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  • Aiding the Pacific

    Joint U.S. service members and DoD civilians from various medical units on Okinawa converged for a first-of-its-kind exercise July 12-14, at Kadena AB in order to test the Theater Lead Agent for Medical Material – Pacific’s ability to aid large-scale emergencies.
  • New annual Mental Health Assessment requirement begins July 31

    Starting July 31, 2017, Airmen undergoing their annual Periodic Health Assessment may notice something new. A Mental Health Assessment will now be part of every annual PHA, to help ensure that Airmen suffering from undiagnosed mental health issues are referred to the necessary care. Mental health issues are a serious problem for U.S. Armed Forces
  • Kadena Shoguns change command

    Brig. Gen. Barry R. Cornish relinquished command of the 18th Wing to Brig. Gen. Case Cunningham during a change of command ceremony July 10 at Kadena Air Base, Japan.
  • Bringing lightning to the fight

    KADENA AIR BASE, Japan – U.S. Marines and Airmen conducted the first ever joint forward area refueling point exercise involving the F-35B Lighting II June 26, at Kadena Air Base, Japan.
  • Fix em’ up, send em’ back

    It’s up to the Airmen of the 18th Component Maintenance Squadron TF-34 section to take apart each engine, piece-by-piece, to keep them in top shape.
  • Brig. Gen. Cornish conducts final flight at Kadena

    U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Barry Cornish, 18th Wing commander, waves from the cockpit of an F-15 Eagle from the 67th Fighter Squadron during his final flight June 29, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Cornish has been the commander of the 18th Wing since April 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Greg Erwin)
  • Warrior Training Fitness program instills warrior ethos for Team Kadena

    The day started like most summer days at Kadena Air Base with a scorching hot sun and thick humidity that fogs up glasses. However, at the Risner Fitness and Sports Complex, there was a level of positive energy that suggested less oppressive weather. As attendees approached the exercise field, they could hear upbeat music from speakers and the
  • Fit For Flight

    A U.S. Air Force 44th Fighter Squadron F-15 Eagle takes off from Kadena Air Base, June 22, 2017. Kadena Air Base is the hub of airpower in the Pacific and is the home to the 18th Wing, the U.S. Air Force's largest combat wing. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Greg Erwin)
  • Avoid yelling fire

    When it comes to fire, keeping it inside the grill and awayfrom our families and belongings is one of the highest priorities. In thesummer months, when barbecues and bonfires are commonplace, it is important toremember how to use them in a positive and safe manner.18th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters respond tofire-related incidents that have
  • Getting the help you need

    Post-traumatic stress disorder might be considered by many a byproduct of war and participation in combat; however PTSD is not exclusive to military members, because it can affect civilians as well. Many people may not know it, but there is help readily available at Air Force hospitals and clinics dedicated to helping anybody.
  • May the best load team win

    U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jacob Clark, 44th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load team crew member, inspects an AIM-9 sidewinder missile during a quarterly weapons load competition June 23, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The competition was held between the 44th and 67th Aircraft Maintenance Units and the 120th Fighter Squadron, from Colorado
  • For whom the wrench turns

    The sounds of bolts tightening and wrenches turning echoes through the warm air of the vehicle garage; contractors and Airmen work side by side to ensure mission-essential equipment is back on the streets as quickly as possible. 18th Mission Support Group vehicle maintenance technicians work diligently under the scorching heat of June 21 inside the
  • Through Airmen’s Eyes

    Walking into the 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron’s central warehouse can feel a bit overwhelming until you’re met with the smiles and hard work put forth by the Airmen working there.Senior Airman Serah Lewis, 18th LRS material management specialist, is one of the smiling faces many customers see when walking into the warehouse to pick up parts.“I
  • The coolest crew to brew

    The 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron opened the U.S. AirForce's only operational cryogenic production plant June 16, 2017, at KadenaAir Base, Japan.The sole operational cryogenic production plant willsignificantly impact the way that cryogenic technicians do their jobs.“This is going to help us a lot,” said Airman 1st ClassOlavio Bisneto, 18th LRS
  • Eagle Maintenance

    U.S. Air Force 67th Aircraft Maintenance Unit F-15 Eagle crew chiefs inspect hydraulic systems of an F-15 during training operations June 13, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 67th AMU helps maintain the aircraft of one of the largest fighter wing in the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard)