18th Force Support Squadron New Year’s Events

We have so many spectacular New Year’s events! Here is a full list of events by facility!


Emery Lanes • 966-7303

Countdown to Noon Kids’ New Year’s Cosmic Bowling
Thursday, 31 December
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
$9 • Per person

Enjoy two hours of bowling and a kid friendly buffet featuring pizza, corn dogs and chicken nuggets. We will have sparkling cider toast at noon! Our Countdown to Noon is open to kids of all ages!


Okuma Beach • 631-1991/1992

New Year’s Eve at Okuma Beach
Thursday, 31 December
No room? No worries!
$22 • Adults | $16 • Ages 13 – 17
$10 • Ages 4 – 12 | Free • Ages 3 & under

Party wristbands will be available for purchase at the Surfside Restaurant. Wristbands will include hors d’oeuvres from 9 pm to 11 pm and exclusive entertainment from PRISS, LA’s Kiss tribute band, a glass of champagne or non-alcoholic beverage at midnight as well as a midnight breakfast buffet.

Want to stay the night? Enjoy New Year’s Eve under the stars! All camp sites $1 per night. Camp sites are available on a first come, first served basis. Visit Kadenaevents.com/OkumaNYE for details!

Live at Okuma Beach: PRISS
Thursday, 31 December

Performing their epic hits like Rock & Roll All Night, Detroit Rock City and Shout it Out Loud! Don’t miss a performance by Banjo Ai and a New Year’s Eve Kiddie Disco!


Kadena Officers’ Club • 966-7409

New Year’s Eve Party at the Kadena Officers’ Club
Thursday, 31 December • 7 pm – 2 am
$29.95 • Per person
Join us on New Year’s Eve for live entertainment, heavy hors d’oeuvres, champagne, a buffet, party favors and a breakfast buffet, as well as access to the Weekender Lounge. Tickets will be on sale starting Tuesday, 1 December. Open to officers and civilian equivalents only.


Rocker NCO Club • 966-7234

New Year’s Eve Celebration
Thursday, 31 December
Doors open • 9 pm
Tickets will be on sale Tuesday, 1 December at the Rocker Customer Service Desk.
Advanced tickets $20 • Members | $25 • Nonmembers
At the door$25 • Per person

Price includes party favors, entertainment, music in the Ballroom and Reflections Lounge, heavy hors d’oeuvres from 9 pm to 11 pm, a champagne toast and breakfast at midnight! Reserve a VIP table for 8 with a complimentary champagne bottle for $25.


 

Okuma Beach New Year’s Eve Party

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Rock in 2016 at Okuma Beach!

Thursday, 31 December

Okuma Beach Located ONLY 51 miles North of Kadena Air Base off of 58

Gates will open at 8 pm.


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$22 • Adults
$16 • Ages 13 – 17
$10 • Ages 4 – 12
Free • Ages 3 & under

Party wristbands will be available for purchase at the Surfside Restaurant. Wristbands will include hors d’oeuvres from 9 pm to 11 pm and exclusive entertainment from PRISS, LA’s Kiss tribute band & Banjo Ai, a glass of champagne or non-alcoholic beverage at midnight as well as a midnight breakfast buffet.


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You wanted the best? You got the best! Rock in 2016 with Priss, LA’s hottest KISS tribute band! They will be performing legendary hits like, Rock N Roll All Nite, Detroit Rock City, Shout it Out Loud, and many more at Okuma Beach on New Year’sEve.

Want to stay the night and enjoy New Year’s Eve under the stars?

CAMPING is still available! It will be a first-come, first-served basis.
No camping gear? No worries Kadena Outdoor Recreation and Okuma Beach Outdoor Recreation have got you covered. Literally.


 

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NYE Kiddie Disco


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General Information:

Pets, glass containers/bottles of any type, spear guns, fireworks and privately own watercraft are NOT allowed at Okuma.

Bags and coolers will be inspected by Security Forces at the gate.

Personal vehicle entry is restricted.  Visitors/guests parking will be located at the flight line parking area, unless you have room reservations.

All garbage and litter must either be deposited in trash bins provided, or taken with you when you leave.


