because
  • Kadena drivers reminded to pay annual road tax

    Department of Defense employees on Okinawa must pay the annual Japanese road use fees commonly referred to as "road tax" in May. Kadena drivers can make road tax payments between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. May 14 to 18 at the base theater. Road tax fees will be assessed on approximately 28,000 DoD-owned vehicles this year, depending on vehicle type
  • 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
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