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									                                         III Marine Expeditionary Force and Marine Corps Bases Japan




                                 July 20, 2007                                                            www.okinawa.usmc.mil


 typhoon rips through okinawa                                                                                       Navy officer programs
                                                                                                                    now open to Marines
                                                                                                                    Lance Cpl. David Rogers
                                                                                                                    okinawa marine staff



                                                                                                                    CAMP FOSTER — Enlisted Marines
                                                                                                                    and sailors interested in becoming com-
                                                                                                                    missioned officers in the Navy medical
                                                                                                                    field may find a unique window of
                                                                                                                    opportunity at the U.S. Naval Hospital
                                                                                                                    Okinawa’s career fair Aug. 15, hospital
                                                                                                                    officials said.
                                                                                                                       Hospital representatives will pro-
                                                                                                                    vide information and answer questions
                                                                                                                    about career opportunities to include
                                                                                                                    two programs designed to commission
                                                                                                                    enlisted personnel in the medical field.
                                                                                                                    The programs just opened to Marines
                                                                                                                    last year, according to Petty Officer 1st
                                                                                                                    Class Ralph Montgomery, the hospital’s
                                                                                                                    command career counselor.
                                                                                                                       The Navy Medical Enlisted Com-
                                                                                                                    missioning Program and Navy Medical
                                                                                                                    Service Corps In-Service Procurement
                                                                                                                    Program provide paths for active-duty
                                                                                                                    Marines and sailors to obtain bachelor’s
 Typhoon Man-yi ripped through Okinawa July 13, uprooting trees, destroying small structures and                    degrees and commissions in the Navy,
 causing sporadic power and water outages all over the island. More than 1,800 Marines and civilians                according to Montgomery.
 were involved in the Marine Corps Base response effort, keeping the base functioning during and after                 Those who qualify for the NMECP or
 the storm. SEE STORY ON PAGE 10. Photo by Sgt. Joshua S. Higgins
                                                                                                                    the MSC IPP will remain on active-duty
                                                                                                                    and receive complete pay and allow-


 16th sergeant major of the Marine
                                                                                                                    ances while attending school as full-time
                                                                                                                    students to earn a qualifying degree in
                                                                                                                    their chosen medical field, according to


 Corps makes first visit to Okinawa
                                                                                                                    Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
                                                                                                                    Instruction 1420.1A.
                                                                                                                       NMECP allows participants to earn a
                                                                                                                    commission in the Navy Nurse Corps. IPP
 Cpl. Warren Peace                      about the future of the Marine      at Marine Corps installations. He       allows participants to be commissioned
 okinawa marine staff                   Corps and gaining personal          also extended his appreciation          in the following Navy Medical Service
                                        insight into the morale and         and that of the commandant to           Corps Fields: health care administration,
 CAMP FOSTER — The Marine               readiness of Marines and sailors    all the Marines and sailors here        environmental health, industrial hygiene,
 Corps’ top enlisted leader visited     assigned to III Marine Expedi-      for their dedicated service.            entomology, pharmacy, physician assis-
 Okinawa July 15-18 for the first       tionary Force and Marine Corps         During his remarks at the            tant and radiation health.
 time since assuming his new            Bases Japan.                        Foster Theater July 17, Kent               Capt. Patrick Haines, the first-term
 position April 25.                        The 16th sergeant major of the   addressed the new bachelor              alignment plan officer for Headquar-
    Sergeant Major of the Marine        Marine Corps answered ques-         enlisted quarter’s policy, a pop-       ters Marine Corps’ Enlisted Retention
 Corps Carlton W. Kent spent his        tions covering issues including     ular topic among junior Ma-             Section, advises Ma rines who a re
 time on Marine Corps installa-         new policies, deployments and       rines. He said he will continue         considering applying for one of the pro-
 tions here meeting with leaders        recruiting and retention initia-    to push the initiative started          grams to consider a few things first.
 at all levels, fielding questions      tives during six all-hands calls                      see sgt maJ pg 6                               see program pg 6




                 around the corps                      keepIng boats afloat                            muscle show
InsIde




               Take a look at what’s happening          Marines with III MEF’s Special            Nearly 50 amateur bodybuilders
               around the Marine Corps, from            Operations Training Group train         compete in the 12th Annual Far East
              Taqaddum, Iraq, to the deck of the          Malaysian soldiers during a             Bodybuilding Competition at the
                USS Enterprise in Norfolk, Va.           three-day mechanics course.                   Camp Foster Theater.
                             pg. 3                                   pg. 8                                    pg. 17
                                                        Okinawa Marine | news | July 20, 2007                                                               3




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                                                                                              Around the
 NORFOLK, Va.
  Marines and
   sailors man
       the rails
    inside the
   hangar bay
    of the USS
    Enterprise
 July 7. Photo by
  Petty Officer 2nd
                                                                                  For more Marine Corps stories and photos,
  Class Lolita Lewis                                                                    visit http://www.marines.mil




TAQADDUM, Iraq | Cpl. Andrew B. Coleman, with Military Police Company, 2nd Maintenance Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, looks down the scope of his
rifle during a security patrol July 7. Photo by Cpl. Wayne Edmiston

                                                                                                                                            KARMAH,
                                                                                                                                            Iraq | A
                                                                                                                                            CH-53E
                                                                                                                                            Super
                                                                                                                                            Stallion
                                                                                                                                            helicopter
                                                                                                                                            from
                                                                                                                                            Marine
                                                                                                                                            Heavy
                                                                                                                                            Helicopter
                                                                                                                                            Squadron
                                                                                                                                            466 is
                                                                                                                                            loaded
                                                                                                                                            July 7 for a
                                                                                                                                            re-supply
                                                                                                                                            mission
                                                                                                                                            during
                                                                                                                                            Operation
                                                                                                                                            China
                                                                                                                                            Shop II.
                                                                                                                                            Photo by Sgt.
                                                                                                                                            Andy Hurt



ANCON, Peru | Staff Sgt. Willy D. Carrion, a Marine Corps Martial Arts instructor-trainer
attached to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force 24, takes part in exercises with
Peruvian Marines June 26. Photo by Sgt. Justin Park
                                                                                         Okinawa Marine | opInIon                                               & edItorIal | July 20, 2007                                                                                



golf is a sport; I’ll prove it to you
Staff Sgt. Joshua J. Elsea                                                                                   recreation. 2) A specific diversion usually                                              Todd defines a sport as “an athletic activ-
                                                                                                             involving physical exercise and having a set                                          ity requiring skill or physical prowess and


I
   ’m writing in regards to the July 6 opinion                                                               form and body of rules: game.                                                         often of a competitive nature.” Well, golf
   piece (July 6, pg. 5, “No offense, Tiger,                                                                    I understand that everyone is entitled to                                          does take skill and it is of a competitive
   but golf is not a sport”) in the “Okinawa                                                                 their own opinion. But what the writer says                                           nature, so how is it not a sport? Try to walk
                Marine” written by Lance Cpl.                                                                about a competition not being a sport if you                                          36, or even 18, holes on a golf course in the
                Daniel R. Todd about golf and                                                                can do it while drinking beer does not hold                                           blazing heat and tell me it doesn’t take some
reader          other sports not being sports.                                                               up. I suppose he has never seen a bunch of                                            physical prowess.
response            First, I would like to say the                                                           guys together on the weekend playing foot-                                               Before you define golf as not being a
                writer should get a dictionary                                                               ball and drinking a couple of beers. So by his                                        sport, join me for 18 holes, and then we’ll
and look up the actual meaning of “sport.”                                                                   definition, football is not a sport. By the way,                                      talk afterwards.
The Webster II New Riverside University Dic-                                                                 I don’t see Tiger Woods on TV drinking beer                                              Elsea is a heavy equipment operations
tionary defines sport as: 1) an active pastime:                                                              and playing in the Masters.                                                           chief with Combat Logistics Regiment 3.



