Recharge for Resiliency

What is it?
Recharge for Resiliency (R4R) is an Air Force wide program for Force Support Squadron (that’s us!) morale, welfare and recreation (MWR) activities. R4R seeks to serve single or unaccompanied airmen, airmen preparing for deployments, and those families affected by deployment.

R4R encompass three separate functions aimed at different groups with unique needs and circumstances: Single Airman Programming Initiative, RecOn: Feed Your Rush, and Deployed Affected Programming.

Single Airman Programming Initiative

This program’s objective is to provide a wide variety of social and recreational opportunities through FSS recreational activities, offer MWR life skill classes to “create a single Airman culture that supports the healthy ‘whole person’ lifestyle,” and improve technology and communication within FSS programs and activities. In support of single or unaccompanied Airmen on Kadena, FSS offers discounted programming and excursions in areas such as: SCUBA certifications, kayak and snorkel trips, and Kadena Aero Club Tour or Intro Flights. Registration for SAPI opportunities takes place at the Schilling Community Center.

RecOn: Feed Your Rush

RecOn is an Air Force initiative designed to address the challenges facing deploying Airmen by providing high adrenaline, supervised Outdoor Recreation programs. This will provide opportunities to Airmen gearing up for deployment or returning to their home duty station after deployment as they reintegrate into regular social networks, family life, and local communities. RecOn is operated through FSS Outdoor Recreation only. RecOn is open to both the active duty member and their family. Registration for RecOn opportunities takes place at Kadena Outdoor Recreation.

Deployed Affected Programming

Deployed Affected Programming allows all Air Force assigned service members returning from deployments or dependent-restricted assignments and their families to participate in FSS recreational activities. Eligible family members may participate while the service member is gone as well as upon their return. Members who have deployed in support of an active operation and/or who are on a dependent-restricted assignment, and their dependents, are eligible for this initiative. Registration for all Deployed Affected Programming takes place at the facility offering each activity (eg: register for the Seashell Wreath class at Kadena Arts & Crafts or register for the Naha Dragon Boat Races at Kadena ITT).

Middle of it All • Kadena ITT
Experience Central Okinawa by visiting Zakimi Castle ruins which was built by the legendary warrior, Gosamaru, in the 15th century. Then see the famous Nakamura House, a traditional Okinawan style house designated as a cultural asset by the Japanese government before enjoying the peaceful trip over Kaichu-doro, The Road through the Sea, to learn the history of Hamahiga, Miyagi and Ikei Islands. We will also stop at the Nuchi Una where we will see the processing plant for Nuchi Masu which means “Life Salt”.  Nuchi Masu is an award winning nutrient rich salt used for numerous applications

Shuri Castle • Kadena ITT
Okinawa has a distinct history separate from that of mainland Japan. Learn about the Sho Dynasty with a visit to the famous Shuri Castle and Shikina-En. Shuri Castle has been an UNESCO World Heritage site since 2000 for its unique fusion of Japanese and Chinese architectural styles. Please wear comfortable shoes and don’t forget your camera.

Mini Mini Zoo • Kadena ITT
Get out of the house and take a short morning trip with the little ones and visit the Mini Mini Zoo in Uruma City where over 40 different animals reside.  Check out Squirrels Monkeys, Ostriches, Wallabies, Armadillos and many, many more!  We will also visit the on-site bakery where they utilize their very own fresh eggs to produce very delicious Uruma City famous pastries.

Pottery Class • Arts and Crafts
Get creative and make something new out of clay! Sculptures, bowls, cups, and more, the possibilities are endless. We promise it won’t be a bust!

Origami • Arts and Crafts
Origami is the art of paper folding with the goal of transforming a square piece of paper into a finished sculpture without scissors, glue, or markings. Sound interesting? Give it a shot!

Kokeshi Doll Class • Arts and Crafts
Kokeshi Dolls were originally created as souvenirs to remind their owners of a loved one or special memory. So why not design and paint your own Kokeshi as a reminder of your time here on Okinawa. They make great gifts, too!

3D Fabric Kimono • Arts and Crafts
Kimonos are beautiful to wear, but they also make fabulous colorful decorations! In this crafty class, create your own miniature kimono to display.

PADI Dive Certification Courses Discount • Kadena Marina
Receive discount on any PADI course. See Kadena Marina for details.

Open Water Coastal Kayaking Course • Outdoor Recreation
Instructed by a certified American Canoe Association instructor. We will use decked kayaks (sit-in) with spray skirts and everyone will get wet. Course includes on-shore presentations, launching and landing, wet-exit practice, kayak orientation, basic strokes and skills, deep water rescues, and I short skills development tour.

Kayak Fishing • Outdoor Recreation
Learn the basics skills of kayaking with our on shore presentations and equipment orientation prior to paddling out to our fishing spot for the day. The guides for the day will be one kayak instructor and one fishing expert familiar with local trends and techniques. We will also track local fishing reports to try to hit areas that are catching! All required equipment is provided by ODR.

Intro to Flight • Aero Club
This is a great introduction for people who are curious about learning to fly. Take to the skies with a Certified Flight Instructor who will cover the basics of flight training with you! You will log one hour of flight on this adventure that can be applied toward obtaining your Private Pilot’s License.

Tour Flight • Aero Club
Fly with one of our experienced pilots and be introduced to the wonders of Okinawa. Grab your camera and snap a photo of your house as you soar by! Two person minimum required.

Open Water Dive Certification • Kadena Marina
Learn basic skills and get certified to dive up to 60 ft. Students need to provide snorkeling gear, booties, and wetsuit. Equipment rental not included.