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  • 67th FS conducts bilateral training at Chitose AB

    The September 2021 ATR events allow for bilateral training opportunities and increase interoperability in support of the U.S.-Japan security alliance.
  • 33rd RQS conducts hoist training with Marines

    The 33rd Rescue Squadron conducted joint training with the 3rd Marine Reconnaissance battalion at Camp Gonsalves, Japan, Sept. 22, 2021. This joint training allowed both units to increase efficiency for hoist operations in a jungle environment.
  • Kadena Bats fly at dusk

    Maintainers from the 18th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron perform final end-of-runway checks on an F-15C Eagle assigned to the 44th Fighter Squadron as a multimedia specialist from the 18th Wing Public Affairs Office performs video documentation prior to a night flying training mission at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 22, 2021. Trust and teamwork
  • Storytellers: Narratives on mental health

    Three storytellers shared their experiences with overcoming adversity during a Storytellers event hosted by the Violence Prevention Team at the McDaniel Center at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 9, 2021.
  • 18th CES barrier maintenance keeps aircraft safe

    The 18th Civil Engineer Squadron performed barrier maintenance on the flightline. Aircraft rely on arresting cables for assisted braking in the event of braking failure. Aircraft arresting cables rely on rubber donuts to elevate the cable a few inches off the flightline, allowing aircraft to hook it for assisted braking in the event of braking failure. The donuts wear out over time and must be replaced to ensure the cable is evenly elevated across the flightline, allowing aircraft to get assistance decelerating should they need it.
  • USFJ, 5th Air Force commander visits Kadena

    U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Ricky Rupp, U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force commander, and Command Chief Master Sgt. Wendell Snider, USFJ senior enlisted leader, visited Kadena Air Base, Japan, to observe the 18th Wing mission and engage with Airmen and members here, Sept. 17, 2021.
  • Kadena observes National POW/MIA Remembrance day

    The 18th Wing holds a National Prisoner of War and Missing in Action Recognition Day ceremony at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 16, 2021. National POW/MIA Recognition Day honors service members who didn’t come home.
  • Kadena Honors the Fallen on the 20 Year Anniversary of 9/11

    Members from Team Kadena attended the 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony held at Kadena Air Base, Sept. 10, 2021. The 18th Wing remembers the victims, first responders and service members whose lives were lost due to the terrorist attacks that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001.
  • 67th AMU maintains air superiority

    U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 67th Aircraft Maintenance Unit conduct pre-flight inspections of an F-15C eagle at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 14, 2021. The 67th AMU maintains the F-15C Eagles at Kadena Air Base to ensure they can deliver decisive air power in a moments notice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stephen Pulter)
  • Fallen firefighters remembered during 9/11 memorial climb

    On the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, attacks on the World Trade Center in N.Y., firefighters and members of the community came together to participate in a stair climb as a symbol of the heroic journey first responders took 20 years ago.
  • Egress specialists: Propelling pilots safely

    Egress Airmen ensure pilots can safely eject from aircraft in the event of an emergency. They perform maintenance and coordination of seats, hatches and modules to make sure every component of an ejection seat is in working order.
  • Remembering 9/11: Master Sgt. Mann

    I was in the military for roughly 9 months and scheduled to go on my first TDY to Prince Sultan Air Base in Saudi Arabia. I woke up that morning at 0300 in my dormitory at Beale AFB, Calif., and was excited to go on an adventure with 12 other security forces members. We met up at the squadron, packed our gear onto a bus, checked out our M-16 rifles and other weapons like the M-60 machinegun and started our trip to the airport in Sacramento.
  • Remembering 9/11: 1st Lt. Cook

    I was seven years old in second grade it’s one of those memories that’s burned into your mind. You can remember the details of the moment. I remember walking into our school library. I can picture coming through the door and seeing the librarian’s reaction as the events replayed on the news, shortly after watching that first plane strike the tower on this TV she had above her desk.
  • Team Kadena's First Responders Remember 9/11

    “I know Sept. 11 was really huge for America, and that a lot of lives were lost. The first time I remember hearing about it, I was in kindergarten. That is when my parents told me about the attack. It has impacted me a lot, it makes me strive to be better every day because life is short and you never know what could happen at any given time so you
  • Kadena's first responders compete in Battle of the Badges

    First responders from the 18th Security Forces Squadron and Fire Department, including 18th Healthcare Operations Squadron medics embedded within the Fire Department, came together to compete in the event, held during the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.