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Ernest Balasick poses for an official photograph. Balasick is an ancestor to U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. John Molinelli, a 35th Maintenance Group maintenance operations center senior controller. Balasick was a crew member on the B-29, "Tinny Anne," when it crashed into Mount Yahazuyama in 1945. (Courtesy Photo)

Misawa Airman discovers family history in Japan

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- Heritage often links people, cultures, and personal histories together in uncommon ways. For U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt....

Residents of Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni and Iwakuni City plant rice in Iwakuni City, Japan, June 9, 2018. Station residents visited Iwakuni City as a part of a Marine Corps Community Services, Cultural Adaptation Program event in order to plant rice with Japanese residents and learn about traditional rice farming. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Andrew Jones)

Iwakuni Station residents take to the fields, plant rice

IWAKUNI CITY, Japan -- Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni residents experienced part of Japanese culture during a rice planting event with the...

Photo by Lance Cpl. Hannah Hall

Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade sets sail

CAMP AINOURA, SASEBO, JAPAN -– Marines and Sailors with Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), and Japan Ground Self...

Tips for military families to stay physically, emotionally strong

Sesame Workshop – the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street – knows when a parent serves in the military, the whole family...

What your online image tells employers

Do you remember Laremy Tunsil, a promising athlete, touted as the number one draft prospect in the 2016 NFL Draft? Football fans everywhere...

Top 10 military transition podcasts

Everyone recommends you find a mentor when you transition out of the military, and you certainly should. Podcasts can both help you find a...
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Daniel Ruzicka, a 35th Maintenance Squadron transient alert member, takes notes on how to effectively problem solve during the Continuous Process Improvement program at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 22, 2018. The goal of CPI is to acknowledge shortcomings within squadrons and use an eight-step solution to resolve noted issues.

Green Belts: enhancing Misawa, one sticky note at a time

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- An assortment of pens, sticky notes and highlighters align the desk. A continuous, back-and-forth discussion among...

A moving truck parks underneath a housing tower at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Tuesday, June 12, 2018.  ALLEN ONSTOTT/STARS AND STRIPES

Some PCSing civilian workers get tax relief, but others will need new legislation

New guidance on the taxation of moving expenses may come as a relief to some federal workers, but many — including retirees and new hires — are...

Sailors watch the USS Bonhomme Richard at Sasebo Naval Base, Japan, Tuesday, April 17, 2018.  JAMES BOLINGER/STARS AND STRIPES

Some Navy ships could have to return to US for maintenance, repairs under NDAA proposal

WASHINGTON — Navy ships based overseas could have to undertake a new, costly journey back to the United States for maintenance and repairs under a...

 Pronunciation key: “A” is short (like “ah”); “E” is short (like “get”); “I” is short (like “it”); “O” is long (like “old”); “U” is long (like “tube”); and “AI” is a long “I” (like “hike”). Most words are pronounced with equal emphasis on each syllable, but “OU” is a long “O” with emphasis on that syllable.

Speakin’ Japanese: Take a bow

In Japan, bowing is usually used during daily greetings. But be careful, it is sometimes used to show appreciation, sympathies and apologies. So,...

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Hutto

The PACAF F-16 Demo Team awes Hofu Air Show goers

HOFU-KITA AIR BASE, Japan -- The Pacific Air Forces F-16 Fighting Falcon Demonstration Team from Misawa Air Base, Japan, performed at the Hofu Air...

The Misawa Jets basketball team poses for a photo in Misawa City, Japan, April 28, 2018. The Jets were one of the 17 selections for the National Military Basketball Tournament, at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, which featured 17 male teams and five female teams. The team formed in 2015 after winning their very first tournament at Yokota Air Base, Japan. Since then, they have continued to practice and compete across the Pacific. (Courtesy photo)

Misawa Jets bounce into championship

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- As the final quarter nears and sneakers leave streak marks across the wooden floors, the anticipation rises. Adrenaline...

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