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  • Memorial Day is more than a long weekend

    As we take time to reflect on this Memorial Day, I would like to thank all our forces in Japan for their service to our great Nation. There are many people who think of this day as the unofficial start of summer with a three- or four-day weekend, but I hope for most it means much more to them than a long weekend. Memorial Day, originally called
  • Leadership versus Likership

    Most Airmen deploying to Iraq as a part of a Joint Expeditionary Tasking in support of the U.S. Army's ground mission had a brief stop at Camp Bhuering, Kuwait for intra-theater training. If they were not sleeping during the bus ride from the airport to Camp Bhuering, they would notice three large signs conspicuously placed 20-meters apart, inside
  • Filling Cups

    I've been in Misawa for less than a year but I really love being here. When my family and I lived in Germany, we liked the slower pace and safer lifestyle. We were eager to experience the Japanese version and we haven't been disappointed yet. Not only have we enjoyed the culture, but we've even reunited with old friends here, a testament to the
  • CAP Open House

    We've got great news for past and current members of the Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force, and anyone else in the Misawa community that is interested.The Misawa Cadet Squadron is resuming activities and is offering an Open House on Thursday, April 19th from 7-9p.m. at the Civil Air Patrol building on Risner
  • Is the Grass Greener?

    With long work hours, deployments and time away from our families...is military service worth the cost? I admit we may occasionally ask ourselves this question and frankly, we should. The military recruits intelligent and critically-thinking service members, so it's only natural to think about this. Interestingly, when discussing career options
  • Diversity is a part of our great heritage

    Have you seen the trailer for the George Lucas-produced World War 2 movie "Red Tails?" It looks like an exciting tribute to the men of the 332nd Fighter Group--a unit of African-American fighter pilots who racked up an astounding record in the European theater and helped pave the way for the racial integration of our military forces. Watching the
  • Self-Discipline

    I recently attended a retirement ceremony for a Navy friend who was making his last trip ashore after nearly 30 years of service. This ceremony was a little different than I am used to. Obviously there are Navy traditions that made the day special for him, but more than that, was who he asked to speak at the ceremony. One by one each of his three
  • The Misuse of Prescription Drugs is Unsafe and Illegal!

    According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the federal health agency reports that in 2008, 52 million persons in the United States age 12 or older had used prescription drugs non-medically at least once, and 6.2 million had used them in the past month. "With over 6,000 members (60%) of our community 12
  • Misawa Food Supply Safe

    It has been ten months since the devastating 9.0 earthquake that caused tsunami and the nuclear crisis at Fukushima. While Misawa Air Base was fortunate in that it suffered only relatively minor structural damage, several members of its community still harbor concerns related to events in the aftermath of the triple disaster. The majority of the
  • Getting mental health treatment shows strength- I know firsthand

    Since 2001, approximately 300,000 servicemembers have developed depression or some form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) upon return from deployment and that number is increasing every day. Mental health services have significantly expanded to meet the growing demand, however, barriers still exist for those in need of treatment. The