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  • 9 Kadena members named 'best' for 2nd quarter

    Congratulations to the following Team Kadena members who were selected as Kadena's top Airmen and civilians for the second quarter period of April through June 2007.Airman: Senior Airman Kenneth Terrell, 17th Special Operations Squadron Noncommissioned Officer: Staff Sgt. Matthew Parr, 18th Operations Support SquadronSenior Noncommissioned Officer:
  • Kadena rescue squadron heads back to Afghanistan

    Less than three months after returning from a deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan, supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, one Kadena unit is deploying back.The 33rd Rescue Squadron, which flies the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter to conduct combat search and rescue operations, is heading back to Afghanistan on its fourth deployment in the last three
  • Running issue picks up speed

    Kadena has recently been running into problems with runners. From congestion to noise in housing areas, the running issue has been picking up speed for some time. To explore solutions to these problems a working group was recently created. The group includes representatives from the 18th Security Forces Squadron, 18th Wing Safety, 18th Services
  • AFSOC vice commander praises Kadena group

    The Air Force Special Operations Command vice commander recently shared his views on today's special operations efforts and the dedication of today's Airmen during a recent visit to Kadena. Maj. Gen. Donald C. Wurster has been AFSOC's vice commander since February 2006 and will soon step up to the commander's position after Lt. General Michael
  • New radar system bolsters F-15 fleet

    Kadena recently received six F-15C Eagle aircraft upgraded with one of the most advanced radar systems in the world--version 2 of the Active Electronic Scanned Array System, or v2 AESA. More upgraded aircraft will arrive here by the end of the fiscal year as part of a program called "Golden Fleet." Under this program 178 F-15's will receive a wide
  • 733rd AMS practices smart logistics

    Working smarter, not harder was the focus of an annual logistics readiness workshop held here July 9-13 and hosted by the 733rd Air Mobility Squadron. The workshop brought in experts from Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Ill., to discuss and resolve logistics issues. "This is synergy in action," said Walter Decker, 715 AMOG/Chief of Logistics,
  • Kadena recovers from Typhoon Man-Yi

    After more than 24 hours in the highest typhoon condition and with winds gusting up to 105 mph, Kadena Air Base is now recovering from Typhoon Man-Yi. The base entered the highest typhoon condition July12 with the expectation the typhoon would hit the island sometime July 13. According to Capt. Jonathan Wilson, 18th Operations Support Squadron
  • Life support, survival equipment AFSCs merging into aircrew flight equipment

    Aircrew life support and survival equipment Airmen have always had jobs that mirrored each other somewhat. Under a new directive, the two Air Force specialty codes are merging and Kadena is the first base within Pacific Air Forces and one of the first Air Force-wide to be as far into the process as they are. More than 60 Kadena Airmen are
  • Base multimedia, PA merge into one

    "Inform, educate, recognize," is the motto of the Airmen and civilians working in the newly restructured 18th Wing Public Affairs office here. Public Affairs more than doubled in size recently when it merged with the Base Multimedia Center - also known as Visual Information - which was formerly under the 18th Communications Squadron. The mission of
  • Four Kadena Airmen selected for 0-6, 3 earn 0-5

    Congratulations to the following Kadena lieutenant colonels who were recently selected for promotion to colonel. Lt. Col. Wesley Hallman, 18th Operations Support Squadron Lt. Col. Duane Creamer, 18th Maintenance Group Lt. Col. Barbara Jones, 18th Medical Operations Squadron Lt. Col. Melvin Sachs, 82nd Reconnaissance Squadron Congratulations to the
  • Pacific Air Commandos travel to Australia to exercise military commitment, alliance

    The 353rd Special Operations Group demonstrated its commitment to regional security and the military's alliance with Australian forces during Talisman Saber 2007. The exercise is conducted every two years and is a series of exercises designed to train Australian and U.S. forces, all the while improving combat readiness and interoperability. "All of