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  • The thunder rolls when the Lightning flies

    U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jacob Valdez, 34th Aircraft Maintenance unit crew chief, renders a salute to Maj. Matthew Olson, F-35A Lightning II pilot from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Jan. 25, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Rotational forces are integral to increasing our military capabilities, which are essential to U.S. security obligations.
  • AFE insurance aircrews count on

    Whether roaring through the air at mach 2, transporting personnel, hauling cargo or refueling other aircraft, aircrews at Kadena Air Base, Japan, rely on the hard work and keen eyes of aircrew flight equipment Airmen. The 18th Operation Support Squadron Aircrew Flight Equipment is the main training and equipment inspection hub for other AFE units across Kadena. These services provide vital support to combat ready forces across the Pacific.
  • Bilateral Integration

    Japan Air Self-Defense Force members and U.S. Air Force Airmen pose for a photo in front of a U.S. F-35A Lightning II during a tour January 12, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. While attending the event, senior officers, warfighters and F-35A experts discussed a range of topics related to integrating the new capabilities of the U.S. Air Force’s 5th
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    Every year, the third Monday of January brings the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a day representing a call to end racism, the pursuit of true equal opportunity and the famed “I have a dream” speech. For some people, the celebration of King means so much more. While some may see this as a holiday for people of African American heritage or descent, Coretta Scott King once said, “This is not a black holiday; it’s a people’s holiday.” Dr. King isn’t just an inspiration for those who have experienced racism, but for individuals from all walks of life. For Chief Master Sgt. Gemma Clark, 18th Medical Group superintendent at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Dr. King is a source of pride – a motivator.
  • Fuel up and power on

    U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Devin Moore, 67th Fighter Squadron crew chief, checks and installs a panel on an F-15 Eagle Jan. 11, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Aircraft assigned to Kadena support a variety of missions and exercises throughout the Indo-Asia Pacifica area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Quay Drawdy)
  • Loads of Fun; 44th AMU takes on 67th AMU during annual competition

    U.S. Air Force colonels load munitions onto an F-15 Eagle during the Chiefs versus Eagles Weapons Loading Competition Jan. 3, 2018, on Kadena Air Base, Japan. Each team had to load one AIM-9X heat seeking missile to the aircraft as quickly as possible. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)
  • Coalition in the classroom

    Every day, Team Kadena strives to build and improve relations with their partners in the Japan Air Self-Defense Force. Whether it’s through joint training operations in the field or bilateral exchange programs in the classroom, the two militaries work side-by-side to foster a stronger, more cohesive partnership
  • World’s Greatest MOC

    U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Mart Angelo Gatchalion, 18th Maintenance Group Maintenance Operations Center board controller, updates the flight status of aircraft undergoing maintenance Dec. 19, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 18th MOC maintains the Air Force’s largest combat wing at Kadena AB and ensures Kadena AB’s fighters are ready at
  • Rise of the Machines

    U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Michael Tripp, 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment journeyman, repairs an MJ-1C aerial lift truck Dec. 18, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Each week, members from the 18th EMS AGE routinely perform their job in Mission Oriented Protective Posture (MOPP) gear to maintain readiness no matter
  • An 18th Wing holiday greeting

    During this holiday season, I would like to say thank you to every member of Team Kadena for the sacrifices and dedication to the mission you show each day for our country and our alliance with Japan. Your brave actions show our continued commitment to peace and stability in the Pacific.  I want to say a special thanks to our spouses and families
  • Maximizing partnership and interoperability

    Over the last week, U.S. and Republic of Korean Forces across South Korea participated in an annual bilateral exercise, Vigilant Ace-18. The exercise focuses on interoperability within the alliance between the United States Air Force and ROK Air Force.Although this is an annual exercise, two major differences this year were the participation of
  • Ready, aim, fire!

    Training for the right moment is paramount to maintaining our position as the world’s greatest Air Force. On this day, like any other in Okinawa, a distinct sound can be heard after walking through the door at Combat Arms.
  • 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.