Newcomers: Misawa Is Safe! This Is How We Know

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan – Maj. David Kempisty, 35th Aerospace Medicine Squadron installation radiation safety officer, shuts off a high-volume air sampler stationed on Misawa Air Base’s flightline April 29. The HVAS is used to detect radioactive particles in the air by collecting 1,000 cubic-feet of air every 50 minutes and trapping the particles on filter paper. Major Kempisty has been monitoring radiation levels here at Misawa since the earthquake and he has not detected any radiation above the normal background levels. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Phillip Butterfield)

Military Families Return To Misawa Air Base

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- Col. Al Wimmer, 35 Fighter Wing Vice Commander, gives four-year-old Mark Gillett, son of Staff Sgt. Mark Gillett, 35th Communications Squadron, a "high five" as he steps off the plane 22 April. Mark and his mother were among more than 1,300 dependents from Misawa AB who participated in the Defense Department approved voluntary departure for families affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Marie Brown)

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Operation Wash Down

U.S. Navy sailors wash the exterior of an SH-60 Seahawk helicopter following an Operation Tomodachi humanitarian assistance mission, Misawa Air Base, Japan, March 23, 2011. The sailors are assigned to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 14 and Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 51. photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Devon Dow.

Weather, Or Not?

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Brandon Knight, 35th Operations Support Squadron weather forecaster, reviews a Kestrel 4000 for current weather conditions at Misawa Air Base, Japan, on Jan. 6, 2011. The Kestrel 4000 is a weather device that identifies temperature, humidity, air pressure and wind speed. (U.S. Air Force photo/1st Lt. Cammie Quinn)

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It Snows In The East

Members of the 35th Civil Engineer Squadron snow removal team clear fresh snow from the taxiways at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 29, 2010, ensuring safe ground passage for the F-16 Fighting Falcon fleet. The snow removal team uses a variety of specialized equipment to sweep, blow and scrape snow from pavements. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Phillip Butterfield).

It’s Only Water

Staff Sgt. Joshua Eisenman, a fuel expediter with the 35th Logistics Readiness Squadron, grabs protective gloves to help contain a simulated 'fuel leak' from a refueler truck, Nov. 9, 2010, during an operational readiness exercise at Misawa Air Base, Japan. The exercise evaluation team dumped water to help the responders visualize the 'spill' of approximately 600 gallons of fuel. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse)