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06/20/19

ATSUGI, JAPAN – Capt. Matthew F. Rutherford, USN, relieved Capt. Brian C. Erickson, USN, as Commander, Task Force SEVEN TWO (CTF-72) and Commander, Fleet Air Western Pacific (CFWP), June 21 at Naval Air Facility Atsugi’s Hangar 183.


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05/02/19

190427-N-JD834-0004 NAVAL AIR FACILITY ATSUGI, JAPAN (April 27, 2019) Guests from across the region enter Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi’s open base event, Spring Fest. NAF Atsugi has hosted open base community friendship events for nearly 30 years as a means to build closer ties and understanding in the communities around the base and all over Japan. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Doan/Released)


Image from News Page titled: FOOD, FUN, FITNESS: MORALE, WELFARE AND RECREATION
05/02/19

NAVAL AIR FACILITY ATSUGI, Japan – (May 2, 2019) While being a U.S. Navy Sailor is a 24/7 responsibility, at some point everyone needs time to recover and recuperate in order to stay rested and maintain a mission-ready mentality. NAF Atsugi’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department’s wide ranging services meet their needs.

 


Image from News Page titled: REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE: NAF ATSUGI PROMOTES EARTH WEEK
05/02/19

Atsugi, Japan - (May 2, 2019) Environmental awareness is an ideal that has grown exponentially in the last few years as individuals all over the world have realized the impact they have on the planet. One of the most common initiatives undertaken to better the environment is recycling. In Japan recycling is deeply entrenched in the culture as it has been part of Japanese law since the 1990s.






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05/02/19

NAVAL AIR FACILITY ATSUGI, Japan (May 1, 2019) - At promptly 10 a.m., thousands of guests paraded their way through the Main Gate of Naval Air Facility (NAFA) Atsugi for a day filled with fun and friendship.


Image from News Page titled: A cake cutting ceremony in NAF Atsugi
04/25/19

NAF Atsugi (April 24, 2019) A cake-cutting ceremony was held at the Family Support Center at 12:00 p.m on April 24, 2019 after an awards ceremony for volunteers who dedicated their services for NAF Atsugi communities. Pictured left to right are Captain Lloyd Mack, Commanding Officer, NAF Atsugi, Ms. Raquel Cajudo, FFSC,Director, NAF Atsugi, LCDR David Schleusener, NAF Atsugi Chaplain, middle and CDR David A. Orlosky, Executive Officer.(U.S.Navy photo by MC3 Jacob Smith)


Image from News Page titled: Month of the Military Child Parade 2019
04/24/19

Atsugi, Japan  (April 24, 2019) - Naval Air Facility Atsugi’s Shirley Lanham Elementary School students march in a parade in honor of the “Month of the Military Child.” The Department of Defense established April as “Month of the Military Child” in 1986 to recognize the important role children play in the uniformed service community. (U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Jacob Smith/190424-N-EN275-0191)


Image from News Page titled: Road Tax Collection 2019
04/02/19

Atsugi, Japan - Japanese citizens and U.S. forces stationed in Japan must pay an annual road tax for the fiscal year starting April 1st. In order to combat the difficulties associated with the language barrier, staff from the Prefecture Tax Office will once again be working with the Vehicle Registration Office (VRO) on base.


Image from News Page titled: Friendship Through Sports
04/02/19

Atsugi, Japan - Sometimes events bring people of all walks of life together for a greater purpose. In those moments there is no “us or them.”  On March 10, 2019 Naval Air Facility Atsugi hosted the 8th annual Tomodachi Bowl featuring Team USA All Stars vs. Team Rising Sun of Japan. The game ended with a score of 23-03 in favor of Team USA. Eight years ago everything in Japan changed. On March 11, 2011, the Tohoku region of Japan was struck by an earthquake and tsunami. In the aftermath of this tragedy the Japanese and U.S governments came together in humanitarian efforts named Operation Tomodachi.


VCNO & MCPON Visit NAF Atsugi
04/01/19

NAVAL AIR FACILITY ATSUGI, Japan (March 27, 2019)  NAF Atsugi Heritage Committee members hosted a Women’s History Month observance at the base chapel. The theme of this year’s observance was visionary women: Champions of Peace and Nonviolence. (U.S. Navy photo by MCSN Oliver Clement/ /Released)


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03/28/19

NAF Atsugi, Japan (March 27, 2019) - Representatives from Naval Air Facility Atsugi and the surrounding communities gather for a cherry blossom viewing sponsored by the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. (U.S. Navy Photo by MC2 Michael Doan).


