logistics officers at Kadena AB continue to support the largest combat
wing’s mission in the AF and still find time The logistics officers at
Kadena AB continue to support the largest combat wing’s to come together
for some fun and camaraderie. The
new LOA staff was “indoctrinated” in Nov 00 at a social/crud
tournament. The event was a
tremendous success with all members thoroughly enjoying themselves with
only minimal injuries. The
chapter members took some time from their busy schedules to celebrate the
Christmas holiday’s eating deserts and laughing through the traditional
“white elephant” exchange. The
“serious gifts” were a humorous surprise while the large dog
bone gift was the most desired! Through the middle of the Okinawan winter the entire 18th
Wing and Team Kadena concentrated 110% of their efforts on our
preparations for the HQ PACAF IRRI. After
numerous generation exercises the hard work paid off.
The wing efforts were rewarded with an Outstanding rating for
Generation/Regeneration by the inspection team…an outstanding tribute to
the Kadena maintainers! During
the month of Feb 01 the chapter said goodbye to their advisor, Col Kenneth
Emery, 18 LG/CC and welcomed Col Julsonnet moving into both the LG/CC
position and taking over as our advisor.
In addition, due to our nomination to the Installation Excellence
Award we were honored to have BGen Gabreski visit our base.
The LOA sponsored a logistics luncheon where she was able to
provide us some first hand input into current issues and the development
of the Chief of Staff Logistics Review.
The luncheon was a total success with 94 logisticians, both officer
and enlisted, in attendance.
During the month of April, the LOA’s primary focus was on the
annual Logistics Professional Awards Banquet.
The chapter provided the main planning workforce and leadership for
the banquet which was yet another success.
The event was supported by 940 logisticians from across the wing,
and there was no shortage of spirit with all squadrons demonstrating the
ability of projecting their squadron’s war cries.
Near the end of the month the LOA sponsored the logistics
officer’s call with the logistics officers spending the afternoon with
the 733rd Air Mobility Squadron. The 733rd leadership briefed on
their operations, providing the logistics officers some insight into
another diverse aspect of logistics operations.
The 733rd also provided the LOA members a “sneak
preview” in their new terminal building.
The building will have state of the art equipment greatly enhancing
their operations. During the
month of May the chapter sent a delegation of officers to Naha AB and the
83rd Wing to meet and interact with their JASDF counterparts.
The JASDF logistics officers were exceptional hosts providing the
US officers a look into the similarities
and difference of their operations. The
afternoon’s event ended with a social with the US officers experiencing
traditional Japanese food. Once
again the event was an outstanding success, with new friendships being
forged with our host officers. The
“Shogun Chapter” continues to strive to bring the many logistics
officers together to broaden the perspectives of all and to enjoy each
other’s camaraderie. The
chapter is looking forward to it’s remaining summer events,
and will prepare to bring in a fresh perspective and leadership with
it’s annual elections.