Posted on Oct 26, 2014
LTC Brigade Executive Officer
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While serving my first OCONUS tour over here in Okinawa, I have been amazed (and sometime dumbfounded) by the difference in cultures and societal norms. One example (of many) is observing school age children (K-12) walking around the streets of Okinawa presumably to and from school without their parents being around. The environment they live in is safe enough for parents to feel comfortable with their children’s safety. You will see kids walking to baseball practice, riding the public bus system or even just walking down the street, completely, safe. This is something that was closer to being true when I was growing up, but would never see today.

What have you seen in other cultures that would be nice to have back in the States?
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MAJ Raúl Rovira
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Every assignment/deployment is an adventure. Most eye opening was living in Cairo when I worked at the Embassy. 10 years in 8 countries. That gives me 8 points of view. Priceless education.
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MSG Floyd Williams
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I done three (3) tours in Europe and enjoyed the laid back lifestyle friendly people, seen and learn a lot that I read in history books in grade school. My first tour was in the Berlin Brigade when Rudolf Hess was still living as a prisoner in Spandau Prison never dream I would be guarding him.
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PO1 Master-at-Arms
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I too served in Okinawa (White Beach, Camp Shields, and Naval Support on Kadena AFB areas). Loved every single minute of it! Picked up some language, phrases, learned some Kanji so I wouldn't feel so much like an outsider. My only complain was moldy units, particularly as we resided on McTureous housing.

My biggest take away from Okinawa and overall Japanese culture is how dorky they are! I mean in a good way, but their game and talk shows are so very cheesy! I loved it nevertheless. GANBATTE!

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