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


A team of professionals committed to peace in the pacific.

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.


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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Hey #TeamKadena, show us your best egg hunt pictures! What's a better way to take a break from the daily mission than to experience Eggsplosion today with your children? Family programs such as this remind us why Airmen dedicate their lives to support and defend the United States and our allies. Let's give a huge shout out to Kadena Force Support Squadron for dedicating their time and energy to host this amazing event! #Resiliency #Families #Support #Sustain
#ICYMI #TeamKadena supported Exercise Balikatan 2019 in the Philippines with our brothers and sisters from the 51st Fighter Wing, Osan Air Base (Official). Check out the #A10Warthog in action! #CAS #Partnerships #Alliances #Lethality U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Team AFP
FYI #TeamKadena, here's a reminder of OCP regulations and timelines. You won't look cool if you're wearing the wrong boots! #OCPArmageddon #Monday
Sometimes you just need to hear it in their own words... #MonthoftheMilitaryChild #MOMC2019 #PurpleUp DoDEA Pacific DODEA Kadena High School DODEA Ryukyu Middle School DODEA Kadena High School DODEA Amelia Earhart Intermediate School DODEA Stearley Heights Elementary School U.S. Forces Japan (在日米軍司令部) Yokota Air Base Misawa Air Base United States Air Force
Approximately 380 United States Air Force personnel from more than 60 career fields participated in Exercise Balikatan to exchange operational and organizational knowledge with the Philippine Air Force at Clark Air Base, Philippines. #Partnerships #Deterrence #TeamWork III MEF Marines U.S. Pacific Air Forces Fightin’ Fifth Air Force Command Chief U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Team AFP Armed Forces of the Philippines U.S. Forces Japan (在日米軍司令部) U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) The Philippines Armed Forces U.S. Embassy in the Philippines
#TeamKadena exemplifies #JointOps #Lethality, and we are ready to defend Japan against any and all possible threats. #Deterrence #Readiness III MEF Marines 1-1 ADA (Air Defense Artillery) Commander Fleet Activities Okinawa
Hey #TeamKadena, let's show some extra support for our military children! DODEA Amelia Earhart Intermediate School is seeking volunteers for upcoming events. #MonthoftheMilitaryChild #MOMC2019 #PurpleUp
Kadena is ready for OCP uniform general sales on Monday, April 15th. We have packed store shelves, fully loaded stock shelves, and there's even a fully loaded truck ready to restock the stock! #OCPArmageddon #Monday
Throughout the Month of the Military Child we give thanks and honor our sons and daughters for everything they give us and sacrifice for us in support of service to the nation. #TeamKadena high school students wish to give us a message of kindness, a reminder that we all have the capacity to make life a better place for others.
Here she comes... and there she goes! The F-15 Eagle is one sleek machine. Who doesn't love photos of jets? Come on everybody, let's see your favorite photos of military aircraft!
Kadena SAPR members are coming to a facility near you! Even just a little bit of extra knowledge can be the big difference for somebody in need of help. Learn more about Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month by visiting https://www.kadena.af.mil/Agencies/SAPR/ #SAAPM2019Oki
#TeamKadena and GEN Mark A. Milley, U.S. Army Chief of Staff encourage all family members to show some extra, extra appreciation to our sons and daughters during the #MonthoftheMilitaryChild. Let's show appreciation to the children for being resilient in this challenging military life. Yokota Air Base Misawa Air Base U.S. Forces Japan (在日米軍司令部) U.S. Pacific Air Forces
18 CEG #Firefighters are always ready when the bell rings. See how one of #TeamKadena's finest stay ready for any situation. Engineers, lead the way! United States Air Force Fightin’ Fifth Air Force Command Chief Fifth Air Force - 第5空軍司令部 Oshkosh Corporation US Air Force Civil Engineers
The 18th Maintenance Group ensures #TeamKadena maintainers have every tool necessary to augment their skills on and off the flight line with a new virtual reality training program. #innovation #training #VR #VirtualReality U.S. Indo-Pacific Command U.S. Forces Japan (在日米軍司令部) United States Air Force Fifth Air Force - 第5空軍司令部
April is the #MonthoftheMilitaryChild. Join us in celebrating the bravery and honoring the sacrifices of our loved ones. Yokota Air Base Misawa Air Base Andersen Air Force Base, Guam Eielson Air Force Base Osan Air Base Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson JBER (official) U.S. Forces Japan (在日米軍司令部) U.S. Pacific Air Forces