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CAMPING INFORMATION:

*Campers must register at the camping registration booth located at the flight line parking lot or the Coral Reef Inn prior to establishing a camp site.

It will be a first-come, first-served basis.

Camping spots are limited.

  • Camping supplies are available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis.
    Please keep in mind that the supplies are limited. So if you can, bring your own. =]
  • Besides Beachfront Family Campground and Hillside Adult Campground, we will also have three temporary overflow campgrounds.
  • Please note that for safety, Beachfront Family Campground is the only camping areas that allow entry of personally owned vehicles.  One vehicle per camp spot.
  • Vehicles are prohibited at the Hillside Adult Campground and temporary overflow campgrounds.  You must park your car at the visitor parking.
  • Campfires are the responsibility of the camper and are restricted to fire rings or grills provided.  Burning trash in the fire ring or grill is strictly prohibited.
  • Be sure your fire is completely extinguished before leaving.  Do not leave your fire unattended.  You are responsible for keeping fires under control.

Beachfront Family Campground & Overflow Campgrounds
Quiet hours are between 10:00 pm – 6:00 am.
Please be considerate of others.

Hillside Adult Campground 
Quiet Hours are between 2 am – 6 am.
Please be considerate of others.

We will post camp spot information on Okuma Facebook when it’s sold out.

For more information please contact our front desk at 631-1990
(Monday – Thursday 7 am – 9 pm / Friday – Saturday 7 am – 10 pm).


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Directions to Okuma Beach:

•Head north on the expressway towards Nago until the expressway (toll road) ends, or for a longer scenic route, follow  Highway 58 north. (there is also a new tunnel between Kyoda expressway exit and Nago-city)
 After the expressway ends, continue north on 58 towards Cape Hedo for 36 kilometers. 
Turn left at the big Okuma beach sign and continue 2 kilometers until you see Okuma Beach recreation center on the left.
(You will pass JAL Okuma, which is a different resort.)

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Skoshi Warrior

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Check out photos from this year’s Skoshi Warrior event here.

We hope your little warrior had as much fun as we did. If you took photos, we would love to see them, be sure to add #skoshiwarrior #A&FRC #makelifebetter #makelifeready when posting to Facebook and Instagram!


Saturday, 14 November • 10 am – 2 pm
Marine Hanger #3 on Kadena Air Base
Free


Registration Details

Ages 5 – 12
(Parents must accompany youth ages 8 and under)

Registration is officially closed. Thank you for your interest, please contact the Youth Center, Himawari School Age Care, Shima No Ko School Age Care or Teen Center!


Check out all of the goodies.

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Skoshi Warrior is a fun-filled day for kids to experience the deployment process that mom and dad go through, but with a lot more fun! Our Skoshi Warriors will process through a mock deployment line, then “deploy.” They will complete a mission filled with fun obstacle courses, weapon displays, face painting and more!

Deployments are never easy. It’s an emotionally challenging time for the whole family, especially for children. Skoshi Warrior gives kids a better understanding of the transitions and offers ways to cope and be resilient in the absence of their parents. Skoshi Warrior is a fun, hands-on learning experience that’s beneficial for the entire family!

Want to see more photos?
Click here to take a look at these Skoshi Warrior veterans from 2014! 

KadenaBlog.com
Click here for more information on what happens during the Skoshi Warrior deployment!
Check out our Skoshi Warrior blog where TSgt Bailey, from the Airman & Family Readiness Center, gives us an in-depth interview about how Skoshi Warrior got started and what parents can expect after their young ones become Skoshi Warriors.

Tinsel Town

Saturday, 12 December

Located in the parking lot in front of the Schilling Community Center. Open to all SOFA status and individuals with base access. Attending Tinsel Town and all entertainment included are free.


Holiday Cirque Spectacular

Come enjoy a live acrobatic performance completely free! The Holiday Cirque Spectacular is customized to holiday music and attire.  This event will be held at the Keystone Theater and is first come, first served.

Shows:

Friday, 11 December • 7 pm
Saturday, 12 December • 12:45 pm & 7:30 pm

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What can I expect at Tinsel Town?

