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United States Marine Corp Lt. Col. Giuseppe Stavale, III Marine Headquarters Group executive officer, and Sgt. Maj. Mario Fields, III MHG sergeant major, present Airmen 1st Class Martin Sebastian and Andres Ordaz, 18th Munitions Squadron munitions systems technicians and U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Nelson Ellwood, a sub team chief with the 3rd Intelligence Battalion, awards for saving the life of a U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. after the lieutenant and Elwood sustained injuries during an accident at the Kadena auto hobby shop, April 7, 2017, on Camp Hansen, Japan. Thanks to the quick reactions of the two Airmen and Ellwood, the life of the lieutenant was saved after sustaining a wound resulting in a femoral bleed. (Senior Airman Nick Emerick/Released)  To the rescue
A defining trait of any tragedy is that you never know when it will take place or the kind of repercussions it may have. It’s thus a responsibility of all military personnel to be trained to handle crises whenever and wherever they occur. Thanks to the quick reactions of two 18th Munitions Squadron Airmen and U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Nelson Ellwood, a sub team chief with the 3rd Intelligence Battalion, the life of a Marine Corps 1st Lt. was saved after they sustained a wound resulting in a femoral bleed.
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A U.S. Air Force civil engineer Airman operates heavy machinery to perform airfield damage repairs during a no-notice exercise April 12, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 18th Civil Engineer Squadron is capable of quickly repairing a damaged runway to ensure aircraft are able to take off and land safely. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard/Released) Training to fight day or night
A U.S. Air Force civil engineer Airman operates heavy machinery to perform airfield damage repairs during a no-notice exercise April 12, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 18th Civil Engineer Squadron is capable of quickly repairing a damaged runway to ensure aircraft are able to take off and land safely. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jason Sugimoto, a food services supervisor from the 18th Force Support Squadron, reviews a production log for the upcoming weeks April 4, 2017, at the Johnson Flight Kitchen on Kadena Air Base, Japan. According to Sugimoto, being a part of the language enabled Airman program is a highly personal experience, leading to good relationships with senior-ranking individuals in both the Japanese and U.S. militaries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nick Emerick/Released) LEAP and bound
Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody recently retired, handing off the responsibility of CMSAF to Chief Master Sgt. Kaleth O. Wright on Feb. 17, 2017. Several distinguished visitors were present for the retirement ceremony, according to a speech given by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein. Goldfein welcomed U.S. military
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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Bouvy, 18th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load standardization crew member, gives the opening remarks of a quarterly weapons load competition April 3, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The competition was held between the 44th and 67th Aircraft Maintenance Units for quickest and most accurate loading of weapons on their respective aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Naoto Anazawa/Released) Who's the bomb?
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Bouvy, 18th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load standardization crew member, gives the opening remarks of a quarterly weapons load competition April 3, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The competition was held between the 44th and 67th Aircraft Maintenance Units for quickest and most accurate loading of
0 4/06
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An U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle from the 44th Fighter Squadron arrives from Cope Tiger 2017, April 3, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Cope Tiger 2017 is an annual multilateral exercise aimed at improving combined combat readiness and interoperability between the Republic of Singapore Air Force, Royal Thai Air Force, and U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard/Released) Welcome Home
An U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle from the 44th Fighter Squadron arrives from Cope Tiger 2017, April 3, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Cope Tiger 2017 is an annual multilateral exercise aimed at improving combined combat readiness and interoperability between the Republic of Singapore Air Force, Royal Thai Air Force, and U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air
0 4/06
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A flyer for Typhoon Preparedness Month. The 18th Civil Engineer Squadron’s emergency management flight conducted events and trainings to inform the base population of readiness information regarding typhoons and typhoon season. (courtesy graphic) Dealing with a blowhard
The 18th Civil Engineer Squadron’s Emergency Management flight is conducting events for Typhoon Preparedness Month throughout April. The events are a way for the 18th CES to provide information on how to be ready for typhoon season, which runs from June 1 through Nov. 30.The primary duty for the 18th CES Emergency Management section is to ensure
0 4/04
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U.S. Air Force aircrew members from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron stand in front of a KC-135 Stratotanker March 30, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 909th ARS has one of the largest all female aircrews in the Air Force with a total of 13 active members.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quay Drawdy/Released) Lucky number 13
Boys and girls throughout the United States visit airshows with their families to watch pilots do what they do best: fly.Nowadays, those pilots come in a variety of types from a wide range of backgrounds, but it wasn’t always that way. It’s important to take a step back every once in a while to remember the men and women who came before and made
0 4/04
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U.S. Air Force Capt. Cathy Boggs, the medical director of pediatrics with the 18th Medical Group, checks a patient in the pediatrics wing of the Kadena Clinic on Kadena Air Base, Japan. Preventative medicine is a large part of pediatrics and a key part is proper education of parents and other caretakers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nick Emerick/Released) Building blocks
The walls are covered in stickers, children’s shows on the television and toys in the waiting room, pint-sized patients play under their parent’s watchful eye. The pediatrics unit at the Kadena Air Base, Japan, Clinic tries to make children and parents as comfortable as possible when they come in for check-ups, shots or other healthcare needs. The 30th of March may be National Doctor’s Day, but the members of the pediatrics unit find reasons to be exceptional every day.
