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  • Chief spends one-third of career at Osan, reflects on experiences

    From 1986 to 1990, 1994 to 1996, 1998 to 2000, and from 2011 to 2014 - all arbitrary points in time, unless one happens to be a certain chief master sergeant.Chief Master Sgt. Richard Vogel, 51st Medical Group superintendent, will soon retire from the Air Force after 30 years of service, 10 of which he spent at Osan. Vogel's first tour in Korea
  • 731st AMS, USO make newcomers feel welcome

    The United Service Organizations and the 731st Air Mobility Squadron have been in a unified partnership to support personnel as they transition in and out of the Republic of Korea since October 2012. Founded in 1941 - with 106 centers in 14 countries - the USO is a nonprofit organization that supports U.S. troops and their families all over the
  • Celebrate America Recycles Day

    Did you know that every Nov. 15 is America Recycles Day? Initiated in 1997, this day is set aside to raise recycling awareness throughout the United States and to identify the benefits of making resources available to future generations. We live in a bountiful and beautiful country, but too often we squander our resources by not making sure that
  • QRP leadership explains recycling benefits

    With the current fiscal environment in mind, military members are consistently asked to take initiatives to save money and streamline processes. The Qualified Recycle Program at Osan Air Base is one of those programs that can improve not only the fiscal environment, but the community's environment as a whole. In an interview with Song Kun Kwon, QRP
  • Mother, teacher, survivor

    It's February 2012, and Katie Hampton, Osan Middle School special education teacher, is leading a normal life - as normal as it can be with two teenagers and an infant.She stays busy balancing work and caring for her family of five, oblivious to the fast approach of the day that will change her life forever. "Nine months after she (her daughter,
  • From tools to tweed, 411th CSB fills contracting need

    The U.S. Army's 411th Contracting Support Brigade may be one of the smallest units at Osan, but for the rest of the base - to include all of the 51st Fighter Wing, 7th Air Force, Army and ROK air force units - the brigade is essential to mission success.As Osan's contract and acquisition experts, the 411th CSB supports the purchasing and
  • Running the Operational Runway

    The 51st Civil Engineers, along with more than 1,000 joint service personnel, took part in the Osan runway opening "Fun run and FOD walk" (Foreign Object Damage). The 60-year-old runway was closed for 17 days for critical repairs and support construction for the new second runway. As one of the premier installations for combat airpower in the
  • ‘Scary’ story: F-16 pilot takes final flight, reflects on career

    Leonardo da Vinci once wrote, "For once you have tasted flight you will walk the Earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return."For Lt. Col. Douglas "Scary" Schaare, an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot and Reservist in the 55th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, da Vinci's words couldn't be more true."Seeing
  • 51st Fighter Wing celebrates 65 years of service

    On Aug. 18, 2013, the 51st Fighter Wing celebrates its 65-year anniversary as an active duty unit of the U.S. Air Force. Throughout those years, the wing has compiled an illustrious record in combat and peace. The '51st' designation traces its legacy to activation of the 51st Pursuit Group on Jan. 15, 1941 at Hamilton Field, Sacramento, Calif. It
  • Army air defender designs coin for AF ball

    1st Lt. Kyle Hermanson, executive officer with Battery B, 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, was recognized for creating the winning coin design for the upcoming U.S. Air Force's 'Air Force Ball' here, Aug. 9.Lt. Gen. Jan-Marc Jouas, commander of the 7th Air Force, presented his own unit's challenge coin, a certificate of