Kadena Air Base

In 1991,  Kadena Air Base combined three wings -- the 376th Strategic Wing, 18th Combat Support Wing and the 18th Tactical Fighter Wing -- into one, incorporating the E-3 Sentry, KC-135 Stratotanker and F-15 Eagles all under one wing -- the 18th Wing. Since then, the 33rd Rescue Squadron and its HH-60G Pavehawk helicopters have also realigned under the 18th. Additional unit restructuring has followed, making Kadena one of the most complex and certainly the largest operational combat wing overseas in terms of the number of aircraft assigned. 18th Wing History

18th Wing Mission

OUR VISION

A team of professionals committed to peace in the pacific.


OUR MISSION
The 18th Wing provides premier counter air, air refueling, command and control, and combat search and rescue, a strategic forward base, and strengthens regional alliances through joint, bilateral, and multilateral engagement and ambassadorship.


OUR PRIORITIES

1. Resilient Airmen imbued with a
Culture of TRUST and Respect
2. EXEMPLARY Leadership in the profession of arms
3. READINESS and warfighting INTEGRATION
4. Innovation, Creativity and Economy
5. REALISTIC training and exercises

Who We Are

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.

The 18th Wing is responsible for 54 F-15s, 15 KC-135s, 2 E-3s and 10 HH-60s valued at more than $4 billion, as well as other equipment and capital assets valued at nearly $2 billion. The base also provides infrastructure support to Army, Navy and Marine Corps forces assigned to or transiting Kadena. 

Team Kadena includes associate units from five other Air Force major commands, the U.S. Navy, and numerous other Department of Defense agencies and direct reporting units. In addition to the 81 aircraft of the 18th Wing, associate units operate more than 20 permanently assigned, forward-based or deployed aircraft from Kadena on a daily basis.

