2015 Okinawa Defender of the Year

The Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance held its third annual Okinawa Defender of the Year Award Ceremony in Okinawa, Japan on Tuesday November 24, 2015. The event honored Missile Defenders of the U.S. Army 1st Battalion 1st Air Defense Artillery, Japan Air Self Defense Force 5th Air Defense Missile Group, and Japan Ground Self Defense Force 15th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Regiment.

2015 Okinawa Defenders of the Year:

U.S. Army 1st Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery Awardees

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2LT Theodore M. Fong SPC Ryan M. Walton
SPC Allan J. Widebeck SPC Nathan C. Bahr
SPC Cody F. Santiago SSG Aaron M. Smith
SGT Tanner R. Hintzman SPC Tyler J. Engelbrecht
SPC Cody KC. Kaminski PFC Brandon A. Blair

Japan Air Self Defense Force 5th Air Defense Missile Group Awardees

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S.Sgt Kohei Uchida T.Sgt Takahiro Nishimura
S.Sgt Shigeki Yamashita S.Sgt Eita Ashimine
T.Sgt Yasuhiro Suganami S.Sgt Syogo Shinzato
S.Sgt Okimasa Iha Sgt Takuya Shinzato

Japan Ground Self Defense Force 15th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Regiment Awardees

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SFC Kazuo Takayoshi SFC Jyunpei Endo
SFC Yasuaki Kinjyo SGT Toru Rokuta
SGT Reiji Takahashi SFC Hirokazu Kodama

Defenders of the Year

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