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February 16, 2017 ·

Sarah Head


ERRA International Fusion on Camp Foster is more than a cozy little restaurant atop a hill. It’s a warm environment where you can connect with friends old and new. It’s a quiet eatery for a date with your spouse. It’s a place to unwind and enjoy a beverage while watching a game. It’s a little piece of home you crave, with a surprise element you have to taste to believe. Executive Chef Gabriel Gomez, CCC, offers patrons new and exciting trends from around the world, which allows TERRA’s menu to be fluid. Guests can be bold and choose one of Chef Gomez’s newer creations off the Chef ’s Specials menu, like the Oven Roasted Spanish Mackerel over Oki-


nawan Sweet Potatoes. It may look like a healthy portion of white fish over potatoes with a sauce, which you could find at many restaurants, but that is where the similarity ends. Chef Gomez uses a clever flavor in the sauce you would never expect, and you may find yourself forgetting your table manners and licking your plate clean. TERRA also offers international favorites, like the Authentic Beef Enchilada (pictured above), complete with a mole sauce guaranteed to render you speechless… because you will not want to put your fork down. This dish, along with many others, is a menu staple, encouraging you to return for another helping anytime. Even though the staff

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Take your tastebuds on an adventure without leaving the island. at TERRA take pride for offering new experiences, they also know how to develop a cult following in their regular menu items. To see more of what TERRA has to offer, check them out any day of the week, breakfast, lunch or dinner. Or go to to view their menu. Check out pictures of their culinary creations at

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ulldog Burgers will soon open a convenient location inside the Foster Bowling Center, so those that live and work nearby can pick up a Sunrise Sandwich, a juicy burger or a scrumptious hot dog! For a reasonable $5, grab a Breakfast Bowl, featuring scrambled eggs, your choice of sausage or bacon and breakfast potatoes topped with cheese. They also have two delicious breakfast burritos fit for your consumption.

When chow call sounds, head back over to Bulldogs Burgers for a gut-busting feast. Choose from the standard Original Bulldog Burger, the mouth-stretching Double Stack, the Mushroom and Swiss for the erudite, or, if you are not in the mood for a burger, go for Leatherneck Hot Dog or Chicken Sandwich. All burgers are handcrafted with 100 percent beef. Each hearty menu item is bold, fearless,

and like all great food, simple. It’s America between two toasted buns. Want a burger or sandwich, but not the carbs? Bulldogs also offers a Cheeseburger Salad, or a Chicken Avocado Salad. Either way, anything you choose from the Bulldogs Burger menu is sure to fill you up, but make you crave more. For more information, visit


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Spring Scramble


ust off your golf clubs and start spring off with a hole in one at Taiyo Golf Club’s Spring Scramble! Round up your friends and channel your competitive spirit on March 11 at this annual event. This four person scramble is played with a ten percent combined team handicap. Each team

member will tee up and take their shot, the best of which will be selected. The players will then play the next shots from the positions of the selected ball, placing each ball within six inches of where the selected ball lands. This procedure is continued until completion of the hole. Prizes and bragging

rights will be awarded to the top team. After a morning of competition and comradery, grab a savory lunch at Taiyo Steakhouse. Preregistration is required; the scramble is $30 per person and players must register by March 8, 2017. For more information, call Taiyo Golf Club at 622-2004/2006.

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Haisai! Hello!

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For details about FREE Japanese language classes, please call Marine & Family Programs-Resources at 645-2104/2106.


id you know Japanese is not the native tongue of the Okinawan people? There are six languages on Okinawa, collectively called the Ryukyu Shôgô, and in 2009, they were placed on the UNESCO endangered language list. Spoken for over 700 years in the Ryukyu Kingdom, Uchinâguchi, the language of the Shuri-Naha area, is rarely spoken on the island today. It is widely considered a dialect of Japanese, as was propagandized by the Japanese government during its initial occupation of Okinawa. From 1879 to 1949, Okinawa was annexed by Japan. Political positions were overtaken by Japanese officials, and education on Okinawa was standardized to meet Japanese requirements. Thus, Japanese was taught in schools, and over time, the Okinawan people assimilated into

the language—by necessity. Children were punished in school for speaking their native language, and the idea that Uchinâguchi was a second-class language was impressed on the Okinawan people. Despite the mainstream eradication of Uchinâguchi, influences of its existence remain; Child Development Centers on Camps Courtney, Foster, Kinser are named in native Okinawan language, as are many off-base establishments. Today, Japanese remains the

dominant language on Okinawa. If you’re interested in studying the language and learning about more of the history of how it came to be on Okinawa, consider attending classes offered by the Marine & Family Programs Branch. Basic Japanese, Survival Japanese and Survival Japanese Writing classes are all offered for FREE on Marine Corps bases island-wide. Visit for dates and times.

If you have any burning questions about Japanese culture, please send them to

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didyou know?



The next financial class is the Money Management Workshop on MCAS Futenma on February 16 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. visit visit mccsokinawa. com/finance to register.

