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  • One team, one mission

    U.S. service members work with citizens of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic at a wet screen station March 16, 2017, in the Khommouon province in the country of Laos. The Defense Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Agency works with other countries to recover America’s missing heroes. The mission of DPAA is to provide the fullest possible
  • True air power

    The 44th Fighter Squadron and 44th Aircraft Maintenance Unit sent more than 10 F-15 Eagles to support Exercise Vigilant Ace in Guam April 19.
  • Having what IT takes

    Members of the 38th Cyberspace Engineering Installation Group from Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, worked with the 18th Communications Squadron at Kadena to “tune up” several  systems and processes across the base.The 38th CEIG reduced the overall number of routers on Kadena by 25 percent, cutting the number of man hours required to maintain them
  • Keystone teens strive to make a difference

    An appreciation ceremony was held April 18 at the 18th Force Support Squadron Teen and Youth Sports Center here to recognizer members of the Keystone Club for their ongoing contributions to the local community.
  • AFE Airmen prep 44th FS for ATR

    U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Joseph Gago, 18th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment technician assigned to the 44th Fighter Squadron, inspects night vision goggles April 18, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Aircrew flight equipment Airmen work day-and-night to inspect, repair and modify helmets, night vision goggles, life rafts and
  • Saving Marino

    A battered and bruised whale stranded on the beach April 17, 2017, at Kadena Marina is now in stable condition and under the medical care of the Churaumi Aquarium thanks to the efforts of a rescue team of good samaritans, veterinarians, and personnel from the 18th Force Support Squadron and the 18th Security Forces Squadron at Kadena Air Base.
  • Quite the Eggsplosion

    Children race to collect Easter eggs scattered on the Four Diamonds Softball Field April 15, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The Eggsplosion, an annual event hosted by the 18th Force Support Squadron, had egg hunts for different age groups, cultural demonstrations, food and prizes. Volunteers hid more than 50,000 eggs for the children to find.
  • Eyes in the Sky

    The 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron provides command and control support for all U.S. and allied aircraft that need it within their area of operation. Aircrews comprised of more than 18 members operate the E-3 Sentry to monitor the skies with its 30-foot rotating radar to relay important information.
  • A labor of love

    Beams of light pierce the tightly woven canopy overhead just enough to illuminate the dense growth underfoot. The smell of old vegetation is thick and heavy; the faint smell of exhaust is unmistakable. A constant droning sound is broken only by the occasional chirp of metal blades making contact with stone. The machinery suddenly stops and is
  • Pure Airpower

    Fully armed Aircraft from the 18th Wing conduct an elephant walk during a no-notice exercise April 12, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 18th Wing operates combat ready fleets of HH-60 Pave Hawks, F-15 Eagles, E-3 Sentries and KC-135 Stratotankers, making it the largest combat-ready wing in the U.S. Air Force. Kadena AB provides leading-edge
  • To the rescue

    A defining trait of any tragedy is that you never know when it will take place or the kind of repercussions it may have. It’s thus a responsibility of all military personnel to be trained to handle crises whenever and wherever they occur. Thanks to the quick reactions of two 18th Munitions Squadron Airmen and U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Nelson Ellwood, a sub team chief with the 3rd Intelligence Battalion, the life of a Marine Corps 1st Lt. was saved after they sustained a wound resulting in a femoral bleed.
  • 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