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Airman 1st Class Wynton Warren, alto saxophone with Tops in Blue, plays his saxophone during an interview on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 16, 2012. Warren is a part of the 18th Communications Squadron when he’s not touring with Tops in Blue performing for service members throughout the world (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Laszlo Babocsi)

Kadena's Airman shines during Tops in Blue

11/19/2012 - KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- As the premiere U.S. Air Force entertainment group, Tops in Blue, performs for service members stationed...

BOSS Blood Drive Nov. 27 & 29

Place: Torii Chapel Annex, Torii Station

Date: November 27 and November 29

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Lance Cpl. Enrique Gallardo sets up a communication interface system at Camp Foster Nov. 6. In May, Gallardo flew to San Diego to donate bone marrow to a woman suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Gallardo is an aviation systems radio technician with Marine Air Support Squadron 2, Marine Air Control Group 18, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. Photo by Pfc. Kasey Peacock

Marine endures pain, donates bone marrow for stranger

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa, Japan -- In the midst of recruit training, Pvt. Enrique Gallardo was given a form to sign in January of 2010 — a form that,...

Students from Naha Nikkei Business College explain how to use Okinawa’s public transportation systems to service members at the Okinawa monorail station after traveling there by city bus in Naha, Okinawa, Oct. 27. The day gave the students a chance to practice their English while the service members got to explore the city and learn how to use the bus and monorail systems. Photo by Lance Cpl. Anne K. Henry

Marines, sailors explore local public transit

NAHA, Japan - As crowds of people rush to quickly board the bus in order to commute to work, a typical morning in Naha can be chaotic. It can be...

Lt. Col. Jason Brown presents Oshino Village Mayor Yasunori Amano with an ink pen from the National Museum of the Marine Corps as a token of appreciation during a meeting at Amano's office Nov. 9. The meeting gave Brown the opportunity to inform the local mayor about training details and his intent for Artillery Relocation Training Program 12-3. ((Photo by Lance Cpl. Brandon C. Suhr)

Marines, Fuji-area leaders meet before training

COMBINED ARMS TRAINING CENTER CAMP FUJI, Japan -- Lt. Col. Jason Brown, the commanding officer of 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, met with...

Chief Warrant Officer Rilin P. Desamours and Maj. Robert B. Thomas, right, practice a Marine Corps Martial Arts Program technique during a martial arts instructor course at Camp Kinser Oct. 23. Photo by Lance Cpl. Brandon C. Suhr

Marines refresh skills with instructor course

CAMP KINSER, Okinawa, Japan -- Marines completed a martial arts instructor course at Camp Kinser Nov. 9, certifying them as Marine Corps Martial...

Beating the Blues

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION FUTENMA — Beating the Blues briefs kicked off Nov. 14 here and are scheduled to be held throughout November at all Marine...

Yokota running back Raymond Butler dives for the end zone against Kubasaki during Saturday's Far East High School Division I football championship game at Yokota Air Base, Japan. Yokota won 55-8 for its second straight D-I title. Hannah May Greer Hicks/Special to Stars and Stripes

It's all Yokota again in D-I football finale

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan – Ripe for the picking, the ball fell into a puddle of water at Yokota’s 48-yard line in the driving rain in the opening...

Kadena’s Play Comforts event gives away 1,600 toys to military children

The sound of hundreds of children’s voices wafts through the doors of the gymnasium at the Kadena Teen Center, an audible testament to the...

WHITE BEACH NAVAL FACILITY, Okinawa (June 10, 2011) Yeoman Seaman Eric Monk, an administrative clerk for Commander, Fleet Activities Okinawa (CFAO), picks up trash on the beach at White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa. CFAO held a command-wide beach clean up in the aftermath of Typhoon Songda. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Steve White)

Commander Fleet Activities Okinawa receives Installation Excellence Award

YOKOSUKA, Japan - Commander, Navy Region Japan (CNRJ) announced the recipients of the Navy Region Japan Installation Excellence Awards Nov. 13....

Marlee McDaniel, daughter of U.S. Air Force Col. Brain McDaniel, 18th Wing vice commander, shows off her medal to her sister and Hugger after she participated in the 30 meter dash a the the Kadena Special Olympics on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 17, 2012.

Kadena Special Olympics holds special meaning for Kadena family

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Every year hundreds of athletes and artists with special needs gather at Kadena Air Base to enjoy the sports and art...

Shinichi Nakamura, an athlete participating in the the 13th annual Kadena Special Olympics arrive as thousands of attendees cheer them on as part of the KSO opening ceremonies on Kadena Air Base on Nov. 17, 2012.

Thousands turn out for Kadena Special Olympics

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Thousands of volunteers, supporters and special-needs athletes and artists from all over Japan, came to Kadena's...

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