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  • Roadside rescue

    Senior Airman Danielle Clemons, 18th Medical Group Medical Services Account cashier, and Airman 1st Class Kaden Petersen, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron structural apprentice, were traveling to the Okinawa Peace Memorial Park April 2, 2017.
  • Working to save a young life

    U.S. Air Force Airmen and U.S. Navy Sailors worked togetherto outfit a C-17 Globemaster III with life-saving equipment May 13, 2017, atKadena Air Base, Japan.Airmen and Sailors prepared the logistics and materials fora specialized life-support omnibed system that was put into a Globemaster IIIfor the first time. The bed was required to transport a
  • Propulsion in motion

    A team of aerospace propulsion technicians from the 18th Component Maintenance Squadron service an F-15 Eagle engine May 12, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The Airmen worked together to prepare an F-15 Eagle engine for a trial run at the test cell. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)
  • Corrosion Control

    Kadena Air Base is one of the U.S. Air Force’s most corrosive bases for vehicles and aircraft. With constant humidity and proximity to saltwater from the ocean, the climate takes its toll on vehicles, this keeps the 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron’s vehicle maintainers constantly busy.
  • Pieces of freedom

    Aircraft across the Air Force depend on the constant upkeep and expertise from hydraulics Airmen in order to function. No matter how small the job is, each work order and every tasking is aimed at generating aircraft and ultimately protecting the Indo-Asia-Pacific Region.
  • Lady Shoguns Defend Title

    Each spring on Okinawa, wooden dragons soar through the sea as thousands of onlookers watch from Tomari Wharf in Naha City. Dozens of teams combat the sea, and their nerves, as each team member struggles to stroke in unison to the tune of a bronze gong that can barely be heard over the cheers of the crowd.
  • She’s the bomb

    Tech. Sgt. Rebecca Kimberling, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal supply NCO in charge, was one of three NCOs within the Fifth Air Force to receive a Stripes for Exceptional Performers promotion.
  • Making a difference

    U.S. Air Force Capt. James Taylor, 18th Wing chaplain, speaks during the 18th Wing Annual Volunteer Recognition ceremony April 28, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The Annual Volunteer Recognition ceremony awards the efforts of Kadena’s most influential volunteers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lynette M. Rolen)
  • Fueling relationships

    Japan Air Self-Defense Force Col. Riichi Furugaki, JASDF Air Staff College director of education department, greets U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. William Holmquist, 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels operations officer, April 27, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Leaders from the JASDF Air Staff College visited the 18th LRS petroleum, oils and
  • Training up

    The 372nd Training Squadron, Detachment 15, provides different training courses to Kadena’s Airmen, including courses involving F-15 Eagle maintenance.
  • Joint-jump training practiced at Ridout DZ

    U.S. Air Force Airmen and U.S. Army soldiers prepare for parachute training on an MC-130J Commando II April 24, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The training provided an opportunity for the sister services to learn from each other and stay proficient in their combat and life-saving skillsets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)
  • Forecasting mission success

    Airmen of 18th Operations Support Squadron weather flight are always here to keep pilots updated on the weather forecast, making sure they’re prepared to work around everything Mother Nature throws at them during the mission.
  • Refuelers of the Pacific

    A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron sits ready for pre-flight procedures April 20, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The KC-135 is unmatched in the Air Force for its long-range refueling capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lynette M. Rolen)
  • A little stroll through a lot of jungle

    Members of the 18th Medical Group participated in the Preventative Aerospace Medicine Convention April 21, 2017, here. The PAMACON is a series of exercises focusing on potential actions Airmen of the 18th MDG would take to safely select a location for a new deployed base.Airmen broke into teams before cycling through training and briefings
  • Families celebrate at NICU reunion

    Families who received support from Camp Foster’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit participate in the NICU’s annual reunion April 23, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Camp Foster's NICU provides around-the-clock care for newborn infants on Okinawa, as well as those at other Pacific Air Forces locations whose needs can't be met by facilities at their