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  • Kadena Associate Units

    The 353rd Special Operations Group is an element of the Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field , Fla. The 750 Airmen of the group are organized into three flying squadrons, a maintenance squadron, a special tactics squadron and an operations support squadron. Five of the squadrons are located on Kadena, while the 31st Special
  • Kadena history

    Kadena history dates back to just before the April 1945 invasion of Okinawa when a local construction firm completed a small airfield named Yara Hikojo near the village of Kadena. The airfield, used by Japanese warplanes, was one of the first U.S. 10th Army targets and was captured just hours after American troops stormed the island beaches April
  • Kadena: MC-130 COMBAT SHADOW

    MC-130P COMBAT SHADOW Mission The Combat Shadow flies clandestine or low visibility, single or multi-ship low-level missions intruding politically sensitive or hostile territory to provide air refueling for special operations helicopters. The MC-130P primarily flies missions at night to reduce probability of visual acquisition and intercept by
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