Spear fishers should respect underwater world
Ed Dunn                                                                          spear guns and Hawaiian Sling                                                    along with other instructors and                   intentions of spearing a fish or
                                                                                 while scuba diving anywhere                                                      dive masters, have asked spear                     octopus for a meal. Spearing fish


R
      ecently, I read an article                                                 around Okinawa.                                                                  fishermen why they speared an                      or other marine life just for fun
      in the “Okinawa Marine”                                                       Onna Village has another law                                                  octopus or a small fish, know-                     is not part of the sport and it is
      newspaper concerning                                                       that prohibits the use of spear                                                  ing they had no intention of                       unacceptable to those of us who
spear fishing. (July 6, pg. 12,                                                  guns and slings at Maeda Point,                                                  eating it. Most of the time, the                   respect our underwater world.
“Spear fishing gains popular-                                                    whether scuba diving or not.                                                     response is, “I didn’t want to get                 All I ask is that people become
                ity among service                                                This is for a very good reason                                                   skunked.” We have also seen                        educated concerning the sport,
reader          members”). The                                                   since there are a very large                                                     people poking, breaking or grab-                   be aware of the various Japanese
response article pointed                                                         number of swimmers, divers                                                       bing the coral with their hands.                   laws and regulations and remem-
                out the fun of the                                               and people using the area to                                                     This is a sure way of killing                      ber that the underwater envi-
                sport. However,                                                  snorkel. After all, when there                                                   that area off. Some coral is now                   ronment is a fragile world to be
there is another side to the story:                                              are a large number of people                                                     on the endangered species list,                    enjoyed by all.
the various laws that have been                                                  in the water, there are not that                                                 such as Elk and Long Horne.                           Dunn is a retired master gun-
introduced, mainly by the fish-                                                  many fish around that are big                                                       I, for one, do not have anything                nery sergeant and a Professional
ing associations here in Okinawa.                                                enough to spear.                                                                 against the sport of spear fish-                   Association of Diving Instructors
One such law prohibits the use of                                                   On numerous occasions I,                                                      ing as long as the fishermen have                  (PADI) master instructor.




                                                                                MARINE CORPS                                                                                                               sempertoons      Created by Gunnery Sgt. Charles Wolf


                                                                                 FACT CHECK
                                                                                   request mast



      Q:                      Can a commanding officer deny a request mast?




      A:
                              According to Marine Corps Manual, paragraph 805, a commanding officer
                              may deny a request mast if the commander determines there’s an alternative
                              route for the requesting member to take. The commanding officer, however,
                              should explain to the Marine why the application was denied and ensure the
                              individual is aware of how to pursue the alternative course of action.




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                                                      Okinawa Marine | news | July 20, 2007

brIefs
Camp foster gate Closures
   Camp Foster’s Gate 5 (commissary gate)
and Gate 1B (Sgt. Maj. gate) will be closed
to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic Aug.
1 to Jan. 31, 2008, due to renovations. For
more information, call Camp Services at
645-7317.

reCruiter assistants
   Marine Corps Recruiting Station Twin
Cities is looking for motivated Marines
(sergeant and below) to assist the recruit-
ing effort for 30 days by serving as re-
cruiter assistants for North Dakota, South
Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Marines
interested may request permission from
their command. Composite score bonus
points, Meritorious Masts, Certificates of
Commendation and many other incentives
are available to successful applicants. For
more information, call (612) 725-3209/3236
or e-mail trulson-lindseybg@marines.
usmc.mil.

pharmaCist position
   The U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa is seek-          Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Carlton W. Kent addresses hundreds of Marines at the Camp Foster
ing a licensed pharmacist for a contract po-         Theater July 17 during a tour of Marine Corps installations on Okinawa. Kent was assigned as the 16th
sition. Applicants must be a U.S.-registered         sergeant major of the Marine Corps April 25. Photo by Cpl. Warren Peace
pharmacist currently in good standing.
For more information, call James Teruya              sgt maJ from pg 1                                       Kent, who has been in the Marine Corps for
at 643-7464.                                         by former Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps         31 years, admitted to the Marines and sailors
                                                     John L. Estrada to treat Marines like adults in      that he has had his ups and downs during
aladdin Jr. audition registration                    their homes.                                         his career and encouraged Marines not to let
   The Pacific Okinawa Players are look-                “You can be sent to combat, but you can’t         their mistakes stop them from striving to be
ing for talented 8-19 year-olds to cast in a         have your own rooms,” he said during one of          the best.
performance of Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.” To             the all-hands meetings at the Foster Theater            “I never thought I would be the sergeant
register for an audition, visit the Performing
                                                     July 17. “We inspect your room every week.           major of the Marine Corps,” Kent said with a
Arts Auditorium on Camp Foster July 30
from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, visit         You can’t cook or have alcohol in your rooms. I      smile as he recalled a few troubled periods he
http://www.pops-okinawa.org.                         don’t believe that is right, and the commandant      had as a junior Marine. “When I was called to
                                                     doesn’t believe in that either.”                     the interview as a finalist for the position, I
Young marines uniform donations                         After the short speech, he opened the floor to    said, ‘Have you checked my record book?’”
   The Camp Foster Young Marines is tak-             questions. One of the first questions was about         The all-hands call on Foster was the final
ing Marines Corps service alpha, bravo and           the commandant’s new tattoo policy.                  one of the sergeant major’s visit. Kent conduct-
charlie uniform donations for both males                The sergeant major explained the comman-          ed similar calls at Camps Courtney, Schwab,
and females. All donations can be dropped            dant is not trying to exclude Marines with           Hansen, Kinser and Marine Corps Air Station
off at the Camp Foster Young Marines                 tattoos from advancing in their career.              Futenma.
(Building 5674) on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1              “I have four tattoos,” Kent said. “The com-          The final public event of the sergeant major’s
p.m. For more information, call 645-3397.
                                                     mandant knew that before he selected me as the       visit was at the Foster Community Center,
armY CommunitY serviCe birthdaY                      new sergeant major of the Marine Corps.”             where he had the opportunity to discuss
   The Army Community Service will cel-                 His words put more than a few Marines at          quality of life issues on Okinawa with service
ebrate its 42nd birthday July 23 at 11 a.m.          ease.                                                members and their families during a town hall
at Torii Station’s building 236. Round-trip             “I have three tattoos, and it felt good to have   meeting.
bus transportation will be provided from the         the sergeant major of the Marine Corps, who             Kent departed Okinawa briefly July 19 to
Kadena USO to Torii Station at 10:30 a.m.,           works directly with the commandant, come             visit with Marines in Korea. He returned the
returning to Kadena at 1:30 p.m. For more            here and clear things up,” said Cpl. Charles         same day and was scheduled to depart for
information, contact Mrs. Deidre Donaldson           D. Downs, an operations clerk with the Camp          mainland Japan July 20. His first scheduled
at 644-4116.                                         Foster Provost Marshal’s Office.                     visit there was to Camp Fuji.
football Camp
  Kubasaki High School will host a foot-
ball camp on campus Aug. 6-10 from 8                 program from pg 1                  Provost Marshal’s Office, said      possess a minimum of 30 trans-
a.m. to noon for students in grades 3-8. For            Accepted Marines will have      she wanted a medical career         ferable college credits and have
enrollment fees and registration dates, call         to make a service transfer to      long before joining the Marine      three years of obligated service
622-8456.                                            the Navy. Those selected must      Corps but couldn’t put herself      — the maximum amount of
                                                     agree to commit six years of       through school and continue         time students will be given to
kuwae presChool registration                         additional obligated service.      to pay her bills. She joined        earn a degree — remaining on
  Kuwae Preschool on Camp Lester has                 They should also be prepared       the Marine Corps planning           their enlistment contract.
openings for its upcoming school year. The           for the challenges of academia     to balance her military career         MSC IPP requires varying
school offers a developmentally appropriate                                             with college. Givens said the       amounts of college credits de-
                                                     while earning a degree as a
curriculum to Status of Forces Agreement
                                                     full-time student.                 program is a perfect fit for her,   pending on the field selected.
children ages 3-5. For registration infor-
mation, e-mail the school at kuwaepre@                  “You’ll be on your own,”        and she plans to apply.             Applicants must be at least
konnect.net or call Maribel Castro at (090)          Haines said. “So it will be up        “I like the Marine Corps,        an E-5.
8291-7565.                                           to you to go to school and get     but my life has to come back to        Anyone interested in more
                                                     things done.”                      what I eventually want to do for    information on specific re-
TO SUBMIT A BRIEF, send an e-mail to                    The pr og ra m s have a l-      a career,” Givens said.             quirements and participation
okinawamarine.mcbb.fct@usmc.mil, or fax your         ready attracted the attention         Applicants for both pro-         instructions can reference Ma-
request to 645-3803. The deadline for submitting     of Marines on Okinawa. Pfc.        grams must be U.S. citizens and     rine Administrative Message
a brief is noon every Friday. The Okinawa Marine     Christina Givens, a military       eligible for a secret clearance.    398/07 or call Montgomery at
reserves the right to edit all submitted material.   policeman with Camp Foster’s          NMECP applicants must            643-7649.
                                                        Okinawa Marine | news | July 20, 2007                                                                            7


