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Senior Airman Zane Mays from the weapons standardization flight evaluates the Weapons Load Crew of the Quarter competion July 20 here. Airman Zane is assigned to the 18th Maintenance Operations Squadron. The 44th Aircraft Maintenance Unit won the competition. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Sheila deVera) 

Weapons load crews show off talent

0 8/01
2007
Staff Sgt. Paul DeGuzman holds the trophy for the Best Aeromedical Evacuation Configuration Crew Award at Kadena Air Base, Japan, July 29, 2007 after returning from the 2007 Air Mobility Command Rodeo competition held at McChord Air Force Base, Wash., July 23 -27, 2007.  The AMC Rodeo is a readiness competition pitting U.S. and international mobility units against each other. Sergeant DeGuzman is assigned to the 18th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron here. (U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Sheila deVera) Kadena unit wins at mobility competition

0 7/31
2007
Default Air Force Logo 9 Kadena members named 'best' for 2nd quarter
Congratulations to the following Team Kadena members who were selected as Kadena's top Airmen and civilians for the second quarter period of April through June 2007.Airman: Senior Airman Kenneth Terrell, 17th Special Operations Squadron Noncommissioned Officer: Staff Sgt. Matthew Parr, 18th Operations Support SquadronSenior Noncommissioned Officer:
0 7/30
2007
Akimene Hiroaki, a Japanese security guard at Kadena Air Base, Japan, wears the new civilian guard uniform while checking identification cards at Kadena's Gate Two July 27. Kadena's host nation civilian guard force changed uniform colors from dark blue to tan July 26. The guards provide perimeter security, conduct base patrols and perform building security checks throughout the base. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Reynaldo Ramon) Kadena's host nation guards sport new uniforms

0 7/27
2007
Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Philpott, flight engineer for the 33rd Rescue Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, checks the rear rotor of an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter during a pre-flight inspection during a training exercise at Kadena July 23. The squadron conducted training this week in preparation for an upcoming deployment Kandahar, Afghanistan, to conduct combat search and rescue and medical rescue missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The squadron is heading back to Afghanistan after returning from a four-month deployment to Kandahar in May. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Staff Sgt. Joshua J. Garcia) Kadena rescue squadron heads back to Afghanistan
Less than three months after returning from a deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan, supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, one Kadena unit is deploying back.The 33rd Rescue Squadron, which flies the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter to conduct combat search and rescue operations, is heading back to Afghanistan on its fourth deployment in the last three
0 7/26
2007
First Lt. Alan Schulenberg, an F-15C pilot with the 44th Fighter Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, explains the functions of an F-15 fighter jet to Okinawa business leaders during a community relations tour at Kadena July 16. This tour was part of the base’s co-commanders program in which senior leaders on Kadena are paired with local community leaders.  The program objective is to foster close relationships between the base and local communities, while promoting a better understanding of Kadena’s mission.  Kadena’s leaders also gain insight into Okinawa public perspectives regarding U.S. and Air Force forces on Okinawa.  (U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Darnell T. Cannady) Okinawa business leaders visit Kadena

0 7/25
2007
Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Philpott, flight engineer for the 33rd Rescue Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, checks the rear rotor of an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter during a pre-flight inspection during a training exercise at Kadena July 23. The squadron conducted training this week in preparation for an upcoming deployment Kandahar, Afghanistan, to conduct combat search and rescue and medical rescue missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The squadron is heading back to Afghanistan after returning from a four-month deployment to Kandahar in May. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Staff Sgt. Joshua J. Garcia) Kadena rescue squadron prepares for Afghanistan deployment

