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  • Rocker NCO Club closes after 58 years

    The Rocker NCO Club is closing its doors for good after ushering in the new year.The club has become a staple of Kadena since it was built here in 1957.Since then, the building has undergone numerous renovations, but now it's time for a brand new building. Therefore, the new year will usher in a new era as the Rocker closes its doors to make way
  • 44th FS commander accompanies predecessor on final journey

    In the middle of a dense jungle on Guadalcanal Island, a farmer made a startling discovery: the wreckage of a World War II-era U.S. Army Air Forces P-38 Lightning wreckage upside-down in the swamp.Upon closer inspection by a Joint Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Command team in 2013, the remains of then USAAF Maj. Peyton S. Mathis,
  • The Eagle's Nest: 35 Years of Kadena's F-15s

    September 29, 2014, marks an anniversary for arguably one of the most effective, battle-tested and world-feared pieces of equipment to join the Keystone of the Pacific's full-time arsenal.When the Eagle's wheels first touched Kadena's flightline in the fall of 1979, F-15C and D models were still fresh off the production line. But like so many
  • History on Kadena: Quonset the Hut, last of its kind

    (Editor's note: This is the first article in a series about historical sites on Kadena Air Base.)History is everywhere. Nowhere is that more true than at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Shrines, landmarks and buildings of significance are scattered about, so unassuming people tend to walk or drive by them each day and don't realize what is right in front
  • The Sweetheart of Okinawa: Kadena's Corsair squadrons

    At 8 a.m. Easter Sunday, April 1, 1945, the United States Tenth Army, comprised of U.S. Army and Marine Corps divisions, landed on the Hagushi beaches during Operation Iceberg, or the battle for Okinawa. The U.S. assault divisions were met with little to no resistance. Within a few hours, the U.S. Army's 7th Infantry Division had taken their