A chief pinning ceremony was held onboard Commander, Fleet Activities Okinawa’s White Beach Naval Facility Jan. 29, 2021. Seven personnel who passed the chief initiation process were honored or pinned.
As I write this, the current lockdown is set to continue for a few more weeks and I don’t actually know what will be permitted or open again on February 14. But, I gather that we will most likely be home, like most other holidays this past year.
USO Okinawa created the hugely popular Operation Birthday Cake program in 2007. To date, nearly 7,000 cakes have been delivered to service members stationed in Okinawa as requested by family and friends back in the states.
“Phil” VanEtten obtained his B.S. in Aviation Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. He served as a Marine for 27 years in aircraft maintenance, aviation logistics, and installations logistics billets.
3rd MLG, based out of Okinawa, Japan, is a forward deployed combat unit that serves as III Marine Expeditionary Force’s comprehensive logistics and combat service support backbone for operations throughout the Indo-Pacific area of responsibility.
Angela Tom is originally from Sacramento, California, and grew up with a big family - six siblings! And, growing up near the Bay Area, she’s a huge sports fan and loves the San Francisco Giants and 49ers!
If you live on Okinawa, you might have heard about Goya, a local cucumber-like vegetable also known as bitter melon. As the name suggests, this green, bumpy veggie has a bitter taste but is a favorite in the summer season.
Eisai, a famous Buddhist monk who was a driving force to introducing tea from China to Japan in the late 12th century, said “Tea is a magic bullet.”
About 800 hundred years later, his words have been proven right by science.