12th marine regiment welcomes new commander
Lance Cpl. Robert C. Frenke                                                    several billets and deployed to            after serving as the naval sur-
okinawa marine staff                                                           Okinawa, Japan under the Unit              face fire support requirements
                                                                               Deployed Program.                          officer with the Expeditionary
CAMP SCHWAB — Col. Michael E.                                                     After graduating Amphibious             Warfare Division Office of the
Langley assumed command of 12th                                                Warfare School in Quantico, Va.,           Chief of Naval Operations from
Marine Regiment from Col. Gerald                                               in 1992, Langley was assigned as           1999 until 2002, Langley returned
L. Smith in a change of command                                                the deputy assistant chief of staff        to Okinawa where he assumed
ceremony here July 13.                                                         of personnel and administration for        command of 3rd Battalion, 12th
                                            Langley              Smith
   Smith, who took command of                                                  1st Marine Division during which           Marines until 2004.
12th Marines in July 2005, will            Langley is a graduate of the        time he deployed to Somalia during            Langley’s decorations include
become the chief of staff for the 3rd   University of Texas at Arlington       Operation Restore Hope.                    the Defense Meritorious Service
Marine Division.                        and graduated The Basic School            In 1993, Langley served as the          Medal, two Meritorious Service
   Langley comes to the regiment        in 1986.                               liaison officer with 5th Battalion,        Medals, three Navy Commendation
from the Pentagon where he served          Langley’s first tour was with       11th Marines, before commanding            Medals, the Global War on Terror-
as the deputy executive assistant       3rd Battalion, 10th Marine Regi-       the battalion’s Headquarters Bat-          ism Service Medal, Armed Forces
to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs     ment, at Marine Corps Base Camp        tery from 1994 to 1995.                    Expeditionary Medal and the Hu-
of Staff.                               Lejeu ne, N.C., where he held             Among his other assignments,            manitarian Service Medal.



new commanding officer takes charge at clr-37
Lance Cpl. Robert C. Frenke             mand, where he served as a mem-                                                   Cherry Point, in 1993 for III Marine
okinawa marine staff                    ber of the European Command                                                       Expeditionary Force in 1999.
                                        Strategy Team.                                                                        In 2000, he was selected as the
CAMP KINSER — Col. Thomas A.               Gorry graduated from the Uni-                                                  aide-de-camp for the command-
Gorry assumed command of Com-           versity of North Carolina at Cha-                                                 ing general of III MEF and Marine
bat Logistics Regiment 37 from Col.     pel Hill and graduated The Basic                                                  Corps Bases Japan.
Paul E. Greenwood in a change of        School in 1986.                                                                       In June 2002, Gorry assumed
command ceremony here July 12.             Gorry began his career at Bri-                                                 command of Marine Expeditionary
                                                                                     Gorry            Greenwood
   Greenwood, who took command          gade Service Support Group 1, 1st                                                 Unit Service Support Group 31.
of CLR-37 in July 2005, will next       Marine Expeditionary Brigade, in       series commander, company com-                 Gorry’s decorations include the
serve as special staff officer to the   Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.                   mander, and the battalion supply           Defense Meritorious Medal, Joint
Administrate of Foreign Affairs            In 1989, Gorry reported for duty    officer until 1992.                        Service Achievement Medal, three
in the New York Foreign Affairs         with 2nd Recruit Training Battal-         Among his many career high-             Meritorious Service Medals, Navy
Department.                             ion, Recruit Training Regiment,        lights, Gorry served as the ground         Marine Corps Commendation Med-
   Gorry comes to CLR-37 from           Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris     supply officer for Marine Aircraft         al, Navy Commendation Medal, the
Headquarters, European Com-             Island, S.C., where he served as a     Group 14, Marine Corps Air Station         Humanitarian Service Medal.


Safety officials: Common sense best way to stay safe
Lance Cpl. Corey A. Blodgett                           plying sunscreen.
okinawa marine staff                                      “Although we ensure to slather it onto our chil-
                                                       dren before heading to the beach or an outdoor
CAMP FOSTER — Most adults on Okinawa are               activity we forget about ourselves,” she said.
very safety conscious when it comes to taking             Heat injuries are also common, yet easily
care of their children or participating in outdoor     avoidable, safety injuries on Okinawa.
activities with a higher than average risk level,         Sharp said some of the worst cases of heat
but many are not so diligent when it comes to          injuries are the result of people not recogniz-
caring for themselves while participating in           ing the symptoms. Individuals often experience
day-to-day recreational activities, safety officials   headaches, dizziness, or mental confusion, but
here said recently.                                    are unaware that they are symptoms of a heat
   “Most of the injuries that I see are from com-      injury. They carry on with their activity, wors-
mon recreational games, like basketball,” said         ening the situation, Sharp said.
               Dr. Ceabert Griffith, the health and       “These injuries are easily avoidable by be-
               wellness manager with Marine            coming familiar with the signs and symptoms,
CritiCal Corps Community Services.                     drinking plenty of fluids, and taking breaks,
daYs of           Griffith said common sports,         preferably in a shaded or air-conditioned area,”
summer such a s rec reat iona l sof tba l l            he said.
               games, often present a greater risk        In summer, people also gravitate toward the
               for adults than other seemingly         beach, which brings more safety concerns, said
more dangerous activities, like diving. This is        Travis Marsden, the MCCS Semper Fit Aquatics
because participants in the high risk activities       program manager.
often go through courses and are constantly               “With water safety, the biggest concern is
reminded about safety, he said.                        people not paying attention to sea conditions
   The easiest way to stay safe is to simply think     prior to entering water,” he said. “Just assessing
about the potential risks and be aware of them,        the situation and looking to see if the conditions
no matter the activity, Griffith said.                 are bad increases your chances of remaining out
   “Most mishaps can be avoided if the partici-        of harm’s way. If you even need to question it,
pants just pay attention,” he said.                    you shouldn’t enter.”                                 Immanuel Williams (81) and Matt Schaffer (83)
   Many safety precautions are simply over-               For the most part, mishaps and accidents           battle for the ball during a tournament on Camp
looked because they are easily avoidable, said         from recreational activities can be avoided by        Kinser. Base safety officials are reminding all
Leslie Sharp, the safety director for MCCS. For        taking the time to stop and think about the           personnel to use caution while participating in
example, many adults inadvertently forego ap-          safety hazards.                                       recreational activities. Photo by Lance Cpl. Patrick J. Floto
8                                                          Okinawa Marine | news | July 20, 2007




