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  • 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.
  • Misawa Airman sentenced to confinement

    On March 6, 2013, at a Summary Court-Martial Airman Jeremy O. Franklin, 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, was convicted of insubordination and dereliction of duty by culpable inefficiency. The court officer sentenced Franklin to 30 days confinement and forfeiture of $1,010 for one month.Airman Franklin failed to conduct required maintenance of
  • A strong community depends on you

    "A Strong Community Depends on You" is the theme of the 2013 Air Force Community Assessment Survey. This important survey is sponsored by the Air Force Integrated Delivery System (IDS). Its goal is to make known the opinions and needs of the entire Air Force Community including Active Duty members, Reservists, Air National Guardsmen, their spouses
  • Unattended cooking fires: Know what to do!

    In 2012, Misawa Fire and Emergency Services responded to five fires between the months of January and March. Just two months into 2013, the fire department has already responded to four fires in base housing. The common factor identified in all Misawa Air Base fires shows an increasingly dangerous trend. They were caused by unattended cooking, the
  • Sannai-Maruyama: recovering prehistoric history

    Despite Japan's long and rich history, most focus on the nation's participation in World War II or the renowned Samurai Era. However, this country was built on more than just sword-wielding warriors.Because of my desire to learn more about Japan and its people, I decided to rally a few friends and take a road trip to a museum called the
  • Legacy of Valor

    Legacy of Valor - its part of the Air Force Creed, and it's a focus of numerous movie plots but have you really thought about its meaning?When I think of the Legacy of Valor, I think of times long ago and missions other people do.Gen. Mark Welsh, our new Air Force Chief of Staff, gave a speech at the Air Force Academy last November. I highly
  • A family away from home

    An explosion of eggs, milk and strawberry cake mix covered the floors, walls and ceiling of the kitchen. Small flour footprints led all around the house before abruptly stopping at two doors, mine and my sister's. After using her superior detective skills and following the clues, my mother found the culprits. Needless to say, we got a "stern
  • October shines light on domestic violence

    Many times after my briefs on domestic violence and reporting procedures, someone asks me "Where does Misawa rank among other bases in the Air Force?" and I'll say that we are not number one and we are not at zero. Why are we not at zero they may ask? It's not that someone is not doing their job; it's that we are all human and humans make mistakes.
  • Halt jaywalker

    It was a warm, summer night as I drove back to my dorm from the on-base movie theatre. I was obeying the traffic laws and ensuring that I was going the speed limit when suddenly I had to stop my car in the middle of the road. It's a good thing I have 20/20 vision or I might not have seen them. Walking side-by-side in the middle of the road were
  • My job is prosecuting sexual assault

    Here's a simple truth...sexual offenders reject our core values of integrity, service and excellence, in favor of following their own base, undisciplined, criminal desires. Most sexual assaults committed by Airmen are "blue on blue," or Airmen victimizing other Airmen. So in addition to rejecting our core values, these undisciplined Airmen reject