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Remembering an Incredible Airman
Michael J. Bishop, the Chief of Aviation Affairs at 5th Air Force, passed away in the morning of Aug 9. He left behind an enduring legacy here in Japan after 55 years of service to the United States Air Force.
Forward area refueling point team members from the 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron load 100-foot fuel hoses into a cart Aug. 17, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. FARP enables the Air Force to perform a wide-range of missions across multiple domains and brings the most advanced technologies and capabilities of the U.S. military to the region by
Team Kadena fuels joint operations training
Members from the U.S. Army Aviation Battalion Japan and the 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) converged on Kadena July 31, 2017 through August 3, 2017, for a battalion collective training exercise.
Through the fire and the flames
The 18th Civil Engineer Squadron hosted hands-on fire training with local firefighters from various cities in Okinawa August 14, 2017. “We conducted hands-on training on an F-15 to demonstrate the egress procedures, discussed the hazards associated with the aircraft, and showed a demo on what we would do on an emergency response,” said U.S. Air
Bio, EM team up for training
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Isaiah Flemings, 18th Aerospace Medicine Squadron bioenvironmental engineering technician, and Airman Brittany Harris, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron Emergency Management Flight EM operations apprentice, survey and investigate a staged scene of a hazardous materials incident during a training exercise August 3, 2017, at
Youth exchange promotes friendship, teamwork
Members of the Kadena Air Base Keystone Club used verbal and physical communication skills to connect with nearly twenty fellow Japanese teens Aug. 7, at an event at the base’s Teen Center. The program provided local teens with the opportunity to apply what they have learned about the English language, experience English culture and interact with members of Kadena Air Base.
Okinawa’s aviation safety net
Shogun Airmen from the 18th Wing demonstrated Kadena’s capability as a safety net when Japanese military and civil aviation authorities diverted aircraft during Naha Airport’s closure due to an aircraft malfunction July 26, 2017. The 12 aircraft landed safely and remained at Kadena for about an hour until they were able to resume their flights to Naha.
Armed, ready for action
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Zachary Hough, Tech. Sgt. Josean Arce and Staff Sgt. Ryan Anderson, 33rd Helicopter Maintenance Unit weapons section weapons load technicians, transport GAU-18 50-caliber machine gun toward an HH-60 Pave Hawk from the 33rd Rescue Squadron July 26, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The weapons section provides
Shock to the system
“So tell me your name and where you’re from,” says Senior Airman Trent Jones, 18th Security Forces Squadron trainer, to a defender preparing for the jolt from 50,000 volts of electricity during the Taser and oleroresin capsicum (OC) spray training held July 20, 2017. As the defender starts to answer, Jones pulled the trigger on the Taser, and
Torii Station Bolsters Ambulatory Capabilities
Okinawa recently enhanced its ability to respond to emergency medical situations on and off post by standing up an ambulance crew who will be able to respond to SOFA-status personnel that are in need of medical transport to the hospital.
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.