Lance Cpl. Joseph Hinojosa teaches soldiers with the 9th Royal Malay Regiment, Royal Malaysian Army, how to troubleshoot a 55-horsepower outboard engine
July 5 during the engine maintenance portion of a Small Craft Mechanics Course aboard the dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry. Photos by Lance Cpl. Juan D. Alfonso




Marines teach mechanics of boating
Lance Cpl. Juan D. Alfonso                                                                                                                Marine Lance Cpl.
okinawa marine staff                                                                                                                   Joseph Hinojosa, a small
                                                                                                                                       craft mechanic, said he
USS HARPERS FERRY —                                                                                                                    thought teaching the
Marines with III Marine                                                                                                                technical troubleshoot-
Expeditionary Force’s Spe-                                                                                                             ing portion of the course
cial Operations Training                                                                                                               would be difficult due to
Group conducted a Small                                                                                                                the language barrier. But
Craft Mechanics Course                                                                                                                 that proved untrue as the
with 14 Malaysian soldiers                                                                                                             Malaysians easily learned
from the 9th Royal Malay                                                                                                               to identify and replace
Regiment, Royal Malay-                                                                                                                 broken parts on defective
sian Army, July 3-5 aboard                                                                                                             engines, he said.
the dock landing ship USS                                                                                                                 The course came to a
Harpers Ferry (LSD 49).                                                                                                                close after the Marines
   The course was held as                                                                                                              tested the soldiers’ abili-
part of Cooperation Afloat                                                                                                             ties during practical ap-
Readiness and Training                                                                                                                 plication in the water.
2007, an annual series of                                                                                                                 “We had a great time
bilateral maritime exer-                                                                                                               and learned a lot of useful
cises between the United                                                                                                               information,” said Ma-
States and several South-        Pfc. Dustin F. Delligatti shows Malaysian soldiers how to operate a 55-horsepower outboard            laysian Army Lance Cpl.
east Asian nations.              engine during the course.                                                                             Ahmad Mozahoo, an en-
   The Malaysians were                                                                                                                 gineer with the regiment.
eager to learn new skills,       basic mechanics of the            mark and repair any dam-          people know how to do             “We really appreciated the
and the training was             Combat Rubber Recon-              age to the rubber hull of         it, and it’s a valuable skill     training and the patience
beneficial to both services      naissance Craft, or Zo-           the Zodiacs by cutting a          that will benefit someone         the Marines showed us.
since it required the allies     diac, and how to repair           piece of rubber to size,          both in the military and          We hope to do more train-
to work together toward a        both the hull of the boats        smoothing out the hull and        the civilian world.”              ing like this very soon.”
common goal, said Lance          and their 55-horsepower           pasting the new air-tight             Later in the course, the         CARAT 2007, which
Cpl. Mike Gardiner, a            outboard engines.                 seal using special glue.          Malaysians learned to per-        also includes Brunei,
small craft mechanic with           Rubber repair was one             “Rubber repair is an           form basic maintenance            Philippines, Singapore
SOTG.                            of the main topics covered        important skill to learn,         on the engine and how to          and Thailand, is designed
   During the three-day          during the course, Gardin-        especially to be a small          restart one after a stall in      to enhance the operational
course, the Marines taught       er said. To pass the course,      craft mechanic,” Gar-             the water caused by flood-        readiness of the partici-
the Malaysian soldiers the       each soldier had to detect,       diner said. “Not that many        ing or debris.                    pating forces.
                                                    Okinawa Marine | news | July 20, 2007                                                                 


DoD offers new
moving tool for
military families
Lance Cpl. Tyler J. Hlavac
okinawa marine staff



CAMP FOSTER — The Department of
Defense launched a new tool recently to
aid service members and their families
who are moving.
   Plan My Move consists of a set of or-
ganizational online tools that includes
a customizable calendar, “to do” lists,
arrival and departure checklists, infor-
mation on moving overseas as well as
information on moving with a special
needs family member.
   The link to the Plan My Move pro-
gram can be accessed on the DOD’s           Jeff Krier, a training consultant from Caterpillar, instructs Pfc. Eric J. Anderson how to operate a Water
Military Home Front Web site at http://     Distributor 613B July 16 at 9th Engineer Support Battalion’s motor pool. The distributor is currently being
www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil/mov-          phased in throughout the Marine Corps. Photos by Lance Cpl. Richard Blumenstein



                                            engineer support marines test
ing. A link on the homepage leads to
the interactive program designed to
guide individuals through the moving
process.


                                            new water distribution system
   “The program provides service mem-
bers and their families with a wealth
of information and resources on the
relocation process,” said Dave Randle,
a relocation analyst with Marine Corps      Lance Cpl. Richard Blumenstein
Personal Services Center, Marine Corps      okinawa marine staff

