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  • 18th SFS trains to protect, defend Team Kadena

    Personnel from the 18th Security Forces Squadron conduct nonlethal training at Kadena Air Base, Oct. 18, 2019. 18th SFS personnel train regularly to maintain base defense and law enforcement. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristan Campbell)
  • 18th EMS supports Kadena’s aircraft

    Airmen from the 18th EMS support the flying mission through munition, aircraft and other maintenance operations.
  • Family Advocacy builds healthy communities

    Family Advocacy is a Department of Defense program designed to provide prevention and clinical services to families and couples impacted by family violence. The program builds healthy and resilient communities by promoting family, community, and mission readiness.
  • Leading the Pack

    A KC-135 Stratotanker sits on the flight line Oct. 3, 2019, at 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 at 230 miles per hour, while only 47 feet from the receiving aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman
  • 18th LRS conducts ATSO training

    The ATSO training tested Airmen with various emergency situations including chemical attacks, unexploded ordnance, and Self-Aid and Buddy Care.
  • Rescue Airmen: Low density, high demand

    The 33rd Rescue Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, train, plan and execute every day to ensure they have what it takes to help when someone’s life is on the line.
  • From Neighbors to Friends: Kadena Youth Center hosts culture exchange

    Children from Okinawa and the Kadena Youth Center pose for a photo during Cultural Exchange Day Sept. 28, 2019, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The event enabled 49 children from Okinawa and the military community to play and interact with each other through a variety of both American and Japanese games and challenges. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff
  • Airman Climbs to Resiliency

    U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Aurora Ortiz, aerospace ground equipment journeyman assigned to the 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, stretches before a climbing session Sep. 5, 2019, in Chibana, Japan. For Ortiz, climbing is not only a physical outlet to cope with everyday stressors, but also an exciting way to try things out of her comfort zone and meet new people. Janja Garnbret, Akiyo Noguchi, Shauna Coxey, and Miho Nonaka are female professional climbers who inspire Ortiz to keep training and join their elite climbing scale.
  • Kadena hosts tour for Okinawa students

    Air Force Immersion Day is a new community engagement program developed to teach local college and vocational students about Kadena’s mission and its role in supporting the U.S. and Japanese alliance. Eighteen students visited the base for a tour Sept. 23. The students started the day by meeting the 18th Mission Support Group commander, Col. Thang Doan, followed by a mission brief. The group then went on to learn about the Status of Forces Agreement and legal preceding’s from the 18th Wing Legal office.
  • Kadena F-15s celebrate 40 years of air superiority

    Streaking across the sky at a neck-breaking 900 mph, United States Air Force F-15C Eagles have been training in the skies above and around Okinawa for 40 years. Both U.S. and Japanese F-15s are in the air daily keeping security interests safe from competition. The F-15C Eagle is among the most successful modern fighters, with over 100 victories and no losses in aerial combat.
  • KLI celebrates successful internship program

    After four weeks of internships across base, (number) Kadena Language Institute students, their family members, local community leaders and members of the 18th Wing enjoyed a farewell dinner together Sept. 6, 2019. The 2019 KLI internship program was a wonderful opportunity for these students to apply the lessons they have learned while at the same time experiencing American culture and interacting with members of KAB.
  • Maintainers keep the Eagle ready to fly

    All aircraft periodically go through thorough inspections to ensure every part is in good working condition.
  • Initial certification training gains Airmen capabilities

    Initial certification training gains Airmen capabilities
  • Kadena Firefighters Commemorate Sept. 11

    U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron conduct a Sept. 11, commemoration ceremony at Fire Station 1 on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 11, 2019. The ceremony gave Kadena firefighters the opportunity to reflect upon the tragedy of lives lost and sacrifices made as a result of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the
  • Maintaining the Eagle around the clock

    The 18th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron maintains numerous F-15s, allowing the 44th and 67th FSs to play a vital role in combat operations to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific for America and its allies.