PACAF Airmen and IIIMEF Marines work side-by-side with the Armed Forced of the Philippines in preparation to execute air operations during Exercise #Balikatan at Clark Air Base, Philippines. Balikatan is an annual U.S.-Philippine military training exercise focused on a variety of missions, including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, counter-terrorism, and other combined military operations. Stay tuned for more content in the next few weeks! U.S. Indo-Pacific Command III MEF Marines PACAF United States Air Force Fifth Air Force - 第5空軍司令部 在日米軍司令部 Philippine Army Philippine Air Force Armed Forces of the Philippines- Peace and Development Office U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) U.S. Embassy in the Philippines The Philippines Armed Forces Air Force Special Operations Command VMFA-232 Red Devils Exercise Balikatan
Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month is here, and #TeamKadena is making sure everyone knows their part to provide help for those in need. Certified victim advocates are available 24/7 for each service: USAF: 098-961-7272 USN/USMC: 098-970-4673 ARMY: 090-6861-8447 #SAAPM2019OKI is everyone's responsibility, everyday. #NotJustApril PACAF Yokota Air Base Misawa Air Base Fightin’ Fifth Air Force Command Chief U.S. Forces Japan (在日米軍司令部) AFN Okinawa 10th Support Group Commander Fleet Activities Okinawa Marine Corps Installations Pacific Kadena Force Support Squadron
Here's another video with critical information for your awareness #TeamKadena! Great information regarding...water! Keep an eye out for more info at kadena.af.mil/Kadena_Housing_Office/ to stay in the know! #airforce #IIIMEF #USFJ #IndoPACOM #PACAF U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)U.S. Forces Japan (在日米軍司令部) Kadena Force Support Squadron Marine Corps Installations Pacific AFN Okinawa U.S. Army Garrison Okinawa Fifth Air Force - 第5空軍司令部 III MEF Marines Heather Wilson CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright
To ensure #AirSuperiority over adversaries, every small detail matters. @PACAF avionics Airmen of @TeamMisawa maint… https://t.co/M6qATEwvoy
PACAF Airmen team up with Philippine Air Force members for a military working dog exercise during… https://t.co/a4s7UFkeKm
RT @eAsiaMediaHub: “Balikatan continues to prepare [U.S. & PH] armed forces to work together to confront any & all challenges that may jeop…
RT @INDOPACOM: Commander, @INDOPACOM Adm. Phil Davidson is in Vietnam meeting with regional leaders and counterparts for the first time as…
RT @IIIMEF: Marines conduct flight formation training with @usairforce as part of Exercise #Balikatan https://t.co/DSvAnvO5wN
RT @USForcesJapan: The JASDF continues to scramble at a high rate against Chinese and Russian aircraft approaching their airspace. Up 11 pe…
RT @PACAF: #Airmen from the @usairforce put in work with our partners in the #Philippines during exercise #Balikatan 2019! @INDOPACOM @US
#TeamKadena trains daily to lead @INDOPACOM #AirPower capabilities. We maintain readiness around the clock as the f… https://t.co/rdOUlBSJn6
#TeamKadena wing historians are proud to educate @AUS_Defence_For future leaders! @RossWCable we look forward to co… https://t.co/wrpD8NEUAP
@RossCable #TeamKadena Historians are proud to contribute to the education of future @AUS_Defence_For leaders.… https://t.co/cbZYgTchyo
#TeamKadena is not just Air Force. We are all four services rolled up into one #JointOps force of strength and dete… https://t.co/FAFWnoOqw6
RT @thejointstaff: #GenDunford spoke with his new Japanese counterpart, Gen. Koji Yamazaki, by phone today. Here's a readout from the call:…
RT @USForcesJapan: USFJ is supporting @MoDJapan_en search & rescue efforts for missing F-35A w/@US7thFleet P-8A aircraft & @air_fifth coord…
You can't fly without engines! 18th Component Maintenance Squadron Airmen work in one the most impressive maintenan… https://t.co/iwUHoEEhcF
Looking good @48FighterWing, showing off the #F15 in all its glory! #TeamKadena is sort of jealous you had such a g… https://t.co/5eMiD02byS
#TeamKadena 31st Rescue Squadron pararescuemen show us the ropes of search and rescue during Exercise Balikatan 201… https://t.co/Y2slnDTfzR
#ICYMI the Commander of the Fifth Air Force and U.S. Forces Japan, Lt. Gen Kevin Schneider, visited #TeamKadena Arm… https://t.co/wQILMPpU6g
@USNavy just give #TeamKadena a call whenever you need some tanker support. Our 909th Air Refueling Squadron is rea… https://t.co/Vs8ET6ly3s
RT @USEmbassyPH: One aircraft carrier, 15 other surface ships, more than 160 aircraft, and approximately 15,000 personnel from the @USNavy,…

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