Community Services Camp Foster. “It
can truly make the moving process           CAMP HANSEN — Engineer
easier on service members and their         equipment operators and me-
families.”                                  chanics on Okinawa got their
   The program also provides service        first hands-on training with
members and their families access to        the Marine Corps’ latest water
phone numbers and e-mail addresses to       distribution system July 16-19 at
the relocation assistance office at their   9th Engineer Support Battalion’s
new duty station, which can assist with     motor pool.
any specific needs they might have, said       Marines from 3rd Marine
Lisa Collier, a sponsorship coordinator     Logistics Group’s 9th ESB and
and relocation assistant with Personal      1st Marine Air Wing’s Marine
Services.                                   Wing Support Squadron 172
   Collier said that installation over-     trained to operate and main-
views, local weather information, maps,     tain the Water Distributor 613B,       Krier leads a training session for engineer equipment operators and
photos, check-in procedures, employ-        said Paul Zackeroff, a warranty        mechanics on how to operate the new water distribution system.
ment options and information on child       coordinator from Marine Corps
care are also available.                    Systems Command.                       out compacting it first, it’s not        “By reducing the amount of
   The program should help almost all          The distributor, which is used      going to last long,” Krier said.      foreign debris sucked into the
active duty service members whether         for soil stabilization and dust        “By using the (distributor) you       helicopter, you can reduce the
they are on an accompanied or unac-         reduction in support of road           can build roads and landing           amount of unnecessary dam-
companied tour.                             construction and landing zone          zones that need fewer repairs.”       age,” he said.
   “Relocating is an extremely stressful    operations, uses high pressure             Krier noted Marines can use          The d ist r ibutor is bei ng
event, which if not properly planned,       pumps to evenly distribute wa-         the distributor in a wide range       phased into the Marine Corps as
can create some very significant prob-      ter and chemicals over a large         of areas because it can easily        the first piece of equipment of its
lems for service members and their          area. It boasts a 2,500 gallon         be transported by aircraft. The       type. Zackeroff said prior to the
families,” said Collier. “This process      water tank and requires a single       Marines practiced breaking            distributor, Marines improvised
can affect just about everyone within       operator.                              down the system into three            methods to stabilize soil and
the Department of Defense at one time          The engineer support Marines        parts to prepare it for helicopter    reduce dust on landing zones,
or another.”                                received in-depth classroom and        transport.                            using available equipment such
   The process for using the program is     hands-on instruction on how to            “You can take this thing           as motor vehicles, pipes, ropes
quick and easy, according to Randle.        operate the device, which can          wherever you need it to go,”          and hoses.
   After logging on to the site, service    spray a chemical adhesive that         Krier said. “If there is a location      “It’s going to make life a
members should select their current         mixes with and hardens soil to         that’s only accessible by helicop-    lot easier for us to accomplish
station, the new installation they are      make it more suitable for con-         ter, you can take it there.”          the mission,” said Cpl. Wil-
moving to and their date of departure       struction, said Jeff Krier, a train-      Once on the ground, the dis-       liam D. Weatherspoon, an en-
from a set of drop-down menus. Then,        ing consultant from Caterpillar,       tributor helps reduce dust that       gineer equipment operator with
click “Get Moving” and a wide variety       the company that produces the          can clog and damage helicopter        MWSS-172. “It’s much more
of resources and information will ap-       distributor.                           engines on dusty landing zones,       efficient than what we had in
pear, he said.                                 “If you just build a road with-     Krier said.                           the past.”
10                                                                                                                                                     Okinawa Marine | fea




typhoon man-yi
slams okinawa
Massive response keeps camps running
Lance Cpl. Daniel R. Todd                                 storm continued to pound the island, said
okinawa marine staff                                      Aitcheson.
                                                             At one point during the storm, the U.S.


a
      crew of more than 1,800 Marines,                    Naval Hospital Okinawa lost water pressure
      sailors and civilian employees spent                but Marines with Headquarters and Service
      countless man hours cleaning up                     Battalion, Marine Corps Base were quick to
after Typhoon Man-yi ripped through                       deliver potable water, within one hour, said
Okinawa July 13 strewing debris and                       Col. Dale Smith, Marine Corps Base chief of
causing damage throughout Marine Corps                    staff.
installations here.                                          The weather remained harsh through Sat-
   The crews worked non-stop to clean up                  urday as crews worked to clear debris and
debris, remove fallen trees and repair roof               provide basic needs to base residents after
tops, windows and other damage to build-                  “all clear,” was announced, Smith said.
ings, said Staff Sgt. Worrell Aitcheson, pro-                 “(The crews) worked in torrential rain
gram coordinator with Marine Corps Base                   and high winds that didn’t deter them one
Facilities Engineers.                                     bit,” he said. “Their effort is what got the bas-
   “The Marines and civilians we had work-                es up and running at full speed. The scope
ing out there were outstanding and did a                  was tremendously large and ‘Herculean.’”
phenomenal job,” Aitcheson said. “All the                    Though damages on base were mostly mi-
crews on the recovery teams worked together               nor, they still racked up to a hefty price tag,
to get the jobs done efficiently and in a                 said Smith. An initial assessment estimated
timely manner.”                                           $780,000 worth of damages, but that total is
   When entire camps lost power and water                 expected to increase substantially.
during the storm, the FE crews worked into                   Marine Corps Base Provost Marshal’s Of-
the evening to completely restore services by             fice officials said uprooted trees, destroyed
9 p.m. Friday, even as the remnants of the                utility buildings and overturned and flooded
                                                          vehicles were among the most severe dam-
                                                          age reported.
                                                             Marine Wing Support Squadron-172 was
                                                          among many units to play a large role in the
                                                          recovery. The unit provided skill sets and          A concrete electricity pole along Route 330 blown over during Typh
                                                          assets that other units did not have including      according to the Public Affairs office of Okinawa Electric Power Co
                                                          chainsaws and dump trucks. The personnel
                                                          and gear proved to be an incredible boost to
                                                          the recovery effort, said 2nd Lt. Crystal R.
                                                          Serrano, construction platoon commander
                                                          with MWSS-172.
                                                             “I’m very happy with the Marines’ perfor-
                                                          mance,” said Serrano. “They unhesitatingly
                                                          went out throughout the weekend to help
                                                          with recovery efforts.”
                                                             The Marines and other crews cleared
                                                          nearly 20 dump truck loads of debris over
                                                          the weekend, even as pouring rain, high
                                                          winds and lightning slowed their progress,
                                                          said Serrano.
                                                             Smith said his hat was off to all the
                                                          Marines, sailors and civilians who risked
                                                          their lives in terrible weather to deliver basic
                                                          necessities and improve the quality of life for
                                                          service members throughout the island.
Cpl. Arnold Kusero chops fallen tree branches                “I can’t thank them enough for all their
on Camp Foster July 14. Photo by Sgt. Joshua S. Higgins   hard work and dedication,” he said.
                                                                                                              Local Japanese crews reconstruct toppled power lines along Highway 3
ature | July 20, 2007                                                                                                                                               11


                                                                                                                                    PERSONAL
                                                                                                                                    PROPERTY
                                                                                                                                  DAMAGE CLAIMS
                                                                                                                                  All Marines and civilians, attached
                                                                                                                                  to Marine Corps units, who reside
                                                                                                                                  on base or in authorized off-base
                                                                                                                                   housing can file damage claims
                                                                                                                                    with the Claims Section of the
                                                                                                                                    Staff Judge Advocate Office in
                                                                                                                                  Room 1, Building 1, Marine Corps
                                                                                                                                           Base Camp Butler.


                                                                                                                                  • Forms can be requested
                                                                                                                                  in person or via e-mail
                                                                                                                                  from Christin N. Sanders at
                                                                                                                                  christin.sanders@usmc.mil.

                                                                                                                                  • Claims will be accepted
                                                                                                                                  every Monday through
                                                                                                                                  Thursday from 8 a.m. to
                                                                                                                                  11 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to
                                                                                                                                  4 p.m. and on Fridays by
                                                                                                                                  appointment only.

                                                                                                                                  • For vehicle damage claims,
                                                                                                                                  applicants must include
                                                                                                                                  photos and two estimates
                                                                                                                                  from any garages for the
                                                                                                                                  cost of repairs based on
                                                                                                                                  used parts. If used parts
                                                                                                                                  are not available, then the
                                                                                                                                  estimates must state this.

                                                                                                                                  • For all other property
                                                                                                                                  damage, photos are
                                                                                                                                  required for damages filed
                                                                                                                                  in claims. Digital, print or
                                                                                                                                  Polaroids will be accepted.

                                                                                                                                  • Take photos before
                                                                                                                                  disposing of food, carpets,
                                                                                                                                  bedding and any thing else
                                                                                                                                  not mentioned.

                                                                                                                                  • Do not dispose of any
                                                                                                                                  large furniture unless
                                                                                                                                  specifically instructed to by
                                                                                                                                  claims officials.

