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Tech. Sgt. Tonya Trythall shows Capt. Nelson Tirado the storm path of Typhoon Nari path at Kadena Air Base, Japan.  Sept. 14, 2007.  The base prepared itself for typhoon by moving jets and equipment from the flightline into protective aircraft shelters and evacuated many aircraft to locations throughout the Pacific. The typhoon will hit the island the evening of Sept. 14 with 45 knot winds gusting to 65 knots. Sergeant Trythall with the 18th Operations Support Squadron weather flight and Captain Tirado is an aircraft commander with the 82nd Reconnaissance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Ms. Junko Kinjo) Typhoon Nari heads for Okinawa
The second typhoon of the season, Typhoon Nari, is on track to pass over Okinawa according to base weather officials. "Right now it should hit the island sometime Friday evening with 45 knot winds gusting to 65 knots and should last until early Saturday morning," said Capt. Jonathan Wilson, 18th Operations Support Squadron weather flight commander.
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Default Air Force Logo USFJ command chief visits Kadena
The newly appointed U.S. Japan and 5th Air Force command chief recently visited Kadena Air Base to meet with Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines. During his three-day visit, Chief Master Sgt. Craig Deatherage toured the base, attended the base's 9/11 remembrance ceremony, and spoke about his focus areas as the senior enlisted advisor. One of the
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Capt. Brandon Dong tests his oxygen mask during the preflight inspection of the E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) before it takes off in support of the 18th Operations Group Turkey Shoot competition at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 11, 2007.  The Turkey Shoot is an annual event where all squadrons of the wing compete against each other to determine who's the best.  Captain Dong is from the 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kelly Timney) Turkey Shoot

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Default Air Force Logo Traffic delays possible during Gate 3 construction
Kadena drivers can expect some traffic congestion and delays at Gate 3 for approximately six weeks starting Oct. 1 due to construction work. Contract workers will be installing final denial barriers in the area. "The barriers are the final defense if somebody decides to try and run the gates," said Bryan Cawthorne, 718th Civil Engineer Squadron
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Airman 1st Class Josh Kulaszemicz watches as Staff Sgt. William Filyaw secures a connection on an air-to-air missile on a F-15C during the weapons loading competition at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 12, 2007. This tests the team's ability of loading F-15s in a fast and safe manner. This competition was held between the 44th and 67th aircraft maintenance units of the 18th Maintenance Squadron. Both Airmen are a weapons load crew members with the 44th AMU. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Senior Airman Darnell T. Cannady) Skills refined during weapons loading competition

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Brig. Gen. Brett Williams speaks with Airman Mauricio Agueros, Airman 1st Class Cody Waller, Staff Sgt. Kirk Smith, and Master Sgt. David Wade  during a visit to his dedicated crew chiefs at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 12, 2007.  The general is the 18th Wing commander and all four Airmen are dedicated crew chiefs with the 18th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron 44th Aircraft Maintenance Unit. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Senior Airman Darnell T. Cannady) Crew chief visit

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A couple of wives run to their husbands after they landed  at Kadena AB, Japan, Sept. 10, 2007. The 31st Rescue Squadron held a "Welcome Home" party after being deployed for four months.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Rey Ramon)

31st RQS welcomes home their own

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Airman 1st Class Christopher Mason installs a rear fuel drain bracket on an F-15C  F100-PW-220E jet engine at Kadena Air Base Sept. 11, 2007.  Airman Mason works in the aerospace propulsion flight in the 18th Component Maintenance Squadron.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ryan Ivacic) Maintaining airpower

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Staff Sgt. Christopher Corbine calibrates an alignment collimator making sure that the bore sight of the aircraft is aligned at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 11, 2007. The precision measurement equipment laboratory performs and manages repair, calibration, and modification of test, measurement, and diagnostic equipment standards and automatic test equipment. Sergeant Corbine is assigned to the 18th Component Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Sheila deVera) Keeping it precise

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Staff Sgts. Austin Pullins (left) and Julio Garcia act as aggressors during a convoy stoppage exercise during the Expeditionary Combat Skills Training at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 11, 2007. This course teaches the basic tools needed for surviving in the combat zone. Both Sergeants are 18th Wing Group ECST instructors.  Sergeant Pullins is assigned to the 18th Communications Squadron and Sergeant Garcia is assigned to the 390th Intelligence Squadron. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Senior Airman Darnell T. Cannady) Airmen train for combat

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Aga-Boom performer entertains the audience during their show at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 7, 2007. Rooted in the unique European theatrical style and the universal language of clowning,  Aga-Boom cut through the barriers of language and culture with the art of slapstick, the humor of physical comedy and the delighted excitement of childhood. Aga-Boom performs at Kadena

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Default Air Force Logo 101 Critical Days of Summer over, but not danger
The 101 Critical Days of Summer are now over, but the danger isn't, according to base safety officials. There were 19 deaths Air Force wide during this year's annual safety campaign that runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. That is up from 17 last year. Most of the fatalities were the result of private motor vehicle accidents (eight), and
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Default Air Force Logo Air Force Ball to celebrate anniversary of aviation
The Air Force Ball, to be held at the Rocker NCO Club Sept. 22, will recognize the birthdays of two key events in military aviation. "This year is the 60th anniversary of the Air Force and it also coincides with the 100th anniversary of military aviation," said Lt. Col. Peter Oertel, 18th Operations Group deputy commander. "It was back in 1907 when
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Kadena Airmen salute the American flag during Taps at the 9/11 memorial ceremony near the wing building on Kadena AB, Japan, Sept. 11.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Reynaldo Ramon)
Remembering 9/11
Feeling a powerful blow, the mother of a Kadena NCO, looked up and saw the tail end of a plane protruding from one of the World Trade Center towers. "While standing in the street, everyone was talking amongst themselves of the sad fate for those where the plane hit," said Melva Sierra, mother of Tech. Sgt. Luz Swanner from the 18th Equipment
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Default Air Force Logo 61 base members earn stripes at supplemental board
Congratulations to the following Airmen who were recently selected for promotion during an Air Force supplemental promotion board: To master sergeant: Wesley Fleming, 18th Wing; Henry Williams, 18th Maintenance Group; Jeffrey Kluesner, 18th Communications Squadron; Garry Fobbs, Brian Janiszewski and Sandra Torres, 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron;
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