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  • Airmen train for war through FTAC

    FTAC...all first-term Airmen do it, but not all supervisors and commanders understand it. When an Air Force organization gains new Airmen, many have to leave for two-weeks for mandatory training at the First-Term Airmen's Center, or FTAC. FTAC is mandatory for all in-processing first-term Airmen. FTAC helps Airmen complete much of the in-processing
  • Taking charge: Staff Sgt. Chobert Wright

    When it comes to doing more with less Staff Sgt. Chobert Wright, 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, assistant support section chief, knows what he is talking about. Sergeant Wright stepped up and took control of his section to accomplish the mission when it was only 40 percent manned. He and his co-workers maintain and supply tools to those
  • Keeping 18 EMS mobilized

    KADENA AIR BASE, Japan - Tech. Sgt. Luz Swanner's life is not a common one. A Columbian who lived in Queens, New York, her story begins as a poor, single mom trying to make ends meet. She worked full time and went to school full time. "When I was 17 no one thought I was going to make it," she said. "I needed to get my son out of New York." Sergeant
  • Career Advisor of the Year finds she won on AF link

    While Web surfing recently, a senior non-commissioned officer from the 18th Medical Support Squadron here discovered a joyful surprise: She won! Senior Master Sgt. Yvonne Miller, 18th MDSS superintendent, went to Air Force Link and found out accidentally that she was named "Career Advisor of the Year" after seeing a news story headline that read
  • Collecting for Kadena's medical expenses

    When it comes to collecting the medical expenses from patients not on the military's Tricare plan, no one knows the system better than Staff Sgt. Kristen Treml, 18th Medical Group, Medical Service Accounts Officer. Sergeant Treml collects payments for medical care from those not eligible to participate in the Tricare program--such as Department of
  • Wills help plan for inevitable

    Planning for the inevitable death gives many people peace of mind and ensuring your loved ones are better off. You plan and make a will so that your desires are recorded and your property will be disposed of as you want. Without a will, years could pass before your property is awarded to your heirs, or it could be transferred and distributed in
  • AF supports home-based businesses, but follow rules

    Many military spouses have found self-employment in a home-based business to be a good solution to the challenge of frequent moves. A home-based business could be just what you are looking for. Working from your home is well-suited to military life styles since it can provide flexibility, independence and transferability when you PCS. The Air Force
  • NCOA, ALS compete in Academy Olympiad

    Kadena's Erwin Professional Military Education Center pitted students from the NCO Academy against those from the Airman Leadership School in a battle of strength, wits and skill. The Academy Olympiad, held March 14, is the first such event between the two schools. At the end of the Olympiad, ALS Talon flight emerged as the champions. "The NCO
  • Kadena, Okinawan emergency responders conduct joint exercise

    Kadena, Okinawan emergency responders conduct off-base exercise. Kadena emergency members teamed with their Okinawan counterparts Feb. 28 for a crisis management exercise that tested procedures in the event a situation required a joint response. Almost 400 emergency responders were involved in the first-of-its-kind exercise that had been planned
  • KMS students study 'bullying' for project

    Kadena Middle School seventh- graders are making a difference in their school and reaching the community about an increasing problem -- bullying. Through the kids' research, they found that much of the violence in schools begins with bullying. Some seventh-graders like Chris Martinson of Kadena Middle School put together a team to represent Kadena
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