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The Rocker NCO Club was originally built on Kadena Air Base, Japan, in 1958 and will now be closing its doors to make way for a brand new facility. The new $47 million facility will take approximatly 18 to 24 months to complete. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Corey M. Pettis) Rocker NCO Club closes after 58 years
The Rocker NCO Club is closing its doors for good after ushering in the new year.The club has become a staple of Kadena since it was built here in 1957.Since then, the building has undergone numerous renovations, but now it's time for a brand new building. Therefore, the new year will usher in a new era as the Rocker closes its doors to make way
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(Then U.S. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Peyton S. Mathis, Jr.) U.S. Army Air Forces Maj. Payton S. Mathis, Jr., was determined killed in action June 5, 1944, after engine failure on his P-38 Lightning just before landing at Kukum Air Field on Guadalcanal Island rolled the aircraft and led it to crash into a swamp nearby. Though rescue teams attempted immediate recovery of the former 44th Fighter Squadron commander, seven feet of water concealed the cockpit and prevented access. Due to the crash location, his body remained unrecovered for 70 years until JPAC's Central Identification Laboratory officially identified his remains Oct. 16, 2014.
44th FS commander accompanies predecessor on final journey
In the middle of a dense jungle on Guadalcanal Island, a farmer made a startling discovery: the wreckage of a World War II-era U.S. Army Air Forces P-38 Lightning wreckage upside-down in the swamp.Upon closer inspection by a Joint Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Command team in 2013, the remains of then USAAF Maj. Peyton S. Mathis,
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A U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle refuels from a 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker over the ocean late at night Sept. 16, 2014. Sept. 29, 2014, marks the 35th anniversary of the F-15C's arrival to Kadena. At Kadena alone, the F-15C/D squadrons, the 67th, 44th and formerly 12th Fighter Squadrons, have earned the title of best Air Force fighter squadron of the year and the prestigious Raytheon Trophy, formerly the Hughes Trophy, nine times since the aircraft's arrival 35 years ago. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Maeson L. Elleman/Released) The Eagle's Nest: 35 Years of Kadena's F-15s
September 29, 2014, marks an anniversary for arguably one of the most effective, battle-tested and world-feared pieces of equipment to join the Keystone of the Pacific's full-time arsenal.When the Eagle's wheels first touched Kadena's flightline in the fall of 1979, F-15C and D models were still fresh off the production line. But like so many
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A seal bearing the 18th Wing's motto, "unguibus et rostro," meaning with beak and talon, or tooth and nail, decorates the entry way of the newly restored Quonset hut on Kadena Air Base, Japan.  This is the last standing Quonset hut on the air base. It has recently been restored by volunteers from the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron with the help of the 18th Wing History office and others on base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jocelyn Rich-Pendracki/Released) History on Kadena: Quonset the Hut, last of its kind
(Editor's note: This is the first article in a series about historical sites on Kadena Air Base.)History is everywhere. Nowhere is that more true than at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Shrines, landmarks and buildings of significance are scattered about, so unassuming people tend to walk or drive by them each day and don't realize what is right in front
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Default Air Force Logo The Sweetheart of Okinawa: Kadena's Corsair squadrons
At 8 a.m. Easter Sunday, April 1, 1945, the United States Tenth Army, comprised of U.S. Army and Marine Corps divisions, landed on the Hagushi beaches during Operation Iceberg, or the battle for Okinawa. The U.S. assault divisions were met with little to no resistance. Within a few hours, the U.S. Army's 7th Infantry Division had taken their
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