Image from News Page titled: 8th Annual Tomodachi Bowl
03/11/19

Atsugi, Japan, March 10, 2019 - Mr. Taro Aso, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Japan tosses the inaugural coin as Capt. Lloyd B. Mack, commanding officer of Naval Air Facility Atsugi, watches on before the kick off of the 8th Annual U.S. v. Japan Tomodachi Bowl. The Tomodachi Bowl is an annual event held in remembrance of Operation Tomodachi, the name given to the combined relief efforts of the U.S. and Japan in the wake of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Team USA won the contest 23-3. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Olivier Clement/Released)


Image from News Page titled: Your New Financial Manager
03/06/19

Atsugi, Japan - Financial stability is a common goal for Sailors in the Navy. This becomes even more significant for those stationed overseas due to additional expenses and other unique overseas challenges. Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi’s very own Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) offers assistance to Sailors stationed at Atsugi in accomplishing their financial goals.


Image from News Page titled: Exceptional Care for Exceptional Family Members
03/06/19

Atsugi, Japan -  Supporting a family member with exceptional medical, educational or dental needs can weigh heavily on a service member’s mind and cause exceptional stress, ultimately lowering the individual’s as well as the command’s readiness. Thankfully, all branches of the U.S. military have implemented the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) to support service members and their dependents in order to help mitigate these issues.


Image from News Page titled: More Than Just Family Photos
03/05/19

Atsugi, Japan =Military family members overseas may find themselves unable to locate jobs within their skillset due to either differences in culture and language, or a lack of demand for their abilities. One unique opportunity available to Naval Air Facility Atsugi Sailors and their families is an opportunity many people only dream of.


Image from News Page titled: Hidden Challenges at Camp Fuji
03/01/19

Atsugi, Japan - K9  Handlers  from  Naval  Air  Facility  (NAF) Atsugi joined members of the three sister services as well as Japanese police from Saitama prefecture for a series of combined  military working dog (MWD) training scenarios at the foot of Mt. Fuji, Feb. 12.


Image from News Page titled: 7th Fleet Band at Ayase International Festival
02/25/19

AYASE, Japan (Feb. 24, 2019) - Musician 1st Class Vincent Moody, from Severn, Md., assigned to the U.S. 7th Fleet Band, Far East Edition, plays trumpet during a community service event at Ayase International Festival. This is the 20th international festival Ayase has held and this year’s theme was ‘Let’s connect! Ring of friends beyond the difference.’ (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Doan/Released)


Image from News Page titled: Change of Command Ceremony at HSM-77
02/25/19

190222-N-DM318-0086 NAVAL AIR FACILITY ATSUGI, Japan (Feb. 22, 2019) The family of Cmdr. Charles N. McKissick, commanding officer of the “Saberhawks” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77 react to McKissick’s speech during a change of command. During the ceremony, Cmdr. Stephen D. Steacy relieved HSM 77 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Charles N. McKissick. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Olivier Clement/Released)


Image from News Page titled: Change of Command Ceremony at HSM-77
02/25/19

190222-N-JD834-0001 NAVAL AIR FACILITY ATSUGI, Japan (Feb. 22, 2019) Members of the official party pass through the sideboys at the start of the “Saberhawks” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77 change of command. During the ceremony, Cmdr. Stephen D. Steacy relieved HSM 77 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Charles N. McKissick. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Doan/Released)


Military Working Dog Training
02/14/19

CAMP FUJI, Japan (Feb. 12, 2019) – K9 Handlers from Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi joined members of the three sister services as well as Japanese police from Saitama prefecture for a series of combined military working dog (MWD) training scenarios at the foot of Mt. Fuji, Feb. 12.