                                                                                                                                  • Where you live has
hoon Man-yi knocked out power to many homes July 13. During Typhoon Man-yi, more than 100,000 homes lost power,                   no bearing on personal
ompany Inc. Photo by Sgt. Ethan Rocke                                                                                             property claims. Claims
                                                                                                                                  must be filed with your
                                                                                                                                  respective service’s claims
                                                                                                                                  office.

                                                                                                                                     CONTACT NUMBERS

                                                                                                                                          Marine Corps
                                                                                                                                           645-7460
                                                                                                                                           645-7461
                                                                                                                                           645-7462

                                                                                                                                             Air Force
                                                                                                                                             634-1662

                                                                 ABOVE | A member of the Marine Corps Bases Japan                              Navy
                                                                 Fire Department packs up his chainsaw July 14 after
                                                                                                                                             634-8255
                                                                 using it to clear tree branches in the Kishaba Housing
                                                                 Area. Photo by Sgt. Joshua S. Higgins
                                                                                                                                               Army
                                                                 LEFT | A landscaper ties branches to supports July 16 while                 644-4742
                                                                 repairing a tree near Bldg. 1 on Camp Foster that was
330. Photo by Sgt. Joshua S. Higgins                             damaged during the typhoon. Photo by Lance Cpl. Daniel R. Todd
12                                                         Okinawa Marine | feature | July 20, 2007




  Okinawa’s Main street
Kokusai Street is a mile-long strip lined with hotels, clothing and variety stores, bars, restaurants and numerous souvenir shops. Photo by Lance Cpl. Corey A. Blodgett



Naha’s Kokusai Street serves as island’s cultural hub
Lance Cpl. Corey A. Blodgett                lights as musicians and street
okinawa marine staff                        merchants fill the sidewalks.




C
                                                Accompanying the small
           onsidered by many                shops and vendors on the street
           as the “Heartbeat of             are three major department
           Okinawa,” Kokusai                stores: Maxy and Mitsukoshi
           Dori, or International           near the center of Kokusai, and
           Street, is a mile-long,          Ryubo, located at the southwest
one-stop view of Okinawan                   end of Kokusai at Palette Kumo-
culture that’s lined with hotels,           ji. These stores carry Okinawan
clothing and variety stores, bars,          crafts, fabrics and kimonos as
restaurants and plenty of souve-            well as typical department store
nir shops.                                  goods.
   Before World War II, Kokusai                 Branch off from Kokusai near
Street was a main road that ran             its center are Heiwa Dori, or
through swampy farm land at                 “Peace Street,” and Ichiba-hon
the edge of Naha. The swamps                Dori. These covered pedestrian
were drained in 1954 and the                streets are known to be great
street began to boom.                       areas to find bargain prices on a           A street merchant displays his artwork to passers-by. Several vendors line the
   Now, more than 20,000 people             variety of items.                           street, offering a wide variety of goods and services. Photo by Lance Cpl. Corey A. Blodgett
stroll along Kokusai Street daily               Yachimun-Dori, an entire
with more than 2,000 buses tra-             street filled with shops selling            out the year. Processions of Eisa               or the Naha Airport for just a
versing it, according to Mahae              handmade pottery and ceramics,              dancers and drummers march                      few hundred yen.
Plus an Okinawa tourist infor-              is located off of Heiwa-Dori.               down Kokusai during celebra-                       Kokusai Street is located in
mation center.                                  Nightlife on Kokusai is al-             tions such as the Naha Tug-of-                  the heart of Naha. To get there,
   The “Miracle Mile,” a nick-              ways active with a large selec-             War in October and the 10,000                   take Route 58 south toward
name given to the street for its            tion of shops, bars, and inexpen-           Eisa Dancers Parade in August.                  Naha. Approximately five
activity, is filled with vendors            sive eateries open until the early             Kokusai is also centrally                    kilometers past Camp Kinser’s
standing outside their shops                hours of the morning.                       located among many tourist des-                 Gate 1, turn left on Route 42 at
enticing people to enter their                  Besides being home to a mul-            tinations in Naha. A quick ride                 the Kumoji intersection. At the
colorfully decorated stores.                titude of stores and restaurants,           on the Yui-rail from any of three               third stoplight, the south end
   During the night, the street             Kokusai Dori also hosts many                stations on or around Kokusai                   of Kokusai Street will be to the
comes to life with flashing neon            parades and festivals through-              can take visitors to Shuri Castle               left.
                                                          Okinawa Marine | feature | July 20, 2007                                                               13




                                                                                                                                             At night,
                                                                                                                                             Kokusai
                                                                                                                                             Street
                                                                                                                                             comes
                                                                                                                                             to life as
                                                                                                                                             musicians
                                                                                                                                             and street
                                                                                                                                             merchants
                                                                                                                                             fill the
                                                                                                                                             sidewalks.
                                                                                                                                             Photo by Lance
                                                                                                                                             Cpl. Kevin
                                                                                                                                             Knallay




Heiwa Dori, or “Peace Street,” is a covered pedestrian street that               Along the “Miracle Mile,” vendors entice patrons to enter their stores with
branches off Kokusai Street and features a variety of items at bargain           unique, colorful display items such as the habu sake jugs pictured here.
prices. Photo by Gunnery Sgt. Mark E. Bradley                                    Photo by Lance Cpl. Corey A. Blodgett




The nightlife on Kokusai Street features a large selection of shops, bars, and inexpensive eateries that stay open late. Photo by Lance Cpl. Corey A. Blodgett
14                                                    Okinawa Marine | feature | July 20, 2007




                                                                                                                       Cpl. Kevin Lennox is taken to the ground
                                                                                                                       while impersonating a suspect as
Cpl. Josh Smith, a dog handler with the Camp Foster Provost Marshal’s Office, fields questions about his canine        handler Sgt. Travis Blesi makes sure his
partner from children at the Camp Foster Youth and Teen Center July 11. Photos by Lance Cpl. Tyler J. Hlavac           dog does not use excessive force.



PMO shares canine passion with kids
Lance Cpl. Tyler J. Hlavac                           done something well.”                                    The procedure is difficult because while the
okinawa marine staff                                    As the demonstration continued, the com-           handler is searching a suspect, he is vulnerable



A
                                                     mands became more difficult as the handler’s          and must rely on his canine partner to cover
         suspect tries to flee, but he doesn’t get   showcased their dogs’ abilities in the field.         him and act immediately if a suspect makes any
         far before a military working dog brings       Cpl. Kevin Lennox, also a dog handler with         aggressive movements, said Blesi. If a dog fails
         him down. With its powerful jaws, the       PMO, showcased the canines’ uncanny sense             to act, it could cost the handler his life.
dog pins the culprit to the ground until the         of smell by hiding simulated drugs inside a              Lennox stood still at first as Blesi searched
handler gives the release command.                   locker. Within minutes, his dog sniffed out the       him. But then the handler, turned mock crimi-
   This scenario was just one of many the            stash.                                                nal, fled despite Blesi’s warnings to stop.
Camp Foster Provost Marshal’s Office dog han-           “In the field, such as in Iraq, we often rely         Blesi unleashed his dog and within mo-
dlers demonstrated for children at the Camp          on the dog’s sense of smell to tip us off to          ments Lennox was subdued. The dog was
Foster Youth and Teen Center July 11.                things such as hidden drug stashes or explo-          careful to apply enough pressure with his jaws
   “We put on demonstrations like this all           sives,” said Lennox. “Quite often, units call us      to keep Lennox immobilized without causing
the time, both to test our dogs and to provide       in to search areas where they suspect there           serious injury. The dog held Lennox there until
entertainment for kids and adults,” said Sgt.        might be bombs or other sorts of Improvised           Blesi gave the command for release.
Travis Blesi, a dog handler with PMO.                Explosive Devices.”                                      The bond between the handler and the dog
   The handlers began the demonstration by              One of the ultimate tests of the dog and           is a special one, acknowledged Blesi.
giving the dogs simple commands such as sit          handler team occurs during a suspect search,             “They are more then just a pet or govern-
and heel. Upon successful completion of a            said Blesi.                                           ment property to us,” he said. “We are always
command, handlers rewarded the dogs with a              Blesi enacted this scenario as he and his          spending time with them, training them, feed-
special tone of voice.                               dog searched Lennox, who posed as a criminal          ing them, cleaning them. Often the only time
   “It’s called the praise voice,” said Blesi. “We   suspect wearing a specially padded jacket to          we separate is to sleep. In my opinion, it’s the
use it to let the dogs know when they have           protect against bites.                                best job in the Marine Corps.”



