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  • May the best load team win

    U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jacob Clark, 44th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load team crew member, inspects an AIM-9 sidewinder missile during a quarterly weapons load competition June 23, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The competition was held between the 44th and 67th Aircraft Maintenance Units and the 120th Fighter Squadron, from Colorado
  • For whom the wrench turns

    The sounds of bolts tightening and wrenches turning echoes through the warm air of the vehicle garage; contractors and Airmen work side by side to ensure mission-essential equipment is back on the streets as quickly as possible. 18th Mission Support Group vehicle maintenance technicians work diligently under the scorching heat of June 21 inside the
  • Through Airmen’s Eyes

    Walking into the 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron’s central warehouse can feel a bit overwhelming until you’re met with the smiles and hard work put forth by the Airmen working there.Senior Airman Serah Lewis, 18th LRS material management specialist, is one of the smiling faces many customers see when walking into the warehouse to pick up parts.“I
  • The coolest crew to brew

    The 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron opened the U.S. AirForce's only operational cryogenic production plant June 16, 2017, at KadenaAir Base, Japan.The sole operational cryogenic production plant willsignificantly impact the way that cryogenic technicians do their jobs.“This is going to help us a lot,” said Airman 1st ClassOlavio Bisneto, 18th LRS
  • Eagle Maintenance

    U.S. Air Force 67th Aircraft Maintenance Unit F-15 Eagle crew chiefs inspect hydraulic systems of an F-15 during training operations June 13, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 67th AMU helps maintain the aircraft of one of the largest fighter wing in the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard)
  • 18th CMSAF visits 18th Wing

    The Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force visited Kadena Air Base, Japan, June 11 and 12, 2017.Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright visited multiple locations around the base and discussed the importance of resiliency, mentorship and challenges of working at an installation with a high operations tempo.“[Airmen] need to take care of
  • Top guns take to the sky

    A U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle assigned to the 67th Fighter Squadron takes off during a training sortie June 7, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The Kadena's F-15 Eagles and F-16 Fighting Falcons conduct training missions frequently in order to build strategic partnerships and maintain peace and stability in the Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo
  • Taking to the skies

    A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 120th Fighter Squadron, Buckley Air Force Base, F-15 Eagle assigned to the 44th FS, and an MC-130H Combat Talon II assigned to the 1st Special Operations Squadron conduct operations on the flightline June 7, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The variety of aircraft stationed on and temporarily
  • Receiving the AWACS

    U.S. Air Force Airman Angel Manriquez, 961st Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief apprentice, marshals in an E-3 Sentry from the 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron June 8, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 961st AACS is a combat-ready Sentry squadron providing airborne command and control, long-range surveillance, detection and identification
  • Training how you fight

    Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, U.S. Army and Air Force held a multiservice chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense training exercise, May 17-18. Members of U.S. Army 1-1 Air Defense Artillery hosted members of the JGSDF and 18th Wing, demonstrating a variety of CBRN decontamination practices, including one on the MIM-104 Patriot missile system.
  • Not just another dot

    Gena Schneider, right, 18th Wing Specialist for Primary Prevention of Violence, leads Shogun members through Green Dot Key Influencer Training May 24, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Green Dot is the Air Force’s program to prevent power-based interpersonal violence using a proactive approach to community awareness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior
  • Fortification at its best

    U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron remove a wall frame from ceiling bearings at the 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron May 17, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 18th CES structures Airmen ensure Kadena’s buildings have enough space for units to safely and efficiently conduct mission operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by
  • Spreading smiles through music

    U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific, Pacific Trends perform a concert at Tedako Hall in Urazoe City, Japan, May 24, 2017. The United States Air Force Band of the Pacific-Asia serves Pacific Air Forces' ceremonial, airmen morale, and commanders outreach needs and objectives throughout an area of responsibility which spans the Pacific Ocean from the
  • Largest, tallest, oldest animals at Kadena Elementary

    Children from Kadena Elementary School gather around a cardboard cutout of the world’s largest land-walking animal, an African elephant, May 22, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The event produced by members of the school’s English as a Second Language team and was held to teach cross-curricular subjects such as science, health, history and
  • Pumping gas, saving lives

    An aircrew from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron here refueled U.S. Navy aircraft assigned to the USS Carl Vinson in the Western Pacific during a training mission and diverted to Yokota Air Base, Japan, to provide aeromedical evacuation support for two patients May 3.