Military Saves Month

id you know less than 50 percent of Americans have a savings plan? Money is one of the leading causes for stress in American adults. Through nationwide programs like Military Saves and America Saves, we can all learn some tips on fiscal responsibly like how to manage debt, budgeting, building credit and more. Entering its 15th year, Military Saves was originally formed as an off-shoot of America Saves to focus on increasing financial health and wellness within the military community. The main focus of the program is to encourage saving as a means to financial freedom for a lifetime. The campaign partners with the military installation’s Personal Financial Management teams to develop a culture supporting wise financial behavior. February is Military Saves Month throughout the Department of Defense. The MCCS Personal Financial Management center is joining forces

with local organizations such as onbase credit unions and banks, military exchanges and commissaries to highlight the importance of financial readiness and the military’s yearround financial readiness campaign. The Personal Financial Management center also provides financial classes, unit training sessions and financial outreach to promote sav-

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Don't forget to save room for dessert! Try the Banana Lumpia at TERRA International Fusion on Camp Foster.

ings. We strongly encourage military service members, DoD civilians and their families to increase their knowledge of personal finances for a strong financial future and to take action to improve their financial health and wellness. For more information, please call 645-2104 or visit mccsokinawa. com/finance.

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Wear green, enjoy the green drinks and FREE food offered at many of our locations. But have a plan and PROTECT WHAT YOU’VE EARNED.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

ooking for something to do for St. ‌Patrick’s Day? Head over to the BeachHead on Camp Schwab for a $9.95 lunch buffet on March 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Later on, the Landing Zone Enlisted Lounge will have a St. Patrick’s Day party from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Bring a guest and your Irish dancing shoes for the River Dance competition at The Palms Enlisted Lounge St. Patrick’s Day Party from 7 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. Camp Courtney is hosting a Shamrock Rock ‘N’ Roll for E-5 and below and their guests at Hashmarks SNCO lounge. Sample Irish hors d’oeuvres from 6 to 8 p.m., then get your jig on until 12:30 a.m. Legends Officers’ Club is the spot for officers, SNCO’s and their guests to show their Irish spirit at the Luck of the Irish Party. Enjoy FREE prizes 6 p.m. to midnight. From 6 to 8 p.m., enjoy some light Irish fare, then karaoke from 8 to midnight at Butler Officers’ Club on

Plaza Housing. On Camp Foster this St. Patrick’s Day, Chesty’s will have Irish fare and prizes for E6 and above from 7 p.m. to midnight. E5 and below will have a Rock and Roll Celebration at Globe & Anchor Enlisted Lounge with a DJ from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Habu Pit Officers’ and SNCO club is having Blarney Bash on March 17

from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. The celebration will continue on Friday, March 18 with FREE food and giveaways. Thirsty’s Enlisted Lounge is also open on St.Patrick’s Day from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. for E5 and below. Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with FREE giveaways from 5 p.m. to midnight at the Enlisted and SNCO Lounges on Camp Kinser.

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adventure begins here Okinawan Cuisine Buffet and Ryukyu Drum Show February 17, 5–9 p.m. Adult $66, Children (7–12) $45, (4–6) $30, (under 4) FREE with no meal Enjoy a buffet of Okinawan cuisine while the Zampa Ufujishi Daiko performs traditional music and Eisa dancing.

Strawberry Picking Tour February 18, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Adult $33, Children (7-12) $23, (2-6) $20, (under 2) FREE Join as we visit a strawberry picking farm to eat as many Strawberries as you can for 30 minutes! Afterwards, stop at the Nago Pineapple Park.

Okinawa World and Habu Museum February 18, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Adult $32, Children (12–15) $26, (4–11) $19 (under 4) FREE Tour Gyokusendo cave, a glass‐blowing center, a pottery village, awamori shop and the habu museum.

Battle Sites Tour February 19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Adult $28, Children (3-11) $18, (under 3) FREE Visit Kakazu Ridge, the Japanese Naval underground headquarters, Hacksaw Ridge, and end the day at Peace Memorial Park.

*Bring yen for additional food, drinks and/or purchases. For more information, contact MCCS Tours+: Camp Foster 646-3502 | Camp Hansen 623-6344 | Camp Kinser 637-2744

off-baseevents get out and explore

B League Basketball Tournament Ryukyu Golden Kings vs. Shibuya Sun Rockers February 18, 7 p.m. February 19, 6 p.m. Okinawa City Gym, Okinawa City Call Tours+ at 646-3502 for tickets.

Athletics/Adult Sports

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Aquatics 645-3180 Courtney Ironworks 622-9261/7297 Futenma Semper Fit 636-2672 Gunners Fitness Center 645-3985/2235 Hansen House of Pain 623-5558/4831 Health Promotion 645-3484/3910 Kinser Fitness Center 637-1869/1114 Schwab Power Dome 625-2654/2442 Taiyo Golf Club 622-2004 Tsunami SCUBA 645-9500 Youth Sports 645-3533/3534

Motobu Handmade Market February 19, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Motobu Town Market Motobu Town FREE

Ryukyu Lantern Festival February 16–26, 6–10 p.m. Murasaki Mura Theme Park Yomitan Village Adults ¥600, Children (13–18) ¥500, (under 12) ¥400

upcoming semperfitevents Basketball Tournament February 24–26 Camp Courtney Ironworks Fitness Center Register at any MCCS Fitness Center by February 21 at 1 p.m. for $120. This event is open to participants island-wide. The top three teams and individuals will receive awards. Details: 622-7297

Flag Football Tournament February 24-26 Camp Foster Fields #1 and #6 Register at any MCCS Fitness Center by February 21 at 1 p.m. for $120. This event is open to participants island-wide. The top three teams and individuals will receive awards. Details: 645-4866.

classof theweek Pilates This hour-long class is great for conditioning, toning and strengthening your core. Camp Foster For a full group fitness schedule, visit

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