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  • 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
  • Unique operator refuels the war

    The KC-135 Stratotanker helps the Air Force accomplish its mission by providing gas during flight. But to accomplish its mission, this fuel station in the sky requires an operator with a very unique job. He goes by the name of "Boom" or Boom Operator. Staff Sgt. Larry Nahalea has refueled various jets as a boom operator aboard KC-135 Stratotankers
  • Recalls may come in, but products don't go out at Kadena's commissary

    Kadena's commissary takes safety seriously when it comes to keeping recalled food from getting into the carts of its customers. The Defense Commissary Agency's mission is to provide groceries to military members, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. With the various food recalls in the past few months, the
  • Kadena garners AF installation excellence awards

    Air Force officials recently recognized 16 units, programs and individuals at Kadena for excellence, the most of any base in the Air Force. Three units, five unit programs and eight Team Kadena members were named 2006 Commander-in-Chief Installation Excellence Special Recognition award winners. Kadena's 18th Services Squadron received the five unit
  • Commander support staffs consolidate at group level

    The 18th Mission Support Group became the final group on Kadena to consolidate its individual squadron commander support staffs into one staff that will support all personnel assigned to the group. "In order to meet our strategic, long-term personnel planning goals, combining the squadron CSS's under the MSG will effectively streamline personnel
  • Jeopardy searches Kadena for contestants

    Alex Trebek, host of the "Jeopardy" television game show, visited Kadena March 31 to search for future contestants as part of a USO-sponsored tour of military bases in the Pacific region. "There are military members stationed all around the world and some of them are on long deployments," Mr. Trebek said. "As a result, they don't have the
  • U.S. citizens can file immigrant visa petitions for family members through U.S. Consulate on Okinawa

    Immigrant visas for families of U.S. citizens on Okinawa can once again be processed through the U.S. Consulate General in Naha, a service that stopped in late January. "We are happy to once again be able to provide this important service to our military colleagues and their families," said Kevin Maher, U.S. Consul General in Naha. American
  • Kadena Airman gives SECAF insight on deployed job

    Staff Sgt. Joseph Bozsoki seldom appears at a loss for words. The munitions Airman from Kadena Air Base is always ready to talk, so it's no surprise he was selected to brief the Secretary of the Air Force during a tour of 407th Air Expeditionary Group facilities March 28. Sergeant Bozsoki had only a couple of minutes to detail the Ali "ammo"
  • Pacific Air Commandos head to Korea for annual ORE

    More than 400 members of Kadena's 353rd Special Operations Group practiced wartime skills needed to survive and operate during a recent exercise deployment to Korea. "It's our first game of the season," said Col. Raymond Chapman, 353rd SOG commander. "We will continue to exercise and train and get even better. From this exercise we'll take our