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  • IPE Airmen keep Kadena ready

    U.S. Air Force material management technicians from the 445th Logistics Readiness Squadron, inspect ndividual protective equipment March 13, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The Airmen are temporarily embedded in the 18th LRS IPE shop to help organize, keep inventory, test and inspect deployment and training gear. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior
  • Air-to-ground attacks coordinated by 320 STS, 5th ANGLICO

    A U.S. Air Force combat control Airman from the 320th Special Tactics Squadron communicates with a U.S. Navy HH-60 Sea Hawk from the Helicopter Sea Combat Unit 12 during a training exercise March 10, 2017, at the Irisuna Jima Training Range, Okinawa, Japan. Combat controllers execute complex air-to-ground missions that integrate ground-based radio
  • Cope North: Mission accomplished

    KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -Airmen and aircraft from Kadena's 67th Fighter Squadron, 909th Air Refueling Squadron, 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron, and 18th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron returned to Kadena after participating in the 88th iteration of Exercise Cope North. The exercise was held at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.
  • Fixing any and all: vehicle maintenance

    A damaged hydraulic hose was removed from a dump truck March 13, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Scuffs, scratches and continues rubbing, paired with incredibly high pressure per square inch, can lead to dangerous hydraulic line failure. The 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron takes care to ensure that these machines are not out of service long,
  • Steel Eagles

    An F-15 Eagle from the 67th Fighter Squadron taxis across the flightline Feb. 7, 2017, on Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 67th FS is one of two squadrons of F-15 Eagles stationed on Kadena alongside the 44th Fighter Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nick Emerick/Released)
  • One box you can’t take with you

    The Post Office can be an overlooked step in the in/out-processing grind, but it is important to remember to stop by.
  • More than one way to fill a hole

    Heavy machinery lumbered around, piloted by U.S. Air Force Airmen, U.S. Navy Seabees, and U.S. Marine Corps combat engineers during an exercise which included the repair of a mock-up of an airfield in Kadena Air Base’s munitions storage area. The exercise took place March 2-3, allowing members of the three services to demonstrate their capabilities.
  • Breaking in the core

    Airmen from the 18th Component Maintenance Squadron research inspection information March 10, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. After a module has been on an engine for a certain amount of flight-time, that piece must be replaced. When a new part as major as a core engine module is installed, the entire unit goes through tests to “break-in” the new
  • Gas and Go

    An HH-60 Pavehawk crewmember from the 33rd Rescue Squadron directs a helicopter onto a refueling station March 7, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Airmen from the 33rd RQS train night and day to provide support in disaster and rescue operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard)
  • Fixin’ to fly

    Checking engine ports, ensuring high-tech equipment is always ready; the maintainers of the 44th Aircraft Maintenance Unit are an integral part of dominating the battle in the sky. The 44th AMU participated alongside pilots from the 44th Fighter Squadron during a weeklong exercise alongside sister-service members from the U.S. Navy 27th and 102nd Strike Fighter Squadrons from Naval Air Station Atsugi, Japan.
  • Kadena 909th ARS refuels USS Carl Vinson Super Hornets and Growlers

    U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotankers from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron supported the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) with refueling support for fighter aircraft over the Philippine Sea throughout last week.
  • Tigers in Kadena Town

    Airmen from the 909th Aircraft Maintenance Unit volunteered with the Kadena Ryoku Ju Kai, to landscape Yura Elementary School March 15, 2017.
  • Starting off right

    The aircraft maintainers of Kadena Air Base, Japan, work hard to fix and keep aircraft flying. With the busy operations tempo of the U.S. Air Force’s largest combat wing, it can be difficult to provide quality training to brand new Airmen while quickly readying an aircraft to fly again.
  • Fighter Pilots teach STEM

    More than 100 middle schoolers from Kadena Middle School toured the 18th Operations Support Squadron March 3 to learn how the U.S. Air Force's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math initiative relates to its work force.
  • Team Kadena: The faces of Cope North

    U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Justin Olivo, 909th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, is on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, to participate in annual Exercise Cope North. Olivo and other members of the 18th Wing are among 2,700 U.S. Airmen, Sailors and Marines who are training alongside approximately 600 combined JASDF and Royal Australian Air Force service