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  • New Commander for 353rd SOG

    A new commander for the Air Commandos of the Pacific accepted the responsibility to lead the 353rd Special Operations Group into the future June 8. Col. David Mullins accepted command from Col. Ray Chapman during a change of command ceremony with Maj. Gen. Donald Wurster, vice commander for Air Force Special Operations Command, presiding. "It is an
  • Elmendorf celebrates C-17 arrival

    Elmendorf officially received its first C-17 Globemaster III airlifter during a ceremony here today. This is the second location for C-17s for Pacific Air Forces. The C-17 was delivered by Alaska's Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell. "The C-17 is an exceptional aircraft and what a smooth ride," said the lieutenant governor. "This is a great day for Alaskans, as
  • DODDS students compete in math contest

    Military children in Japan competed May 23 at the 25th Annual Soroban Contest in Tokyo to show off their mathematical skills. When asked a tough mathematical problem, most people would pull out their calculators and start plugging away, but many Department of Defense Dependent School students in the Yokota Air Base region have learned the art of
  • Yokota youths graduate safe and sound

    YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan (AFPN) -- Many parents at Yokota Air Base slept soundly last week knowing their high school graduates were in good hands graduation night. Project Graduation is an all-night party sponsored by many schools throughout the United States and at military bases overseas to keep students safe and apart from alcohol and drugs. "The
  • Aircraft collide midair

    An F-15C and F-16C were in a midair collision over the Pacific Alaska Range Complex at 11:23 a.m. today. The aircraft were participating in a training mission. The F-15, assigned to Langley Air Force Base, Va., crashed in a rural area. The pilot ejected safely and will be transported to Bassett Army Community Hospital at Fort Wainwright for
  • Hickam Airman killed in Iraq

    The Department of Defense announced June 7 the death of a Hickam Airman who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Senior Airman William N. Newman, 23, of Kingston Springs, Tenn., died June 7 south of Balad while attempting to disarm an Improvised Explosive Device when it detonated. He was assigned to the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team of the
  • AFSO 21 office opens at Kadena

    Air Force Smart Operations 21 doesn't just consider how the Air Force and Kadena can do a task better, but asks a tougher, age-old question: why do we do it that way? While Team Kadena has already been practicing smart operations, an AFSO 21 unit is now operating here to better help facilitate those principles. Kadena's AFSO 21 office, located in
  • Being Red Cross ready helps during emergencies

    Being prepared for emergencies is crucial at home, school, work and in the community, but how does someone prepare for something as devastating as an earthquake or tsunami? The best way to stay "Red Cross Ready" is to have a kit, make a plan and be informed, said Jane Dustman of the Yokota Air Base Red Cross office. "There are several things that
  • U.S., Japanese Airmen meet for cultural exchange

    Air Force and Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) officers came together at the JASDF's Meguro College for an English language cultural exchange here May 31. During the year-long Command and Staff Course at the college, JASDF majors and captains learn the necessary skills to take on future challenges. One skill the officers don't have a lot of
  • 374th LRS helps clean Mizuho community

    Volunteers from the 374th Logistics Readiness Squadron and their family members joined the Mizuho community during the 25th Mizuho Town Annual Cleanup. June is environmental month in Japan and during the cleanup Japanese citizens pick up trash and clean the streets and parks. This year the community invited the 374th LRS to help them with this