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  • Keeping engines running

    What would airplanes be without engines? Pretty displays, said an Airman assigned to the 18th Component Maintenance Squadron propulsion flight. The flight maintains spare engines for the Kadena Air Base fleet of F-15 Eagles, making sure there are enough assets to back up the aircraft in case of an

  • Kadena teacher dies

    A Department of Defense Dependent's Schools teacher here died March 10. Jim Weaver, a science teacher at Kadena Middle School for 15 years, is survived by his wife and son. According to a DoDDS Okinawa District press release, "Jim will be missed greatly by his family and friends in West Virginia,

  • ORI kicks off at Kadena

    Operation Beverly Bearcat 08-01 officially kicked off here Sunday as the 18th Wing began its Pacific Air Forces Operational Readiness Inspection. The inspection is scheduled to run through March 14. Inspectors from PACAF will formally evaluate the wing's ability to fulfill its commitments to defend

  • Airmen awarded Bronze Star, combat action medal

    Three NCOs here were awarded the Bronze Star Medal, and one of them also received the Air Force Combat Action Medal, Feb. 27, for their actions while deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Master Sgts. Douglas Moore and Christopher Pollock, and Tech. Sgt. Stephen McGrath, all with the18th Civil Engineer

  • Spouses take ‘Shogun Look’ at wing mission

    About 30 senior leader spouses got a sneak peek behind the scenes here Feb. 28 as part of a program designed to increase understanding of the Kadena Air Base mission. The Shogun Look Program is meant to give spouses of commanders, chiefs, and other senior leaders a closer look at the various

  • 18th Wing goes to great lengths for OPSEC

    Members of the 18th Wing Operations Security team are going to extremes to ensure that the wing is adhering to OPSEC principles. The team members randomly visit units on base and dive into the dumpsters to try and find sensitive material that has been thrown away, as part of an overall effort to

  • Game On: Kadena prepares to start ORI

    Members of the Pacific Air Forces Inspector General team began arriving here at Kadena this week in preparation for next week's Operational Readiness Inspection.The ORI will test Team Kadena's ability to mobilize forces for deployment, generate combat aircraft and conduct operations from Kadena

  • Period of Reflection ends, curfew implemented

    Lt. Gen. Richard C. Zilmer, the Okinawa Area Coordinator and senior U.S. military commander on Okinawa, met with senior military and civilian leaders from all the services March 3 to evaluate the effects and impacts of the "Period of Reflection." During the past two weeks, leaders from each of the

  • Kadena supports 16th Okinawa Marathon

    More than 300 volunteers and spectators gathered between gates 2 and 5 here Sunday to cheer on the nearly 9,335 runners in the 16th Okinawa Marathon. The first competitors through Gate 2 were greeted with cheers and signs of encouragement. "Kadena has opened its gates for the event since 1993," said

  • Shoguns continue final preparations for ORI

    Next week the Pacific Air Forces Inspector General team will begin arriving here for the Kadena Air Base Operational Readiness Inspection, scheduled to officially begin March 10. Team Kadena Members have spent the past eight months preparing for this upcoming inspection by conducting local