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Dirt Boys: USAF, JASDF hold Bi-Lateral Exercise
U.S. Air Force Airmen and members of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force participate in the Rapid Airfield Damage Recovery Bi-lateral Exercise Aug. 29, 2018, at Naha Air Base, Japan. Tools and techniques used by the JASDF were utilized during the exercise, and gave Airmen the opportunity to observe JASDF airfield repair processes. (U.S. Air Force
Chill, Cryogenics has what you need
Nearly a year ago, Kadena Air Base, Japan, opened a cryogenic production plant as part of the 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron. As a new plant – the only operational one in the Air Force – many may be unaware of not only its successfulness, but also its purpose. Providing the base and various other units on island with cryogenic products – whether it be in a liquid or gaseous form – is the plant’s main priority.
Kadena hosts inaugural Fighter LASS for PACAF
Air Force officers from allied and partner nations across the Pacific, visited Kadena Air Base, Japan, to take part in the 2018 Fighter Logistics and Safety Symposium Aug. 20 through Aug. 24. The inaugural symposium enabled forces from Australia, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and the U.S. to work together and improve interoperability in the region.
Put out the fire!
An Exchange customer gets a laugh at Pluggy, an interactive fire hydrant, during a fire safety demonstration Aug. 24, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The demonstration is an annual event leading into Fire Safety Month. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Greg Erwin)
Reservists at the Ready
An Air Force Reservist from the 927th Air Refueling Wing at MacDill Air Force Base, FL, retrieves a fuel hose after refueling an F-15 Eagle Aug. 14, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. By partnering with their active duty counterparts at the 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron, the 927th LRS was able to help increase readiness for both the active duty
A sound mind
Maintaining a healthy balance between work stressors, personal stressors and being away from family and friends can be a difficult thing to handle – especially at a high-pace duty station such as Kadena. While Airmen may feel overwhelmed at times, the team at Mental Health is always available to help overcome and manage stress.
With the approved Occupational Camouflage Pattern wear date of Oct. 1, right around the corner, many Airmen may still have questions about acceptable patch wear on their new uniforms. What patches are acceptable to don, how should they be worn, and when?
Behind the scenes
Tech. Sgt. Kenneth O’Brien and Staff Sgt. Michael Galindo, 320th Special Tactics Squadron pararescuemen, lower and detach a training dummy from a rope system, Aug. 20, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. A search and rescue team was sent to Tham Luang cave in Northern Thailand at the request of the Royal Thai government to assist in the rescue of
Pretty heavy metal
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Tyler Miller, 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron metals technology journeyman, welds a piece of angular metal Aug. 20, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Airmen within the 18th EMS train to understand the differences between metals, how they react to different types of stress and the appropriate techniques to marry them
Okinawa and Nagano Prefecture Students visit Kadena
Students gather around their instructor as they listen to World War II history lessons Aug. 6, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Children from both Achi Village of Shimoina District, Nagano Prefecture and Okinawa City, Japan, visited Kadena Air Base as part of their peace education. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard)
Nihongo no sensei
Adjusting to life outside the U.S. can be a culture shock for Airmen and families entering Kadena Air Base, Japan, for the first time. Driving on the left side of the road, learning how to properly use chopsticks and communicating with local populace may seem daunting; however, when it comes to understanding the Japanese language, customs and culture, the Schilling Community Center can help.
Team Kadena hosts media for P-8A Poseidon
A news team from CNN prepares to go live after a flight on a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon Aug. 10, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. News agencies were invited to fly on the P-8A to learn about the Poseidon’s abilities and the role it plays in the Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)
This plane is on fire!
For the first time at Kadena Air Base, joint live-fire training between the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron and Japanese Self-Defense Force firefighters from Naha Air Base occurred as part of a new knowledge exchange agreement, August 7, 2018.
The Parade of 10,000 Dancers
An Okinawan women’s dance group performs with yotsutake castanets during the annual 10,000 Eisa Dance Parade Aug. 5, 2018, in Naha, Japan. Eisa dancers used traditional taiko drums and choreographed music to pay homage to their ancestors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristan Campbell)
Learning to fly
Special operations squadron Airmen have a different skill set than other aircrew members – whether it’s performing specialized jobs in a forward deployed location or being tasked as part of a rescue operation – to be an Air Force Special Operations Command Airman takes specific training and a different mentality than other Air Force Specialty Codes.