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  • Okinawa’s AM Radio returns on-air

    American Forces Network's Surf 648-AM returns to broadcast Feb. 18 after being off-the-air for approximately one year. The AM radio station will restore Okinawa's favorite news, talk and sports-talk programming to the airwaves and will offer the audience an alternative to FM radio's music-based

  • Team Kadena kicks off last exercise before ORI

    A simulated Kadena-based U.S Navy P-3 Orion aircraft crash kicked off Exercise Beverly High 08-4, Feb. 10. The "crash," which happened on base at 1 p.m. today, had Kadena firefighters responding quickly. "We arrived on scene and initiated incident command [center], then started fighting the fire,"

  • Navy trains with Kadena, sister service units

    A Naval Air Facility Atsugi-based helicopter squadron's temporary duty here is helping to improve readiness for the 18th Wing and sister service units. Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron 14 came to Okinawa recently to conduct training not available at sea or its home station. In the process they are

  • ACE has largest turnout ever for Gate 2 clean up

    Cold rainy weather didn't stop more than 100 committed Kadena Air Base volunteers from cleaning up the Gate 2 Street area in Okinawa City on February 3. The Airmen Committed to Excellence organization sponsored the event to give back to the local Okinawan community. "Gate 2 is a busy shopping and

  • Kadena participates in Cope Tiger 2008

    About 100 Team Kadena Airmen deployed to Thailand this week for Exercise Cope Tiger 2008. Personnel from the 18th Medical Support Squadron, 909th Air Refueling Squadron, 18th Communication Squadron and the 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron were part of more than 1,400 service members from the

  • Base fans cheer on Super Bowl teams

    The New York Giants battled against the New England Patriots for the National Football Championship Feb. 4 in one of the largest televised events of the year, the Super Bowl. On this side of the world, service members from Kadena Air Base gathered together to join the more than 95 million viewers'

  • New BX to offer 'one-stop shopping'

    (Editor's Note:  This is the second in a series on  major construction projects here.)The new Kadena Base Exchange is tentatively scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2009 and will be nearly double the size of the current BX, while providing a 'one-stop' shopping mall for the military community.

  • Shogun redeploys in nick of time for son's birth

    After a long and arduous journey, one member of the 18th Wing was able to make it home in the nick of time for a life-changing event. Staff Sgt. Bryan O'Sullivan, 18th Wing safety office, returned from a four-and-a-half-month deployment to Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, just in time for the birth of

  • New PACAF commander visits Kadena AB

    The new Pacific Air Forces commander discussed the delicate balance between combat readiness and taking care of the Airmen, as well as the budget and the importance of relations with Japan during a visit to Kadena Jan 25. Gen. Carrol "Howie" Chandler, who took command of PACAF in November, spent a

  • USFJ Commander visits Kadena

    The commander of U.S. Forces Japan discussed America's commitment to the U.S. - Japan security alliance during a visit to Kadena Air Base Jan. 30. The general is retiring later this month after nearly 35 years of active duty service. He visited Kadena to thank Airmen for their service and to

  • Team Kadena holds memorial ceremony for CPO chief

    Team Kadena said good-bye to a long-time civil servant during a farewell ceremony Wednesday in Chapel 1. About 150 people attended a memorial service for Bruce Scott, who was the 18th Wing chief of civilian personnel and passed away Jan. 16. Mr. Scott was found unconscious while on duty that day and

  • Kadena tests on non-combatant evacuations

    Hundreds of volunteers and workers tested the wing's emergency evacuation plan here Jan. 18-20 to ensure non-mission essential civilians can be moved off island should the need arise. This exercise was part of the Pacific Air Force Operational Readiness Inspection to test Kadena's plans to evacuate

  • Base environmental, safety, health standards to be evaluated

    Safety and health standards at the 18th Wing will be evaluated during an inspection here next week by volunteers who are experts in their respective fields, to ensure compliance in a number of subject areas. The Environmental, Safety and Occupational Health Compliance Assessment and Management

  • Center opens to help Team Kadena with taxes

    The Kadena Tax Center will open Jan. 28 to assist Team Kadena members with their federal and state income taxes free of charge. The tax center will also help with taxes for home childcare providers but are unable to assist with business taxes. The tax center opened Jan. 24 for military members E-4

  • Kadena receives a new school

    A $23 million project funded by the Government of Japan will be completed by April 30 and will benefit students attending middle school here. The new Ryukyu Middle School will be one of three schools on-island to make space for sixth-graders at the middle school level. "The middle school is 95