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Boom operator training: Refueling experts
Extensive training is required to safely transfer thousands of gallons of fuel to another aircraft in the air, and the 909th Air Refueling Squadron's boom operators play a vital role in providing aerial refueling so Kadena Air Base can deliver airpower any time, any place.
909th ARS refuels fighters in air
The 909th Air Refueling Squadron refueled 67th Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagles in air off the coast of Japan, Sept. 30, 2021. Refueling missions help 18th Wing Airmen maintain proficiency in their craft and contribute to regional peace and stability.
Team effort helps close fiscal year
KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Master labor contractors and U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 18th Comptroller Squadron and the 18th Contracting Squadron worked overtime to successfully close out the fiscal year budget by funding as many requests as possible before their midnight deadline.
CATM hosts heavy weapons training
Members from the 18th Security Forces Squadron were trained on heavy weapon operations at Camp Hansen, Japan, Sept. 30, 2021. This training was to familiarize Airmen with heavy weapon platforms including the M249 light machine gun, M240B machine gun, and M203 grenade launcher to ensure safe and efficient operations.
Hickam C-17 delivers the goods
A C-17 from Hickam Air Force Base delivered passengers and packages to Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 733rd Air Mobility Squadron handled the delivery ensuring the proper goods were received.
718th CES: Breaking the mold
The Okinawa region belongs to a subtropical climate with an average annual temperature of 23 C, and a steamy average of 79 percent humidity this past September alone. Locals and tourists alike regularly enjoy what is commonly known as the “Hawaii of Japan”, but suffer the proverbial wet blanket of indoor mold.
Bilateral Helicopter Air-to-Air Refueling
A U.S. Air Force 1st Special Operations Squadron MC-130J Commando II, conducted air-to-air refueling with a Japan Air Self-Defense Force UH-60J helicopter assigned to the Air Rescue Wing in Naha, off the coast of Japan, Sept. 15, 2021. The helicopter air-to-air refueling was part of a bilateral training mission between the USAF and JASDF. Bilateral training missions focus on improving the combat readiness of U.S. and allied forces, provide units with training for air expeditionary force tasking, and keep the Indo-Pacific Region safe and secure.
Kadena PAX terminal begins renovation
The passenger terminal at Kadena Air Base is scheduled to begin the process of renovating the inbound portion of the terminal Oct. 1, 2021, with a projected completion date of Dec. 31, 2021. The passenger terminal here is the primary point of entry for military personnel on Okinawa, Japan, and the project will include improvements to the baggage claim area, customs and in-processing. These services will likely experience delays until the construction is completed.
Kadena Major Accident Response Exercise
U.S. Airmen from the 18th conducted a Major Accident Response Exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 21, 2021. The exercise is used to test the readiness and response capabilities of the 18th Wing during an emergency.
ADAPT Champions: Promoting healthy relationships with alcohol
The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Champions program, an alcohol abuse prevention program created by the ADAPT clinic at Kadena Air Base, Japan, aims to promote healthy relationships with alcohol by building a community of Airmen who have the knowledge to provide basic alcohol education and resources to other Airmen in their units.
67th FS conducts bilateral training at Chitose AB
The September 2021 ATR events allow for bilateral training opportunities and increase interoperability in support of the U.S.-Japan security alliance.
33rd RQS conducts hoist training with Marines
The 33rd Rescue Squadron conducted joint training with the 3rd Marine Reconnaissance battalion at Camp Gonsalves, Japan, Sept. 22, 2021. This joint training allowed both units to increase efficiency for hoist operations in a jungle environment.
Kadena Bats fly at dusk
Maintainers from the 18th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron perform final end-of-runway checks on an F-15C Eagle assigned to the 44th Fighter Squadron as a multimedia specialist from the 18th Wing Public Affairs Office performs video documentation prior to a night flying training mission at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 22, 2021. Trust and teamwork
Storytellers: Narratives on mental health
Three storytellers shared their experiences with overcoming adversity during a Storytellers event hosted by the Violence Prevention Team at the McDaniel Center at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 9, 2021.
18th CES barrier maintenance keeps aircraft safe
The 18th Civil Engineer Squadron performed barrier maintenance on the flightline. Aircraft rely on arresting cables for assisted braking in the event of braking failure. Aircraft arresting cables rely on rubber donuts to elevate the cable a few inches off the flightline, allowing aircraft to hook it for assisted braking in the event of braking failure. The donuts wear out over time and must be replaced to ensure the cable is evenly elevated across the flightline, allowing aircraft to get assistance decelerating should they need it.