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We all come from different backgrounds. We all have our own stories. We all had our stories intertwine here, in basic training. Remember where we come from and why we are here. Check out this video, #TeamKadena, and be proud of what you have become.
The only constant is change. Check out some of the changes with AFI 36-2903.
Check out the ceremony that kicked off when Kadena invited some of their #Okinawan #Neighbors to open a new medical logistics building. #TLAMMP
Did you know that you can play hockey on Okinawa? Service members and civilians of all four branches of the U.S. military played against Team Okinawa during the Haebaru Tournament last Sunday at the Southern Hills Ice Arena in Haebaru Town. Team Okinawa proved skill and speed can overcome sheer size and power with an 11-2 victory over the Sniperz. For more information about ice skating and hockey, contact military liaisons Patrick Baker at patrick.j.baker44.mil@mail.mil, or Marvin Floer at marvin.f.floer.mil@mail.mil. 沖縄でアイスホッケーができるって知ってました?先週の日曜日、南風原町にあるサザンヒルアイスリンクで南風原トーナメントが開催され、地元沖縄チームと米軍チーム「スナイパーズ」(四軍の軍人と民間人で構成)が試合を行いました。米軍チームは体格が大きくて筋力はありましたが、沖縄チームのテクニックとスピードに圧倒されました。結果は沖縄チームが11-2で勝利。アイススケートおよびアイスホッケーに関してのご質問は米軍の調整係パトリック・ベイカー(patrick.j.baker44.mil@mail.mil)またはフロアー・マービン(marvin.f.floer.mil@mail.mil)までお問い合わせください。
The Kadena Language Institute hosted its 21st annual English Contest for elementary and junior high school students. Col. Thang Doan, 18th MSG commander, attended as one of the judges. We would like to thank all the KLI leaders, staff and students for continuing friendship with Team Kadena. 嘉手納外語塾主催による、小中学生を対象にした 「第21回嘉手納町英語コンテスト」が開催されました。第18任務支援群司令官、サング・ドーン大佐が審査員の一人として参加しました。嘉手納外語塾の塾頭をはじめ、スタッフ、生徒の皆さんのチームカデナへの継続的な友情に感謝します。
PTSD is a mental disdorder that affects almost 70,000 of our nations troops and is growing everyday. If you think you or someone you know might have PTSD don't be afraid to speak up. #TeamKadena
For our #TBT, we get a history lesson. Big thanks to the amazing Wing Historians.
Okinawa is seasonal TCCOR 4 as of July 11 at 0630L. Sustained destructive winds greater than 50 knots or gusts greater than 60 knots are possible within 72 hours. Check the Joint Typhoon Warning Center at <a href="http://www.metoc.navy.mil/jtwc/jtwc.html" target="_blank"><a href="http://www.metoc.navy.mil/jtwc/jtwc.html</a> and Shogun Weather at <a href="http://www.kadena.af.mil/Agencies/Local-Weather/" target="_blank">http://www.kadena.af.mil/Agencies/Local-Weather/</a> for the latest weather updates. The Kadena Typhoon Guide is available as a link on the Shogun Weather page for specific actions to be followed in TCCOR 4." target="_blank">http://www.metoc.navy.mil/jtwc/jtwc.html</a> and Shogun Weather at <a href="http://www.kadena.af.mil/Agencies/Local-Weather/" target="_blank">http://www.kadena.af.mil/Agencies/Local-Weather/</a> for the latest weather updates. The Kadena Typhoon Guide is available as a link on the Shogun Weather page for specific actions to be followed in TCCOR 4.</a>
Don&#39;t live in the past... The Kadena Connect App has all of the information you need to stay informed about the weather, sea conditions and just about everything else #TeamKadena related. Check it out for yourself!
Okinawa is TCCOR All Clear as of July 10 at 1828L. The storm is over and not forecast to return. Check the Joint Typhoon Warning Center at http://www.kadena.af.mil/Agencies/Local-Weather/ for the latest weather updates. The Kadena Typhoon Guide is available as a link on the Shogun Weather page for specific actions to be followed in TCCOR All Clear." target="_blank">http://www.metoc.navy.mil/jtwc/jtwc.html and Shogun Weather at http://www.kadena.af.mil/Agencies/Local-Weather/ for the latest weather updates. The Kadena Typhoon Guide is available as a link on the Shogun Weather page for specific actions to be followed in TCCOR All Clear.
Okinawa is TCCOR Storm Watch as of July 10 at 1525L. Recovery actions are complete. Strong winds are still possible due to the proximity of the tropical cyclone and personnel should exercise caution while outdoors. Personnel may return to work as directed by their Unit Commanders. Check the Joint Typhoon Warning Center at http://www.kadena.af.mil/Agencies/Local-Weather/ for the latest weather updates. The Kadena Typhoon Guide is available as a link on the Shogun Weather page for specific actions to be followed in TCCOR Storm Watch." target="_blank">http://www.metoc.navy.mil/jtwc/jtwc.html and Shogun Weather at http://www.kadena.af.mil/Agencies/Local-Weather/ for the latest weather updates. The Kadena Typhoon Guide is available as a link on the Shogun Weather page for specific actions to be followed in TCCOR Storm Watch.
Okinawa is TCCOR 1R as of July 10 at 1400L. All personnel except for designated recovery crews should remain in their residences while damage assessment and cleanup to mitigate risks to personnel safety is accomplished. Sustained destructive winds greater than 50 knots or gusts greater than 60 knots have subsided and are no longer forecasted to occur. Sustained high winds of 35-49 knots may still be occurring. Depending upon weather conditions, a move from 1R to either TCCOR Storm Watch or All Clear will indicate recovery actions are complete. Check the Joint Typhoon Warning Center at http://www.kadena.af.mil/Agencies/Local-Weather/ for the latest weather updates. The Kadena Typhoon Guide is available as a link on the Shogun Weather page for specific actions to be followed in TCCOR 1R." target="_blank">http://www.metoc.navy.mil/jtwc/jtwc.html and Shogun Weather at http://www.kadena.af.mil/Agencies/Local-Weather/ for the latest weather updates. The Kadena Typhoon Guide is available as a link on the Shogun Weather page for specific actions to be followed in TCCOR 1R.
This #TeamKadena Honor Guardsman shares his approach to leading a team of dedicated individuals while improving himself in the process. Check out the video below to see the embodiment of the Air Force core value of Service Before Self.
Okinawa is TCCOR 1C as of July 10 at 0500L. Sustained strong winds of 35-49 knots are occurring and are forecasted to increase to sustained destructive winds greater than 50 knots or gusts greater than 60 knots. Check the Joint Typhoon Warning Center at http://www.kadena.af.mil/Agencies/Local-Weather/ for the latest weather updates. The Kadena Typhoon Guide is available as a link on the Shogun Weather page for specific actions to be followed in TCCOR 1C." target="_blank">http://www.metoc.navy.mil/jtwc/jtwc.html and Shogun Weather at http://www.kadena.af.mil/Agencies/Local-Weather/ for the latest weather updates. The Kadena Typhoon Guide is available as a link on the Shogun Weather page for specific actions to be followed in TCCOR 1C.
The annual 10,000 Eisa Dance Parade happened recently! Eisa dancers used traditional taiko drums & choreographed mu… https://t.co/2lHCOfcyvK
#TeamKadena's #17SOS operate MC-130J Commando IIs & utilize the "Green Flight" program for new Airmen, helping them… https://t.co/9ilE8RAlyK
#Exclusive #photos from inside the #ThaiCave where the #TeamKadena #ThaiCaveHeroes assisted #ThaiSeals in saving th… https://t.co/WIpMlGYC3V
The #TeamKadena #ThaiCaveHeroes gave phone interviews yesterday to more than 10 media agencies! Stay tuned for mor… https://t.co/Ur80jmK29U
Thank you for your service and friendship Govenor Onaga. Everyone from #TeamKadena sends our condolences to your fr… https://t.co/42aW62caPE
#TeamKadena #SpecialOperations #Airmen assisted with the recent #ThaiCaveRescue! Here’s a video of the heroic… https://t.co/Imvz78PHc8
Children from both Achi Village of Shimoina District, Nagano Prefecture & Okinawa City visited #TeamKadena as part… https://t.co/kSIBqcylPE
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More from the #historic #HappeningNow where U.S. servicemember remains are being brought home! Great work… https://t.co/nUarXA0tJ9
#TeamKadena's #18FSS hosted an Alpha Warrior Fitness Challenge as part of the Air Force’s improved fitness initiati… https://t.co/wZEKseekDW
Did you know you can trek the Genka River with the #18FSS??? This & other amazing opportunities are available to mi… https://t.co/wevEkyyY2h
#Pharmacists from the Okinawa Chubu Hospital visited #TeamKadena recently to #observe the similarities and differen… https://t.co/Tgbo9qzjno

