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U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 33rd Rescue Squadron demonstrate a fast-rope rescue March 15, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Enlisted leaders across the services participated in a joint professional military education week, visiting multiple units across multiple services over the week. The joint aspect is designed to give those leaders a broadened perspective of what each branch is capable of. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quay Drawdy) When you're up a creek: 33rd Rescue Squadron
Blue. Everything is an endless monotone of bluewater and a cerulean sky without a cloud to be spoken for. The salt scorchesevery cut and scrape without mercy while the sun tries to do the same to anyexposed flesh. With no wind to pull it away, the heat beats down relentlessly.The silence is deafening until a small, rapid beating sound can be heard
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U.S. Air Force Airman Dillon Link, 33rd Helicopter Maintenance Unit flight control systems technician, inspects an HH-60G Pave Hawk Oct. 25, 2016, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 33rd HMU maintainers remain vigilant, trouble shooting any possible issues with the aircraft.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard/Released) 33rd HMU ensures aircraft are ready to deploy
HH-60G Pave Hawk aircrews from the 33rd Rescue Squadron count on their maintainers for both their lives and the lives of those they rescue.
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2016
Japan Air Self-Defense Force and U.S. Air Force members clean up Araha Beach Oct. 9, 2016, in Okinawa, Japan. The items gathered ranged from bottle caps and cigarettes to electronic speakers and a twin sized mattress. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard) From Sunset to Araha
Volunteers from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and the U.S. Air Force cleaned up a mile stretch of beach on Okinawa Oct. 9, 2016, as part of a beach cleanup to build partnerships while giving back to the Okinawan community. Together, more than 40 people from Naha Air Base and Kadena Air Base military members and their families picked up more than 20 bags worth of trash and debris from both Araha and Sunset Beach.
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Kenichi Shimajiri, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron fire inspector, stands in front of a fire truck July 27, 2016, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Shimajiri was a firefighter for 23 years at Kadena before becoming a fire inspector. As a fire inspector, Shimajiri is responsible for ensuring buildings are free of fire hazards. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lynette M. Rolen) Rising up
Kenichi Shimajiri, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron fire inspector, rose in the ranks from the role of a firefighter to 18th CES fire inspector.
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2016
Default Air Force Logo What happens when someone is accused of sexual assault?
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Albert Perez Oyola, 18th Wing Legal Office NCO in charge of Military Justice talks about the steps involved in a sexual assault case.What is the first thing that happens when someone gets accused of sexual assault?The Air Force Office of Special Investigations initiates a full investigation on the sexual assault
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2016
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Michael Williams, 18th Component Maintenance Squadron test, measurement and diagnostic equipment technician, calibrates a micrometer May 10, 2016, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Micrometers are used to measure small linear distances with great precision and are used by TMDE technicians to calibrate equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard) Exercising Precision: 18th CMS TMDE sets the standard
Does it matter if a wrench is used at 69 or 89 degrees Fahrenheit?To the Airmen of the 18th Component Maintenance Squadron precision measurement equipment laboratory, it does; it's the difference between mission success and mission failure. By calibrating and repairing measurement and diagnostic equipment, the shop's mission is to provide customers
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2016
U.S Air Force Airman 1st Class Jeremy Tarrats, 18th Security Forces Squadron patrolman, practices clearing his M4 carbine during a combat arms training and maintenance course April 28, 2016, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The CATM training course prepares members for real-world deployments across the globe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Sutton) Shots Fired! CATM trains Defenders for deployments
Wearing flack vests and helmets, adrenaline pulsing through their bodies, security forces Airmen concentrated on one thing: firing multiple rounds directly into the target as quickly and accurately as possible.One day their life, or the life of a fellow Airman, may depend on these warfighting reflexes."Our main responsibility is to safely qualify
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2016
In the unfortunate event of a sexual assault to an Air Force beneficiary, victims are assigned a victim advocate who guides them through the many steps in their healing process. Victim advocates are specially trained volunteers who help coordinate logistical needs from other support agencies in order to protect their client’s comfort and privacy. They are on call 24/7 and available to aid survivors of sexual assault at all times. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Senior Airman John Linzmeier) Victim advocates: standing by 24/7
To say the least, the road to recovery from a sexual assault can seem like an unsurpassable burden for the victim.Not only are survivors left feeling violated, frightened and damaged from the attack, but the support process can seem daunting as well. In order to guide them through the helping agencies that are there to aid them after an assault,
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2016
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class William Leonard, 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle mechanic, performs a ball joint replacement in the special vehicles shop April 14, 2016, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 18th LRS is the largest LRS in the Air Force and is composed of 757 authorized personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nick Emerick)) Air Force special purpose vehicle maintenance helps keep birds in the sky
The special purpose vehicles shop on Kadena Air Base is responsible for vehicles that help put planes in the air."We deal a lot in flight line vehicles; like aircraft towing vehicles, anything big with hydraulics, we work on it," said Staff Sgt. Randy Johnson, the assistant NCO in charge of the special vehicle maintenance shop with the 18th
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2016
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Rena Bissett, 18th Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog handler, pets her MWD, Judi, April 13, 2016, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Bissett and Judi have been working together for almost one year, and have already formed a deep bond. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lynette M. Rolen) 18th SFS works hand-in-paw for defense of Kadena
Military Working Dog handlers play a critical part in the defense of Kadena.This defense can only be maintained when there is a healthy relationship between a MWD handler and their dog.The mission is accomplished through teamwork and the bond between a handler and their MWD."Without that bond, you're not going to have a good dog team," said Staff
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