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  • A sound mind

    Maintaining a healthy balance between work stressors, personal stressors and being away from family and friends can be a difficult thing to handle – especially at a high-pace duty station such as Kadena. While Airmen may feel overwhelmed at times, the team at Mental Health is always available to help overcome and manage stress.
  • Patching Up

    With the approved Occupational Camouflage Pattern wear date of Oct. 1, right around the corner, many Airmen may still have questions about acceptable patch wear on their new uniforms. What patches are acceptable to don, how should they be worn, and when?
  • Behind the scenes

    Tech. Sgt. Kenneth O’Brien and Staff Sgt. Michael Galindo, 320th Special Tactics Squadron pararescuemen, lower and detach a training dummy from a rope system, Aug. 20, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. A search and rescue team was sent to Tham Luang cave in Northern Thailand at the request of the Royal Thai government to assist in the rescue of
  • Pretty heavy metal

    U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Tyler Miller, 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron metals technology journeyman, welds a piece of angular metal Aug. 20, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Airmen within the 18th EMS train to understand the differences between metals, how they react to different types of stress and the appropriate techniques to marry them
  • Okinawa and Nagano Prefecture Students visit Kadena

    Students gather around their instructor as they listen to World War II history lessons Aug. 6, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Children from both Achi Village of Shimoina District, Nagano Prefecture and Okinawa City, Japan, visited Kadena Air Base as part of their peace education. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard)
  • Nihongo no sensei

    Adjusting to life outside the U.S. can be a culture shock for Airmen and families entering Kadena Air Base, Japan, for the first time. Driving on the left side of the road, learning how to properly use chopsticks and communicating with local populace may seem daunting; however, when it comes to understanding the Japanese language, customs and culture, the Schilling Community Center can help.
  • Team Kadena hosts media for P-8A Poseidon

    A news team from CNN prepares to go live after a flight on a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon Aug. 10, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. News agencies were invited to fly on the P-8A to learn about the Poseidon’s abilities and the role it plays in the Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)
  • This plane is on fire!

    For the first time at Kadena Air Base, joint live-fire training between the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron and Japanese Self-Defense Force firefighters from Naha Air Base occurred as part of a new knowledge exchange agreement, August 7, 2018.
  • The Parade of 10,000 Dancers

    An Okinawan women’s dance group performs with yotsutake castanets during the annual 10,000 Eisa Dance Parade Aug. 5, 2018, in Naha, Japan. Eisa dancers used traditional taiko drums and choreographed music to pay homage to their ancestors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristan Campbell)
  • Learning to fly

    Special operations squadron Airmen have a different skill set than other aircrew members – whether it’s performing specialized jobs in a forward deployed location or being tasked as part of a rescue operation – to be an Air Force Special Operations Command Airman takes specific training and a different mentality than other Air Force Specialty Codes.
  • Alpha Warrior Fitness Challenge tests warrior strength

    As part of the Air Force’s fitness initiative, the 18th Force Support Squadron hosted the Alpha Warrior fitness challenge July 28, at the Risner Fitness Center. The challenge was hosted on the ‘battle rig’, a course designed using equipment similar to that of a popular obstacle competition television show. Open to all services, the event gave participants the opportunity to test the physical and mental pillars of the Air Force’s Comprehensive Airman Readiness program.
  • Inspected and ready

    U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jasmine Arce, 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron interpersonal protective equipment journeyman, checks identifying paperwork Aug. 1, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Maintaining accountability of items ensures parts and equipment will be available and in good order when needed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman
  • Raise the Flag

    U.S Air Force Senior Airman Rodulfo Castro, 18th Aerospace Medical Squadron bioenvironmental engineering technician, relays the current flag condition to the Command Post July 17, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 18th AMS Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight is responsible for testing Kadena's water supply, heat index and air quality. (U.S Air
  • International rescue effort saves trapped soccer team

    Twelve boys ranging from the age of 11 to 16, along with their soccer coach, found themselves stranded in a cave in Thailand’s Chiang Rai province, June 23, 2018. After 17 days of being trapped, an international rescue team was able to successfully bring an end to the nearly 3-week rescue operation.
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