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  • Team Kadena’s Intel, Recon squadrons outsmart COVID-19

    The COVID-19 pandemic has birthed many obstacles, but the ingenuity and fighting spirits of Team Kadena’s 82nd Reconnaissance and 390th Intelligence Squadrons have persevered against the virus with new policies and an unfaltering operations tempo.The powerhouse duo hustled right at the beginning of

  • 67th FS fighters conduct a small force exercise

    A U.S. Air Force 67th Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagle and a 909th Aerial Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker conduct air-to-air refueling during a training exercise July 8, 2020, off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. The 67th FS conducted small force employment combat exercises to demonstrate how U.S.

  • Jump training conducted at Kadena's Ridout DZ

    U.S. Air Force servicemembers conducted paradrop training at the Ridout drop zone July 9, 2020, on Kadena Air Base, Japan. All training on Kadena AB is conducted in accordance with bilateral agreements between the United States and the Government of Japan. Ie Jima is the primary location for

  • Thai Cave Rescue: Two Years Later

    The two year anniversary of the Thai-led, multi-national operation to rescue the Wild Boar youth football team from Tham Luang cave park was remembered recently. The rescue happened July 8-10 2018 and involved a highly organized and synchronized effort involving critical coordination with multiple

  • Misawa, Kadena Airmen train at Draughon Range

    Airmen assigned to the 13th Fighter Squadron and the 320th Special Tactics Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, conducted close air support training at Draughon Range, near Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 15-17.

  • Ribbon cutting ceremony held for new Teen Center

    After being closed due to moving buildings, renovations, and COVID-19 restrictions, the Teen Center on Kadena Air Base has officially reopened. Wing leadership celebrated the grand reopening with a ribbon cutting ceremony held June 24, 2020.

  • 18th Dental Squadron creates COVID-19 test swabs

    While we’ve seen no new cases of COVID-19 on Okinawa, the threat of the pandemic is still very real. The Regional Dental Laboratory, which falls under the 18th Dental Squadron, has played an instrumental role in the 18th Wing’s innovation efforts to help flatten the curve. The RDL wasted no time in

  • Innovative Dental Swabs

    The 18th Dental Squadron on Kadena Air Base, Japan put their skills to the test by 3-D printing naso-pharyngeal swabs to test any potential COVID-19 patients. The dental lab is working diligently to ensure the swabs are approved for testing use. (U.S. Air Force video by Airman 1st Class Rebeckah

  • Air Force, Army work together to save a life

    Despite the challenges COVID-19 has caused across the globe, U.S. military members from the Republic of Korea and Japan came together to ensure a valued team member received the life-saving surgery he required.Service members from the Air Force and Army worked together ensuring this member was able

  • Kadena F15s deploy to USCENTCOM

    An F-15C Eagle takes off from Kadena Air Base, Japan, April 28, 2020, headed for the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. Members of the 18th Wing deployed to CENTCOM to defend U.S. and partner nation interests in the region and preserve the international rules-based order. While the 44th

  • Future Ops maintains counter COVID-19 momentum

    As Team Kadena leaders consider how to implement and update force health protection measures, the Future Operations team, or FUOPS, works behind the scenes to arm decision makers with situational awareness and knowledge to make the most informed decisions.The FUOPS mission enhances leaders’