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Photo Of U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Shelby ‘Scar’ Duncan, 33rd Rescue Squadron special missions aviator, performs pre-flight checks on an HH-60W Jolly Green II before its first flight at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Feb. 27, 2024.

HH-60W Jolly Green II’s first flight at Kadena

The HH-60W Jolly Green II, successor to and replacement of the HH-60G Pave Hawk, took its first flight over the pacific theater and at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Feb. 27, 2024.

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USO Okinawa Staff Spotlight-Meet Mariah

Mariah is a proud Californian, born and raised in Grand Terrace, a small town in Southern California.

Photo Of Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer participates in a physical training event with U.S. Marines on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, Feb. 27, 2024. Meyer, one of the three Marines who were awarded the Medal of Honor during the Global War on Terror, visited Okinawa to address service members about his Marine Corps experiences, leadership, transition readiness, and mental health.

Dakota Meyer inspires Marines on Okinawa

U.S. Marines pose for a group photo with Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, Feb. 27, 2024.

Photo Of Ian Bell, 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron True North social worker and powerlifter, lifts weights at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Feb. 16, 2024. Ian’s duties as a True North social worker include counseling uniformed members, promoting positive help-seeking cultures, teaching resilience skills and acting as a guide to helping members get the elevated care they need.

Kadena AB social worker breaks world record

When Ian Bell, 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron True North social worker arrived in town for the International Powerlifting Federation World Equipped Championships, he focused on spending time with old friends and fellow weightlifting patrons, instead of focusing on the task at hand. 

Photo Of U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Lane Wilson, an infantry Marine with Battalion Landing Team 1/1, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, issues an order with a hand signal during a mechanized raid exercise at Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, Feb. 16, 2024.

BLT 1/1 Motorized Raid, Reinforcement at Camp Schwab

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Lane Wilson, an infantry Marine with Battalion Landing Team 1/1, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, issues an order with a hand signal during a mechanized raid exercise at Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, Feb. 16, 2024.

Photo Of U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Edward D. Banta, the Deputy Commandant for Installations and Logistics, gives remarks during a command inspection on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, Feb. 13, 2024.

Deputy Commandant for Installations and Logistics tours Okinawa barracks, ensures housing compliance

U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Edward D. Banta, the Deputy Commandant for Installations and Logistics, gives remarks during a command inspection on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, Feb. 13, 2024.

Photo Of U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Dmitriy Repnitskiy, an expeditionary firefighting and rescue specialist with Marine Wing Support Squadron 172, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, manages water pressure during a live fire training event on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Feb. 4, 2024.

MWSS-172 extinguishes live-fire on MCAS Futenma

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Dmitriy Repnitskiy, an expeditionary firefighting and rescue specialist with Marine Wing Support Squadron 172, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, manages water pressure during a live fire training event on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Feb. 4, 2024.

Photo Of Lee Shelby, motivational safety speaker, talks about how he lost both of his hands while working as an electrician during a presentation about occupational injuries, on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, Feb. 8, 2023.

Lee Shelby, motivational safety speaker, stresses the importance of safety on Camp Foster

Lee Shelby, motivational safety speaker, talks about how he lost both of his hands while working as an electrician during a presentation about occupational injuries, on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, Feb. 8, 2023.

Photo Of U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Mauricio Nava Quintana, a food service specialist with Combat Logistics Regiment 37, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, prepares batter during the Chef of the Quarter competition at Camp Kinser, Okinawa, Japan, Feb. 8, 2024.

Chef of the First Quarter 2024 at Camp Kinser

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Mauricio Nava Quintana, a food service specialist with Combat Logistics Regiment 37, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, prepares batter during the Chef of the Quarter competition at Camp Kinser, Okinawa, Japan, Feb. 8, 2024.

Photo Of Ms Erina Higa, 18th Operation Support Squadron air traffic specialist from Okinawa, Japan was selected as the 18th Wing Shogun of the Week at Kadena Air Base, Japan.

Kadena AB: Ms. Erina Higa MLC of the Week

Ms Erina Higa, 18th Operation Support Squadron air traffic specialist from Okinawa, Japan was selected as the 18th Wing Shogun of the Week at Kadena Air Base, Japan.

Photo Of U.S. Marine Corps Captain Brandon Crowder, a financial management officer with III Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group, poses for a photo on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan.

Camp Hansen Financial Management Officer of the Year

OKINAWA, JAPAN – Journeying from a small town in the middle of Texas to one of Japan’s 14,000 islands, a Marine’s story unfolds excellence.

Photo Of U.S. Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer 3 Matthew Holmberg poses for a photo after being awarded the Financial Management Resource Officer CWO of the Year for the inaugural 2023 Marine Corps Financial Management Awards Program.

III MEF Marine receives FMRO CWO of the Year Award

CAMP COURTNEY, Okinawa, Japan - U.S. Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer 3 Matthew Holmberg, a financial management resource officer with III Marine Expeditionary Force, was awarded the Financial Management Resource Officer CWO of the Year for the inaugural 2023 Marine Corps Financial Management Awards Program, Camp Courtney, Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 30, 2024.

Photo Of U.S. Air Force Capt. Hosana Terrado, 18 Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron flight nurse, secures an oxygen tank before takeoff at Kadena Air Base.

18th AES trains their care in the air

U.S. Air Force Capt. Hosana Terrado, 18 Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron flight nurse, secures an oxygen tank before takeoff at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Feb. 1, 2024.

Photo Of U.S. Air Force Capt. Elizabeth Luke, 909th Air Refueling Squadron pilot, conducts pre-flight checks for a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker at Kadena Air Base.

Kadena AB 909th ARS refuels Navy P-8 Poseidon

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan. -- A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron conducts aerial refueling with a U.S.Navy P-8 Poseidon over the Pacific Ocean, Feb. 1, 2024.

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