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  • Rescue Fest 2017

    A member of the 31st Rescue Squadron provides rides to attendees of the 2017 Rescue Fest, Nov. 18, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Airmen demonstrate rescue capabilities of the 31st and 33rd Rescue Squadrons during Rescue Fest, an annual event held to educate members and their families on rescue tactics. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Quay
  • Ride the lightning

    U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. David Moore, 34th Fighter Squadron F-35 pilot, goes through pre-flight procedures Nov. 16, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The F-35A provides the warfighter unprecedented situational awareness and the required survivability to fight and win in highly contested environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Greg
  • Tasers, tears, teamwork

    When it comes to bonding, few things bring people closer than shedding tears together. Whether those drops fall from a shared moment, sad movie or a bit of military grade pepper spray, the effect is the same: one will have someone to pick them up, dust them off and tell them they’ll be okay.
  • Ready to launch

    A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, taxis for take-off at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 7, 2017. The F-35A is deployed under U.S. Pacific Command’s theater security package program, which has been in operation since 2004. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard)
  • Facing your demons

    Airmen, friends and family from across the base gathered at the Weekenders Lounge to listen to stories of their fellow Airmen during a Storytellers event Oct. 30, 2017.
  • Breaking Down Barriers

    Despite the impeding rain, athletes, volunteers and spectators gathered at Kadena Air Base, Japan, to be a part of the 18th annual Kadena Special Olympics, Nov. 4, 2017. The event, first established in 1999 was created by the commander at the time, to break down barriers and bring athletes, families and volunteers from all over Okinawa together as one team.
  • A BLOG worth following

    The Bilateral Leadership Officer Group met to furtherstrengthen ties between the 18th Wing and the Japan Air Self-Defense Force Oct.27, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan.The BLOG is an organization composed of 18th Wing and SouthwestComposite Air Division military officers that allows members to meet and formrelationships and professional
  • Contingency Containment

    Members of the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron respond to a no-notice fuel spill exercise Oct. 26, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 18th CES conducts no-notice exercises to ensure readiness and operability in the event of real emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Greg Erwin)
  • DPAA Accounts for 183 Missing Service Members in Fiscal Year 2017

    In Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) accounted for 183 formerly missing persons from past conflicts. Also, the agency individually identified the remains of 18 additional personnel, who were previously accounted for as part of group burials, reaching another milestone of 201 total identifications for the fiscal year.
  • MOPP up, be ready

    The 18th Wing conducted a no-notice exercise Oct. 11 through13, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Units conducted training in Mission Oriented ProtectivePosture gear during the exercise. Members wore the equipment during normal andexercise-related operations and varied their level of protection throughout thetraining to maintain their efficiency in
  • Oh yes, there will be blood

    U.S. Air Force Maj. Geoffrey Garst, 31st Rescue Squadron flight medic, applies makeup to a 353rd Special Operations Support Squadron Deployed Aircraft Ground Response Element Airman, during a mass casualty exercise Oct. 3, 2017, at Camp Hansen, Japan. Every 90 days, pararescue Airmen are required to perform medical situational exercises such as
  • Short jump, long drop

    U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 31st Rescue Squadron and U.S. Army Soldiers walk down a runway toward an MC-130J Commando II after parachute training Oct. 3, 2017, at Ie Shima, Japan. Service members must retain their proficiency in jump operations to ensure they are ready to conduct operational and humanitarian missions at a moment’s notice. (U.S.
  • Guardians of the Pacific

    U.S. Air Force 37th Expeditionary Bomber Squadron B-1B Lancers, assigned to Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., receive fuel from a 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker, assigned to Kadena Air Base, Japan, over the vicinity of the East China Sea, Sept. 18, 2017. The multi-mission B-1B is America’s premier long-range bomber, capable of
  • Ageless Wonders

    Shizuko Yara, age 94, laughs with a translator from the 18th Wing Force Support Squadron during a Keiro No Hi luncheon Sept. 13, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Keiro No Hi "Respect for the Aged Day" was made a Japanese national holiday in 1966 and is similar to Grandparents Day in other cultures, during which participants celebrate the elderly's
  • A nice cold brew at work

    A cold brew at work sounds like something a supervisorwouldn’t get behind. In a few shops, however, a nice frosty one isn’t justencouraged, it’s required.The 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron opened a cryogenic productionplant June 16, 2017, to increase the supply of liquid nitrogen and oxygenavailable to shops that rely on those chilly fluids.