Published September 11, 2018
Group shield for the 18th Mission Support Group. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Naoki Shimoji)
Unit shield for the 18th Logistics Readiness. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Naoki Shimoji)
Unit shield for the 18th Contracting Squadron. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Naoki Shimoji)
Unit shield for the 18th Force Support Squadron. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Naoki Shimoji)
Unit shield for the 18th Security Forces Squadron. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Naoki Shimoji)
Unit shield for the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Naoki Shimoji)
The 18th Mission Support Group (MSG) provides combat support for Pacific Air Force's largest installation with 18th Wing and tenant units, $6 billion in assets and more than 12,500 acres. The 18th MSG is the largest in the Air Force with a direct budget of $10 million, service revenues of $60 million. The Group offers security, services, contracting, communications, logistics readiness and force management for 25,000 joint residents.
The Group is a liaison to nine associate units and operates Okuma Recreation Area in northern Okinawa and the Armed Forces Recreation Center at Bellows Air Force Station, Hawaii.
The Group's Commander also acts as the "Mayor" of Kadena Air Base, serving as the 18th Wing Commander's primary representative to the surrounding communities of Kadena Town, Okinawa City and Chatan Town.
The Group is composed of five squadrons; 18th Communications Squadron (CS), 18th Contracting Squadron (CONS), 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS), 18th Force Support Squadron (FSS) and the 18th Security Forces Squadron (SFS).
The 18th CS is the second largest Communications Squadron in the Air Force, providing fixed and mobile communications for 24,000 people, six major commands, 29 tenant units, and joint services. The 18th CS maintains air traffic control systems, computer nets, satellite systems, radios, telephones, and postal services while managing a $2 million budget and $20 million in projects.
The 18th CONS provides contracting support and business advice to the 18th Wing, associate units, and all other Department of Defense (DoD) activities on Okinawa, including DoD Dependent Schools and the Defense Commissary Agency, through the issuance of various construction, service, commodity and utility contracts valued at $300 million annually. The squadron also provides worldwide contingency contracting support.
The 18th LRS is the largest Logistics Readiness Squadron in the Air Force, combining the capabilities of deployment, distribution, fuels, materiel, and vehicle management under one commander to provide rapid support to Air Force warriors across the spectrum of logistics operations. The squadron is composed of 761 military and civilian personnel across four flights. The Deployment and Distribution Flight provides centralized command and control over Kadena's deployment and reception operations and supports the movement of 6 million tons of cargo and 9,000 passengers annually. The Fuels Management Flight issues over 70 million gallons of fuel a year valued at $240 million. The Materiel Management Flight maintains over 52 thousand-line items valued at $974 million. The Vehicle Management Flight maintains over 2,000 vehicles valued at $140 million. In combination, the four flights of 18th LRS ensure the delivery of logistics excellence to Team Kadena.
The 18th FSS is a four-time winner of the General Curtis E. LeMay Award for excellence as the Best Large Support Squadron in the Air Force and is recognized as one of the best in the Air Force. The 18th FSS provides community wellness and resiliency activities, military and civilian support during war and peacetime, professional and off-duty education and family and readiness support programs to the 22,000 military, DoD civilian, contractor and family members that comprise Team Kadena and an additional 11,000 from our sister Services on Okinawa. With 2,220 members and an operating budget and capital assets of $131 million, the 18th FSS operates 78 activities similar to what stateside Force Support Squadrons offer, only with a greater emphasis on tour packages, vehicle operations, pet boarding, childcare, youth and teen activities and recreational venues such as Okuma and Bellows Air Force Station. In addition, 18th FSS operates a laundry and dry-cleaning plant at Camp Kinser and provides mortuary support for all U.S. military branches on Okinawa.
Implementing Air Force programs and policies to secure protection-level resources for Kadena is the 18th SFS. With $6 billion in assets, the 18th SFS provides force protection and law enforcement services for 34,000 Team Kadena members, aircraft security, and maintains the largest security force mobility commitment in PACAF. The squadron has a 58-square-mile legal jurisdiction which includes seven DoDDS schools and 14 housing areas. Additionally, the squadron supports pass and registration services for the installation, criminal investigative capabilities and conducts over 18,000 customs inspections annually.