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  • Shogun Stories: Kadena sergeant pursues music career

    For many, life is like a sheet of music. The piece begins with a tone, a key and a pace, usually dependent on nearby influences.However, as time goes on, the tune changes, the tempo may slow or quicken, and before long, the song may have become something else entirely.For one rapping NCO at the 733rd Air Mobility Squadron, his rhythm altered the
  • Good Neighbors: Wisconsin Air National Guard members volunteer during deployment

    Airmen from the Wisconsin Air National Guard's 115th Fighter Wing decided that they wanted to do their part in being good neighbors during their stay on Okinawa.By the time they leave, 40 of their members will have logged at least two hours each with the Midori School-Age Program in nearby Okinawa City.Chief Master Sgt. James Schiferl and Master
  • Less Than a Beer: Exploring Hamahiga Island

    (Editor's Note: This is the third 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.)Looking for another off-base adventure, my family and I decided to visit one of the
  • Untangling myths on options for divorce in Japan

    One of the most common questions judge advocates face when providing legal assistance is, "How do I get a divorce while stationed here in Okinawa?"  This question is sometimes followed up by, "I have heard [insert myth here]."The purpose of this article is to untangle these myths and inform you of your options for getting a divorce while stationed
  • Good Neighbors: Airmen build friendship on the court

    Airmen took to the volleyball court to help strengthen local friendships during an invitational tourney here Feb. 28, 2015.Members of the Company Grade Officer Council and Airmen Committed to Excellence challenged two local teams to a day of sportsmanship and camaraderie at the Risner Fitness Center.Capt. Jose Deliz Soto, CGOC president, said the
  • New Year’s fitness challenge enters final weeks

    Participants in the 2015 New Year Extreme Fitness Challenge - me included - have entered their final month of competition.I'm not sure about my competitors, but I know that I slipped a bit on my fitness goals in the last few weeks. A nagging knee injury, a heavy work schedule, and life got in the way a bit.That's why I was happy to get a reminder
  • Less Than A Beer: Sefa-utaki sacred site

    (Editor's Note: This is the second 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.)During a recent off-base adventure, I decided to visit Sefa-Utaki, one of Okinawa's
  • Less than a beer: Katsuren Castle

    Less than a beer -- that was my challenge last weekend. I wanted to explore Okinawa and find something cool to do that would cost less than one beer.Why? Because some people here are wasting their time being wasted. Some people are throwing away a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience this wonderful island we all live on. And a few people are
  • Caring for people by caring for machines

    If aircraft parts aren't properly taken care of, the results can be disastrous. Lives can be lost, people can be seriously hurt and the mission can be adversely affected. The same can be said for improperly maintained medical equipment.On a routine visit to the 18th Medical Group, a patient's temperature, blood pressure and pulse may be measured
  • Battle of Iwo Jima approaches 70

    The year was 1945 and war was waging in the Pacific.More than 20,000 Japanese soldiers inhabited a small volcanic island about 750 miles south of mainland Japan, known as Iwo Jima. Its strategic location and two airfields was an invaluable asset needed by the Allied forces to help end World War II.Under American control, Iwo Jima's airfields would
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