Food vendors, games, music, live DJ, live performers, tree lighting ceremony, Santa, Mrs. Claus and much more!  All vendors will be accepting both yen and dollars.


Entertainment Schedule

2:00 – 2:30  Live DJ & MC
2:30 – 3:00  Kubasaki High School Choir
3:00 – 3:15  Live DJ & MC
3:15 – 3:30  Cheerleaders
3:30 – 3:45  Typhoon Twister Gymnastics
3:45 – 4:15  Footloose Dance Studio
4:15 – 4:30  Mrs. Claus Reading
4:30 – 5:00  Kadena & Ryuku Middle School
5:00 – 5:15  DJ & MC
5:15 – 5:45  MOJO Jazz Band
5:45 – 6:00  DJ & MC
6:00 – 6:30  Ryuku Chimdon
6:30 – 6:45  DJ & MC
6:45 – 6:55  Opening Remarks
6:55 – 7:05  Tree Lighting Ceremony
7:05 – 7:20  Laser Show
7:20 – 7:30  DJ & MC
7:30 – 8:30  Konishiki
8:30 – 8:45  DJ & MC
8:45 – 10:15  John Legend


Shuttle Service

Running continuously from 12:00 pm – 11:30 pm.  Shuttle’s will be running from Building 10/Legal Office, the Officers’ Club and the Schilling Community Center.


Restrictions

Chairs, Coolers, glass, or any alcohol, smoking, backpacks, pets, knives or any type of weapon are strictly prohibited.


Featured Entertainer: John Legend

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Ohio-born John Legend is a critically acclaimed, multi-award winning, platinum-selling singer-songwriter. His work has garnered him nine Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, the BET Award for Best New Artist and the special Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame, among others.  A graduate of University of Pennsylvania where he studied English and African-American literature, Legend participated in a wide range of musical activities while in college. During the same period, Legend was introduced to Lauryn Hill, who hired him to play piano on her track “Everything Is Everything,” and shortly thereafter he began to play shows around the Philadelphia area, eventually expanding his audience base to New York, Boston, Atlanta and Washington D.C. After college, Legend was introduced to then up-and-coming hip-hop artist Kanye West, who quickly signed Legend to his G.O.O.D. Music imprint and hired him to sing vocal hooks on some of his music. Legend started gaining momentum through a series of similar collaborations with established artists, adding vocals to an impressive list of chart-topping hits including West’s “All of the Lights,” Jay-Z’s “Encore” and back-up vocals on Alicia Keys’ 2003 song, “You Don’t Know My Name.” Legend’s debut album, Get Lifted, was released in December of 2004 through Columbia Records. The critically acclaimed album spawned the artist’s first hit single, “Ordinary People,” and scored Legend multiple Grammy Awards in 2006, including Best R&B Album, Best New Artist and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. The follow up was 2006’s platinum-selling Once Again, which brought Legend another Grammy, Best Male R&B Performance, for his single “Heaven,” and included collaborations with Kanye West, will.i.am and Raphael Saadiq. Legend’s next release was 2008’s Evolver, led by the hit single “Green Light” featuring Andre 3000. His 2010 collaboration with the Roots, Wake Up, won the Grammy for Best R&B Album a year later. Legend’s highly acclaimed fourth and most current studio album Love In the Future, features  “All of Me,” Legend’s highest selling and charting song to date, reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #1 on both Mainstream Top 40 and Rhythmic charts.  Most recently, Legend won his first Academy Award, first Golden Globe Award, and won the 2015 Critic’s Choice Award for his song “Glory,” that he wrote and performed with Common, for the film SELMA.

