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MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan — U.S. military members at Misawa are authorized once again to patronize the off-base establishment Datchas. In a memorandum issued Friday, 35th Fighter Wing vice commander Col. Joel Malone rescinded his March 30, 2007, restriction order prohibiting servicemembers from the Russian restaurant and bar that sits just outside the base’s main entry gate.

“As of this date, and after close review, no concerns that would jeopardize the health, safety and welfare of military members serving at Misawa Air Base have been substantiated,” Malone wrote. “Members of the Misawa AB community are permitted to continue their patronage of Datchas as they would any other establishment in the Misawa community.”

The restaurant had been put off limits due to reports of “improper activity.”

U.S. and Indian navies train in Okinawa watersYOKOSUKA, Japan — More than 6,500 U.S. sailors, seven ships and a smattering of naval aircraft are training with their Indian counterparts off the coast of Okinawa, the Navy said.

Exercise Malabar, which started Friday and will conclude April 11, will include the USS John S. McCain, USS Mustin, USS Curtis Wilbur, USS Fitzgerald, USS Stethem, USS Gary, USS Greeneville, three SH-60Bs, one SH-60F and a P-3C maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft.

Indian vessels scheduled to participate are INS Mysore, INS Rana, INS Ranjit, INS Jyoti, INS Kuthar, and various naval aircraft.

This is the ninth Malabar; the last was conducted in September 2006 off the coast of India. The exercise coincides with an Indian navy port visit to Yokosuka.

Iwakuni offers family financial counselingMARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan — A financial counseling workshop for families will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 19 at Building 411, Classroom 217. Topics will include college planning, retirement planning, savings and investing. Childcare vouchers are available.

For details, call the Financial Fitness Office at 253-6250.

Infant CPR training planned for SaseboSASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — Infant CPR training will be held noon-4 p.m. on April 19 in the Continuing Education Center’s music room.

For details, call 252-3604 or 252-3107.

Sure Start enrollment under way at SaseboSASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — Sasebo Elementary School is accepting applications for the Sure Start program, a preschool program designed for children who may need additional help before entering kindergarten.

For details, call 252-3600.

Senior DOD official announces retirementSEOUL — The senior Defense Department official who played a key role in U.S.-South Korean relations in the last four years has announced his retirement.

Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs Richard P. Lawless is to retire in July, according to a Defense Department news release.

Lawless has served with the Office of the Secretary of Defense for 4½ years, according to the release.

“I appreciate the opportunity to serve the nation in a time of war in the face of multiple challenges, and to have been able to do so in the company of truly selfless patriots,” Lawless stated in the release.

U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Alexander Vershbow thanked Lawless for his service.

“All who value the U.S.-ROK alliance owe a debt of gratitude to Richard Lawless,” Vershbow told Stars and Stripes. “The alliance is stronger today, and evolving in very positive ways, thanks to his tireless efforts. He is turning a page in his distinguished career, but I know that Richard’s friendship for, and commitment to, the Republic of Korea will long endure.”

No decision has been made on the date of departure or his successor.


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