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  • MFLC stands by to listen

    Military life can create any number of challenges for service members and their families, which can only be made worse by being stationed overseas, away from friends and family. The military has a variety of resources to military members and their families to help work through tough times. The Military Family Life Counselor program is one such resource.
  • フォロワーから友達へ:嘉手納基地日本語ツイッターのフォロワーの皆さんが基地見学ツアーに参加

    嘉手納基地-アルコール探知機、リサイクルセンター、ゴーカート、MC-130JコマンドⅡ。これらの共通点とは? 正解は、嘉手納基地見学ツアーに参加した35名以上の皆さんが目にした物です。参加者の皆さんは同ツアーを通じて、嘉手納基地第18航空団による飲酒運転防止への取り組み、環境管理、地元機関との連携、世界レベルの航空力について説明を受けました。
  • DAGRE ensures force protection during Gryphon Pacific 20-1

    Deployed Aircraft Ground Response Element operations are an essential part of the expeditionary basing concept. Special operators are able to go anywhere and establish an airfield in order to bring in forces, refuel, rearm, and continue the mission wherever it’s needed. The purpose of Gryphon Pacific 20-1 was to employ lethal, agile, resilient forces throughout the Indo-Pacific area of responsibility. This was accomplished by conducting long-range expeditionary basing operations within a high-threat environment.
  • NCO Bilateral Exchange: Growth through connection

    This holiday season Team Kadena hosted the 2019 NCO Bilateral Exchange program Nov. 15 – 22, 2019, on Kadena Air Base, Japan.
  • 8 tips for mental wellness during the holidays

    Holidays are times of enjoyment, but can also bring many stressors. The 18th Wing Mental Health Clinic offers simple, practical advice to help Airmen and their families have a safe holiday season.
  • Anytime, Anywhere: Gryphon Pacific 20-1 challenges Special Operators

    The purpose of the Gryphon Pacific 20-1 was to exercise the 353rd Special Operations Group’s ability to employ lethal, agile, resilient forces throughout the United States Indo-Pacific area of responsibility. Airmen hailing from Kadena Air Base, Japan, and assigned to the 18th Wing and 353rd SOG, conducted detailed planning and executed a complex mission with multiple different tasks.
  • Kadena Innovators compete for AF-level honors

    Members from the 718th Force Support and the 18th Communications Squadrons partnered to develop the Personnel Records Analytics System (PRAS), which was named as one of two PACAF Spark Tank nominees to compete at the Air Force level. PRAS is a data analytics tool commanders can use to pull, real-time data on evaluations and decorations. PRAS, a web-based application, completely automates the administrative data analytics process.
  • Team Kadena conducts Exercise Gryphon Pacific

    The purpose of the Gryphon Pacific 20-1 was to exercise the 353rd Special Operations Group’s ability to employ lethal, agile, resilient forces throughout the United States Indo-Pacific area of responsibility. Airmen hailing from Kadena Air Base, Japan, and assigned to the 18th Wing and 353rd SOG, conducted detailed planning and executed a complex mission with multiple different tasks. The main focus of the exercise was to conduct long-range expeditionary basing operations within a high threat environment. A Global Access Special Tactics Team from the 320th Special Tactics Squadron, 353rd SOG, conducted a military free-fall jump to seize, establish, and control Wake Island Airfield. As part of Gryphon Pacific 20-1, two Special Tactics teams rapidly established and controlled landing zones capable of facilitating additional forces at both Wake Island and Kwajalein Atoll in the same night. The 320th STS employs Special Tactics operators capable of conducting Global Access, Precision Strike, and Personnel Recovery operations, strengthening regional alliances through global mission execution.
  • ADAPT stands ready to assist

    According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and analyzed by the Delphi Behavioral Health Group, the average service member binge drinks 41 days of the year. That’s five or more drinks on one occasion once every nine days. The KAB Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program stands ready to assist those struggling with an alcohol or drug addiction.
  • Light, lean and agile: COMPACAF visits Kadena Shoguns

    Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., Pacific Air Forces commander, visited the mighty Kadena Shoguns for a detailed tour of 18th Wing units and agencies and to provide further understanding on where the Keystone of the Pacific fits in the overall PACAF strategic mission. Brig. Gen. Joel Carey, 18th Wing commander, joined Brown, his spouse, Sharene, Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Johnson, PACAF command chief, and his spouse, Stephanie, on the tour where they visited the 33rd Rescue Squadron, 909th Air Refueling Squadron, 18th Medical Group and more.
  • US-Japan Alliance Strengthens as Leaders Unite

    Team Kadena hosted an annual U.S. Forces Japan Joint Bilateral Senior Enlisted Symposium for American and Japanese military leaders from all branches of service of both nations. More than 50 members gathered for a two-day discussion forum on the growing adversarial influences throughout the Pacific Theater and how to improve bilateral operating concepts for great power competition.
  • Fueling the Fight

    An F-15C Eagle from the 44th Fighter Squadron prepares to refuel with a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron Oct. 03, 2019, during a training exercise out of Kadena Air Base, Japan. Boom operators on a KC-135 have the ability to pump thousands of pounds of fuel to any capable aircraft, thousands of feet above the ground, flying
  • Followers to Friends: Japanese Twitter fans explore Kadena

    What do a breathalyzer, a recycling center, a go-cart, and an MC-130J Commando II have in common? They were all showcased to more than 35 visitors to Kadena Air Base during an observation tour which displayed the 18th Wing’s commitment to drunk driving prevention, stewardship of the environment, partnerships with local Japanese authorities, and world-class airpower.
  • Civil Engineers train to prevent fuel spills

    These Airmen from the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron train to prevent fuel spills caused by earthquakes, typhoons, or other natural disasters.
  • 友人・パートナー・同盟 チーム・カデナと沖縄市が 「トランク・オア・トリート」

    アメリカの伝統であるハロウィーンの日を祝うため、嘉手納基地のアメリカ人ボランティアが沖縄市にある「沖縄こどもの国」で10月26日、トランク・オア・トリートというイベントを開催しました。子供たちは、ハロウィン仕様に飾りつけた車のトランクのそばに立ち仮装したアメリカ人家族からお菓子をもらい、ゲームをし、一緒に写真を撮るなど、イベントを楽しみました。参加した沖縄市の與那嶺克枝副市長は、「お隣と交流する機会であり、こういった機会を通して英語の文化に触れることができ、身近に親しめる」と話しました。アメリカ人ボランティアは、地元の皆さんにアメリカの伝統や風習を紹介することで、日米相互理解の向上に努めます。 「今回参加したのは、日本人とアメリカ人が一緒に参加できるイベントが大好きだからです」と話すのはボランティアのセコヤ・キンゼイ三曹。「子供たちが仮装してハロウィーンを楽しんでいる様子を見てうれしく思います。」
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