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  • 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
  • Kadena prepares for first typhoon of 2007

    As Typhoon Man-Yi moves across the Pacific, its current path will pass over Okinawa according to base weather officials. "Right now it should hit the island sometime Friday morning with upwards of 125-knot winds gusting to 75 knots," said Capt. Jonathan Wilson, 18th Operations Support Squadron weather flight commander. "If it moves even slightly in
  • The comptetition begins the minute they land

    Editors Note: This is the fourth in a series of articles on Team Kadena's preparation for the Air Mobility Rodeo. The team assesses and cares for patients with IED wounds as quickly and carefully as they can. Adrenaline pumps fast as five members from the 18th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron work together to rapidly prepare for take off. A common
  • Colonel Kennedy bids farewell to Kadena

    The first time he came to Kadena he set a world distance record in the KC-135. Years later he culminated a career of more than 26 years upon retiring as vice commander of the Air Force's largest combat wing. Both are among the most memorable moments in Col. Jeff Kennedy's long odyssey from a Navy Reserve Officers' Training Corps (NROTC) midshipman
  • “Born in Battle,” 390th Intelligence Squadron hosts 40th Birthday Dining Out

    The 390th Intelligence Squadron will host its 40th anniversary dining out here Aug. 24 to celebrate the unit's illustrious heritage. The dining out commemorates the 390th IS heritage which began as the 6990th Security Squadron, U.S. Air Force Security Service (USAFSS). The squadron was activated by Maj. Gen. (then Lt. Col.) Doyle E. Larson July 15,
  • A clean slate

  • Kadena unit keeps PACOM wired, flying

    With hundreds of aircraft in the Pacific theater supporting the interests of the United States and its allies, electronic components are critical. Aircraft are durable and delicate at the same time and getting a replacement part in a timely fashion keeps the war birds in the fight. The Kadena-based 525th Electronic Maintenance Squadron, part of
  • 733rd Air Mobility Squadron prepares for the Air Mobility Rodeo

    Editors Note: This is the third in a series of articles on Team Kadena's preparation for the Air Mobility Rodeo. With the engines running, a team of 733rd Air Mobility Squadron Airmen quickly and safely load and unload a cargo aircraft without saying a word. This is just one of the tasks these Airmen have to accomplish during this year's Air
  • 18th SFS prepares for AMC Rodeo

    Editors Note: This is the second in a series of articles on Team Kadena's preparation for the Air Mobility Rodeo. Airmen wearing gas masks and Kevlar are often associated with some sort of base training exercise, but three 18th Security Forces Squadron Airmen are running around base in this gear for a different reason. Tech. Sgt. Matt Howard,