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  • RST keeps Osan safe after an attack

    Imagine the base was under attack and a SCUD missile just detonated, and no one has any idea if it contained biological or chemical agents. It is the job of the base's readiness support teams to figure this out. "These guys do a lot of confirming or denying the presence of biological and chemical agents," said Master Sgt. David Mack, 51st Civil
  • Story of 'Bayonet Hill,' Korean War turning point

    In late January 1951, the 8th Army was ready to go on the offensive against the weakening North Koreans and Chinese enemy forces here. Gen. Matthew Ridgeway sent the 27th Infantry "Wolfhounds" to Osan to prepare for Operation Thunderbolt. Army Capt. Lewis Millett commanded Easy Company, part of the 27th Infantry, through a frozen rice patty near
  • Youth Center sports are 'f-u-n - fun'

    Unlike stateside bases, where there are myriad opportunities for kids to get out and about, it can be challenging to find off-base activities for youth accompanying their parents overseas. The 51st Services Squadron knows this, and through the Youth Center Sports Program it has come up with a way to help military children stay busy and keep
  • Staying sparkly white

    February is National Children's Dental Health Month. The dental profession traditionally takes this opportunity to promote the benefits of healthy eating habits and prevention of tooth decay and periodontal disease. However, this year I would like to review two popular cosmetic dental procedures and their long-term benefits and potential negative
  • Free online filing of federal taxes

    Members of the tax software industry have banded together to form the "Free File Alliance," a non-profit organization that allows those who meet certain criteria to file their taxes file their taxes electronically for free. One criterion, for most of the free file participants is having an adjusted gross income of $52,000 or less. That is regular
  • Battle Control System -- Korea attains full operational capability

    After 20 months of systems testing and more than $500,000 spent, Lt. Gen. Stephen Wood, 7th Air Force commander declared that Battle Control System-Korea had attained "full operational capability." Battle Control System-Korea, known simply as BCS-K, is the weapons system used by members of the 621st Air Control Squadron to control all U.S. air
  • Cryogenics: It's not just for people

    The cryogenic lab deals with materials that operate at sub-zero temperatures. Specially, Osan stores and uses liquid oxygen, or LOX, and liquid nitrogen, or LIN, for a variety of reasons to accomplish our mission. "Pilots depend on these," said Master Sgt Jason Owens, 51st Logistcs Readiness Squadron. "When they are pulling Gs, or in the middle of
  • Spot reduction debunked

    Exercise is one of those fields where a little bit of knowledge can be dangerous -- how many of us have friends who give "expert" advice that they got from "a guy who knows a guy who used to be the personal trainer for Chuck Norris?" This is the first article in a series addressing exercise myths, frequently asked questions, and common exercise
  • Airman earns silver in martial arts competition

    Recently, a member of the 51st Maintenance Squadron competed in a competition to see who would go to the World Wide Muay Thai competition in Thialand. Johnathan Lytle, a Muay Thai blackbelt, placed second in the competition, earning him a silver medal. The competition had 12 different weight classes and consisted of individuals from all over Korea.
  • Mouthguards keep your smile safe

    Proper equipment is a necessity when participating in sports. Playing softball without a bat or soccer without a ball would be difficult at best. However, a mouthguard is one piece of equipment that is often overlooked when people pack their gym bags. The truth is athletes are 60 times more likely to suffer harm to the teeth when not wearing a
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