Marines seek input on uniform proposal
Stars and Stripes
Pacific edition, Thursday, November 29, 2007

The Marine Corps is asking for Marines’ input on a proposed change to the male staff noncommissioned officer evening dress uniform.

The change modifies the uniform’s dress jacket by replacing the bow tie with a standing collar, according to the survey.

The proposal, if adopted, would be phased in and is expected to increase the cost of the uniform item by $50, according to the survey.

The survey shows the current uniform and the proposed change and asks Marines to vote for or against the change.

The SNCO Evening Dress Uniform Survey is at /
Kadena to host armed forces biathlon

The first Kadena All Armed Forces Biathlon is scheduled for Dec. 15, according to a Kadena press release.

Athletes must arrive by 7 a.m. at Habu Hill, and the race starts at 8. It is open to all status-of-forces-agreement personnel. There will be cash prizes for the first-, second- and third-place teams.

The four-man teams will consist of three runners and one cyclist. The 16-mile race consists of three 2 2/3-mile legs run by each runner and a final 8-mile lap by the cyclist.

The preregistration fee is $40. Teams can register the day of the event for $50.

To register, call DSN 632-9173 or e-mail
Shabbat service set at Camp Foster Chapel

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah begins Tuesday evening, and a menorah lighting is scheduled to be part of the Dec. 7 Shabbat service at the Camp Foster Chapel at 5 p.m., according to a Marine Corps press release.

Those needing Hanukkah menorah or candles can call Chaplain Lt. Kevin Bemel at the Camp Foster Chapel at DSN 645-7486.
Camp Courtney to host weekend festival

The annual Courtney Christmas and Holiday Festival is scheduled 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 10 p.m. Sunday at the Camp Courtney Commissary-PX complex, according to a Marine Corps Community Services release.

The event promises live entertainment, game booths, amusement rides, Kiddie Land and cultural cuisine. The Orlando Magic dancers are scheduled to close the festival Sunday night with an hourlong performance.

Admission is free, and festival-goers must show photo identification at the gate. No bottles, outside alcohol or coolers will be allowed.

For more information, call DSN 645-5835 or 5827.
AAFES to begin selling yule trees Saturday

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The Army and Air Force Exchange Service will begin selling live Christmas trees at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Camp Foster Main exchanges, an AAFES spokesman said Tuesday.

The 325 trees will be refrigerated until then to ensure they are as fresh as possible, Air Force Master Sgt. Donovan K. Potter said.

That is the only shipment of Christmas trees AAFES on Okinawa will receive, Potter said. He urged people who want a live tree to come early, as AAFES sells out of the trees every year.
Torii Station to hold craft fair Saturday

Torii Station is scheduled to hold a Krist-Kindle Mart and Christmas Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in Building 266, according to an Army press release.

Krist-Kindle Mart vendors for handicrafts and baked goods are still needed. The vendor table fee is $15.

For more information, call DSN 644-4334.
Santa Claus to join tree-lighting ceremony

PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — A holiday tree-lighting ceremony at Camp Humphreys is set for 6 p.m. Monday in Transformation Park.

Santa Claus will arrive by fire engine at 6:15 p.m. After the tree lighting, he will take part in a reception at the Community Activity Center, post officials said.

Call DSN 753-8257 for more information.
Camp Humphreys group to provide lunches

PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — The Protestant Women of the Chapel will be making and delivering lunches to several Camp Humphreys facilities on Dec. 5 as part of what they’re calling the “Heart of Christmas.”

Members will prepare the lunches at Freedom Chapel for delivery to the housing office, the child development center, the child youth center and Humphreys American Elementary School.

Meal delivery is to start at 10:45 a.m.

In past seasons, the group has cooked for and visited Esther’s Home, a local home for unwed pregnant women, and has performed Christmas carols at the post exchange.
Lasertag facility offers free play until Jan. 2

PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — The new Lastertag facility that opened at Camp Humphreys Nov. 23 will provide free play until Jan. 2, post officials said.

The facility is in Building S-1044, directly across from Soldiers’ Field and off Perimeter Road.

Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

Units may reserve the facility for training or esprit de corps events by contacting the post’s Community Activity Center at 753-8825.