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  • Thais, Americans join forces for Teak Torch exchange training

    The language of friendship forged through any communication barriers as Royal Thai air forces and the United States Air Force joined together for exchange training here recently. About 130 members from the 353d Special Operations Group, whose home station is Kadena, traveled to Udon Thani Air Base,

  • Kadena observes Days of Remembrance

    Candles illuminated the base chapel May 2 in honor of the 10 million lives extinguished by anti-Semitism and hatred during World War II. Military and civilian members from around the base attended the Days of Remembrance memorial ceremony to pay tribute to the lives of the Jewish people and other

  • 38 members of Team Kadena recognized for selfless volunteerism

    Kadena recognized the outstanding volunteers for 2007 during the annual volunteer ceremony May 1. The ceremony honored 38 individuals and three units in five different volunteer categories. It came at the end of National Volunteer Week, which is time set aside to honor the people who donate their

  • Shoguns train with NVGs to see through the night

    Two new courses will essentially give selected Kadena Airmen the ability to see in the dark. The 18th Aerospace Medicine Squadron physiological training flight will train Airmen who maintain and inspect aircrew flight equipment and 18th Security Forces members in the proper use of night-vision

  • Life in the fast lane

    The air was filled with the sound of race cars revving up their engines as the young racers eyed each other, sizing up the competition. Lights blinked from amber to green, signaling the start of the race. Three ... two ... one ... GO! The racing drama which normally plays out at places like Daytona,

  • Kadena drivers reminded to pay road tax

    Annual Japanese road use fees, commonly referred to as "road tax," are just around the corner for Department of Defense employees on Okinawa. Road tax payments for the more than 27,400 vehicles registered to military and family members on island must be made by June 1. "Road Tax is an annual fee

  • Kadena gears up for Northern Edge

    Airmen from here will join an air armada assembling this week in the Alaskan region for a large joint force exercise designed to practice operations and sharpen interoperability among the services. More than 200 Kadena Air Base Airmen and aircraft will participate in Exercise Northern Edge '08,

  • Students earn money through cyber challenge

    A team of Kadena Middle School students earned $3,000 in savings bonds during a regional competition here, dubbed eCybermission. The seventh-grade team made up of Jonathan Pickens, Kenneth Tobisch, and Alexander Wilson captured second place with a project on traffic safety. The eCybermission is a

  • Kadena opens doors for JASDF NCO's

    Kadena Air Base opened its doors to 67 Japan Air Self Defense Force airmen April 23 as part of a bilateral exchange program. The program is a 5th Air Force initiative started 11 years ago as an NCO and Airman exchange between JASDF and the U.S. Air Force. In 2002 a second initiative was added to

  • Fueling the Pacific mission

    Many squadrons say they provide the tools and manpower to help fuel the fight, but an 18th Civil Engineer Squadron unit really does "fuel" the fight. The 18th CES Liquid Fuels Flight is charged with providing fuel for Kadena Air Base's aircraft and vehicle fleets. "We have several pump houses around

  • Kadena maintainer clinches Marquez award

    A Team Kadena Airman leaves for Washington D.C. Saturday to receive the Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez award. Senior Airman Sergio Martinez, an 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron weapons technician, earned the Air Force-level award for continued excellence in the munitions and missile maintenance field. The

  • Team Kadena prepares for AmericaFest

    After a four-year hiatus, Team Kadena is preparing to open its gates to the local community July 4 and 5 for AmericaFest 2008. AmericaFest is a community outreach event designed to promote friendship and understanding between members of the local and military communities. Visitors will be able to

  • Kadena puts final rivet in Iron Flow program

    With the departure of the final three F-15C Eagles from here April 23 to Air National Guard units in the United States, the 18th Wing concluded Kadena Air Base's role in the Pacific Air Forces Iron Flow program. Begun in 2005, the Iron Flow program was a process to exchange Kadena's aging F-15 fleet

  • ACE, joint force tackles Gate 2 clean-up

    More than 145 Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and family members showed up at the Kadena USO Sunday to help clean up the area commonly known as "Gate 2 Street." The monthly clean-up effort was sponsored by Airmen Committed to Excellence to improve community relations. "It was amazing to see how many

  • JASDF trains on air refueling ops

    American pilots flew training missions here this week with 12 F-15 pilots from the Japan Air Self Defense Force, to familiarize them with air refueling operations. The air refueling training was a new concept to some of the JASDF participants. Others had trained with Kadena refuelers in the