Image from News Page titled: Military Working Dog Training
02/13/19

190212-N-OB360-0012 CAMP FUJI, Japan (Feb. 12, 2019) Master-at-Arms Seaman Rachel Higuerta, from Burbank, California, guides military working dog Chuckie through a trail in search of simulated explosives at Combined Arms Training Center, Camp Fuji, Feb. 12. Members from all four military branches gathered to participate in the training which included explosive and narcotic searches, suspect intervention and veterinary training. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Ben Farone/Released)


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02/09/19

NAVAL AIR FACILITY ATSUGI, Japan (Feb. 08, 2019) Aviation Maintenance Administrationman 1st Class Bernadette Terry, left, from Honolulu, Hawaii and Logistics Specialist 1st Class Dexter Lewis, right, from Mandeville, Jamaica chat with students as part of an English language exchange program between Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi and Terao Elementary School. The students from Terao Elementary visit the installation twice a year as part of the base’s community engagement program (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Ben Farone/Released)


Image from News Page titled: In fron of the grave of Captain Thomas: The strong bond between JMSDF and USN
02/05/19

Atsugi, Japan - On the afternoon of Nov. 9th, 2018, it is a fine and serene autumn day at the El Camino Memorial in San Diego. On a small hill located approximately 15 km north of San Diego, lies the grave of the late Marshall F. Thompson, who served as a Commanding Officer of USS Walke, decommissioned in 1974.


Image from News Page titled: Laying the Keel: Atsugi Kicks off Sailor 360
02/04/19

ATSUGI, JAPAN -  It is a common saying in the Navy that a Sailor should be performing at the rank they want to be and not the rank they are.  Sailor 360 kicked off at Naval Air Facility Atsugi at the end of January and saw more than 100 Sailors learning about Atsugi’s new mentorship program.


Image from News Page titled: In front of the grave of Captain Thomas: The strong bond between JMSDF and USN
02/04/19

Atsugi, Japan - On the afternoon of Nov. 9th, 2018, it is a fine and serene autumn day at the El Camino Memorial in San Diego. On a small hill located approximately 15 km north of San Diego, lies the grave of the late Marshall F. Thompson, who served as a Commanding Officer of USS Walke, decommissioned in 1974.


Image from News Page titled: Retreat from stress: Mini-vacations through CREDO
02/04/19

Atsugi, Japan -  With plenty of acronyms mixed in the Navy’s lexicon, the term CREDO might just pass by unnoticed. But, those who don’t investigate further could find themselves missing out on an opportunity they didn’t even know existed. “TheChaplainsReligiousEnrichmentDevelopment Operation (CREDO) is a special ministry of the Chief of Chaplains to deploy special skills-training opportunities to Sailors and Marines in a multitude of ways,” said Lt. Cmdr. Gene Monnin, director of CREDO Japan. “One of the primary concepts we use is the retreat model.”  CREDO primarily offers three core program retreats. These are: Marriage Enrichment Retreats, Family Enrichment Retreats and Personal Resiliency Retreats.  


Image from News Page titled: Made fit to lead: Atsugi Certifies New Command Fitness Leaders
02/04/19

Atsugi, Japan -  Fitness plays a crucial role in the U.S. Navy with Sailors required to complete a physical readiness test (PRT) twice a year. The PRT is conducted by trained professionals called command fitness leaders (CFL). This role is filled by Sailors who must first complete a CFL certification course. Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation Fitness Leader Stacy Gartner, a native of Hickory, N.C., hosted a CFL certification course for Sailors from NAF Atsugi and tenant commands from Jan. 14-18. The 40 hour program combines equal parts instructional lessons and physical training.  


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01/31/19

NAVAL AIR FACILITY, Japan (Jan. 30, 2019)  - Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific Rear Adm. John J. Adametz, left, presents a coin to Naval Air Facility Atsugi Utility Director, Mike Crowley during a tour at the Waste Water Treatment Plant. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Doan/Released).


Image from News Page titled: HSM 51 Change of Command Ceremony
01/16/19

Atsugi Japan - The “Warlords” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 51 held a change of command ceremony where Cmdr. Justin D. Banz (left) relieved Cmdr. Christopher K. Morgan (right) as commanding officer on January 16, 2019.