Summer program brings adventure to Camp Foster youth
Kristi McNair                      Camp Adventure is held                                                                       great opportunity for those
okinawa marine staff            on Okinawa each year                                                                            who are considering going
                                from June through August,                                                                       into the field of educa-


M
       ore than 50 col-         offering a day camp and an                                                                      tion or any field involving
       lege students from       aquatics program.                                                                               working with children,”
       across the U.S. came        “There’s a different                                                                         she said.
to Okinawa this summer          theme every week of the                                                                            Ben Bowen, a junior at
to help give military kids      camp,” said Molly Conley,                                                                       Washington State Univer-
a chance to get out of the      who has volunteered with                                                                        sity, said the travel and
house and participate in        CAYS for five years and is                                                                      adventure aspect of the
healthy activities.             currently Okinawa’s Camp                                                                        program is what appealed
   The students are volun-      Adventure project coordi-                                                                       to him most.
teer counselors for Camp        nator. “We like to call it a                                                                        “It’s cool being able to
Adventure Youth Services,       mobile Disney World.”                                                                           live on a military base and
                                                                Camp Adventure counselor Vanessa Calvillo, a graduate
a nonprofit organization           Campers also par-            student at the University of Toledo, plays a game of one-on-    get a view into the mili-
provided through the            ticipate in a one-week club     one with Kaveon Stewart, 5, at the Foster Youth and Teen        tary world,” said Bowen. “I
University of Northern          activity, such as cooking       Center July 12. Photo by Lance Cpl. David Rogers                come from a small town,
Iowa. The program of-           or drama. The club week                                                                         so being a (CAYS) coun-
fers school-age and youth       ends with “Camp A Pres-         Camp Foster, has been a         for everything they do,”        selor has definitely shown
service programs directed       ents” on Friday, when the       CAYS counselor for three        said Blymyer, a student at      me a lot of diversity.”
primarily toward U.S.           campers present to their        years. She said she sees the    the University of Arizona.         Fore more information
military installations, U.S.    families what they accom-       program as a way for her to        But campers aren’t the       on Camp Adventure for
embassies and corporate         plished.                        give back.                      only ones who benefit from      both campers and prospec-
clubs and organizations            Sara Blymyer, the               “This is a chance for us     the experience, she said.       tive counselors, visit http://
worldwide.                      director of the program at      to give back to the military       “Being a counselor is a      www.uni.edu/campadv.
                                                        Okinawa Marine | sports | July 20, 2007                                                          17




      Women’s
heavyweight
       division
   and overall
      women’s
        winner
      Shannon
       Thomas
     competes
   in the 12th
        Annual
       Far East
Bodybuilding
                                                                                                                                             Tomoya
 Competition
                                                                                                                                             Nakanomari,
 at the Camp
                                                                                                                                             the
         Foster
                                                                                                                                             lightweight
       Theater
                                                                                                                                             division
        July 15.
                                                                                                                                             winner,
  Forty-seven
                                                                                                                                             celebrates
      amateur
                                                                                                                                             after being
bodybuilders
                                                                                                                                             named the
 competed in
                                                                                                                                             overall
    the event.
  Photos by Lance
                                                                                                                                             winner in
    Cpl. Daniel R.                                                                                                                           the men’s
                                                                                                                                             division.




                     Imposing figures
             Todd




Amateur bodybuilders compete for Far East title
Okinawa Marine Staff                              In the heavyweight division, Shannon
                                               Thomas muscled out the competition to                     12th Annual
F
       orty-seven amateur bodybuilders,        claim her first bodybuilding title. She
       both Okinawan and American,             also beat out Otogawa and DeLuce in the        Far East Bodybuilding Competition
       vied for the top spot during the        overall competition, winning two airline
12th Annual Far East Bodybuilding              tickets to Hawaii.                                       winneRS’ CiRCle
Competition at the Camp Foster The-               “I am just overwhelmed with the out-
ater Sunday, wowing more than 700              come of the competition,” Thomas said.
spectators.                                    “I came in thinking I wouldn’t even win
   The sold out crowd cheered and whis-        my weight class, but the hard work really
tled as the athletes competed in several       paid off and I can’t wait to go to Hawaii.”
weight classes for both men and women.            The men’s portion of the competition
An overall champion was chosen from            had a strong turnout with the athletes
the top finishers of each weight class.        competing in six weight classes: bantam-       Yozaki Ryo                                  Mau Jackson
   “The show sold out again this year          weight, lightweight, light-middleweight,      Bantamweight                                 Middleweight
as it has for the past few years,” said        middleweight, light-heavyweight and
Michael Boughton, master of ceremonies         heavyweight divisions.
for the event. “It is always great to have a      American and Okinawan male com-
large crowd cheering on the athletes and       petitors split title wins as Yozaki Ryo
this year’s crowd was awesome and full         placed first in the bantamweight divi-
of enthusiasm.”                                sion, Tomoya Nakanomari dominated                                 Charlene DeLuce
   Competitors were judged on stage            the lightweight division, and Tsuyoshi                             Middleweight
presence, physique and performance to          Oshiro took the light-middleweight
determine winners in each weight class,        division.
with the winner moving on to compete              Mau Jackson finished first in the mid-       Kenny Walker                            Roosevelt Moody
for the title of overall champion.             dleweight division while Kenny Walker         Light-heavyweight                           Heavyweight
   The women opened the show, com-             took the light-heavyweight champion-
peting in lightweight, middleweight and        ship, his third consecutive first place
heavyweight divisions.                         finish in the Far East competition.                                                       Not pictured:
   Hiromi Otogawa was uncontested and             Roosevelt Moody was named the                                                       HIROMI OTOGAWA
took first place in the lightweight divi-      heavyweight champion, and Nakano-                                   Tsuyoshi Oshiro    women’s lightweight
sion, and Charlene DeLuce ousted Emma          mari won the overall men’s title. Nakano-                         light-middleweight     division winner
Fromine to claim the middleweight title.       mari also won tickets to Hawaii.
18                                                                Okinawa Marine | marketplace | July 20, 2007

