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  • Testing our ability to stand up

    In the midst of the Vigilant Ace-18 exercise, some may be asking why Gwangju Air Base? As Republic of Korea Air Base, Gwangju is usually a ghost town for United States Forces. Kunsan or Osan, both U.S. air bases, would have been much more accommodating and easily inhabited for a tiring week of exercising.That’s just it though, Gwangju offers an
  • All the stripes

    When two buses filled with chief master sergeants and thevice commander visit a unit, it is either a very good or a very bad thing.Fortunately for the senior master sergeants they met, they brought positivenews.A total of 11 Kadena senior master sergeants were selectedfor promotion to chief master sergeant. All available chiefs and Col.
  • Never stop improving

    Team Kadena Airmen discussed ways to improve work center processes and reduce waste during a Continuous Process Improvement Course Nov. 6 through 17 here.
  • Rescue Fest 2017

    A member of the 31st Rescue Squadron provides rides to attendees of the 2017 Rescue Fest, Nov. 18, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Airmen demonstrate rescue capabilities of the 31st and 33rd Rescue Squadrons during Rescue Fest, an annual event held to educate members and their families on rescue tactics. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Quay
  • Ride the lightning

    U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. David Moore, 34th Fighter Squadron F-35 pilot, goes through pre-flight procedures Nov. 16, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The F-35A provides the warfighter unprecedented situational awareness and the required survivability to fight and win in highly contested environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Greg
  • Tasers, tears, teamwork

    When it comes to bonding, few things bring people closer than shedding tears together. Whether those drops fall from a shared moment, sad movie or a bit of military grade pepper spray, the effect is the same: one will have someone to pick them up, dust them off and tell them they’ll be okay.
  • Ready to launch

    A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, taxis for take-off at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 7, 2017. The F-35A is deployed under U.S. Pacific Command’s theater security package program, which has been in operation since 2004. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard)
  • Facing your demons

    Airmen, friends and family from across the base gathered at the Weekenders Lounge to listen to stories of their fellow Airmen during a Storytellers event Oct. 30, 2017.
  • Breaking Down Barriers

    Despite the impeding rain, athletes, volunteers and spectators gathered at Kadena Air Base, Japan, to be a part of the 18th annual Kadena Special Olympics, Nov. 4, 2017. The event, first established in 1999 was created by the commander at the time, to break down barriers and bring athletes, families and volunteers from all over Okinawa together as one team.
  • A BLOG worth following

    The Bilateral Leadership Officer Group met to furtherstrengthen ties between the 18th Wing and the Japan Air Self-Defense Force Oct.27, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan.The BLOG is an organization composed of 18th Wing and SouthwestComposite Air Division military officers that allows members to meet and formrelationships and professional
  • Contingency Containment

    Members of the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron respond to a no-notice fuel spill exercise Oct. 26, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 18th CES conducts no-notice exercises to ensure readiness and operability in the event of real emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Greg Erwin)
  • DPAA Accounts for 183 Missing Service Members in Fiscal Year 2017

    In Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) accounted for 183 formerly missing persons from past conflicts. Also, the agency individually identified the remains of 18 additional personnel, who were previously accounted for as part of group burials, reaching another milestone of 201 total identifications for the fiscal year.
  • MOPP up, be ready

    The 18th Wing conducted a no-notice exercise Oct. 11 through13, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Units conducted training in Mission Oriented ProtectivePosture gear during the exercise. Members wore the equipment during normal andexercise-related operations and varied their level of protection throughout thetraining to maintain their efficiency in
  • 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.