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  • Youth exchange promotes friendship, teamwork

    Members of the Kadena Air Base Keystone Club used verbal and physical communication skills to connect with nearly twenty fellow Japanese teens Aug. 7, at an event at the base’s Teen Center. The program provided local teens with the opportunity to apply what they have learned about the English language, experience English culture and interact with members of Kadena Air Base.
  • Okinawa’s aviation safety net

    Shogun Airmen from the 18th Wing demonstrated Kadena’s capability as a safety net when Japanese military and civil aviation authorities diverted aircraft during Naha Airport’s closure due to an aircraft malfunction July 26, 2017. The 12 aircraft landed safely and remained at Kadena for about an hour until they were able to resume their flights to Naha.
  • Armed, ready for action

    U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Zachary Hough, Tech. Sgt. Josean Arce and Staff Sgt. Ryan Anderson, 33rd Helicopter Maintenance Unit weapons section weapons load technicians, transport GAU-18 50-caliber machine gun toward an HH-60 Pave Hawk from the 33rd Rescue Squadron July 26, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The weapons section provides
  • Shock to the system

    “So tell me your name and where you’re from,” says Senior Airman Trent Jones, 18th Security Forces Squadron trainer, to a defender preparing for the jolt from 50,000 volts of electricity during the Taser and oleroresin capsicum (OC) spray training held July 20, 2017.   As the defender starts to answer, Jones pulled the trigger on the Taser,  and
  • Torii Station Bolsters Ambulatory Capabilities

    Okinawa recently enhanced its ability to respond to emergency medical situations on and off post by standing up an ambulance crew who will be able to respond to SOFA-status personnel that are in need of medical transport to the hospital.
  • Aiding the Pacific

    Joint U.S. service members and DoD civilians from various medical units on Okinawa converged for a first-of-its-kind exercise July 12-14, at Kadena AB in order to test the Theater Lead Agent for Medical Material – Pacific’s ability to aid large-scale emergencies.
  • New annual Mental Health Assessment requirement begins July 31

    Starting July 31, 2017, Airmen undergoing their annual Periodic Health Assessment may notice something new. A Mental Health Assessment will now be part of every annual PHA, to help ensure that Airmen suffering from undiagnosed mental health issues are referred to the necessary care. Mental health issues are a serious problem for U.S. Armed Forces
  • Kadena Shoguns change command

    Brig. Gen. Barry R. Cornish relinquished command of the 18th Wing to Brig. Gen. Case Cunningham during a change of command ceremony July 10 at Kadena Air Base, Japan.
  • Bringing lightning to the fight

    KADENA AIR BASE, Japan – U.S. Marines and Airmen conducted the first ever joint forward area refueling point exercise involving the F-35B Lighting II June 26, at Kadena Air Base, Japan.
  • Fix em’ up, send em’ back

    It’s up to the Airmen of the 18th Component Maintenance Squadron TF-34 section to take apart each engine, piece-by-piece, to keep them in top shape.
  • Brig. Gen. Cornish conducts final flight at Kadena

    U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Barry Cornish, 18th Wing commander, waves from the cockpit of an F-15 Eagle from the 67th Fighter Squadron during his final flight June 29, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Cornish has been the commander of the 18th Wing since April 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Greg Erwin)
  • Warrior Training Fitness program instills warrior ethos for Team Kadena

    The day started like most summer days at Kadena Air Base with a scorching hot sun and thick humidity that fogs up glasses. However, at the Risner Fitness and Sports Complex, there was a level of positive energy that suggested less oppressive weather. As attendees approached the exercise field, they could hear upbeat music from speakers and the
  • Fit For Flight

    A U.S. Air Force 44th Fighter Squadron F-15 Eagle takes off from Kadena Air Base, June 22, 2017. Kadena Air Base is the hub of airpower in the Pacific and is the home to the 18th Wing, the U.S. Air Force's largest combat wing. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Greg Erwin)
  • Avoid yelling fire

    When it comes to fire, keeping it inside the grill and awayfrom our families and belongings is one of the highest priorities. In thesummer months, when barbecues and bonfires are commonplace, it is important toremember how to use them in a positive and safe manner.18th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters respond tofire-related incidents that have
  • Getting the help you need

    Post-traumatic stress disorder might be considered by many a byproduct of war and participation in combat; however PTSD is not exclusive to military members, because it can affect civilians as well. Many people may not know it, but there is help readily available at Air Force hospitals and clinics dedicated to helping anybody.