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  • Mental Health: It takes a village

    Guardian Wingman, a suicide prevention training program designed by the Mental Health clinic at Kadena Air Base, Japan, aims to improve mental health management by building a community of Airmen equipped with the tools to support their fellow wingmen.

  • 18th SFS Defenders fight for the top flight

    Airmen from the 18th Security Forces Squadron held the Defender Flight of the Quarter Challenge to see who the best flight was. The challenge consisted of four main stations where they had to provide medical care under fire, efficiently clear rooms, conduct a high-risk traffic stop, and field strip

  • Sheet metal techs reinforce Kadena's airpower

    The 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance specialists make it their mission to ensure the structural integrity of Kadena's aircraft is steadfast and ready to deliver airpower anytime, anywhere.

  • Postal charter plane keeps Okinawa mail on-time

    Airmen from 18th LRS ground transportation, 733rd Air Mobility Squadron, Pacific Air Forces Air Postal Squadron Detachment 3, and Camp Kinser Marines worked with each other to effectively deliver mail to Okinawan residents using a new process. This shipment was one of the largest single shipments of

  • Rain or shine, Weather Flight keeps Kadena ready

    With weather impacting nearly every aspect of base operations, the 18th Operations Support Squadron Weather Flight plays a vital role ensuring Kadena continues functioning as a world-class strategic forward base.

  • 733rd AMS Air Force members rescue kayakers

    Recently, Staff Sgt. Kyle Kemble, an asset evaluator, and GS-11 employee Brandon Yoneda, an air terminal operations duty officer, both members of the 733rd Air Mobility Squadron, saved four Japanese locals who found themselves in danger after their kayak flipped over half a mile off the coast of

  • 18 CEF conducts vehicle extrication training

    The 18th CEF conducted vehicle extrication training at Kadena Air Base, Japan. This training allowed the CEF to sharpen their skills for conducting vehicle extrication. CEF is responsible for handling the threat and outcome of fire, rescue, medical and environmental emergencies.

  • Pacific Iron 2021: A Fast, Flexible Force

    U.S. Air Force service members from the Pacific Air Forces participated in Operation Pacific Iron, a PACAF dynamic force employment operation taking place in July 2021. Kadena Air Base, home of the 18th Wing, was an indispensable asset in the operation, providing communications throughout PACAF via

  • 18th Wing gains new commander

    U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Joel L. Carey relinquished command of the 18th Wing to Brig. Gen. David Eaglin during a change of command ceremony at Kadena Air Base, Japan, July 16, 2021.

  • DAGRE: mission ready anytime, any place

    Deployed Aircraft Ground Response Element team members from the 353rd Special Operations Support Squadron load a Polaris MRZR onto a MC-130J Commando II at Kadena Air Base, Japan, June 25, 2021. DAGRE teams use rapid infiltration and exfiltration techniques to quickly deploy airfield security when

  • EOD hosts REHM Enabler Forces program

    The 18th CES Explosives Ordnance Disposal Flight conducted a Rapid Explosive Hazard Mitigation Enabler Forces program to train 15 personnel from various career fields throughout the squadron. The 18th CES EOD Flight is the first unit Air Force wide to establish an all-inclusive program, training

  • 18 LRS Special Purpose technicians break it down

    Special Purpose Airmen service a vehicle for its entire lifecycle – performing inspections and maintenance on it until it needs to be removed from the fleet, and then preparing it for retirement. This staircase truck must be disassembled so it can be transported safely, due to bridges on the planned

  • Don’t Mock the Maintenance Operations Center

    Operating and maintaining aircraft is hard work, and when the going gets tough the 18th Maintenance Operations Center is ready to answer the call. With 26 Airmen working around-the-clock, the MOC serves as the liaison for all of Kadena’s aircraft maintenance units by responding whenever there is a