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Localbeat

Fantastic Okinawa series launches to present island’s most cherished sights

Okinawa Prefecture’s principal island is home to some 1.2 million people.   Read More!

Culture

Japanese art lends beauty to Easter holiday

CAMP KINSER, Okinawa, Japan — Decorating eggs for Easter is a tradition people throughout the world have been practicing since before the Middle Ages when they colored and gave them as gifts. Over the course of the holiday’s history, plain, dull chicken eggs have been painted and glittered as members of each generation add their own creativeness turning them into festive ornaments.   Read More!

Community

Japanese sergeants overcome obstacles learn Marine Corps’ leadership

CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan — Two sergeants from the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force embarked on a 10-day transformation when they began the Corporals Course, Division Schools, 3rd Marine Division here March 15. As the second group of JGSDF service members to go through the course, Sergeants Waka Nishioka, engineer, Bridge Company, and Eiji Ando, infantryman, 301 Heavy Mortar Company, graduated March 26 along with 25 U.   Read More!

Marine awarded for heroic act in rescue

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa, Japan — Capt. David Morzenti, deputy staff judge advocate, Staff Judge Advocate’s Office, Marine Corps Base, received the Joint Service Commendation Medal from Brig.   Read More!

Annual Exercise ensures force readiness

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa, Japan — Long lines, identification card checks and random car searches were part of the force protection exercise that ended here on April 1. The purpose of the exercise was to train individual camps and see what their capabilities are under threatening conditions.   Read More!

Expanding awareness can minimize child abuse

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa, Japan — Service members and their families are encouraged to become active in supporting Child Abuse Awareness month in April by increasing their knowledge of what child abuse is and how to prevent it. Family Advocacy annually holds Child Abuse Awareness month to educate experts through official conferences and to increase family awareness through scheduled events.   Read More!

Nature

Marines help save Ryukyu pine trees of Okinawa from natural enemies

JUNGLE WARFARE TRAINING CENTER, Okinawa, Japan — Chain saws and axes are often a tree’s greatest enemy, but for the Ryukyu pine trees in Okinawa, their greatest enemies are small, worm-like parasites called nematodes and their host carrier the pine sawyer beetle. The two predators symbiotically exist together and attack native pine trees of Okinawa by using each other’s naturally selected attributes to infest the trees.   Read More!

Marines dig in to fight red soil runoff

CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan — Marine Corps Base Butler’s Environmental Branch is continuing efforts to control red soil run-off by presenting Marines from 9th Engineer Support Battalion and 3rd Transportation Support Battalion of 3rd Force Service Support Group with a Low Volume Road Construction and Maintenance Course March 15-18. The course gave Marine heavy equipment operators, who maintain the dirt roads connecting the many ranges of the Central Training Area, improved methods to construct and maintain roads, reducing the erosion that occurs when ground is broken.   Read More!

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