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  • Oh yes, there will be blood

    U.S. Air Force Maj. Geoffrey Garst, 31st Rescue Squadron flight medic, applies makeup to a 353rd Special Operations Support Squadron Deployed Aircraft Ground Response Element Airman, during a mass casualty exercise Oct. 3, 2017, at Camp Hansen, Japan. Every 90 days, pararescue Airmen are required to perform medical situational exercises such as
  • Short jump, long drop

    U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 31st Rescue Squadron and U.S. Army Soldiers walk down a runway toward an MC-130J Commando II after parachute training Oct. 3, 2017, at Ie Shima, Japan. Service members must retain their proficiency in jump operations to ensure they are ready to conduct operational and humanitarian missions at a moment’s notice. (U.S.
  • Guardians of the Pacific

    U.S. Air Force 37th Expeditionary Bomber Squadron B-1B Lancers, assigned to Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., receive fuel from a 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker, assigned to Kadena Air Base, Japan, over the vicinity of the East China Sea, Sept. 18, 2017. The multi-mission B-1B is America’s premier long-range bomber, capable of
  • Ageless Wonders

    Shizuko Yara, age 94, laughs with a translator from the 18th Wing Force Support Squadron during a Keiro No Hi luncheon Sept. 13, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Keiro No Hi "Respect for the Aged Day" was made a Japanese national holiday in 1966 and is similar to Grandparents Day in other cultures, during which participants celebrate the elderly's
  • A nice cold brew at work

    A cold brew at work sounds like something a supervisorwouldn’t get behind. In a few shops, however, a nice frosty one isn’t justencouraged, it’s required.The 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron opened a cryogenic productionplant June 16, 2017, to increase the supply of liquid nitrogen and oxygenavailable to shops that rely on those chilly fluids.
  • Remembering 9/11

    U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Heriberto Diaz, Erwin Professional Military Education Center commandant, and Master Sgt. Lauren Strike, Erwin PME Center director of education, stand at the position of parade rest during a Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony, Sept. 11, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. During the ceremony, Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and
  • Processing the training

    An Airman receives an immunization while processing through a deployment line during an exercise Sept. 7, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Even during an exercise scenario, Airmen from the 18th Medical Group continue working to ensure the 18th Wing and its tenant units are prepared to execute their missions. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Quay
  • Training for locking and loading

    U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Zed Harbort, 44th Aircraft Maintenance Unit cell boss, inspects work done during a readiness exercise Sept. 6, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 18th Wing and partner units on Kadena are an air operations epicenter in the Indo-Asia power production platform. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Quay Drawdy)
  • Tropic ACE fuels joint cooperation between Air Force, Marines

    U.S. Marines from the Marine Wing Support Squadron 172 assigned to Camp Foster, Japan, and Airmen from the 36th Contingency Response Group, assigned to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, partnered to develop advanced fueling solutions for contingency operations during exercise Tropic ACE (Agile Combat Employment) Aug. 28 - Sept. 15, 2017.
  • Joint Deterrence

    A U.S. Air Force B1-B Lancer receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker during a mission from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, into Japanese air space August 31, 2017. Two B1-Bs, with U.S. Marine Corps’ F-35Bs, made contact with Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force) aircraft over waters near Kyushu, and then were joined by Republic of Korea
  • Exercise Tropic ACE tests rapid deployment capabilities

    Airmen from the 36th Contingency Response Group, Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, and the 18th Wing, Kadena Air Base, Japan, are exercising the ability to conduct rapid deployment operations during Exercise Tropic ACE Aug. 28 - Sept. 15, 2017.   Tropic ACE was designed to exercise components of Pacific Air Forces’ Agile Combat Employment (ACE)
  • 2017 Staff Selects

    Congratulations to our newly-selected Staff Sergeants
  • 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.
  • Anywhere, Anytime

    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.