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Kadena Airmen tryout for the Defenders Challenge Championship
The 18th Security Forces Squadron members participated in the Defenders Challenge, an event that challenges participants to run through an obstacle course designed to test their physical and mental abilities. The Defenders Challenge reinforces the defender ethos and the competitive nature within security forces participants.
ACE: A leaner, meaner force
Airmen from Kadena Air Base, Japan, executed a training exercise on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma Feb. 21, 2020, in cooperation with Airmen from the 317th Airlift Wing from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, 19th Airlift Wing from Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, and MCAS Futenma Marines to sharpen 18th Wing Airmen’s force generation capabilities by training in the Agile Combat Employment concept.
Kadena supports Okinawa Marathon
Team Kadena supported the Okinawa Marathon Feb. 16, 2020, on Kadena Air Base, Japan. Every year thousands of people train to run the Okinawa marathon, and Kadena AB has been there to support the athletes each year.
Steps for seeking emergency dental care
The 18th DS provides on-call, after-hours emergency care during non-duty hours and weekends.
U.S., Japan and Australian forces kick off COPE NORTH 2020
More than 100 aircraft will soar over the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia as U.S. forces, Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force) and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) collaborates during exercise COPE NORTH, Feb. 12-28.
18th MSG announces plans for new Teen Center
The 18th Mission Support Group has plans for a new Teen Center to address the most common complaint on Kadena Air Base, an overcrowded gym.
Okinawa Teachers Train at Kadena
Okinawa School teachers from across the island converged at Kadena Air Base Jan. 30, ready to take part in what is now known as the English Language Initiative or ELI. The initiative provides English language training for Japanese educators by U.S. partners in support of the April 2020 Japan-wide curriculum roll-out requiring students in fifth and sixth grade to receive English instruction.
The straight scoop on Novel Coronavirus
18th Wing Public Affairs sat down with the 18th Medical Group’s Public Health Flight Commander, Maj. Benjamin Cruz, and asked him what Team Kadena members need to know about Novel Coronavirus. Here’s what he had to say.
FARP Tryouts Test Airmen for Special Operations
Forward Area Refueling Point (FARP) team members held their biannual tryouts for 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron Airmen at their fuels compound Jan. 17, 2020. Airmen of the 18th LRS petroleum, oil and lubricant (POL) flight bear the responsibility of refueling aircraft for hundreds of sorties at Kadena Air Base, and FARP assists with Air Force Special Operations refueling around the world.
AMUs compete for the Load Crew of the Year
The 18th Aircraft Maintenance Unit conducts the annual weapons load competition at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 17, 2020. Weapons load crew competitions are held each quarter and annually in order to boost morale and highlight superior performers among the load crew teams. (U.S. Air Force photo by Naoto Anazawa)
Hawaii Reserve Citizen Airmen help keep power on at Bellows
Reserve Citizen Airmen assigned to the 624th Civil Engineer Squadron here provide real-world support at Bellows Air Force Station during a unit training assembly Jan. 25. The work provided an opportunity to accomplish needed equipment maintenance support while performing hands-on upgrade training for mission readiness.
A life well lived...
As the sun dances across the room, glaring off the origami hanging from the ceiling, Dennis Provencher looks upon his framed photo and world record certificate of recognition with pride while explaining to the service members how and why he earned it.
Airman uses video games to bridge language gap
Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton, a photojournalist stationed at Kadena Air Base, sits at his desk at the 18th Wing Public Affairs office. Some mementos sit atop a shelf above him: a line of hand-held video games. Today, his job is to make sure a batch of photos are properly edited. “Public Affairs is like a lake that’s five miles long and three inches deep,” says Raughton. “You learn a little bit about a lot of different things. I do everything form writing articles, producing photo and video content, public relations, and web design.”
18th Wing, joint partners execute first WestPac Rumrunner exercise
More than 60 aircraft and 300 personnel from the U.S. Air Force, Navy, Army, and Marine Corps participated in 18th Wing’s first WestPac Rumrunner exercise Jan. 10, 2020. With the evolving security environment in the Indo-Pacific and to further support a safe and secure region, the 18th Wing spent months designing WestPac Rumrunner as an exercise to train counter air capabilities and strengthen joint interoperability. In addition to air tactics and joint interoperability, Airmen were charged with ensuring continuous airpower by using tactics derived from Pacific Air Force’s agile combat employment concept of operations, or ACE.