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  • Fabricate it ‘til you make it

    Imagine, for a moment, an F-15C Eagle. In the mind, it’slikely flying or looking neat and proper in a hangar, showing the kind of imageairshows are made of. Now picture that same aircraft with missing or brokenpanels. The view is different and probably nowhere near as pleasant. Withoutmembers of the 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, there would
  • Tell us what you want; what you really, really want

    Every day people go to work, step through the door, grab their tools and start their daily mission. But one may wonder who purchased that vest, or that wrench, or even the pen and paper used to take notes in the weekly meetings? That’s where the 18th Contracting Squadron comes through.
  • Pavehawks, Eagles take flight

    U.S. Air Force Capt. Chris Allen, 33rd Rescue Squadron flight commander, walks toward an HH-60G Pavehawk before a flight Feb.13, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 33rd RQS has been stationed on the island of Okinawa, Japan, uninterrupted since 1971; they officially joined the 18th Wing in 1993. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin
  • It ships if it fits

    Ever wonder how aircraft parts get shipped out from the base? The 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron Traffic Management Office ships out any cargo that needs to be sent from units on Kadena Air Base to other installations. Whether it’s for resupply or repair, TMO outbound will get it there.
  • Lights, camera, action!

    When telling Kadena’s story, it’s often from one set of eyes – that of the military member themselves. By having an outside source come and tell Kadena’s story however, it allows another benefit that isn’t overly apparent – understanding what someone perceives of the base, our operations, and even the Air Force as a whole.
  • Making Waves

    The Kadena Shoguns Women’s Dragon Boat team practice at the Fairchild Pool Feb. 7, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The Kadena Shoguns Women’s Dragon Boat Team is defending their Best U.S. Women’s Dragon Boat Team title against both the Army and Navy women’s dragon boat teams. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard)
  • Phasing the Pavehawk

    Imagine a classic car, each door is taken off and every part of the interior removed, nothing is left except for the shell. Every part of the vehicle is cataloged and inspected before it’s restored. Just like that classic car, every time an HH-60G Pavehawk reaches 600 flight hours at Kadena Air Base, it has to be dismantled, inspected and then put back together to keep it in pristine condition.
  • Pull to Eject

    Let’s be honest, when people think about the mission of the Air Force, they generally think of the aircraft and the pilots, then the individuals working out on the flightline keeping said aircraft flying. But what about the Airmen that make sure the pilots are good to go? What about the small behind-the-scenes shops that have a major impact on the safety of those pilots?
  • SECAF Heather Wilson visits Team Kadena

    Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson visited Kadena Air Base Feb. 1 and 2, 2018, for the first time since taking the position. Secretary Wilson met with members across the installation to discuss her priorities of readiness, innovation and modernization, as well as listening to their ideas and how they do their jobs. “I really enjoyed getting
  • Dealing out care from land, sea and air

    Medical personnel from the Army, Navy and Air Forceconducted a field training exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26. The training tested their ability to process a large amountof patients in the event of a disaster or contingency operation.U.S. Army 1-1 Air Defense Artillery Regiment and U.S. Navymedical personnel assisted with the
  • Cloudy With A Chance of Lightning

    U.S. Air Force Capt. Ryan Fantasia, 34th Fighter Squadron pilot, performs preflight inspections inside the cockpit of an F-35A Lightning II Jan. 26, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. While a first in-theater for the F-35A, the U.S. Marine Corps F-35B variant has been stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, since January 2017. (U.S. Air
  • Nowhere but up – one key to success

    Why are you here? It’s a question I was asked when I recently attended the Senior NCO Professional Enhancement Seminar at the McDaniel Center. The answer I had but declined to give because of its snarky nature and somewhat negative tone was simple – because I was told I had to be.
  • Rude Rams ready to Rumble

    U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Austin House, 388th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, prepares an F-35A Lightning II for flight Jan. 24, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Rotational forces are integral to increasing our military combat capabilities, which are essential to U.S. power projection and security obligations. (U.S. Air Force photo
  • Showing how to tell

    U.S. Air Force officers from four different units spent theweek at Kadena Air Base, Japan, with nine of their Japan Self-Defense Forcecounterparts exchanging their best practices and reinforcing lessons learnedfrom previous exchanges.The main focus of the event was to increase interoperabilitybetween the two nations during exercises and potential
  • Get your oxygen and fuel checked here

    When a pilot is taking off, the last thing they should have to worry about is the ability to breathe clean air, or having contaminated fuel in the aircraft. Without quality assurance checks, they may not have the peace of mind needed to perform at the highest level.