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  • Eight things you should know to have your pets ready for evacuation

    U.S. Army Capt. Tricia Culbertson, Military Working Dog Officer in charge of the Okinawan Veterinarian Activity, answers eight questions that Kadena pet owners should know about their pets regarding the Noncombatant Evacuation Operation process.1. What are the requirements for pets in order to get off the island?In a NEO environment, all our pets
  • U.S. service member delivers relief to families of shooting victims

    Dec. 2, 2015; a day that will forever be ingrained in the minds of millions around the world. With 14 people killed and 22 seriously injured, the San Bernardino attack shook the lives of all involved.While many grieved and sent condolences to the families involved, one man decided to take action. Capt. Costas Dracopoulos, 961st Airborne Air Control
  • Weapons loaders keep fighters ready to go

    Working long hours day in and day out can be rough for an F-15 Eagle maintainer.However, these proficient Airmen are able to keep Kadena ready to go at a moment's notice anywhere, anytime by maintaining their Eagles year round."I love my job," said Senior Airman Adan Lopez, 67th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew chief. "I don't always
  • The 67th: 75 years of heritage, innovation and family

    Celebrating 75 years of heritage, the 67th Fighter Squadron is more than a single squadron; it is an all-encompassing family.According to Lt. Col. James McFarland, 67th FS commander, the unit is made up of some of the best men and women of the 18th Wing and F-15 Eagle community. Activated at Selfridge Air Field, Michigan, Jan. 15, 1941, not only
  • Through Airmen's Eyes: A Maintainer's Story

    The sound of freedom pierces the air as a jet passes by and a maintainer looks up briefly to see his aircraft back in action.When Airman 1st Class Christian Maldonado enlisted into the U.S. Air Force in 2014 he had no idea that he would become an F-15 Eagle maintainer."I wanted to become a computer programmer," Maldonado said. "This is even
  • Through Airmen's Eyes: Full Circle

    Twenty years ago, Okinawa was a much different place than it is today. The Kadena Clinic didn't exist and the expressway was just a concept. The 18th Medical Group was located where the 18th Security Forces Squadron building stands today and Maj. (Dr.) William Wright was a student at Kadena High School.Wright, now the 18th Dental Squadron clinical
  • Drinking abroad: celebrate responsibly

    It's no secret, the holiday season is a time for celebration.With longer weekends, some people come together to rejoice in their religious practices, some enjoy spending extra time with their families and some also celebrate responsibly with a couple of adult beverages.When drinking abroad, it is important to become familiar with the laws of the
  • Kadena Airmen save tourist's life

    What does it mean to be a good neighbor? Care about those around you? Be available to help whenever needed? How about saving someone's life?On Oct. 3, three Airmen from the 18th Communications Squadron assisted in saving the life of a Chinese tourist while on Zamami Island.The Airmen were able to use Self-Aid Buddy Care techniques that they learned
  • ADC: Defending those defending freedom

    Who's on your side? Sometimes it seems like the deck is stacked against you. From Letters of Counseling all the way to Courts Martial, the Area Defense Counsel will always be on your side.The ADC is an organization that represents Airmen in instances of legal repercussions and advises them on the legal aspects of their case and what their next move
  • Through Airmen's Eyes: Allies in a new era

    Airmen sometimes find themselves sharing similar timelines with their peers: same time of entry, same technical school and same duty station.This is the case for two captains in the 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron. However, they also discovered that their military roots go deeper than they had anticipated. Both Airmen are descendants of sailors
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