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  • Airman revisits first assignment after 53 years

    The tropical island of Okinawa is known to many for its crystal blue waters, beautiful beaches and historic sights. But to some Airmen, the island holds memories that will forever remind them of their Air Force career. More than 50 years ago, retired Maj. Jim Bailey was first stationed at Kadena Air Base to begin his Air Force career as an airman
  • Through Airmen's Eyes: Passing 2,000

    A maintenance Airman stands in front of a fighter jet, arms stretched out as he marshals the jet into place. The engine's roar begins to fade and its canopy opens, releasing a sound reminiscent of an 80s science-fiction flick. As the pilot climbs down, friends and family congratulate him in the traditional manner of splashing him with a stream of
  • Children learn about deployment at Skoshi Warrior

    The Japanese word "skoshi" may mean "small" or "little," but the fun times shared by children, parents and volunteers at Marine Hangar 3 Saturday were anything but small.More than 200 children participated in this year's Skoshi Warrior. Skoshi Warrior is an Airman and Family Readiness Center event that is designed to help children understand the
  • Good Neighbors: Rice donation aids less fortunate

    Members of the Kadena Air Base community dug deep to help off-base friends and neighbors by donating 10,000 pounds of rice.Master Sgt. Chris Pearsall, who helps run quarterly rice drives for the Top Three's Okinawa Outreach initiative, said it was the most rice collected in a quarter since the Top Three started running the drives at the beginning
  • Being good neighbors: AFSO 21 eases traffic congestion

    Kadena's Air Force Smart Operations project for the 21st Century assisted the local community by alleviating traffic congestion problems entering the base.By changing the entry time of a search pit from 8 a.m. to 7 a.m., the 18th Security Forces Squadron allows large vehicles to get onto Kadena earlier and relieves the local traffic in front of the
  • Athlete excited for Kadena Special Olympics

    The 16th annual Kadena Special Olympics is scheduled for Nov. 7 and athletes around the island prepare for their event as the day steadily comes closer on the calendar. The one-day sporting event will host more than 1,000 special needs athletes and artists from around Okinawa, participating in a day of competition, music and special recognition.
  • Less Than a Beer: Exploring Hedo Point

    (Editor's Note: This is the fifth in a series of stories built on the challenge of "less than a beer." The goal is to provide the Kadena Air Base community with information on interesting places to explore on Okinawa that are cheaper to visit than buying one beer.)North, or south? That's the sort of question that can best be answered by the flip of
  • Energy conservation – saving energy in family housing

    A large part of Kadena's "energy pie" lies in family housing, which makes up 46 percent of the total energy budget for Kadena, which also means it holds the largest energy saving opportunities.Chad Beck, 18th Civil Engineer Group installation energy manager, said one of the easiest ways to save energy is by avoiding electricity usage between the
  • Energy conservation - Airmen in the workplace

    Energy Awareness Month takes place each October, but what should this mean to you?In fiscal 2014, the U.S. Air Force spent $9 billion on energy and its associated costs. An energy bill of this magnitude should be a concern for everyone.A large part of this "energy pie" is Airmen and civilians every day at their office or workplace. It may not seem
  • KSO: Powered by volunteers

    The Kadena Special Olympics is slated to be held Nov. 7, as an opportunity for special needs athletes within the Okinawan community and their families to join U.S. service members in a day full of competitive sports and festivities.For the past 15 years, the annual event has been made possible through the combined efforts of thousands of volunteers
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