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  • Receiving the AWACS

    U.S. Air Force Airman Angel Manriquez, 961st Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief apprentice, marshals in an E-3 Sentry from the 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron June 8, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 961st AACS is a combat-ready Sentry squadron providing airborne command and control, long-range surveillance, detection and identification
  • Training how you fight

    Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, U.S. Army and Air Force held a multiservice chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense training exercise, May 17-18. Members of U.S. Army 1-1 Air Defense Artillery hosted members of the JGSDF and 18th Wing, demonstrating a variety of CBRN decontamination practices, including one on the MIM-104 Patriot missile system.
  • Not just another dot

    Gena Schneider, right, 18th Wing Specialist for Primary Prevention of Violence, leads Shogun members through Green Dot Key Influencer Training May 24, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Green Dot is the Air Force’s program to prevent power-based interpersonal violence using a proactive approach to community awareness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior
  • Fortification at its best

    U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron remove a wall frame from ceiling bearings at the 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron May 17, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 18th CES structures Airmen ensure Kadena’s buildings have enough space for units to safely and efficiently conduct mission operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by
  • Spreading smiles through music

    U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific, Pacific Trends perform a concert at Tedako Hall in Urazoe City, Japan, May 24, 2017. The United States Air Force Band of the Pacific-Asia serves Pacific Air Forces' ceremonial, airmen morale, and commanders outreach needs and objectives throughout an area of responsibility which spans the Pacific Ocean from the
  • Largest, tallest, oldest animals at Kadena Elementary

    Children from Kadena Elementary School gather around a cardboard cutout of the world’s largest land-walking animal, an African elephant, May 22, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The event produced by members of the school’s English as a Second Language team and was held to teach cross-curricular subjects such as science, health, history and
  • Pumping gas, saving lives

    An aircrew from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron here refueled U.S. Navy aircraft assigned to the USS Carl Vinson in the Western Pacific during a training mission and diverted to Yokota Air Base, Japan, to provide aeromedical evacuation support for two patients May 3.
  • Roadside rescue

    Senior Airman Danielle Clemons, 18th Medical Group Medical Services Account cashier, and Airman 1st Class Kaden Petersen, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron structural apprentice, were traveling to the Okinawa Peace Memorial Park April 2, 2017.
  • Working to save a young life

    U.S. Air Force Airmen and U.S. Navy Sailors worked togetherto outfit a C-17 Globemaster III with life-saving equipment May 13, 2017, atKadena Air Base, Japan.Airmen and Sailors prepared the logistics and materials fora specialized life-support omnibed system that was put into a Globemaster IIIfor the first time. The bed was required to transport a
  • Propulsion in motion

    A team of aerospace propulsion technicians from the 18th Component Maintenance Squadron service an F-15 Eagle engine May 12, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The Airmen worked together to prepare an F-15 Eagle engine for a trial run at the test cell. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)
  • Corrosion Control

    Kadena Air Base is one of the U.S. Air Force’s most corrosive bases for vehicles and aircraft. With constant humidity and proximity to saltwater from the ocean, the climate takes its toll on vehicles, this keeps the 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron’s vehicle maintainers constantly busy.
  • Pieces of freedom

    Aircraft across the Air Force depend on the constant upkeep and expertise from hydraulics Airmen in order to function. No matter how small the job is, each work order and every tasking is aimed at generating aircraft and ultimately protecting the Indo-Asia-Pacific Region.
  • Lady Shoguns Defend Title

    Each spring on Okinawa, wooden dragons soar through the sea as thousands of onlookers watch from Tomari Wharf in Naha City. Dozens of teams combat the sea, and their nerves, as each team member struggles to stroke in unison to the tune of a bronze gong that can barely be heard over the cheers of the crowd.
  • She’s the bomb

    Tech. Sgt. Rebecca Kimberling, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal supply NCO in charge, was one of three NCOs within the Fifth Air Force to receive a Stripes for Exceptional Performers promotion.
  • Making a difference

    U.S. Air Force Capt. James Taylor, 18th Wing chaplain, speaks during the 18th Wing Annual Volunteer Recognition ceremony April 28, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The Annual Volunteer Recognition ceremony awards the efforts of Kadena’s most influential volunteers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lynette M. Rolen)
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