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Exercise WestPac Rumrunner – the second iteration
The 18th Wing hosted the second iteration of Exercise WestPac Rumrunner – an exercise designed to train and improve capabilities and joint interoperability using agile combat employment (ACE) concepts – July 31, 2020, at Kadena Air Base. The exercise allows for the United States Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force to meet up, train, and fight as a cohesive unit all in one day’s time. WestPac Rumrunner enables units and assets currently stationed or TDY in the Western Pacific area of responsibility to train together without the typical demands of a TDY.
Acknowledging racial disparity within our ranks
Since the death of George Floyd, discussing and addressing racial injustice throughout the ranks has become an important part of our total mission success. U.S. Air Force senior leadership has prompted all servicemembers to take the time to learn and show humility by addressing racial blind spots and looking inward, at every echelon of command, so we emerge stronger as a profession of arms.
B-1s refueled by 909th Air Refueling Squadron
A KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron prepares to refuel a B-1B Lancer from the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., over the Pacific as part of a bilateral U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRACTCOM) Bomber Task Force (BTF) mission July 17, 2020. The Unites States security presence, along with our allies and partners, underpins the peace and stability that has enabled the Indo-Pacific region to develop and prosper for more than seven decades. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rebeckah Medeiros)
B-1s return to Indo-Pacific, conduct bilateral training
Air Force B-1B Lancers returned to the Indo-Pacific region to conduct bilateral Bomber Task Force operations out of Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, July 17.
18th Wing Law Center wins Legal Office of the Year Award
The 18th Wing Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, commonly known as the Kadena Law Center, received record-breaking inspection results and won the highly coveted Air Force’s Legal Office of the Year Award for 2019.
Team Kadena’s Intel, Recon squadrons outsmart COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has birthed many obstacles, but the ingenuity and fighting spirits of Team Kadena’s 82nd Reconnaissance and 390th Intelligence Squadrons have persevered against the virus with new policies and an unfaltering operations tempo. The powerhouse duo hustled right at the beginning of the pandemic and worked to accomplish their vital mission and persistently protect their Airmen from harm by enacting several health safety measures throughout their squadrons.
67th FS fighters conduct a small force exercise
A U.S. Air Force 67th Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagle and a 909th Aerial Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker conduct air-to-air refueling during a training exercise July 8, 2020, off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. The 67th FS conducted small force employment combat exercises to demonstrate how U.S. Indo-Pacific Command units can execute dynamic force employment while maintaining the capacity for agile combat operations. The United States security presence, along with our allies and partners, underpins the peace and stability that has enabled the Indo-Pacific region to develop and prosper for more than seven decades.
Jump training conducted at Kadena's Ridout DZ
U.S. Air Force servicemembers conducted paradrop training at the Ridout drop zone July 9, 2020, on Kadena Air Base, Japan. All training on Kadena AB is conducted in accordance with bilateral agreements between the United States and the Government of Japan. Ie Jima is the primary location for overland U.S. military paradrop training in Okinawa. The bilateral agreements allow for the use of Kadena AB as an alternate location when Ie Jima is not available to meet the immediate training needs of U.S. forces.
Misawa, Kadena Airmen train at Draughon Range
Airmen assigned to the 13th Fighter Squadron and the 320th Special Tactics Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, conducted close air support training at Draughon Range, near Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 15-17.
Misawa, Kadena Airmen further ACE capabilities with FARP training
Misawa F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots, in collaboration with Kadena Air Base Airmen, executed a unique refueling capability for the first time at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 25.
Ribbon cutting ceremony held for new Teen Center
After being closed due to moving buildings, renovations, and COVID-19 restrictions, the Teen Center on Kadena Air Base has officially reopened. Wing leadership celebrated the grand reopening with a ribbon cutting ceremony held June 24, 2020.
Kadena E-5 becomes first PACAF enlisted ASO
Recently, the Air Force made the decision to send highly qualified enlisted members to the air surveillance officer training course.
18th Dental Squadron creates COVID-19 test swabs
While we’ve seen no new cases of COVID-19 on Okinawa, the threat of the pandemic is still very real. The Regional Dental Laboratory, which falls under the 18th Dental Squadron, has played an instrumental role in the 18th Wing’s innovation efforts to help flatten the curve. The RDL wasted no time in using their 3D printing capabilities to create face shields, door handle openers, and other personal protective equipment when protective measures were first implemented on base.
‘Walk for Unity’ brings Team Kadena together, builds understanding
The 18th Wing hosted a 5K “Walk for Unity” on Kadena Air Base, June 20, 2020. The event signified Team Kadena’s commitment to bringing the community together and resolving racial divides and inequalities in our nation and Air Force.
Innovative Dental Swabs
The 18th Dental Squadron on Kadena Air Base, Japan put their skills to the test by 3-D printing naso-pharyngeal swabs to test any potential COVID-19 patients. The dental lab is working diligently to ensure the swabs are approved for testing use. (U.S. Air Force video by Airman 1st Class Rebeckah Medeiros)