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  • From Neighbors to Friends: Kadena Youth Center hosts culture exchange

    Children from Okinawa and the Kadena Youth Center pose for a photo during Cultural Exchange Day Sept. 28, 2019, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The event enabled 49 children from Okinawa and the military community to play and interact with each other through a variety of both American and Japanese games and challenges. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff
  • Airman Climbs to Resiliency

    U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Aurora Ortiz, aerospace ground equipment journeyman assigned to the 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, stretches before a climbing session Sep. 5, 2019, in Chibana, Japan. For Ortiz, climbing is not only a physical outlet to cope with everyday stressors, but also an exciting way to try things out of her comfort zone and meet new people. Janja Garnbret, Akiyo Noguchi, Shauna Coxey, and Miho Nonaka are female professional climbers who inspire Ortiz to keep training and join their elite climbing scale.
  • Kadena hosts tour for Okinawa students

    Air Force Immersion Day is a new community engagement program developed to teach local college and vocational students about Kadena’s mission and its role in supporting the U.S. and Japanese alliance. Eighteen students visited the base for a tour Sept. 23. The students started the day by meeting the 18th Mission Support Group commander, Col. Thang Doan, followed by a mission brief. The group then went on to learn about the Status of Forces Agreement and legal preceding’s from the 18th Wing Legal office.
  • Kadena F-15s celebrate 40 years of air superiority

    Streaking across the sky at a neck-breaking 900 mph, United States Air Force F-15C Eagles have been training in the skies above and around Okinawa for 40 years. Both U.S. and Japanese F-15s are in the air daily keeping security interests safe from competition. The F-15C Eagle is among the most successful modern fighters, with over 100 victories and no losses in aerial combat.
  • KLI celebrates successful internship program

    After four weeks of internships across base, (number) Kadena Language Institute students, their family members, local community leaders and members of the 18th Wing enjoyed a farewell dinner together Sept. 6, 2019. The 2019 KLI internship program was a wonderful opportunity for these students to apply the lessons they have learned while at the same time experiencing American culture and interacting with members of KAB.
  • Maintainers keep the Eagle ready to fly

    All aircraft periodically go through thorough inspections to ensure every part is in good working condition.
  • 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.