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  • Initial certification training gains Airmen capabilities

    Initial certification training gains Airmen capabilities
  • Kadena Firefighters Commemorate Sept. 11

    U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron conduct a Sept. 11, commemoration ceremony at Fire Station 1 on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 11, 2019. The ceremony gave Kadena firefighters the opportunity to reflect upon the tragedy of lives lost and sacrifices made as a result of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the
  • Maintaining the Eagle around the clock

    The 18th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron maintains numerous F-15s, allowing the 44th and 67th FSs to play a vital role in combat operations to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific for America and its allies.
  • Welcome to the Jungle

    U.S. Army Green Berets from 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), invited Team Kadena Airmen to train with them at the U.S. Marine Corps Jungle Warfare Training Center (JWTC) at Camp Gonsalves, Okinawa, Japan.
  • Team Kadena pauses operations to recharge, assist each other

    On Sept. 9th, the 18th Wing held its Resilience Tactical Pause focused on reinforcing a resilient culture, breaking down barriers to help-seeking and getting feedback from Airmen. The day began with a Commander’s Call led by Brig. Gen. Joel Carey, 18th Wing commander, with guest speaker, Chief Master Sgt. John Chacon, 18th Civil Engineer operations flight superintendent, followed by time spent with each Airman’s respective squadron.
  • BHOP helps address mental health related issues

    According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, nearly half of people with a treatable behavioral health disorder do not seek help from behavioral health professionals. The KAB Behavioral Health Optimization Program seeks to bridge this gap by providing behavioral health care in a primary care setting.
  • 18th CONS donates 3,010 lbs of rice to local shelters

    Members from the 18th Contracting Squadron donated 3,010 pounds of rice to local homeless shelters. “This amount of rice can feed nearly 90 people across three shelters for three months,” said Lt. Col. Drew Glass, 18th CONS commander.
  • Airfield Exercise Boosts US-JPN Alliance

    Airmen from the U.S. Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force huddle up prior to a rapid airfield damage repair exercise Aug. 30, 2019, at Naha Air Base, Japan. The exercise was part of a week-long bilateral partnership-building program, enhancing interoperability and preparedness between the two nations to jointly respond to contingencies. (U.S.
  • 18th SFS hosts first-ever blood drive

    The 18th Security Forces Squadron hosted their first-ever blood drive. The blood drive gave base members an opportunity to directly contribute to the well-being of others in potentially life-threatening situations.
  • Small shop, Big mission

    The FARP team supports contingency and exercise operations to refuel aircraft while regularly maintaining their equipment ensuring mission success in austere locations where typical air-to-air refueling or established refueling stations are not available.
  • Limitless

    Right here, right now. One foot in front of the other. Breathe. These are some of the mantras Jamie Brown says to himself as he runs his seventh lap on the track under the Okinawa sun. As part of the United States Paralympic Triathlon Team, Brown has one main goal in mind: to stand on the podium at the 2020 Paralympic Games with a gold medal around his neck. He pushes his own limits time and time again to prove his will and ambition overrule the misconceptions the world may have about him.
  • Always There

    An F-15C Eagle from the 44th Fighter Squadron refuels with a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron July 10, 2019, during a training exercise out of Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 909th ARS helps ensure a free-and-open Indo-Pacific by providing air refueling to U.S., allies and partners within the area of responsibility. (U.S. Air
  • Home on the Range

    U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jose Diaz de Leon, special mission aviator assigned to the 33rd Rescue Squadron, looks out the gunner’s window aboard an HH-60G Pave Hawk, July 31, 2019, out of Kadena Air Base, Japan. The HH-60G Pave Hawk, or Precision Avionics Vectoring Equipment, has a hoist that can lift up to 600 pounds during personnel recovery
  • Airman assists in saving drowned child

    For his acts of heroism, U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Roger Halle, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron assistant chief of operations, was recognized by Masaharu Noguni, city of Chatan mayor, during a ceremony Aug. 19, 2019, at the Chatan Town Office.
  • Kadena celebrates newest staff sergeants

    The Kadena Shoguns celebrate their newest staff sergeant selects during a celebration at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 23, 2019. Across the 18th Wing, 380 senior airmen were selected for promotion to staff sergeant. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton)