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  • Kadena's Medical Group leads way to a smoke-free base

    The Air Force wants a tobacco-free service by 2010, and the 18th Medical Group is getting a head-start at Kadena to eliminate smoking areas within its group starting in September. Smoking areas around all Med Group buildings will be moved further away and eventually disappear in an effort to enhance overall fitness and duty performance. "We want
  • F-22 Raptors complete 3-month Pacific deployment

    After almost three months in the Pacific, ten F-22s departed here May 10 upon completion of the first overseas deployment for the Air Force's newest air supremacy aircraft. The 12 Raptors arrived in February as part of a regularly scheduled U.S. Pacific Command rotational assignment of aircraft to the Pacific. The aircraft and more than 250 Airmen
  • Kadena school teacher thanks his military medical heroes

    Many talk about heroes in their lives. For a Department of Defense Dependent Schools teacher here, his heroes wear camouflage and flight suits. On May 2, he came to thank those who saved his life over a year ago. For Jim Brierly, March 30, 2006, was a day that started like any other day. By the end it, his life would change forever, thanks to the
  • Kadena to celebrate week honoring nurses, med techs

    Kadena will celebrate nurses and medical technicians week May 6-12 with a variety of events.PAINTBALL COMPETITIONPaintball competition for nurses and medical technicians is from noon to 4 p.m.  on May 6.  The cost is $15 for all gear and 500 rounds or $10 if you bring your own gear. For more information, call Capt. Laurel Minard at 630-4455. DINNER
  • 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
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