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Serving the troops
U.S. congressmen meet with U.S. service members during a meet-and-greet Dec. 20, 2016, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The congressmen discussed quality of life and answered service members’ questions about their respective states. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard/Released)
Surging above expectations
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Marcus Leonard, left, 18th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, and Airman 1st Class Moises Leos, right, 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels distribution operator, refuel an F-15 Eagle during surge operations Jan. 11, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. During this particular surge, the 67th Fighter Squadron
Precision Guided Partnerships
Approximately 30 members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force ordnance school visited the 18th Munitions Squadron Jan. 11, gaining insight as to how U.S. ordnance units operate. The visit allowed ordnance school students, who specialize in logistics and supply, to learn about the U.S. munitions functions and units on Okinawa, while strengthening the U.S.-Japan security alliance and to provide regional peace and stability.
All systems go
Airmen from the 67th Aircraft Maintenance Unit specialize in the systems of the F-15 Eagle.
Can you hear me now?
The jungle floor is slick and damp, making traversing the terrain markedly difficult, especially when you are not only attempting to evade opposition, but also recover personnel. Survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialists and deployed aircraft ground response element team members from the 353rd Special Operations Group, members of the 17th Special Operations Squadron aircrew and Marines from III Marine Expeditionary Force practiced for real world personnel recovery operations, Jan. 6, 2017, at Camp Hansen, Japan.
Shogun structural success
The 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron ensures Kadena’s aircraft are structurally sound for future missions.
Did somebody say fire?
Firefighters bustle out of their daily training session, going back to their offices, accomplishing personal training and remaining ready at a moment’s notice. The daily life of a firefighter with the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron involves constant vigilance and plenty of training, as the biggest and busiest fire department in the Pacific region for the Air Force, according to Airman 1st Class Javier Gomez, 18th CES firefighter.
Race against the clock
The 67th and 44th Aircraft Maintenance Units competed in the annual weapons load competition Jan. 4.
Who’s your Mamoru-Kun?
It was the peak of summer 2015 and I could barely wait until Friday so I could spend my time off snorkeling and stuffing my face with local Okinawan cuisine. My ideal weekend was approaching slowly but surely, but so was a large-scale typhoon – an immediate threat to my ambitions.
New Chief in Town
Chief Master Sgt. Michael Ditore, 18th Wing command chief, makes Airmen his top priority as Team Kadena’s senior enlisted leader.
Top Notch Maintainers
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Brandon Murrell, 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron crew chief, performs pre-flight checks on an F-15 Eagle Dec. 28, 2016, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 18th EMS performs power-checks on F-15 Eagles before routine flying missions. (U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Lynette M. Rolen/Released)
Making new friends
Okinawan and American schoolchildren, along with volunteers from the two communities, take part in a community event meant to build new relationships for the students and to provide insight into another culture, Dec. 17, 2016, at the teen center on Kadena Air Base, Japan. The event included food, games, holiday lights and a song sung in both
Out with the old, in with the new
Members of the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron Water and Fuels Systems Maintenance team prepare a garbage disposal for installment at the Tee House Dec. 7, 2016, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. WFSM is responsible for installing equipment related to water and fuels to different areas of the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lynette M.
Kadena's rescue squadrons saved five crew members of an Osprey after a shallow water landing Dec. 13.
Bellows honors Dec. 7 attack heroes
Approximately 100 people came together in honoring the legacy and heroism of Bellows servicemembers during a commemoration ceremony Dec. 8, 2016. The ceremony commemorated the heroic acts on display at Bellows during the Dec. 7, 1941, attacks on Pearl Harbor and Oahu. “It’s incredible to have this ceremony out here when for so long all the