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  • JASDF trains on air refueling ops

    American pilots flew training missions here this week with 12 F-15 pilots from the Japan Air Self Defense Force, to familiarize them with air refueling operations. The air refueling training was a new concept to some of the JASDF participants. Others had trained with Kadena refuelers in the

  • Off base residents urged to complete OHA survey

    Military personnel living off base will soon be given an opportunity to affect how much money they receive for their housing allowances. The Annual Overseas Housing Allowance Utility and Move-in Expenses Survey for uniformed U.S. Service members is scheduled for Japan from April 15 through May 14.

  • SARC educates Airmen on Sexual Assault

    April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and Sexual Assault Response Coordinators from various Okinawa bases are holding a number of events to raise awareness. Providing information not only to victims but to the general population is an important part of the Sexual Assault

  • Airmen warned against social networking dangers

    As the Air Force conducts the war on terror through air, space and cyber-space, Airmen have the ability to shape the events of the information war from the comfort of their very own home..for good or bad. Social networking sites provide a good opportunity for military members to share information

  • Cyberspace aggressors train Kadena Airmen

    A total force team trained Airmen Tuesday on mitigating cyberspace and information operations threats and also provided feedback on Pacific Command's exercise Terminal Fury. A combined team from the 57th Information Aggressor Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., and the 177th IAS, Kansas Air

  • Community improvement through family feedback

    Military members and spouses will have an opportunity to improve Kadena Air Base services through a random community survey to be disseminated across the Air Force in April. The Air Force Community Assessment survey allows base leadership and the Air Force to target resources where they are most

  • 33rd, 31st RQS hone skills at Red Flag

    The 33rd and 31st Rescue Squadrons will get a unique training experience April 7-18 as they work alongside other services and allied forces from around the world at an Alaskan exercise. Red Flag at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, allows aircrews to train and integrate with air forces from other

  • Air Commandos of the Pacific celebrate traditions, heritage

    In an event steeped in tradition and heritage, members from the 353rd Special Operations Group gathered for a combat dining out in the 353rd Maintenance Squadron hangar here. The event was held April 4 in commemoration of the anniversary of Operation Eagle Claw, a failed rescue attempt that led to

  • Pacific Air Commando spouses get bird's eye view of squadrons, island

    Spouses of 353rd Special Operations Group members took a closer look at workplaces and "tools of the trade" during Air Commando Spouses' Day April 4. Nicknamed OPERATION EXPLORE 353rd SOG, spouses took full advantage of standard pre-deployment briefings before heading to the flightline for

  • JASDF captain honored with Air Force Medal

    A Japan Air Self Defense Force officer was recently presented with a U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal for his work as an air battle management instructor in the U.S. JASDF Capt. Kazunobu Akutsu, 1st Wing Air Defense Control Group Naha, received the award from Maj. Nathaniel Dash, 623rd Air Control

  • Kadena Dragon Boat Team

    Spring is here and Naha Port will soon be filled with the sound of cheering spectators and the rhythmic beat of a metal gong. Teams composed of 32 rowers will board long fiberglass boats painted to resemble mythical seafaring dragons. Sweat and seawater will drip from their brows as their oars chop

  • 353rd SOG Pacific Air Commandos ready for war

    The Air Commandos of the Pacific proved they have what it takes to survive and operate in combat during an operational readiness inspection which ended last week. For one week at Kadena Air Base and then another two weeks at Daegu AB, Korea, the 353rd Special Operations Group was tested by its

  • New track now open

    The Risner Fitness Center running track opened Thursday after a $375,000 renovation which began in December to repair wear and tear problems. "The track was closed because of the pot holes, broken gravel and the normal wear and tear that rendered it unsafe for runners," said TSgt. Rayshawnda Davis,

  • New aircraft washing facility to be completed this summer

    Concerns of Okinawan residents living on the north side of Kadena Air Base will get a little relief as the aircraft wash rack, which has been in place since 1996, will get a new home in July. Base officials took action after local residents living near the current wash rack raised concerns about