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Lack of Knowledge From Too Many Head Hits

Date Posted: 2000-09-08

In your last few issues there have been some letters about the propaganda inaccuracy and bias of the Armed Forces Network TV station. I would like to add my comment on something I heard on the AFN radio service this morning. A boxer was being interviewed by a DJ about an upcoming competition. The man was asked if the boxing fight was open to all services. He said yes, anyone here from the army, navy, air force, marines and coastguard is welcome to fight. I realize the boxer, who talked quite slowly, has probably had some hits to the head too many. But US coastguards ? On Okinawa ? In boot camp you’re taught how to clean your rifle, run, jump, obey orders etc. Shouldn’t they also teach you the difference between Japan and the United States? For the information of the boxer, Japan has its own coastal patrolling service, the Maritime Safety Agency (MSA). US coastguards do their work the other side of the Pacific Ocean. Another of your recent correspondents, Anita Groves, writing from Kadena, appeared not to know how many Americans are stationed on this island, although she is one of them. Aren’t our authorities doing a poor job of education in regards to our military members’ basic knowledge of who they are and what they are doing here.

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