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  • Air Force holding sexual assault offenders accountable; Sexual Assault convictions now posted online

    As of two months ago, Airmen who commit a sexual assault will have administrative discharge proceedings initiated against them and may be retained only if they meet a cumulative multi-part test. For Kadena Airmen, only I, as the wing commander, can waive this requirement and only after concluding that the Airman meets the multi-part retention
  • Hope in the darkest hour

    I recently heard a story of a young man who woke up every day and asked himself what he had to live for. Most would think that was a fairly common question. For this young man however, the difference was the number of reasons he could come up with to live for determined the number of bullets he would put into the clip of his handgun. If he could
  • A message from the PACAF commander

    Fellow Airmen,We face very challenging times as we navigate the effects of a partial government shutdown, which has furloughed many of our civilian Airmen, and the initial impacts of sequestration. The outlook for next several fiscal years will demand the most out of every Airmen, dollar and program. These challenges have affected each of us in
  • October is Domestic Abuse Awareness Month

    The campaign theme for this year's Domestic Abuse Awareness Month is "Breaking Free from Abuse."Each October during Domestic Abuse Awareness Month, the Family Advocacy Program puts a special focus on the prevention of domestic violence in the Air Force: to remind ourselves and the base community that this is a year round mission. Research continues
  • Combined Federal Campaign kicks off on Kadena

    Team Kadena,Wherever I go around Kadena, I am struck by the sense of community we share and the many ways Team Kadena members demonstrate their commitment to something larger than themselves. The Combined Federal Campaign, which runs from Sept. 15 through Nov. 15, is an incredibly easy way for you to make contributions to those specific charitable
  • Friendship shines after Okinawa crash

    As readers know, at approximately 4 p.m. on Aug. 5, a U.S. Air Force helicopter, an HH-60G belonging to the 33rd Rescue Squadron, crashed deep inside the Central Training Area in Okinawa Prefecture. Emergency search and rescue personnel from the USAF and U.S. Marine Corps responded immediately to rescue the downed crew and contain the fire. Three
  • Sequester those electrons, save big bucks

    Have you ever heard the saying, "Every penny counts?" Well, when it comes to our climbing utility costs, every electron counts. The cost of electricity is expensive around the world, but it's especially so here on Okinawa. Since 2003 the cost of energy for Kadena Air Base has risen a whopping 47 percent! In 2011 the price of electricity rose 9.9
  • Independence Day: A Celebration of Freedom

    Team Kadena,Our great nation has enjoyed independence now for 237 years. As we celebrate with our friends and families this weekend, let's not forget those who sacrificed so we can enjoy the freedoms we have today. It is because of our brave Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen and Coast Guardsmen who answered our nation's call that we are able to
  • Presidential Proclamation -- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month 2013

    For more than two centuries, our Nation has struggled to transform the ideals of liberty and equality from founding promise into lasting reality. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans and their allies have been hard at work on the next great chapter of that history -- from the patrons of The Stonewall Inn who sparked a movement
  • Live to ride, ride to live another day

    Some memories are Kodak moments - the kind you want to recall again and again. Others are more sinister, hanging around unwanted, as a reminder of life's darker side. One such ominous memory combines one of my greatest joys and my greatest fear into a valuable life lesson.On a beautiful, warm summer evening, the alarm bell rang at the fire-station