Throughout his career, Legend has worked to make a difference in the lives of others. In 2007, he launched the Show Me Campaign (ShowMeCampaign.org), an initiative that focuses on education as a key to break the cycle of poverty. The 2010 BET Humanitarian of the Year award, the 2009 CARE Humanitarian Award for Global Change, the 2009 Bishop John T. Walker Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award from Africare and the 2011 Harvard Foundation Artist of the Year Award recognize Legend’s efforts and leadership in this arena. John sits on the boards of The Education Equality Project, Teach for America, Stand for Children and the Harlem Village Academies and co-chairs the Harlem Village Academies’ National Leadership Board. Additionally, Legend supports LRNG, a movement dedicated to inspiring innovation in the learning process to one that better reflects the world we live in today. In 2015 Legend initiated the #freeAmerica campaign; a campaign designed the change the national conversation of our country’s misguided policies and to make a change in America’s criminal justice system. Legend also serves as one of the principles for Get Lifted Film Co., a film and television production company based in Los Angeles. Get Lifted Film Co. has sold several projects in television to networks including Showtime, NBC, HBO, USA, MTV, OWN and FOX. In addition to these sales, Get Lifted Film Co. was previously in a television deal with Comcast/Universal and is currently in an overdeal with Legendary Television. Get Lifted Film Co. serves as Executive Producers on the HBO documentary “Southern Rites” and Pop Network docu-series “Sing it On”, both which premiered in May 2015.  Additionally, Get Lifted Film Co. has several projects in various stages of development/production including “The Black Count” (2014 Pulitzer Prize Winner) to be written and directed by Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) for Sony Pictures, and an upcoming project with producer Will Packer and Universal Pictures.


 

Give Parents a Break & Parent Night Out
Saturday, 12 December • 6 pm – 10 pm
Niko Niko CDC and Himawari SAC
Ages six weeks to 12 years

Sign up by noon on Wednesday, 9 December.
Give Parents a Break is designed to provide childcare for active duty
Air Force families with deployed or TDY spouses and those with special hardships.
How to sign up:
Step 1. Receive a referral form the Airman and Family Readiness Center (A&FRC)
at 634-3366 or speak with your commander or first sergeant.
Step 2. After receiving a refferal, contact Resource & Referral at 632-7693.
Parents’ Night Out
Don’t qualify for a referral but still need a break?
For $20 you too can participate!
Contact Resource & Referral at 632-7693.
Open to all ranks and services.

Beer, Bourbon & Bacon

Friday, 21 October

5 pm – 8 pm
Kadena Officers’ Club


What’s the recipe for the most memorable Friday night?

Live entertainment, craft beer, bourbon and a cornucopia of bacon dishes. Indulge in a delicious spread of bacon, pork belly, ribs, gourmet pulled pork and tons of other
hors d’oeuvres!

You will receive a complimentary tasting glass to sample wide selections of craft beer and bourbon. We will have selections from some of the best craft breweries like Founders, Bear Republic, Ballast Point, and Lagunitas! All patrons will be eligible for drawings to win gift baskets or a one night stay from Moon Ocean.


How do I get tickets?

Tickets will go on sale Thursday, 1 September at the Kadena Officers’ Club Customer Service Desk. Open to all ranks and services ages 20 and over. We have two tickets available, the all-inclusive sampling and dining ticket is $70 per person. For those of you who are bacon aficionados but would like to stick to soft drinks the tickets are $60. All Air Force Club members save $5!


What’s on the Menu?

Whole Roast Pig
Beer-glazed bacon
Pork belly
Ribs
Gourmet pulled pork
Beef Wellington
Shrimp and bacon skewers
Corned Beef top round
and tons of other hors d’ oeuvres!


But guys, I want a list of brewing companies.

Ballast Point
Bear Republic
Coronado
Founders
Lagunitas
Mission
Modern Times
New Belgium
Sierra Nevada
Speakeasy


Isn’t the event called Beer, Bourbon & Bacon? …So what about bourbon?

Four Roses
Blanton’s
I.W. Harper
Elijah Craig
Buffalo Trace
Jack Daniel’s
Jim Beam
Knob Creek
Woodford Reserve
Wild Turkey

Oh, and one more thing. This year, there’s going to be bourbon that’s hand selected and labeled specially for Beer, Bourbon & Bacon with limited quantities for sale

Filibuster Bourbon
Filibuster Boondogler Whiskey
Filibuster Rye


Where can I find a tasting guide for Beer, Bourbon and Bacon?

