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  • 18 MDG Change of Command

    A new commander took the reins of the largest outpatient clinic in Pacific Air Forces in a ceremony here June 22. Col. Frederick L. Schaefer took command of the 18th Medical group from Col. Kelley Kash, who retired the same day after 23 years in service. "It's truly an honor to be taking command of the 18th Medical Group," said Colonel Schaefer.
  • Out with the old, in with the new

    Replacing cold war munitions with the latest weaponry was the focus of a U.S. Transportation Command exercise here, June 21-22. The Turbo Containerized Ammunition Distribution System 07, also known as TURBOCADS, tested munitions units from Okinawa, Guam, Sasebo and South Korea. In Okinawa, military units conducted a joint service exercise to help
  • Kadena beefs up security

    Military installations around U.S. Pacific Command are beefing up security to protect against potential terrorist activity and Kadena Air Base is following suit, said one of the installation's anti-terrorism experts June 18.Officials here are taking extra steps to strengthen security throughout Kadena and are asking the base population to remain
  • Kadena earns federal environmental award

    Kadena recently earned the 2007 White House Closing the Circle Award for its recycling program. The award, presented at the White House June 12, recognizes the significant contributions and positive impacts of federal employees and facilities in environmental stewardship. "Although the team realized we had an exceptional program we were ecstatic to
  • Kadena hosts the eighth annual Special Olympics

    "Let me win, but if I cannot win let me be brave in the attempt." With the start of the Special Olympics oath, more than 900 athletes and 200 artists gathered here Sunday for one of Japan's biggest events - 2007 Special Olympic Games. More than 1,500 volunteers from different branches of the U.S. military and the local community helped put on the
  • Kadena Airman donates bone marrow

    A Kadena Airman recently gave someone a second chance at life. Lt. Col. Joseph Coogan, 18th Wing Safety chief, recently flew to Washington, D.C., to donate his bone marrow to a leukemia patient. His journey did not begin here at Kadena ... it started two years ago at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. "I gave blood at a blood drive while I was attending
  • Kadena units prep for Air Mobility Rodeo

    Editor's note: This is the first in a series of articles in preparation for the Air Mobility Rodeo. KADENA AIR BASE, Japan - Airmen from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron and other Kadena units are gearing up to travel to McChord Air Force Base, Wash., where they will compete against air mobility teams from around the world. Air-refueling,
  • Kadena NCO takes 2nd in U.S. Racquetball Championships

    A Kadena NCO recently took second in the U.S. National Singles Racquetball Championships held in Houston, Texas. Tech. Sgt. Shaun Stone, 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron, joined the Air Force Varsity Racquetball Team for the second time to compete in the tournament, which drew 700 players from around the world. Sergeant Stone competed against 42
  • 79 graduate from NCO Academy

    Seventy-nine graduates from the NCO Academy Class 07-4 received their diplomas here June 8, after six weeks of classroom instruction. The diploma's symbolize the next stepping stone in each NCO's career as they transition to higher leadership roles. Among the graduates a set few stood out from the rest. Tech. Sgt. William Cupp, 390th Intelligence
  • 59 graduate Airman Leadership School

    Fifty-nine graduates from the Airman Leadership School Class 07-D walked across the stage at the NCO club June 1 to receive their diplomas from Brig. Gen. Brett Williams, 18th Wing Commander. The graduation is a milestone in an Airman's career as they transition to supervisors and leaders. Among the graduates a set few stood out from the
  • Marijuana gets Airman bad conduct discharge

    A Kadena Airman was recently sentenced to a bad conduct discharge, four months confinement and reduction to Airman Basic for using marijuana. In a special court martial June 12 Senior Airman Dale D. Hayes Jr., 18th Civil Engineer Squadron, pleaded guilty to one specification of using marijuana and one specification of possessing it - a violation of