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  • 909th ARS conducts F-35 inaugural refueling

    The 909th Air Refueling Squadron conducted the inaugural aerial-refueling mission with F-35B Lightning IIs from the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, March 14, over the Pacific Ocean.
  • Defenders in arms

    Members of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force visited Kadena's Security Forces Squadron March 14, to see how U.S. base defense operations are performed. The JASDF security forces members toured the SFS to get a first-hand look at U.S. security operations and training.
  • Dedicated to the Mission

    U.S. Air Force Col. Christopher Amhrein, 18th Wing vice commander, cuts a ribbon during a building dedication ceremony March 13, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron received two new facilities to aid with their mission on Kadena. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard)
  • Feeling incredible thanks to medical

    A vaccine is prepared March 14, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The immunization clinic offers an annual flu vaccine to not only service members, but their families as well. With children and individuals over 65 being much more susceptible to the effects of viruses in general, ensuring they’re protected is incredibly important. (U.S. Air Force
  • Ride Safe, Ride Smart

    Wing Safety and the military motorcycle club Green Knights chapter 138 held an 18th Wing annual motorcycle safety brief for military and civilian riders March 9 at the Keystone Theater and Base Exchange parking lot.
  • 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.
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