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18th EMS works phase inspection
Crew chiefs are responsible for ensuring every part of the jet is in safe, working order.
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Adam Decker, south aerospace ground equipment section chief assigned to the 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, demonstrates how to use the hydraulic test stand during a bilateral training exercise with the Japan Air Self-Defense Force May 23, 2019, on Kadena Air Base, Japan. This bilateral training exercise focused on
Okinawa Snake Safety 101
A Taiwanese Habu Snake, or Protobothrops Mucrosquamatus, watches onlookers from the corner of a terrarium at the Entomology Pest Management Section, June 5, 2019, At Kadena Air Base, Japan. The Taiwanese Habu snake is an invasive species that is not only harmful to the ecosystem, but also venomous and poses a danger to humans on the island. (U.S.
Crew Chief Ceremony
Airmen from the 44th and 67th fighter squadron recite the dedicated crew chief’s creed. Along with the responsibility of being assigned to a specific aircraft comes the time-honored tradition of painting the dedicated crew chief’s name on the side of the aircraft.
Kadena Eagles Fly High
The F-15 Eagle is an all-weather, maneuverable, tactical fighter designed to permit the Air Force to gain and maintain air supremacy over the battlefield.
ISO dock provides Kadena’s air mission
Maintainers from the 18th Maintenance Group inspect a KC-135 Stratotanker during an isochronal inspection at Kadena Air Base, Japan, May 22, 2019. During the inspections, aircraft maintainers look for and repair problems in every system, from nose to tail and wing-tip to wing-tip.
Japanese, U.S. Teachers Boost Bilateral Future
Team Kadena middle school staff shared activity-driven English lessons to Okinawa elementary teachers in support of the Foreign Language Initiative at the Ryukyu Middle School (RMS) May 24, 2019. Dr. Tracy Rice, regional English Language Coordinator, developed the “We Can!” training program in support of the Department of Defense Educational Activities (DoDEA) role in the bilateral agreement, enabling RMS to host training for local Okinawa teachers.
Allied Airmen are a Powerful Weapon
Japan Air Self-Defense Force members watch a load demonstration during the first bilateral weapons load exchange between Kadena Air Base and the JASDF, May 23, 2019. The goal of the training is to accurately and safely load munitions while strengthening the U.S.-Japan alliance in order to secure a free-and-open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo
Team Kadena bids farewell to Col. Richard C. Tanner
Team Kadena bids farewell to U.S. Air Force Col. Richard C. Tanner, 18th Wing vice commander, at Kadena Air Base, Japan, May 29, 2019.
Falcons and Eagles soar over Alaska during Northern Edge 2019
With participants and assets from the U.S Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy, Northern Edge is Alaska’s premier joint-training exercise designed to practice operations and enhanced interoperability among the services.
909th ARS takes flight during Northern Edge 2019
Units participating in Northern Edge have access to the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, which is one of the largest training ranges in the world, with approximately 65,000 square miles of available airspace; 2,500 square miles of land and 42,000 square nautical miles of surface, subsurfaces and overlying airspace.
Kadena maintainers support Northern Edge 2019
More than 25 units and 10,000 personnel with approximately 200 aircraft and five naval ships are participating in NE19.
Northern Edge 2019 aircraft arrivals
Northern Edge is one in a series of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command exercises in 2019 that prepares joint forces to respond to crises in the Indo-Pacific region.
JASDF Chief of Staff, U.S. Forces Japan commander visit Okinawa
U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Case Cunningham, 18th Wing commander (left), Japan Air Self -Defense Force Chief of Staff Gen. Yoshinari Marumo (middle), and Lt. Gen. Kevin B. Schneider, U.S. Air Forces Japan commander, pose for a photo in front of the Kadena Air Base headquarters building, May 21, 2019. While visiting, Cunningham, Marumo and Schneider discussed key topics such as the vital role of both U.S. and Japanese Airmen in ensuring regional security and stability.
Kadena celebrates newest master sergeants
As the technical sergeants promote to the highest tier of the enlisted force, they are charged, trained and equipped to lead junior NCOs and Airmen into capable leaders of tomorrow.