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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What's faster than a digital scan arm that takes 200,000 points of an aircraft part or equipment all at once? Check out the video below to see how #TeamKadena charges towards innovation by ditching the ruler and pencil and embracing the future of maintenance. #Innovation 18 MXG Maintenance Ops United States Air Force Fifth Air Force - 第5空軍司令部 U.S. Forces Japan (在日米軍司令部) U.S. Pacific Air Forces
#TeamKadena, The Air Force announced new rules April 23, 2019, on Operational Camouflage Pattern uniforms that aim to better fit the needs of Airmen and the jobs they do while also holding fast to tradition. The changes highlighted include authorization of the Two-piece Flight Duty Uniform in garrison and updated patch guidance for the OCP uniform.
You may think you're cool, but are you EOD cool? Let's see if you can top these EOD hero shots! #TeamKadena congratulates TSgt Bryan Woiewucki, 18 CES Explosive Ordnance Disposal NCOIC of training, for earning the U.S. Pacific Air Forces 2018 NCO of the Year! Throughout 2018, Woiewucki experienced a deployment to Africa, volunteered as a Team 5/6 committee lead and professional development coordinator, fielded new technology that would help CE personnel survey airfield damage, all while performing his regular job of training the next generation of EOD troops in nearly 200 core tasks. Fightin’ Fifth Air Force Command Chief U.S. Pacific Air Forces US Air Force Civil Engineers
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
#TeamKadena stands behind our Commander in Chief to help realize a fully united #alliance between the U.S. and Japa… https://t.co/1YrY6pDG9R
We are proud to announce the 2018 CMSAF Thomas N. Barnes Crew Chief of the Year USAF-level winner, Staff Sgt. Brand… https://t.co/nomMv94mvb
"...the power of resiliency; the need to listen to others, even when the conversation is painful; the need to be ho… https://t.co/2MVxoagr6p
Airmen of the 18th Medical Operations, Aerospace Medicine, and Aeromedical Evacuation Squadrons conducted a Neonata… https://t.co/As6KxSEgGx
RT @INDOPACOM: The 18th Aerospace Medicine Squadron conducted a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit transportation course on @KadenaAirBase, ensur…
RT @PACAF: Maintenance keeps our #airpower running strong. #Airmen @kadenaairbase inspect and conduct phase maintenance on an F-15 Strike E…
Airman of the 44th and 67th AMUs perform a #crewchief dedication ceremony. These individuals earn the privilege of… https://t.co/PN7Af9Unmk
#AirPower, what more could you want? Our 44th and 67th Fighter Squadrons are always ready to respond to threats tha… https://t.co/7MOH0kjOrD
RT @PACAF: #DYK: In 1971, @KadenaAirBase received its first F-4C Phantom? They upgraded to the "D" model in 1975 and later in the fall of 1…
RT @PACAF: Gen. CQ Brown Jr, #COMPACAF, provided #PACAF HQ #Airmen an update on our efforts to support a Free & Open #IndoPacific. He charg…
#ICYMI, while the 44th Fighter Squadron was stealing the thunder at #NorthernEdge 2019, our 909th Air Refueling Squ… https://t.co/RxRbv2b09L
All the aircraft of #TeamKadena undergo annual rigorous inspections to evaluate, maintain and repair any issues. Th… https://t.co/mKXzaaQ4oR
#TeamKadena continues to build a stronger alliance with Japan in the name of preserving a #FreeAndOpen #IndoPacifichttps://t.co/k6Jplkdetu
#TeamKadena Airmen of the 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron ensure these aircraft tires can withstand the load of… https://t.co/EURDMpNc8a
#TeamKadena hosted its first bilateral weapons load training with JASDF members who observed techniques demonstrate… https://t.co/UIA9SNECzY
#TeamKadena Airmen of the 18th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron enable our jets to train and fight across the globe an… https://t.co/xG6JckpE0v
As many of us are coming off a long weekend, please take pause to remember what the holiday is all about!… https://t.co/3EeMnRRKuW
ICYMI: @POTUS is in Japan! Maintaining and #strengthening relationships is paramount to the continued success of a… https://t.co/E3KckBhJqr

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.

PACAF Information

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