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  • Starting off right

    The aircraft maintainers of Kadena Air Base, Japan, work hard to fix and keep aircraft flying. With the busy operations tempo of the U.S. Air Force’s largest combat wing, it can be difficult to provide quality training to brand new Airmen while quickly readying an aircraft to fly again.
  • Fighter Pilots teach STEM

    More than 100 middle schoolers from Kadena Middle School toured the 18th Operations Support Squadron March 3 to learn how the U.S. Air Force's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math initiative relates to its work force.
  • Team Kadena: The faces of Cope North

    U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Justin Olivo, 909th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, is on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, to participate in annual Exercise Cope North. Olivo and other members of the 18th Wing are among 2,700 U.S. Airmen, Sailors and Marines who are training alongside approximately 600 combined JASDF and Royal Australian Air Force service
  • Takin’ allies for a ride

    U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Luke Story, 909th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, prepares to conduct aerial refueling while being observed by Japan Air Self-Defense Force 1st Lt. Yoshifumu Takase March 1, 2017, off the coast of Guam. The refueling was conducted for exercise Cope North, an annual gathering of Japanese, U.S. and Australian
  • ‘Vampires’ can fly in daylight

    A 44th Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagle flies through the sky Mar. 2, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Pilots bear the responsibility of defending Okinawa and Japan from adversaries seeking to harm U.S. and allied partners within the Indo-Asian Pacific Theater. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard/Released)
  • Cope North on radar

    U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Austin Perry from the 962nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit prepares to marshal an E-3 Sentry from the 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron during annual exercise Cope North Feb. 23, 2017, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The exercise provides opportunities for Airmen from different units and nations to train and work with
  • Teamwork makes the dream work

    Members of the 44th Fighter Squadron on Kadena Air Base, Japan, hosted training as part of a multi-branch exercise with U.S. Navy pilots and maintainers from Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan. The exercise took place Feb. 13 – 17, and allowed members from both services to learn about the different types of operations conducted by each other, as well as the capabilities of the other’s aircrafts.
  • Then and now

    U.S. Air Force 33rd Rescue Squadron has been station on the island of Okinawa, Japan, uninterrupted since 1971, they officially joined the 18th Wing in 1993. The 33rd RQS plays a vital part in maintaining peace and stability in the Pacific Region by providing forward power projection as well as search, rescue and recovery mission capabilities. The
  • Weapons Airmen prep jets for combat

    Weapons Airmen flew to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, to support 15 Eagles from the 67th Fighter Squadron for this year’s iteration of Cope North. The exercise includes a total of 22 flying units comprised of members from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, Royal Australian Air Force, U.S. Navy, Air force and Marine Corps.
  • Full Throttle

    The KC-135R Stratotankers stationed on Kadena Air Base have a critical role in the U.S. Air Force’s mission in the Pacific. It provides global reach and air refueling support to Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and allied nation aircraft in the Pacific Theater.
  • Trilateral training expands life-saving capabilities

    Airmen from the 18th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron conducted trilateral training with members of the Royal Australian Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force Feb. 21, at Andersen Air Base, Guam, as part of annual exercise Cope North.
  • Team Kadena: Cope North on display

    U.S. Air Force Maj. Marc Morris, 67th Fighter Squadron F-15 Eagle pilot, speaks to media Feb. 22, 2017, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. A flightline tour was conducted as an opportunity for reporters to observe operations of annual exercise Cope North. Squadrons from various U.S., Australian and Japanese air force units provided aircraft static
  • 909th ARS refuels Cope North

    U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Michael Voorhees, 909th Air Refueling Squadron instructor boom operator, provides a safety brief to local and foreign reporters aboard a KC-135 Stratotanker Feb. 21, 2017, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Reporters flew with the 909th ARS to observe air refueling operations during trilateral exercise Cope North. The
  • ‘Fighting Cocks’ take to the sky for Cope North 17

    U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Maxwell Seley, 67th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, waits for an F-15 Eagle pilot to start an aircraft’s engine during annual exercise Cope North Feb. 20, 2017, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Maintenance Airmen keep aircraft running safely and effectively which enables Pacific Air Force units, such as the 67th
  • Celebrating 25 years and running

    The 25th annual Okinawa Marathon kicked off Feb. 19, 2017, and for the 25th year of its existence Kadena Air Base has been here to support.