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  • Training to fight day or night

    A U.S. Air Force civil engineer Airman operates heavy machinery to perform airfield damage repairs during a no-notice exercise April 12, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 18th Civil Engineer Squadron is capable of quickly repairing a damaged runway to ensure aircraft are able to take off and land safely. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman
  • LEAP and bound

    Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody recently retired, handing off the responsibility of CMSAF to Chief Master Sgt. Kaleth O. Wright on Feb. 17, 2017. Several distinguished visitors were present for the retirement ceremony, according to a speech given by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein. Goldfein welcomed U.S. military
  • Who's the bomb?

    U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Bouvy, 18th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load standardization crew member, gives the opening remarks of a quarterly weapons load competition April 3, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The competition was held between the 44th and 67th Aircraft Maintenance Units for quickest and most accurate loading of
  • Welcome Home

    An U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle from the 44th Fighter Squadron arrives from Cope Tiger 2017, April 3, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Cope Tiger 2017 is an annual multilateral exercise aimed at improving combined combat readiness and interoperability between the Republic of Singapore Air Force, Royal Thai Air Force, and U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air
  • Dealing with a blowhard

    The 18th Civil Engineer Squadron’s Emergency Management flight is conducting events for Typhoon Preparedness Month throughout April. The events are a way for the 18th CES to provide information on how to be ready for typhoon season, which runs from June 1 through Nov. 30.The primary duty for the 18th CES Emergency Management section is to ensure
  • Lucky number 13

    Boys and girls throughout the United States visit airshows with their families to watch pilots do what they do best: fly.Nowadays, those pilots come in a variety of types from a wide range of backgrounds, but it wasn’t always that way. It’s important to take a step back every once in a while to remember the men and women who came before and made
  • Building blocks

    The walls are covered in stickers, children’s shows on the television and toys in the waiting room, pint-sized patients play under their parent’s watchful eye. The pediatrics unit at the Kadena Air Base, Japan, Clinic tries to make children and parents as comfortable as possible when they come in for check-ups, shots or other healthcare needs. The 30th of March may be National Doctor’s Day, but the members of the pediatrics unit find reasons to be exceptional every day.
  • Ready at a moment’s notice

    Japan Self-Defense Force members conducted bilateral training with U.S. Soldiers and Airmen March 14 and 16 to strengthen relations and increase readiness.
  • Top “Dawg” flies with SOG

    The usual items on a 353rd Special Operations Group cargo and passenger manifest can list Humvees, rafts, ATVs, supply drop crates, special forces Army Soldiers, Air Force pararescuemen, a forward area refueling party, or a platoon of Marines armed to the teeth. However, the manifest listed only a single individual for this flight, the 18th Wing commander, Brig. Gen. Barry “Dawg” Cornish.
  • Cope Tiger enhances interoperability between three nations

    A U.S. Air Force F-15 pilot assigned to the 44th Fighter Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan taxis on the runway during exercise Cope Tiger 17 at Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, March 24, 2017. The annual multilateral exercise, which involves a combined total of 76 aircraft and 43 air defense assets, is aimed at improving combined combat
  • Off the leash

    It is said that dogs are man’s best friend; military working dogs take that role very seriously. Working in conjunction with their handlers, they deter crime in a multitude of ways: from detecting bombs and narcotics, to catching the bad guys. These dogs are specially trained for their missions, even before they go to their first duty station.
  • Fighting together

    Every branch of service has its own unique capabilities, a fact that may be forgotten in the day-to-day operations of a single branch. The joint Okinawa experience professional military course aims to remedy that problem. Enlisted leaders from across Okinawa joined forces for a week-long joint professional military education experience to learn the mission of their fellow service members.
  • Up to speed

    U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Ryan Celestino, 909th Aircraft Maintenance Unit instrument and flight control systems journeyman, removes and replaces a digital speed indicator from the dashboard of a KC-135R March 15, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Maintainers from the 909th AMU ensure that the KC-135Rs in their care are operational and mission
  • Contracting Disaster Relief

    Imagine billowing wisps of smoke rising into the sky, signaling the telltale signs of a fire, as first responders rally to rescue casualties from an earthquake that struck just off the coast. Okinawa is flooded with debris from damaged buildings. Rescue efforts are underway and civilians are evacuated to some of the nearby military installations. What happens after the natural disaster is over and everyone is rescued?
  • Air Superiority

    A U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle from the 67th Fighter Squadron takes off March 16, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The F-15’s superior maneuverability and acceleration are achieved through high engine thrust-to-weight ratio and low wing loading. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Corey Pettis/Released)