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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
Wingman Day is scheduled for Oct. 2, on Kadena Air Base, Japan, as an opportunity for Airmen to step outside of their day-to-day work environment and focus on team-building exercises. Wingman Day encourages Comprehensive Airmen Fitness, enhancing resiliency skills with group activities to promote physical, mental, social and spiritual fitness. (U.S. Air Force illustration/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
0 4/13
2016
U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Brittany Trimble, 36th Fighter Squadron pilot, plugs her air flight crew equipment into an F-16 Fighting Falcon before takeoff, Feb. 15, 2016, at Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand. Women were first allowed to enter pilot training in 1976 and in 1993 women were finally authorized to enter fighter pilot training. Trimble is one of only 676 female pilots who serve in the U.S. Air Force. There are 12,823 pilots Air Force wide. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amber E. Jacobs) Women's History Month spotlight: 1st Lt. Brittany Trimble
Started in 1987, Women's History Month is a time not only where we celebrate female role models and historical figures, but it is also a time where we honor women in public service and government who have inspired those around them.Sir Arthur Kent once said, "The course of human history is determined, not by what happens in the skies, but by what
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2016
Lisa Vinacco is recognized as Kadena’s Key Spouse of the Year for 2015. Vinacco received the Kadena Key Spouse of the Year award for her unwavering dedication to the mission and families of the 18th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. (Courtesy Photo) Kadena recognizes outstanding spouse
Lisa Vinacco has a busy schedule. Balancing a life filled with appointments, teaching, and family time is vital to maintaining normalcy despite the strain of military life overseas.Vinacco, the 2015 Kadena Key Spouse of the Year, represents another milestone in the long line of military mothers and spouses who balance a multitude of tasks,
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2016
Eight things that Kadena pet owners should know about their pets regarding the Noncombatant Evacuation Operation process.  (U.S. Air Force graphic by Naoko Shimoji) Eight things you should know to have your pets ready for evacuation
U.S. Army Capt. Tricia Culbertson, Military Working Dog Officer in charge of the Okinawan Veterinarian Activity, answers eight questions that Kadena pet owners should know about their pets regarding the Noncombatant Evacuation Operation process.1. What are the requirements for pets in order to get off the island?In a NEO environment, all our pets
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2016
U.S. Air Force Capt. Costas Dracopoulos, 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron flight safety officer, holds a toy car in front of his squadron emblem Feb. 17, 2016, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Having been personally affected, Dracopoulos organized a toy drive to send toys to the families of the victims of the San Bernardino shootings. The 961st AACS sent more than 50 toys in less than a week to support the families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Corey M. Pettis) U.S. service member delivers relief to families of shooting victims
Dec. 2, 2015; a day that will forever be ingrained in the minds of millions around the world. With 14 people killed and 22 seriously injured, the San Bernardino attack shook the lives of all involved.While many grieved and sent condolences to the families involved, one man decided to take action. Capt. Costas Dracopoulos, 961st Airborne Air Control
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2016
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Adan Lopez, 67th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew chief, inspects an F-15 Eagle before loading munitions during a weapons load competition Jan. 8, 2016, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The weapons load competition was for the first quarter of 2016 against the 44th Fighter Squadron with the winner gaining bragging rights. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stephen G. Eigel) Weapons loaders keep fighters ready to go
Working long hours day in and day out can be rough for an F-15 Eagle maintainer.However, these proficient Airmen are able to keep Kadena ready to go at a moment's notice anywhere, anytime by maintaining their Eagles year round."I love my job," said Senior Airman Adan Lopez, 67th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew chief. "I don't always
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2016
(U.S. Air Force photo courtesy of the 18th Wing Historian Office) The 67th: 75 years of heritage, innovation and family
Celebrating 75 years of heritage, the 67th Fighter Squadron is more than a single squadron; it is an all-encompassing family.According to Lt. Col. James McFarland, 67th FS commander, the unit is made up of some of the best men and women of the 18th Wing and F-15 Eagle community. Activated at Selfridge Air Field, Michigan, Jan. 15, 1941, not only
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