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  • Bilateral partnership opens eyes to opportunities

    As the blue bus pulled up to where I was waiting, my heartbeat quickened in nervous anticipation of the eight Japan Air Self Defense Force members who would be this year's NCO Bilateral Exchange partners.Coordinated annually by Senior Master Sgt. Rob Miller, 718th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron lead production superintendent, the JASDF NCO Bilateral
  • African Americans in leadership

    The 1950s were a tumultuous time for the United States as the winds of changes blew across the country and the social landscape was transformed as the Civil Rights movement went into full swing. In 1954, the Supreme Court case ruling in Brown v. Board of Education overturned laws that permitted state-sponsored segregation. Just a few years before
  • Ambassadorship crucial to American misson

    New rules prohibiting active duty military personnel from drinking off base and making sure we are home by 11 p.m., has caused a lot of people to alter the way they spend time with their friends or celebrate the holidays, including myself. As easy as it would be to start pointing fingers and blame others for their wrong-doing, this is a great time
  • Season's greetings from 18th Wing Commander

    Team Kadena,In the spirit of the season, my family and I want to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!Thank you for all your smart and tenacious work over the past year to carry out our very important mission here in the western Pacific. We have demonstrated that we are fully trained and ready to
  • Season’s Greetings from COMPACAF

    Gillian and I are happy to be stationed in the Pacific theater once again, celebrating the holiday season alongside the rest of our PACAF family.While this is a time of celebration, we want to shift our focus from celebrating 'with' our families to actually celebrating them. Quite often, mission requirements force us to make sacrifices throughout
  • Thanksgiving message from 18th Wing Commander

    Thanksgiving is a perfect time to pause, reflect, and count our many blessings. As I reflect back on 2012 and look forward to 2013, I'm mindful of how my family, my friends, and my work mates have touched my life and blessed me through intangible and eternal ways. I'm also grateful and proud to be called a citizen of the Land of the Free and the
  • Veterans Day Commentary from COMPACAF

    The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month marks a monumental time in the history of mankind. On that day, November 11, 1918, an armistice went into effect between the Allied Forces and Germany, effectively marking an end of hostilities in the First World War.President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11, 1919, as the first
  • Veterans Day: Reflecting on a proud legacy

    As we reflect on our heritage this Veterans Day, let us remember with great pride the achievements our service members have made and honor their many sacrifices. It is our Armed Forces that carry the great burden and responsibility of defending the nation and our allies, and we do it with honor and unyielding courage.On November 11th, 1918,
  • Kadena Leadership Pathways - calling all leaders

    Kadena Warriors! Are you ready to lead? I challenge each Airman, civilian, and family member to be proactive and sign up for leadership and resiliency courses offered under the new Kadena Leadership Pathways program. These courses can help you be a more effective leader, no matter who you are or what position you hold.The KLP program links helping
  • Could Kid Rock have gotten it right?

    There is certainly no shortage of opinions regarding morality, but certain moral truths are so self-evident that even a hard-partying, rock star can recognize and use them to entertain and sell music. Is it possible that someone as seemingly shallow as Kid Rock could get it right about something as deep as the moral essence of life? If so, is it