Image from News Page titled: NAF Atsugi participates in JMSDF Mochi-Tsuki event
12/07/18

181205-N-YD204-0041 NAVAL AIR FACILITY ATSUGI, Japan (Dec. 5, 2018) Leadership from the U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) with members from the local community crack open a sake barrel as part of the annual JMSDF Commander, Fleet Air Wing Four mochi-tsuki (rice pounding) event. Mochi-tsuki events in Japan are traditionally held to mark special occasions, especially the New Year. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Matthew C. Duncker/Released)


Image from News Page titled: NAF Atsugi holds National American Indian Heritage Month ceremony
11/29/18

181129-N-YD204-0026 NAVAL AIR FACILITY ATSUGI, Japan (Nov. 29, 2018) Yeoman 1st Class Jared Jess Dennison, a Gallup, N.M. native, delivers remarks during Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi’s National American Indian Heritage Month ceremony at the installation’s Chapel of the Good Shepard. NAF Atsugi’s diversity committee held the ceremony to honor, recognize and celebrate Native Americans for their dedication and service in the U.S. Military. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Matthew C. Duncker/released)


Image from News Page titled: AIMD Atsugi Sailor Awarded CPPA of the Year
11/19/18

NAVAL AIR FACILITY ATSUGI, Japan – Command Pay Personnel Administrators (CPPA) serve as a critical link between the individual Sailor and the supporting Personnel Support Detachment (PSD). It is easy to see why commands choose exceptional Sailors to serve as that link.  Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Detachment (AIMD) is no exception to having their best Sailors support their command.


Image from News Page titled: NAF Atsugi holds WWI armistice centennial ceremony
11/13/18

181109-N-YD204-0023 NAVAL AIR FACILITY, Japan (Nov. 09, 2018) Chief Mass Communication Specialist Ben Farone, from Lockport, N.Y., delivers opening remarks during a ceremony recognizing the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I at the Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi Navy Exchange.  NAF Atsugi held the ceremony as part of “Bells of Peace”, a national event to honor the 116,516 Americans who died and the 200,000 were wounded in the Great War. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Matthew C. Duncker/Released)


Image from News Page titled: Built to Scare: Seabees' Mess Hosts Haunted House
11/02/18

Atsugi, Japan: Being scared is not normally something a person looks forward to.  Unless it is near Halloween. Sailors and their families at Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi got to tour a haunted house hosted by Public Works Department’s Seabees’ Mess. “We have a bunch of American service members’ kids out here in Japan,” said Manassas, Va., native Equipment Operator 2nd Class Birendra Adhikari, a member of the Seabees’ Mess. “They have been away from the states for a while and they don’t get to go out and experience Halloween like they would have been if they were still living in the U.S. I think that doing events like these helps with providing that ‘home away from home’ feeling.


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09/04/18

180418-N-YD204-0015 NAVAL AIR FACILITY ATSUGI, Japan (April 19, 2018) Naval Aircrewman (Tactical Helicopter) 1st Class Ruben Solis, from Grand Prairie, Texas, does a pre-flight check with Lt. Daniel Burke before a scheduled Photo Exercise (PHOTEX). Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 51 scheduled the PHOTEX as part of routine flight training for Pilots and Aircrew. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Matthew C. Duncker/Released) 


Image from News Page titled: An Interview with NAFA's New Executive Officer, Commander David A. Orlosky
08/02/18

Atsugi, Japan - Can you tell us about yourself and your career? I am originally from a small town in upstate New York. I went to the Naval Academy and then to flight school. After flight school, I did my first fleet tour in San Diego at HC-11 flying the CH-46. I stayed there for nine years for shore at COMHSWINGPAC and sea duty at HSC-21.When I left San Diego for my department head tour, I went to Guam and was with the “Island Knights” of HSC-25. From there I went to the U.S.Naval War College, then spent some time at Patuxent River, Md., with Naval Air Systems Command.


08/02/18

Atsugi, Japan - Could you tell us a little about yourself and your career? I am a military brat. My dad was in the Air Force, so we moved all around the world. We eventually landed in Colorado Springs, which I call home. I spent my last 17 years there before joining the Navy, which I joined a little bit late - three days before my 21st birthday. I started my career here at NAF Atsugi in 1996 with VRC 30 Det. 5. I spent four years there then I transferred to Hawaii working on for two and a half years. I went back to VRC 30 Det. 5 in 2004 for another three years.


Image from News Page titled: Captain Lloyd B. Mack Interview
09/01/17

Atsugi, Japan - What are some things in Japan that you are looking forward to experiencing?  Learning the language. That’s kind of on the top of the list. Experiencing the food and seeing some of the architecture that exists here. When you look at some of the old style Japanese buildings, they are absolutely beautiful and I look forward to getting out and seeing the wonder that they exhibit with the bright colors. The structures are so profound. I really like seeing that kind of stuff. Actually getting out and seeing it and touching it.