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February 23, 2014

Stillwater native creates snow sculpture in Japan

STILLWATER (AP) —  Home-schooled on a farm near Stillwater, Andrew Handley wanted to see the world. After high school, he joined the Navy, leaving Oklahoma behind. Serving in the military for just one year, Seaman Handley from the Navy Munitions Command East Asia Division in Misawa, Japan, was handpicked as a goodwill ambassador for the 65th annual Sapporo Snow Festival in Hokkaido, Japan.

Handley, 20, joined a group of sailors belonging to United States Naval Air Facility Misawa and its tenant commands to represent the Navy and construct a snow sculpture which was displayed at the festival. The seven are members of the 2014 Navy Misawa Snow Team, which traveled from mainland Japan to Hokkaido Island, so they could build the sculpture for the event.

The team, nicknamed “the Sapporo Seven,” is comprised of Navy Misawa sailors who continually demonstrate a strong work ethic, while embodying the Navy core values. They must also have solid communication skills, and be outgoing and friendly.

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