Pacific Air Forces Mission

PACAF delivers rapid and precise air, space and cyberspace capabilities to protect and defend the United States, its territories and our allies and partners; provides integrated air and missile warning and defense; promotes interoperability throughout the Area of Responsibility; maintains strategic access and freedom of movement across all domains; and is postured to respond across the full spectrum of military contingencies in order to restore regional security.

The command's vision is to provide combat-ready American Airmen who are the foundation of Pacific stability and security.

PACAF's AOR extends from the west coast of the United States to the east coast of Africa and from the Arctic to the Antarctic, covering more than 100 million square miles. The area is home to 50 percent of the world's population in 36 nations and over one-third of the global economic output. The Pacific region's vast size and complexity distinguishes it from other regions. In addition to China, the world's most populous country, India, the most populous democracy, and Indonesia, a secular democracy with the world's largest Islamic population, the Asia-Pacific region contains sixty percent of the world's population, with more than 1,000 languages spoken in 36 nations spread across 52 percent of the Earth's surface and 16 time zones. The unique location of the Strategic Triangle (Hawaii-Guam-Alaska) gives our nation persistent presence and options to project U.S. airpower from sovereign territory.

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Contact Information

Base Operator:
Commercial 011-81-98-961-1110
DSN 315-634-1110

Official Kadena inquiries:
e-mail: Public Affairs

Commander's Hotline:
e-mail: 18wg.cchotline@kadena.af.mil

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