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  • 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)
  • Fueling relationships

    Japan Air Self-Defense Force Col. Riichi Furugaki, JASDF Air Staff College director of education department, greets U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. William Holmquist, 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels operations officer, April 27, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Leaders from the JASDF Air Staff College visited the 18th LRS petroleum, oils and
  • Training up

    The 372nd Training Squadron, Detachment 15, provides different training courses to Kadena’s Airmen, including courses involving F-15 Eagle maintenance.
  • Joint-jump training practiced at Ridout DZ

    U.S. Air Force Airmen and U.S. Army soldiers prepare for parachute training on an MC-130J Commando II April 24, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The training provided an opportunity for the sister services to learn from each other and stay proficient in their combat and life-saving skillsets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)
  • Forecasting mission success

    Airmen of 18th Operations Support Squadron weather flight are always here to keep pilots updated on the weather forecast, making sure they’re prepared to work around everything Mother Nature throws at them during the mission.
  • Refuelers of the Pacific

    A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron sits ready for pre-flight procedures April 20, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The KC-135 is unmatched in the Air Force for its long-range refueling capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lynette M. Rolen)
  • A little stroll through a lot of jungle

    Members of the 18th Medical Group participated in the Preventative Aerospace Medicine Convention April 21, 2017, here. The PAMACON is a series of exercises focusing on potential actions Airmen of the 18th MDG would take to safely select a location for a new deployed base.Airmen broke into teams before cycling through training and briefings
  • Families celebrate at NICU reunion

    Families who received support from Camp Foster’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit participate in the NICU’s annual reunion April 23, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Camp Foster's NICU provides around-the-clock care for newborn infants on Okinawa, as well as those at other Pacific Air Forces locations whose needs can't be met by facilities at their
  • One team, one mission

    U.S. service members work with citizens of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic at a wet screen station March 16, 2017, in the Khommouon province in the country of Laos. The Defense Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Agency works with other countries to recover America’s missing heroes. The mission of DPAA is to provide the fullest possible
  • True air power

    The 44th Fighter Squadron and 44th Aircraft Maintenance Unit sent more than 10 F-15 Eagles to support Exercise Vigilant Ace in Guam April 19.
  • Having what IT takes

    Members of the 38th Cyberspace Engineering Installation Group from Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, worked with the 18th Communications Squadron at Kadena to “tune up” several  systems and processes across the base.The 38th CEIG reduced the overall number of routers on Kadena by 25 percent, cutting the number of man hours required to maintain them
  • Keystone teens strive to make a difference

    An appreciation ceremony was held April 18 at the 18th Force Support Squadron Teen and Youth Sports Center here to recognizer members of the Keystone Club for their ongoing contributions to the local community.
  • AFE Airmen prep 44th FS for ATR

    U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Joseph Gago, 18th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment technician assigned to the 44th Fighter Squadron, inspects night vision goggles April 18, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Aircrew flight equipment Airmen work day-and-night to inspect, repair and modify helmets, night vision goggles, life rafts and
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