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  • Stop and go

    U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Dyllan Jones and Airman 1st Class Wesley Johnson, 67th Aircraft Maintenance Unit F-15 Eagle crew chiefs, maintain an F-15 Eagle Jan 10, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Kadena Air Base is home to the U.S. Air Force’s largest combat wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard/Released)
  • Pounding away barriers

    Kadena Teen Center Keystone Club members joined Okinawa City junior high school students to participate in a Let’s Learn English, Mochitsuki ceremony, Jan. 21 at Koza Music Town, Okinawa. The Let's Learn English program is organized by the Okinawa City Chamber of Commerce and Kadena Top 3 Okinawa Outreach to provide a culture and language exchange between Okinawan and American teenagers.
  • 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.
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