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  • KLI internship builds vocabulary, friendships

    I've been to U.S. military bases many times before, but this was the first time I had an opportunity to work with military members on base.I was nervous doing everything at first, but everyone was very kind to me so I got used to working there quickly. I worked at the 18th Wing Public Affairs office as one of the nine interns from Kadena Language
  • Wing commander delivers Labor Day message

    Team Kadena,Labor Day weekend is iconic in that it signifies the end of summer, the flood of yellow school buses and the "beginning of the end" of the oppressive heat cycle. With the more tolerable temperatures and the close of our "critical days of summer" awareness campaign, unsurprisingly we typically see an increase in accidents and
  • My job is prosecuting sexual assault

    Here's a simple truth...sexual offenders reject our core values of integrity, service and excellence, in favor of following their own base, undisciplined, criminal desires. Most sexual assaults committed by Airmen are "blue on blue," or Airmen victimizing other Airmen. So in addition to rejecting our core values, these undisciplined Airmen reject
  • They call me 'Shirt'

    In the pantheon of NCOs, the first sergeant or "Shirt" can easily lay claim to the status of "hardest working and most versatile" of all sergeants in the U.S. Air Force.The concept of the first sergeant in the U.S. Armed Services started with General Baron Von Steubon. Von Steubon's background with the Prussian Army made him the ideal candidate for
  • What are 'Your Three Words?'

    Have you watched ABC News Good Morning America video segment entitled "Your Three Words?" From military spouses and their children saying "I Miss You" to their loved ones in Iraq and Afghanistan, or the young couple celebrating with the sign "Having a Baby," the videos have been expressions of life and hope.That made me piece together three-word
  • Celebrate the Fourth with pride

    Team Kadena,As we celebrate the 236th anniversary of America's independence, let us reflect on the hard-fought freedoms we enjoy as Americans and also appreciate those who sacrificed mightily to ensure these freedoms.Independence Day is not only a time of entertaining family and friends, eating delicious BBQ, or watching awesome fireworks; it's
  • COMPACAF sends July 4th message

    Independence Day provides us an opportunity to reflect on our nations' rich history while also celebrating our 236th birthday. While we enjoy the holiday with our loved ones, or on far away shores and separated due to military duties, we should also reflect on the debt we owe to the Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen and Coast Guardsmen who made
  • Beyond the military pay chart

    A few years ago during one of my breakfast meetings with the Airmen in my squadron, we entered into a lengthy and insightful discussion stemming from a newspaper quote that an Airman had read. The reporter stated, "The starting salary of a fast food employee in New York City is now $9.18 - sadly, this is more than a young enlisted member in the
  • COMPACAF sends Memorial Day message

    On May 28, 2012, we will pause to honor the memory of our service members who gave their lives in their service to our great nation. For 236 years our military has protected our national interests, at home and abroad in both peacetime and wartime. While our world and our armed forces have changed over the centuries, certain elements of our armed
  • Volunteers make the difference, you can too

    I need a volunteer!! The four words we all love to hear! Well maybe not, but it's up to us to make it that way!I'm absolutely amazed at the number of worthy volunteer opportunities available to us here at Kadena. It's not just reading and tutoring the kids at the local elementary or middle schools, or a day out at the local orphanage--there's so