0 4/03
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Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members observe Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery Regiment load Patriot missile battery equipment onto a C-17 Globe Master III March 14, 2017, on Kadena Air Base, Japan. The Patriot missile system is a long-range air defense asset and can be broken down to be transported via plane anywhere in the world in a matter of hours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard) Ready at a moment’s notice
Japan Self-Defense Force members conducted bilateral training with U.S. Soldiers and Airmen March 14 and 16 to strengthen relations and increase readiness.
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U.S. Air Force Maj. Robert Bingham, 17th Special Operations Squadron MC-130J Commando II evaluator pilot, performs a pre-flight inspection before a training sortie March 21, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Bingham‘s extensive pilot training enables him to safely conduct day and night sorties in support of joint and allied special operations forces as well as humanitarian disaster relief aid throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific Theater. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Corey Pettis) Top “Dawg” flies with SOG
The usual items on a 353rd Special Operations Group cargo and passenger manifest can list Humvees, rafts, ATVs, supply drop crates, special forces Army Soldiers, Air Force pararescuemen, a forward area refueling party, or a platoon of Marines armed to the teeth. However, the manifest listed only a single individual for this flight, the 18th Wing commander, Brig. Gen. Barry “Dawg” Cornish.
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A U.S. Air Force F-15 pilot assigned to the 44th Fighter Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan taxis on the runway during exercise Cope Tiger 17 at Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, March 24, 2017. The annual multilateral exercise, which involves a combined total of 76 aircraft and 43 air defense assets, is aimed at improving combined combat readiness and interoperability between the Republic of Singapore air force, Royal Thai air force, and U.S. Air Force, while concurrently enhancing the three nations' military relations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kamaile Chan) Cope Tiger enhances interoperability between three nations
A U.S. Air Force F-15 pilot assigned to the 44th Fighter Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan taxis on the runway during exercise Cope Tiger 17 at Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, March 24, 2017. The annual multilateral exercise, which involves a combined total of 76 aircraft and 43 air defense assets, is aimed at improving combined combat
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Juan Salinas, 18th Security Forces military working dog handler with MWD Ayila during a demonstration of the six phases of aggression on Mar. 16, 2017, at Marek Park on Kadena Air Base, Japan. The MWD program is a lateral training at Lackland Air Force Base for three months of training in things like patrolling, searching buildings and basic care for the canines. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Nick Emerick) Off the leash
It is said that dogs are man’s best friend; military working dogs take that role very seriously. Working in conjunction with their handlers, they deter crime in a multitude of ways: from detecting bombs and narcotics, to catching the bad guys. These dogs are specially trained for their missions, even before they go to their first duty station.
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Service members participate in a portion of a U.S. Marine Corps fitness test March 16, 2017, at Camp Hansen, Japan. Enlisted members from across the sister services took part in three events designed to test the fitness of U.S. Marines. Throughout the week, the members participated in events and demonstrations designed to broaden their knowledge on what each branch does and brings to the fight.  (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Nick Emerick) Fighting together
Every branch of service has its own unique capabilities, a fact that may be forgotten in the day-to-day operations of a single branch. The joint Okinawa experience professional military course aims to remedy that problem. Enlisted leaders from across Okinawa joined forces for a week-long joint professional military education experience to learn the mission of their fellow service members.
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Ryan Celestino, 909th Aircraft Maintenance Unit instrument and flight control systems journeyman, removes and replaces a digital speed indicator from the dashboard of a KC-135R March 15, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Maintainers from the 909th AMU ensure that the KC-135Rs in their care are operational and mission ready.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard) Up to speed
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Ryan Celestino, 909th Aircraft Maintenance Unit instrument and flight control systems journeyman, removes and replaces a digital speed indicator from the dashboard of a KC-135R March 15, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Maintainers from the 909th AMU ensure that the KC-135Rs in their care are operational and mission
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Contracting officers and finance agents from the U.S. Air Force, Army and Marine Corps work together as a team during an operational contracting support joint exercise Jan. 24, 2017, at Camp Foster, Japan. Training together prepares members of each branch to be able to function together in the event of a natural disaster. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard) Contracting Disaster Relief
Imagine billowing wisps of smoke rising into the sky, signaling the telltale signs of a fire, as first responders rally to rescue casualties from an earthquake that struck just off the coast. Okinawa is flooded with debris from damaged buildings. Rescue efforts are underway and civilians are evacuated to some of the nearby military installations. What happens after the natural disaster is over and everyone is rescued?
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