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Air Force commanders on Okinawa impose drinking ‘pause,’ mandate plans to curb excesses after DUIs

Starting late last month, three Air Force commanders on Okinawa began imposing restrictions on their airmen’s alcohol consumption. Two of those orders have expired and one is still in place.

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Airman who died while surfing on Okinawa served with Kadena’s munitions squadron

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Japan Coast Guard downgrades search for Kadena airman who went missing while surfing

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Guam governor under fire for comment about ‘milking’ the US government after carrier outbreak

The U.S. government, the governor said, provided a good inventory of protective gear in exchange for hosting the coronavirus-stricken USS Theodore Roosevelt for two months.


Author: Trove of US documents on toxic substances in Okinawa may help veterans’ claims

An investigative journalist in Japan has released over a dozen documents that cover the storage and leakage of chemical weapons, lead in the drinking water at schools on Kadena Air Base and “forever chemicals” like PFOS contamination at Kadena and Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.


Search is on for Okinawa-based airman who went missing while surfing

The airman, assigned to Kadena Air Base, was last spotted clinging to his board by a surfing companion at approximately 9 a.m. Sunday. The Air Force has not yet confirmed the missing airman’s identity.


Police accuse Kadena airman of drunken driving after crash that injured high school students

Okinawa police said they plan to refer a DUI charge against an airman to the Naha prosecutor’s office.


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On Oct. 4, Staff Sgt. Billy Dixson’s ease in hazardous water and his dedication to physical fitness, he said, enabled him to rescue a local woman from a rip current at an infamous Okinawa diving spot, Mermaid Grotto in Onna.