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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...

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...

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...

Tips for military families to stay physically, emotionally strong


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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...
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...

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...

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...

YOKOSUKA, Japan (June 10, 2018) -- USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) arrives in Yokosuka, Japan as part of Goodwill port visit June 10. USNS Mercy is making port visits to Yokosuka and Tokyo to promote relationships between U.S. Navy Sailors and Japanese citizens through cultural exchange and bilateral training.

USNS Mercy arrives in Japan for port calls


YOKOSUKA, Japan – Servicemembers participating in Pacific Partnership 2018 (PP18) aboard Military Sealift Command hospital ship...


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