0 7/25
2007
Students from Airmen Leadership School run beside Douglas Boulevard early in the morning July 20.
U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Reynaldo Ramon Running issue picks up speed
Kadena has recently been running into problems with runners. From congestion to noise in housing areas, the running issue has been picking up speed for some time. To explore solutions to these problems a working group was recently created. The group includes representatives from the 18th Security Forces Squadron, 18th Wing Safety, 18th Services
0 7/23
2007
Default Air Force Logo AFSOC vice commander praises Kadena group
The Air Force Special Operations Command vice commander recently shared his views on today's special operations efforts and the dedication of today's Airmen during a recent visit to Kadena. Maj. Gen. Donald C. Wurster has been AFSOC's vice commander since February 2006 and will soon step up to the commander's position after Lt. General Michael
0 7/23
2007
Version 2 of the Active Electronic Scanned Array System, or v2 AESA, one of the most advanced radar systems in the world is displayed. Courtesy photo from Boeing New radar system bolsters F-15 fleet
Kadena recently received six F-15C Eagle aircraft upgraded with one of the most advanced radar systems in the world--version 2 of the Active Electronic Scanned Array System, or v2 AESA. More upgraded aircraft will arrive here by the end of the fiscal year as part of a program called "Golden Fleet." Under this program 178 F-15's will receive a wide
0 7/19
2007
Staff Sgts. James Cantu, Lance Schutts and Alejandro Castillo, from the 733rd Air Mobility Squadron, push a heavy piece of cargo onto an L-100 civilian aircraft at Kadena Air Base, Japan, July 19. The plane travels to Osan AB, Korea; Yokota, AB, Misawa AB and Kadena three times a week delivering and picking up equipment.
U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Reynaldo Ramon
733rd AMS practices smart logistics
Working smarter, not harder was the focus of an annual logistics readiness workshop held here July 9-13 and hosted by the 733rd Air Mobility Squadron. The workshop brought in experts from Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Ill., to discuss and resolve logistics issues. "This is synergy in action," said Walter Decker, 715 AMOG/Chief of Logistics,
0 7/18
2007
Senior Airman Matthew Amerson piles tree branches outside his dormitory at Kadena Air Base, Japan, July 14, 2007. The branches were knocked down by Typhoon Man-Yi which brought the base 77 mph winds gusting to 105 mph.  There were no injuries or significant damages to base structures.  The typhoon was the strongest to hit the base since 2003.  Airman Amerson is assigned to the 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron.  U.S. Air Force Photo/Senior Airman Darnell T. Cannady Kadena recovers from Typhoon Man-Yi
After more than 24 hours in the highest typhoon condition and with winds gusting up to 105 mph, Kadena Air Base is now recovering from Typhoon Man-Yi. The base entered the highest typhoon condition July12 with the expectation the typhoon would hit the island sometime July 13. According to Capt. Jonathan Wilson, 18th Operations Support Squadron
0 7/13
2007
Airmen from the 18th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron tow an F-15C Eagle into a protective aircraft shelter on Kadena Air Base, Japan, July 12, 2007.  Some base aircraft  were moved into hangars and protective aircraft shelters to keep them safe from fast approaching Typhoon Man-Yi, the first for Okinawa this year.  It's expected to make landfall Friday at Kadena. Sergeant Farr is a crew chief with the 18 Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.  U.S. Air Force  photo/Airman 1st Class Kelly Timney Preparing for the storm

0 7/12
2007
Airman 1st Class Robert Coviello teaches Tech. Sgt. Calvin Warner, Aircrew Flight Equipment Flight, sewing techniques on a harness at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The instruction is part of cross utilization training to merge aircrew life support and survival equipment into a new Air Force specialty code, aircrew flight equipment.
U.S. Air Force photo/Scott Hallford Life support, survival equipment AFSCs merging into aircrew flight equipment
Aircrew life support and survival equipment Airmen have always had jobs that mirrored each other somewhat. Under a new directive, the two Air Force specialty codes are merging and Kadena is the first base within Pacific Air Forces and one of the first Air Force-wide to be as far into the process as they are. More than 60 Kadena Airmen are
0 7/12
2007
Tsutomu Takaesu lines up the new public affairs sign on what used to be the multimedia building at Kadena Air Base, Japan, as part of the finishing touches of the 18th Wing Public Affairs and multimedia merger.  Mr. Takaesu works with the 18th Civil Engineering Squadron.
U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jeremy McGuffin Base multimedia, PA merge into one
"Inform, educate, recognize," is the motto of the Airmen and civilians working in the newly restructured 18th Wing Public Affairs office here. Public Affairs more than doubled in size recently when it merged with the Base Multimedia Center - also known as Visual Information - which was formerly under the 18th Communications Squadron. The mission of
0 7/11
2007
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