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Kadena, Okinawa dentists share best practices
Thirty-four students from Okinawa’s White Dental Clinic toured the 18th Wing Dental Squadron’s clinic, Aug. 16, 2019, to learn the different capabilities between Japanese and American dental care facilities.
Resiliency in the midst of the reaper
Born into a military family, U.S. Air Force Capt. Cole Holloway was destined to follow both his mother and father’s footsteps into the U.S. Air Force – more specifically, to follow his father’s aviation path and become a pilot. Holloway met his goal and accomplished his dream job – he successfully became a fighter pilot in the Air Force, but early into his thrilling career, his dream came to a screeching halt.
320th STS troop one of Air Force's most Outstanding Airmen
Each year Air Force officials select 12 Airmen from a pool of 36 nominees based on their superior leadership, job performance and personal achievements to represent the service’s top enlisted members. Tech. Sgt. Kenneth O’Brien, special tactics section chief from the 320th Special Tactics Squadron, was selected as one of the 2019 Outstanding Airmen of the Year.
Thank You For Your Service
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Bryan Savella, military working dog (MWD) handler assigned to the 18th Security Forces Squadron, and U.S. Air Force Colonel Thang Doan, commander assigned to the 18th Mission Support Group, pet MWD KitKat during a MWD retirement ceremony July 26, 2019, on Kadena Air Base, Japan. MWDs are trained in a variety of
Cope Angel 2019
An HH-60G Pave Hawk from the 33rd Rescue Squadron, lowers a pararescuemen into a boat in the ocean during a water operation, July 26, 2019, out of Kadena Air Base, Japan. Members of the 33rd and 31st Rescue Squadrons from Kadena AB train and work together to provide support for combat rescue and disaster relief. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st
909th ARS participates in Red Flag-Alaska 19-3
Exercise Red Flag 19-3 provides unique opportunities to integrate various forces into joint, coalition and multilateral training from simulated forward deployed air operations.
Kadena Sentry Keeps Watch Over Indo-Pacific
An E-3 Sentry from the 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron flies during a training exercise July 10, 2019, out of Kadena Air Base, Japan. The Sentry provides all-weather surveillance, command, control, and communications in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew Seefeldt)
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Joseph Cristi, fire emergency services firefighter assigned to the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron, goes through a decontamination station during a hazardous material training exercise July 11, 2019, on Kadena Air Base, Japan. Airmen exposed to a hazardous chemical must be decontaminated before they take off their Level A
Kadena historian deploys to SE Asia
Deployments are a common occurrence throughout the armed forces. This holds true for both the uniformed service members as well as their civilian counterparts. According to the U.S. Air Force’s website, around 400 civilians a year join their military teammates in Afghanistan, Iraq and other locations around the world. Recently, the 18th Wing’s History office chief, William P. McEvoy, became one of those teammates.
Meet Kadena's Newest DoD Fire Academy Graduates
Kazuki Machida and Brian Arime, firefighters assigned to the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron, pose for portraits in front of Fire Station 1, July 23, 2019 at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The two graduated from the DoD Fire Academy, where they learned the basics of firefighting and emergency services. The curriculum covered a wide variety of subjects such as aircraft and structural fires, handling hazardous materials, emergency care and transport, CPR, AED usage, forcible entry, search and rescue and patient transport. The training gives firefighters knowledge, understanding and confidence to fight fires and emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristan Campbell)
VR training program receives Spark Tank Innovation funding
An Airman from the 18th Maintenance Group avionics flight uses a virtual reality headset to conduct training at Kadena Air Base, July 19, 2019. The avionics flight won funding from the Kadena Spark Tank Innovation competition in May 2019, and will use those funds to better develop the program for avionics training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior
Mental Health issues are common
(This is the first of a series of mental health articles to be published over the next several months.) The Kadena Air Base mental health clinic provides counseling and patient education services to Airmen and their families daily. Some service members think seeking help from the mental health clinic will ruin their career. Lt. Col. Joel Foster, 18th Medical Operations Squadron mental health flight commander, explained how that myth can cause serious problems for members.
Identifying Fraudulent Activity
Your unit and your Air Force need your help to identify and report fraudulent activities that deprive us all of precious resources. In addition to major crimes, counterintelligence and technology protection missions, a significant amount of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations’ (AFOSI) resources are dedicated to investigating fraud allegations.
Joint CBRN Exercise
Members of a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear response team collect samples of a hazardous substance found a simulated incident scene during the Joint and Coalition CBRN Response Exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, July 18, 2019.
Kadena Bats Fly in the Light
Two F-15C Eagles from the 44th Fighter Squadron fly during a training exercise July 10, 2019, out of Kadena Air Base, Japan. The Eagle can be armed with combinations of four different air-to-air weapons: AIM-7F/M Sparrow missiles or AIM-120 AMRAAM advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles on its lower fuselage corners, AIM-9L/M Sidewinder or