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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」
18th CMS keeps pilots ready for anything
Airmen assigned to the 18th Component Maintenance Squadron conduct a 30-day egress final on an F-15C Eagle at Kadena Air Base, Japan. During the routine inspection, the technicians check every component of the egress system for wear or damage, and any expired time-changeable parts are swapped out.
Friends, Partners, Allies: Kadena, Okinawa celebrates Trunk-or-Treat
To celebrate Halloween, a holiday steeped in American tradition, Team Kadena and Okinawa Children’s World Zoo and Museum hosted the Trunk-or-Treat event in Okinawa City, Oct. 28th. During the event, kids went from trunk to trunk collecting candy with U.S. military members and their families, who decorated the trunks of their cars and dressed up for the Halloween-themed event. They also played games and took pictures with U.S. military members in costume.
Okinawan children enjoy trick-or-treating on Kadena AB
Okinawan citizens were invited onto Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 31, 2019, to participate in trick-or-treating and share in the festivities with their U.S. neighbors. The event enabled service members to share traditional holiday customs with children from surrounding neighborhoods as one of many different types of community relations programs designed to build trust and understanding.
Team Kadena Operators Honor Ultimate Sacrifice
Airmen and family members with the 320th Special Tactics Squadron and the 31st Rescue Squadron conducted a five-mile memorial ruck in honor of two fallen pararescuemen. U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Sean Barton, from the 320th STS, and Tech. Sgt. Peter Kraines, from the 24th Special Operations Wing, died from injuries sustained in training incidents in 2014 and 2019, respectively.
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. James Walker, 909th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, works the controls in his boom pod during a training exercise Oct. 8, 2019. The 909th ARS helps ensure a free-and-open Indo-Pacific by providing air refueling to U.S., allies and partners within the area of responsibility. The 909th trained with Republic of Korea
18th LRS POL Airmen fuel the flightline
The 18th LRS petroleum, oil and lubricants flight supports all home station and transient aircraft, managing 1.3M gallons of fuel annually for 320 organizations.
Pacific, Philippine Air Forces partner during Aeromedical Evacuation Exchange
U.S. medical personnel from across Pacific Air Forces held an Aeromedical Evacuation Subject Matter Expert Exchange with the Philippine Air Force at Clark AB, Pampanga, Philippines, September 9 – 11.