                                                                                                                                 sIngle marIne program events
                         In theaters
                          July 20-2                                                                                            July 21 | RENAISSANCE RESORT TRIP
                                                                                                                                • Kick off your shoes, and have a relaxing day of swimming and
              Start times are subject to change without notice.
                                                                                                                                snorkeling at the Renaissance Resort.
                   Call in advance to confirm show times.
                                                                                                                                • Bring snorkeling gear or rent it for ¥1,000 per hour. Snorkel
               kadena                                     foster                                                                vests are required. • Entrance fee: ¥1,260 • Bring yen for lunch
                  634-4422                                  645-3465                                                            • Depart Camp Schwab at 8 a.m., Camp Hansen at 8:30 a.m.
                                                                                                                                and Camp Courtney at 9:15 a.m.
     FRIDAY Rataouille (G), 6 p.m.; Bug        FRIDAY Transformers (PG-13),
     (R), 9:30 p.m.                            7 p.m.; Bug (R), 10 p.m.
                                                                                        For more information, contact
                                                                                         the Single Marine Program              July 27 | CAMP FOSTER SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT
     SATURDAY No movies scheduled;             SATURDAY Shrek the Third (PG),                Office at 645-3681.                • Compete in a friendly game of softball against other Camp
     Missoula Children’s Theater event         noon; Transformers (PG-13), 3 p.m.,
                                               7 p.m., 10:30 p.m.                                                               Foster Marines and sailors from 2-6 p.m. Softball equipment will
     SUNDAY Rataouille (G), 1 p.m., 4:30                                                                                        be provided. Teams should consist of seven or more players.
     p.m.; Bug (R), 8 p.m.                     SUNDAY Shrek the Third (PG), noon;        All bus pick-up points will be
                                               Transformers (PG-13), 3 p.m., 7 p.m.       at Semper Fit gyms or the
     MONDAY Rataouille (G), 7 p.m.                                                                                              • Bring snacks and sunscreen. Free barbecue for all players. To
                                               MONDAY Transformers (PG-13),                    Foster Fieldhouse.               sign up, call 645-0943 or e-mail jacob.sailors@usmc.mil.
     TUESDAY Harry Potter and the              3 p.m., 7 p.m.
     Order of the Phoenix (PG-13), 4 p.m.,
     8 p.m.                                    TUESDAY Bug (R), 7 p.m.                                                        chapel schedule
     WEDNESDAY Shrek the Third (PG),           WEDNESDAY Spider-Man 3
     4 p.m.; Bug (R), 7 p.m.                   (PG-13), 7 p.m.                                    camp Foster                          mcas Futenma                       Mass, 5 p.m., Chapel 2
                                                                                                645-7486/7487                              636-3058
     THURSDAY Transformers (PG-13),            THURSDAY Harry Potter and the Order
     3 p.m., 7 p.m.                            of the Phoenix (PG-13), 3 p.m., 7 p.m.     Catholic: Mon.-Fri.,                   Catholic: Sun., noon; Mon.,              Sunday Masses
                                                                                            11:45 a.m.; Sat., 5 p.m.;              5 p.m.; Wed., 5 p.m.                   Mass, 8:45 a.m., Chapel 3;
                                                                                            Sun., 10 a.m.                        Lutheran: 11:30 a.m.                     Mass, 12:30 p.m., Chapel 1;
             futenma                                    schwab                            Eastern Orthodox: Sun.,                Contemporary: Sun., 9 a.m.               Life Teen Mass, 5 p.m.,
                  636-3890                                  625-2333                        9:30 a.m.                                                                       Chapel 1
                                                                                          Gospel: Sun., 11:30 a.m.                      camp schwab
     FRIDAY 28 Weeks Later (R), 7 p.m.         FRIDAY Spider-Man 3 (PG-13),               Hindu Services: Sun.                         625-2644/2866                      Holy Day of Obligation
                                               7 p.m.                                      (Bldg. 455), 3:30 p.m.                Catholic: Sun., 8:30 a.m.                 Masses
     SATURDAY The Condemned (R),
     1:30 p.m.; 28 Weeks Later (R), 6 p.m.     SATURDAY Bug (R), 7 p.m.                   jewish: Fri., 6:30 p.m.                Protestant: Sun., 11 a.m.                 Mass, noon, Chapel 2;
                                                                                          Latter-day Saints: Sun.,                                                         Mass, 6 p.m., Chapel 3
     SUNDAY Harry Potter and the Order of      SUNDAY Shrek the Third (PG), 7 p.m.          2 p.m. (Bldg. 455)                       camp mctureous
     the Phoenix (PG-13), 1:30 p.m., 6 p.m.
                                               MONDAY Harry Potter and the Order          Muslim: Friday prayer at                        622-7505                        Protestant: inspirational,
     MONDAY The Condemned (R), 7 p.m.          of the Phoenix (PG-13), 7 p.m.              12:45 p.m.                            Gospel: Sun., 12:30 p.m.                 8:30 a.m., Chapel 2;
                                                                                          Protestant: Sun., 8:30 a.m.            Lutheran: Sun. 9:45 a.m.                 Evangelical, 9 a.m.,
     TUESDAY Closed                            TUESDAY Transformers (PG-13),
                                               7 p.m.                                                                                                                     Chapel 1; Traditional,
     WEDNESDAY Transformers (PG-13),                                                              camp lester                           camp courtney                     10:30 a.m., Chapel 2;
     7 p.m.                                    WEDNESDAY Closed                                     643-7226                                622-9350                      Gospel, 10:30 a.m., Chapel
     THURSDAY Closed                           THURSDAY Closed                            Catholic: Sun., 8 a.m., Lester         Catholic: Mon., Tues., Thurs.,           3; Emmaus Communion
                                                                                            Chapel; Wed., 11 a.m.,                 Fri., 7 a.m.; Sun. 8 a.m.,             Liturgical, 6:30 p.m.,
                                                                                            Hospital Chapel                        11:15 a.m.                             Chapel 3; Project 196
                kInser                                courtney                            Protestant: Sun., 9 a.m.,              Protestant: Sun., 9:30 a.m.;             (Contemporary), 6:30 p.m.,
                  637-2177                                  622-9616                        Hospital Chapel; Sun.,                 Liturgical, 6:30 p.m.                  high school
                                                                                           10 a.m., Lester Chapel
     FRIDAY Are We Done Yet? (PG), 3:30        FRIDAY Harry Potter and the Order                                                      Kadena air base                              camp Kinser
     p.m.; Bug (R), 6:30 p.m.                  of the Phoenix (PG-13), 5:30 p.m.,                camp hansen                               634-1288                                  637-1148
                                               9:30 p.m.
     SATURDAY Fantastic Four: Rise                                                                  623-4694                     Catholic: Daily Mass                     Catholic: Mon., Wed., Thurs.,
     of the Silver Surfer (PG), 3:30 p.m.;     SATURDAY Harry Potter and the              Catholic: Sun. (East Chapel),            (Mon.-Fri.), noon, Chapel 2             Fri. (Chapel 2), noon; Sun.,
     Blades of Glory (PG-13), 6:30 p.m.        Order of the Phoenix (PG-13), 1 p.m.,      10 a.m.; Mon.-Fri. (East                 Saturday, Reconciliation                Chapel 1, 11 a.m.
                                               5 p.m., 9 p.m.
     SUNDAY Shrek the Third (PG), 3:30                                                     Chapel), 11:30 a.m.                     upon request                           Gospel: Sun. (Chapel 1), 12:30 p.m.
     p.m.; Bug (R), 6:30 p.m.                  SUNDAY 28 Weeks Later (R), 7 p.m.          Protestant: Sun. (West                 Blessed Sacrament Chapel,                Protestant: Sun. (Chapel 1),
                                                                                           Chapel), 11 a.m.                        3:30 p.m., Chapel 2;                    9:30 a.m.
     MONDAY Closed                             MONDAY The Condemned (R), 7 p.m.


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