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U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Cesar Ventura, left, a 35th Fighter Wing inspector general vertical inspections planner, and Japan Air Self-Defense Force Warrant Officers Junji Miura, center, the 3rd Air Wing command chief, and Tsuyoshi Endo, right, the former 6th Air Defense Missile Group chief and Senior Noncommissioned Officer Association president, discuss plans to celebrate Endo's retirement next month with a small family gathering during a "tea time" meeting in the 3rd AW's headquarters at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Feb. 14, 2018. Ventura's deep understanding of his host nation's language and culture cemented him relationships with two life-long friends who now consider him, "like family." (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton) More than allies: US Airman forges intercultural friendships
An intelligence analyst by day and cultural envoy by night, U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Cesar Ventura grew up one of four siblings of a Hispanic immigrant family in Los Angeles, California. He now serves as a vertical inspections planner with the 35th Fighter Wing’s Inspector General’s office. In this capacity, he organizes, trains and oversees the Wing Inspector General’s Inspection Team. It’s not this job, though, that earned him respect among his Japanese counterparts.
0 2/20
2018
Madrids climb out of $230,000 debt, financially inspire servicemembers Tech. Sgt. climbs out of $230,000 in debt, financially inspires service members
Sometimes debt can be seen as a neverending mountain, getting higher and steeper, keeping some financially trapped for years. Tech. Sgt. George Madrid, a 35th Logistics Readiness Squadron quality assurance evaluator, and his wife, Erika, found themselves $230,000 deep in debt, and their financial mountain looked like Mt. Everest. They needed a way
0 12/04
2017
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Monet Murdock, left, a 35th Logistics Readiness Squadron customer service technician and her daughter Aaliyah Murdock, right, stare into each other’s eyes at the 35th Medical Group women’s health clinic at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 29, 2017. During the cycles of pregnancy, obstetrics and gynecologist physicians ensure a mother and their child are healthy throughout the entire process, ultimately helping the mother give birth at the end. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert) Airman welcomes life into Misawa
"Labor is like a box of chocolates--you never know what you're gonna get," according to some mothers while describing the process, referencing Forrest Gump. At Misawa Air Base, uncertainties still exist, but one guarantee is the doctors, like Capt. Paola Rosa, a 35th Surgical Operations Squadron obstetrics and gynecologist physician, will stand by
0 7/05
2017
A Japanese elder, left, and Eiko Koiwa, center, a caretaker, smiles at Matthew Joiner, right, son of Master Sgt. James Joiner, a 35th Civil Engineer Squadron explosives ordnance disposal technician, at Harunaoka Old Age Home, Misawa City, Japan, Dec. 22, 2016. Approximately 20 Airmen and their families spent time with members to get them to be active and combat loneliness. As an easy activity, the children brought balloons to bounce back and forth with the Japanese nationals. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert) Harunaoka Senior Home receives visit from Airmen, families
A Japanese elder, left, and Eiko Koiwa, center, a caretaker, smiles at Matthew Joiner, right, son of Master Sgt. James Joiner, a 35th Civil Engineer Squadron explosives ordnance disposal technician, at Harunaoka Old Age Home, Misawa City, Japan, Dec. 22, 2016. Approximately 20 Airmen and their families spent time with members to get them to be
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2016
Miyuki Taneichi, left, and Miyako Sugiyama, right, pose for a photo in front of the 35th Force Support Squadron’s Community Center and Information, Tickets & Travel offices at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 4, 2016. Miyuki is the Community Center acting director and Miyako is the ITT manager. The two 35th FSS programs each won 2015 Best in the Air Force as A1 programs bringing the award home to Misawa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton) Misawa travel office, community center win best in Air Force
Misawa Air Base is no stranger to Air Force-level awards and has two new additions with the 35th Force Support Squadron’s Community Center and Information, Tickets & Travel offices garnering a 2015 A1 Program of the Year award for their dedication to the Misawa community.
0 8/05
2016
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