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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Daronda Marsh, right, a customer support technician with the 35th Force Support Squadron, straps on and checks the seal of her self-contained breathing apparatus, or SCBA, as Airman 1st Class Thomas Ulrich, left, a firefighter with the 35th Civil Engineer Squadron, walks her through the process at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26, 2017. Marsh jumped at the opportunity to join five other Airmen who took part in Misawa’s first-ever career field exchange and shadow program. The initiative affords service members of all ranks from across the installation an opportunity to live a day in another’s boots. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton) Career field exchange offers day in neighbor’s boots
Introducing Misawa’s first-ever career field exchange and shadow program, which provides service members from career fields across the installation an opportunity to experience another’s day-to-day mission and duty expectations.
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Default Air Force Logo Misawa ghost hunting, part two
It was a normal August summer day in the year 1945 when the base was suddenly attacked. Explosions could be heard from every corner of the base as bombs and gun fire caused mass destruction. After the bombings, more than 90 percent of the base was engulfed in flames. Panic struck the Japanese soldiers and families flooding the base hospital and
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This week’s ghost hunting adventures at Misawa Air Base, Japan, features Leftwich Park with stories of ghostly children who were killed during a 1942 airstrike. It is said that Misawa Air Base is one of the most haunted places in the city. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Senior Airman Brittany A. Chase) Misawa ghost hunting, part one
With Halloween right around the corner, I’ve been digging into ghost sightings around Misawa. This week’s story took place at Leftwich Park.I’m not one to believe in ghosts or hauntings, but these bone-chilling stories got me curious about the most haunted places around the base.Many of these stories date back to the World War II era when the
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(U.S. Air Force graphic by Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton) Improving your stride: Run like a ninja, not a t-rex
If dinosaurs were better runners, they might not be extinct today.Evidence suggests some dinosaurs ran by planting their heel first and springing off their toes; something many people do today. Those who run like this couldn't possibly get out of the way of a meteor fast enough.But you know who might? A ninja.Growing up I learned a lot from my dad
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Default Air Force Logo Empowering our Airmen and Families
"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family." - Kofi Annan, "Where on Earth Are We Going"I had already been a voluntary client at Family Advocacy by the time I began serving as a U.S. Air Force first sergeant in 1998. As my career progressed and life - in all its glorious
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(Courtesy photo/Released) Worlds apart: overcoming military separation
When I joined the military, I was prepared to make sacrifices throughout my career. Little did I know the long hours, deployments and a demanding workplace environment weren't the only challenges I'd face.Like a number of other military families, I am married to another service member, doubling the hardships we're trained to overcome.I met my then
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An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 35th Fighter Wing takes off at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 28, 2013. Pilots from the 35th Fighter Wing flew to Draughon Range to test their efficiency on engaging ground targets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nathan Lipscomb) Birdseye view of bombs on target
I have been in the Air Force for over twenty years. So, when my wife asked me if I wanted to attend the 35th Operations Group Range day at Misawa, I wasn't excited, but then thought, a day at the Range must be better than a day stuck in an office.We started out by heading to the base theatre on Misawa. The weather was windy and cloudy as we walked
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Being a good wingman means different things to different people. Whether you are a wingman or need a wingman, the responsibility is the same, never hesitate to say when enough is enough. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Kia Atkins) What is a good wingman?
Sitting next to my first sergeant in a hospital waiting room while Urgent Care Center staff took care of my friend was not where I expected to be at 5 a.m. on a Sunday morning.As I recalled the story of the previous night, nothing really seemed out of the ordinary. It was a Saturday night and my friend and I decided to go downtown for a drink or
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Default Air Force Logo I am a Conqueror
The following story is the continued accounts of the narrator's story. To respect the speaker's privacy, the name of the narrator will be with held. In this woman's story, she bravely recounts a terrible truth in her life.It was the year 2000. I was an Airman 1st Class, 22 years old, at my first duty station and of the cusp of my first marriage. I
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Default Air Force Logo Together we have the power to prevent child abuse
In this day and age of budget cuts and uncertain funding, there is one way we can assure a productive workforce to drive a healthy economy; by raising healthy children. Research has shown the negative impact on society of adults who were exposed to childhood abuse, like in the short term, the immediate use of social services and emergency rooms.
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