Kadena Exchange employee devotes lifetime to serving troops

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KADENA AIR BASE, Japan – Seisuke Tanahara, a warehouse associate for the Kadena Exchange, performs an inventory of the Exchange’s massive warehouse Feb. 25. Tanahara has spent the last 32 years working for the Kadena Exchange and said it has been an honor to serve military servicemembers on Kadena. (Photo by Karl Franklyn, Exchange Pacific Region Public Affairs)
KADENA AIR BASE, Japan – Seisuke Tanahara, a warehouse associate for the Kadena Exchange, performs an inventory of the Exchange’s massive warehouse Feb. 25. Tanahara has spent the last 32 years working for the Kadena Exchange and said it has been an honor to serve military servicemembers on Kadena. (Photo by Karl Franklyn, Exchange Pacific Region Public Affairs)

Kadena Exchange employee devotes lifetime to serving troops

by: Maurice Benas, Exchange Pacific Region Public Affairs | .
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published: March 29, 2013

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan– When Seisuke Tanahara began working for the Army & Air Force Exchange Service, Ronald Reagan was President and a gallon of gas cost $1.38.

Tanahara, a warehouse associate for the Exchange, started his career on July 4, 1981 and has spent the last 32 years serving generations of Airmen.

“Serving those who protect our freedom is extremely rewarding,” said Tanahara. “It hasn’t felt like a job to me – it’s more of an honor and a privilege to have been able do this for so long.”

Tanahara began his Exchange career as a janitor for Kadena Exchange. Over the next 32 years, he also had stints as distribution center warehouse associate and customer service associate.

While the jobs may have changed over the years, Tanahara’s dedication and devotion to the troops has never wavered.

“Thinking back on the past 32 years reminds me of what an honor it has been to serve those that serve,” said Tanahara. “Energy prices may go up and politicians change, but waking up and going to work alongside the best customers in the world in 2013 is just as exciting as it was my first day on the job.”