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Keystone of Innovation
Since its inception years ago, virtual reality has provided ways to relax, have fun, and is a great way to learn or train in a controlled environment. Now, the 18th Maintenance Group has a new VR training matrix and is currently developing and reinforcing job tasks for maintainers across three separate airframes.
Locked and loaded
Members of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 18th Wing at Kadena Air Base, Japan, pose for a photo during bilateral weapons training March 11, 2019, at Naha Air Base, Japan. The training opens up suggestions for improving and standardizing weapons loading and unloading procedures, and boosts understanding from both
JASDF Cadets visit Team Kadena
Japan Air Self-Defense Force Air Officer Candidate School cadets and instructors attend an 18th Wing mission brief at the 18th Operations Support Squadron Feb. 28, 2019, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. During their tour, the cadets gained a better understanding of the operations and mission of the 18th Wing on Okinawa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff
Kadena Airmen put out local fire
Two aircraft recovery Airmen from the 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron put out a local sugar mill fire Jan 11, 2019 in Uruma, Japan.
Out with the old, In with the new
Brig. Gen. Case A. Cunningham, 18th Wing commander, presented a check for $2,500 to the 2018 Shogun Spark Tank winners for their contingency lodging application, LodgeNET, on Feb. 11, 2019 at Kadena Air Base, Japan.
Eagle eyes on engine bay
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Nathaniel West, 18th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, cleans an F-15 Eagle engine bay compartment, Jan. 18, 2019, on Kadena Air Base, Japan. The F-15 Eagle is powered by two turbofan engines that are capable of producing 23,450 pounds of thrust per engine. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Micaiah
2019 Air Force Biomedical Sciences Corps Week
Across the Air Force Airmen in the biomedical sciences corps dedicate countless hours to ensure the health and welfare of the force. To recognize their accomplishments and raise awareness for these unsung heroes the Air Force has dedicated the week of Jan. 28 through Feb. 1, 2019, as the U.S. Air Force Biomedical Sciences Corps Week.
Naha and Kadena Airmen foster goodwill at 2018 JAAGA Awards
U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Antoinio Arnold, 18th Operation Support Squadron chief of intel readiness, delivers a speech in Japanese during the 2018 JAAGA Awards Ceremony January 31, 2019, at Naha Air Base, Japan. Arnold was recognized for his outstanding skills in a Japan-U.S. defense conference, the Bilateral Leadership Officer Group and the
Surgeon General of the Air Force visits Team Kadena
U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Dorothy Hogg, Air Force Surgeon General, speaks during an all call with the 18th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron and the 18th Medical Group at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 24, 2019. During her visit Hogg stressed the importance of readiness and innovation as the way forward for military medicine. (U.S. Air Force photo by
Building bonds and breaking bread
Team Kadena recently hosted the 2018 Japanese Air Self-Defense Force Bilateral Exchange at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The exchange consisted of JASDF, U.S. Air Force and Army members coming together for 10 days of workplace and cultural integration.
Kadena Eagles Soar Over East China Sea
F-15C Eagles fly in formation over the East China Sea Dec. 11, 2018, during a routine training exercise out of Kadena Air Base, Japan. Both the 44th and 67th Fighter Squadrons at Kadena AB play a unique role in securing peace and stability in a free and open Indo-Pacific with their F-15C/D capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class
2018 Alliance Coordination Mechanism
Teams from the Southwestern Air Defense Force and the 18th Wing held Alliance Coordination Mechanism based talks Sept. 24 through 28, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan.
They Play Ruff
Although it may be tempting, the “Do Not Pet” warning on their vests isn’t a suggestion; military working dogs may be considered one of the 18th Security Forces Squadron’s greatest assets, and most reliable companions.
Kadena Hosts annual Cookie Drive
Service members and volunteers drop off cookies during an annual Cookie Drive, Dec. 6, 2018 at Kadena Air Base, Japan. During the cookie drive, volunteers delivered handwritten holiday thank you letters from children and baked goods to Airmen living in the dorms. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristan Campbell)
Okinawan children arrive at Tinsel Town Dec. 1, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Tinsel Town is Kadena's annual holiday celebration offering meet-and-greets with Santa and Mrs. Claus, games, food and free entertainment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Omari Bernard)