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Members of the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron Water and Fuels Systems Maintenance team prepare a garbage disposal for installment at the Tee House Dec. 7, 2016, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. WFSM is responsible for installing equipment related to water and fuels to different areas of the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lynette M. Rolen/Released) Out with the old, in with the new
Members of the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron Water and Fuels Systems Maintenance team prepare a garbage disposal for installment at the Tee House Dec. 7, 2016, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. WFSM is responsible for installing equipment related to water and fuels to different areas of the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lynette M.
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U.S. Air Force Maj. Anibal Aguirre, 33rd Rescue Squadron weapons and tactics officer, piloted one of the HH-60G Pave Hawks during the rescue of five MV-22 Osprey crewmembers Dec. 13, 2016. Members of the 33rd RQS participated in the successful rescue of the Marines alongside members of the 31st RQS, Japan Air Self-Defense Force and the Japan Coast Guard following a shallow water landing off the coast of Okinawa near Camp Schwab. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lynette M. Rolen/Released) Midnight Emergency
Kadena's rescue squadrons saved five crew members of an Osprey after a shallow water landing Dec. 13.
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Family members of an honored veteran present leis on a memorial during a commemoration ceremony at Bellows Air Force Station, Hawaii, Dec. 8th, 2016. Approximately 100 people, including family members of several honored veterans, came together in recognizing the bravery displayed at Bellows during the Dec. 7th attack on Pearl Harbor and Oahu. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander Martinez) Bellows honors Dec. 7 attack heroes
Approximately 100 people came together in honoring the legacy and heroism of Bellows servicemembers during a commemoration ceremony Dec. 8, 2016. The ceremony commemorated the heroic acts on display at Bellows during the Dec. 7, 1941, attacks on Pearl Harbor and Oahu. “It’s incredible to have this ceremony out here when for so long all the
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U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. John Payne, 18th Civil Engineer Group first sergeant, is congratulated by Chief Master Sgt. Michael Ditore, 18th Wing command chief, Dec. 8, 2016, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Leaders selected to the rank of chief master sergeant represent one percent of the enlisted force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lynette M. Rolen/Released) Best of the best
Eight of Kadena’s senior noncommissioned officers were recognized for their selection to the rank of Chief Master Sergeant Dec. 8.
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The shield of the 18th Wing at Kadena Air Base, Japan. JASDF, USAF rescue five crewmembers after water landing
Members of the 33rd and 31st Rescue Squadrons from Kadena Air Base worked seamlessly with the Japan Air Self Defense Force and Japan Coast Guard as well as Marine assets to successfully rescue five MV-22 Osprey crewmembers with Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing following a landing in shallow water off the Okinawa coastline near Camp Schwab at approximately 10:00 p.m., Dec. 13.
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Scott Edge, 525th Electronics Maintenance Squadron director. (U.S. Air Force photo) Civilian overseas assignments: A great way to serve
The thought of serving the country overseas as a civilian had never crossed my mind, never seriously anyway. I had received previous email solicitations for civil service jobs overseas and had always deleted them.I read an email asking for interest in a job at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, and I deleted it. After all, I was settled in my
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U.S. Air Force Airmen receive instructions prior to the run portion of a physical fitness test, Dec. 1, 2016, at the Risner Fitness Center on Kadena Air Base, Japan.  During the running portion of the test, Physical Training Leaders keep track of laps run by the members on their rosters as well as making sure runners are aware of their current lap time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nick Emerick/Released) Testing... testing
Members of the fitness assessment cell, physical training leaders and Airmen participating in the Air Force physical fitness test gather inside of Risner Gym on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Dec. 1 to assess current fitness levels. Physical fitness testing is a requirement for all Airmen, making sure they are fit-to-fight and carry out their unique components of the Air Force mission across the globe.
