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kadena air base Key Leadership

Brig. Gen. 
Joel L. Carey
Vice Commander
Col. George N. Vogel
Command CMSgt
CMSgt Jessica L. Bender


Team Kadena Group Commanders:

Col. Scott Rowe - 18th Operations Group

Col. Thang T. Doan - 18th Mission Support Group

Col. Tony S. Lombardo  - 18th Maintenance Group

Col. Jay W. Veeder - 18th Medical Group

Col. Robert S. Grainger - 18th Civil Engineer Group

Col. Michael Thomas - 353rd Special Operations Group


Operating from the largest U.S. installation in the Asia-Pacific region, the 18th Wing defends U.S. and Japanese mutual interests by providing aforward power projection platform with integrated, deployable, combat power. The Wing operates a fleet of 81 combat-ready aircraft to perform air superiority, aerial refueling, airborne warning and control, and combat search and rescue functions. In addition, a force of 8,000 trained Airmen is postured to support Air Force commitments in the Pacific region as well as U.S. military commitments around the world.  Read more about us