So you’re curious about the fine art of tasting beer, bourbon and bacon, eh? We respect that. Check out this great write up that will leave your mouth watering.

http://kadenablog.com/index.php/2015/08/27/beer-bourbon-bacon-oh-my/


Great, well now that I’ve scrolled all the way to the end, I want a reward.

You got it. Check out last year’s Bacon Saga
(and stayed tuned for this year’s Bacon at the Movies):

Sesame Street

The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families

Sesame Street and the USO are bringing the furry, fuzzy  and friendly muppets to families around the world.  One of their stops is here on Kadena Air Base!


Tuesday, 8 September • 4 pm & 6:30 pm
Wednesday, 9 September • 4 pm & 6:30 pm


Tickets and location

Tickets will be available for free at the Schilling Community Center starting Saturday, 15 August • 10 am.  Tickets are limited to 4 per family.  If your family is larger than 4 people, please bring a copy of your orders for extra tickets.

Sesame Street will perform at the Keystone Theater.


Restrictions

Coolers, glass, or any alcohol, smoking, backpacks, pets, knives or any type of weapon are strictly prohibited.

Strollers will not be permitted inside of the Keystone Theater, please leave them in your vehicle or designated stroller parking (leaving them unattended is at the owner’s risk).


Tops in Blue: 2015 World Tour

Wednesday, July 22 • Doors open at 5 pm, show starts at 6 pm
Thursday, July 23 • Doors open at 4 pm, show starts at 5 pm


What can I expect?

Enjoy a spectacular show featuring 39 talented active duty Air Force singers, dancers and backstage techs. You and your family will be amazed by all the colorful lights, energy-filled dance routines, and, of course, dozens of classic and top 40 hits.


Tickets and Location

Tops in Blue is a free event held at the Keystone Theater.  All seats are first come, first served.


Restrictions

Coolers, glass, or any alcohol, smoking, backpacks, pets, knives or any type of weapon are strictly prohibited.


Tops In Blue, is an all-active duty US Air Force special unit made up of talented amateur performers selected for their entertainment abilities.

Tops In Blue is one of the oldest and most widely traveled entertainment groups of its kind.  Composed of 35 to 40 of the most talented vocalists, musicians, dancers, and techncians anywhere, their primary purpose is to perform for military personnel and their families throughout the world.  However, the enormous popularity of the group has also made them America’s goodwill ambassadors around the globe.

Each team begins their tour with an intense 60-day training period at   Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, “Home of Tops In Blue”.

This training consists of a highly accelerated educational process to prepare them to succeed as world-class entertainers and distinguished Air Force Ambassadors during the 10-month tour. The performers must master the instrumental, vocal, choreography, and staging requirements of the show. In addition, they also must become highly accomplished in the intricate technical skills needed to support the tour.
They are in essence their own “road crew”. Under the guidance of five technical personnel, the performing team is responsible for setting up over 60,000 pounds of staging, lighting, audio, video and special effects equipment required for each performance.

 Tops In Blue has a distinctive history, spanning 60 years. Since its first world tour in 1953, the group has also performed on film, produced albums, and appeared on national television with such legends as Ed Sullivan, Bob Hope, Alabama, Barbara Mandrell, BOYZ II MEN, Lee Greenwood, and many others. They performed the entire half-time shows for the 1981 Garden State Bowl and Super Bowl XIX. Tops In Blue has appeared in front of hundreds of thousands of fans at NASCAR events. In 2005, they performed the National Anthem for Game 6 of the NBA Finals, and in 2011, they performed with Lea Michele of “Glee” at Super Bowl XLV. Tops In Blue has performed for heads of state and dignitaries throughout the world. They have toured throughout Western, Central, and Eastern Europe, the Far East, Middle East, Central America, Southwest Asia, Canada, and all 50 of the United States. Countries such as Taiwan, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Iceland, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Albania, Vietnam, Cuba, Africa and Iraq have all experienced the extraordinary entertainment of Tops In Blue.

If the first 60 years are any indication of what is to come, the next 60 years will exceed all expectations as Tops In Blue continues to bring a touch of home, a touch of America, and above all, the pride of the Air Force to all their audiences.