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U.S. Air Force Airmen tie down and secure munitions to pallets during a Tactical Ammunition Rapid Response Package exercise Dec. 6, 2016, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The TARRP exercise simulates how the squadron would rapidly prepare munition packages for transport downrange in times of war. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard/Released) Like Clockwork
Forklifts are driven to and fro in a warehouse as cargo is transported to pallets and readied for the long trip ahead. Airmen work quickly to tie down the cargo and as levers crank straps taught, and the package is secured, another forklift appears with another package and the Airmen start the process again – like clockwork.
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U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Thundercloud Hirajeta with his wife April and daughter Autumn following his reenlistment, Dec. 2, 2016 at the American Legion Wayne E. Marchand post on Okinawa, Japan. He was sworn in by retired United States Marine Corps Maj. John Glenn, who had been his Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps instructor. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nick Emerick/Released) Time after time
Master Sgt. Thundercloud Hirajeta enlisted in the Air Force after graduating in 1996 from Kubasaki High School on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan. He was sworn in by retired United States Marine Corps Maj. John Glenn, who had been his Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps instructor
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U.S. Air Force Airmen participate in the run portion of the physical fitness test with physical training leaders, Dec. 1, 2016, at the Risner Fitness Center on Kadena Air Base, Japan. The running portion of the physical fitness test is a key part of the test and worth the most points toward a total fitness score.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nick Emerick/Released) Fit to fight
U.S. Air Force Airmen participate in the run portion of the physical fitness test with physical training leaders, Dec. 1, 2016, at the Risner Fitness Center on Kadena Air Base, Japan. The running portion of the physical fitness test is a key part of the test and worth the most points toward a total fitness score. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Daniel Davis and Michael Gutenberger, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron structural apprentices, prepare mortar for brick-laying Dec. 7, 2016, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Back-up generators are a necessity for every building. Constructing brick walls protects them from the elements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lynette M. Rolen/Released) Renovating mission capability
The 18th Civil Engineer Squadron is conducting structural maintenance on a facility to be used by the 18th Munitions Squadron.
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A U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle from the 67th Fighter Squadron taxies on the runway Dec. 6, 2016, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The F-15 Eagle is an all-weather tactical fighter capable of maintaining air supremacy in any environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lynette M. Rolen/Released) Pacific Air Power
A U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle from the 67th Fighter Squadron taxies on the runway Dec. 6, 2016, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The F-15 Eagle is an all-weather tactical fighter capable of maintaining air supremacy in any environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lynette M. Rolen/Released)
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U.S. Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawks from the 33rd Rescue Squadron take off Nov. 30, 2016, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. HH-60G rescue equipment includes a hoist capable of lifting a 600-pound load from a hover height of 200 feet, and a personnel locating system that is compatible with the PRC-112 survival radio and provides range and bearing information to a survivor's location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Corey Pettis/Released) Blades of Glory
U.S. Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawks from the 33rd Rescue Squadron take off Nov. 30, 2016, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. HH-60G rescue equipment includes a hoist capable of lifting a 600-pound load from a hover height of 200 feet, and a personnel locating system that is compatible with the PRC-112 survival radio and provides range and bearing information
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Residents of Chatan Town make their way through Kadena Air Base, Japan, as part of a bilateral tsunami evacuation exercise Dec. 4, 2016. U.S. Military and civil authorities must be prepared to face any emergency that could occur on Okinawa. The tsunami evacuation exercise is one possible scenario that both nations can train for, execute and evaluate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Corey Pettis/Released) Disaster Preparedness
A bilateral natural disaster exercise was held on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Dec. 4 to test and improve evacuation procedures between members of Team Kadena and the local community. Approximately 130 Chatan Town residents participated in a simulated evacuation drill from low elevation areas near the Sunabe Seawall to higher ground, in the event of a tsunami.
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Charles Schmidt, American Legion National Commander, listens to 18th Wing leadership Nov. 28, 2016, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Schmidt visited Kadena during his Western Pacific Tour and informed wing leadership of the benefits the American Legion offers service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lynette M. Rolen/Released) A Few Good Legionnaires
The American Legion National Commander, Charles Schmidt, visited Kadena during his Western Pacific Tour Nov. 28.
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