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  • Training superintendent earns AF award

    A training superintendent here was recently named best in the Air Force for his efforts to keep Airmen mission ready. Senior Master Sgt. Todd Staats, 18th Maintenance Operations Squadron maintenance training flight superintendent, received the Air Force's Education and Training Manager Award Sept. 10 from Brig. Gen. Brett Williams, 18th Wing
  • "I am an Airman" Gen. Hester speaks at AF Birthday Ball

    I Am An Airman General Hester: In the early 1990s Lynda and I were assigned to Kadena Air Force Base in Japan. You will remember, those who have lived in the Pacific before, we were watching television one day and of course it was the middle of a football game and instead of being able to see the Bud Light commercial, being able to see the
  • 'Jeopardy!' honors AF’s 60th birthday

    The answer is "Video clues taped at Kadena Air Base." The question, Alex, is what will be featured on the Sept. 27 episode of the long-running game show "Jeopardy!" The show will honor the Air Force's 60th anniversary with video clues and an Air Force questions panel which will highlight current Air Force activities. There will be a special viewing
  • Airmen make AFSO 21 successful

    The Air Force's top smart operations leader said Airmen and their ideas are critical to the success of the service's efforts to improve efficiency during a visit here Sept. 17. "Individual Airmen are incredibly important to the success of AFSO 21, said Dr. Ronald Ritter, special assistant to the secretary of the Air Force for Air Force Smart
  • Spouses’ leadership forum held

    Spouses of unit commanders gathered at the Kadena Air Base Officers' Club Sept. 12 to receive information on base programs for service members and to network with each other. "I wanted to let the spouses know what programs are out there that can help them and their spouses' troops," said Marianne Williams, wife of Brig. Gen. Brett Williams, 18th
  • 18th Wing Turkey Shoot hits bullseye

    The skies were filled with the roar of fighter aircraft as pilots from the 44th and 67th fighter squadrons engaged the "enemy" in heated dog fights. This was not the setting of an actual battle in a deployed location, but this year's 18th Wing Turkey Shoot competition held here this week. "The Turkey Shoot is an intra-squadron event between the
  • Kadena HS student to participate in Special Olympics World Summer Games

    A Kadena High School student will participate in the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Shanghai, China, Oct. 2-11. Lamarr is the only athlete from Okinawa and the first American to compete on a Japanese Team. The opening ceremonies for the games are scheduled to begin with more than 7,500 athletes and 40,000 volunteers, representing 165
  • Typhoon Nari sideswipes Okinawa

    In the second typhoon of the season to head towards Okinawa, only the northern portion of Typhoon Nari passed over Kadena Air Base said a base weather official. Typhoon preparations began on the base early Sept. 14 with the knowledge the storm was not as strong as the July typhoon. As the storm progressed the base did not go into the highest
  • Typhoon Nari heads for Okinawa

    The second typhoon of the season, Typhoon Nari, is on track to pass over Okinawa according to base weather officials. "Right now it should hit the island sometime Friday evening with 45 knot winds gusting to 65 knots and should last until early Saturday morning," said Capt. Jonathan Wilson, 18th Operations Support Squadron weather flight commander.
  • USFJ command chief visits Kadena

    The newly appointed U.S. Japan and 5th Air Force command chief recently visited Kadena Air Base to meet with Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines. During his three-day visit, Chief Master Sgt. Craig Deatherage toured the base, attended the base's 9/11 remembrance ceremony, and spoke about his focus areas as the senior enlisted advisor. One of the
  • Turkey Shoot

  • Traffic delays possible during Gate 3 construction

    Kadena drivers can expect some traffic congestion and delays at Gate 3 for approximately six weeks starting Oct. 1 due to construction work. Contract workers will be installing final denial barriers in the area. "The barriers are the final defense if somebody decides to try and run the gates," said Bryan Cawthorne, 718th Civil Engineer Squadron
  • Crew chief visit