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  • 909th ARS wins Air Force's Albert Evans award

    The 909th Air Refueling Squadron was awarded the 2022 Senior Master Sgt. Albert Evans Award, distinguishing themselves as the U.S. Air Force unit with the best in-flight refueling operator section.

  • Northern Edge: ACE in Action

    U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 18th Wing, 374th Airlift Wing, 4th Fighter Wing and the 354th Fighter Wing, 366th Fighter Wing and 35th Fighter Wing recently partnered with Japan Self-Defense Forces to enhance Agile Combat Employment (ACE) capabilities from dispersed locations during Northern

  • USAF, JASDF demonstrate Pacific partnership

    U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagles and Japan Air Self Defense Force F-2s fly in formation over the Sea of Japan, July 12, 2023. Conducting joint training enhances the lethality and readiness of U.S. forces and its ability to project superior airpower to the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by

  • C-130J Super Hercules flies strong during Northern Edge

    U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. D’Angelo Seabron, 36th Airlift Squadron aircraft loadmaster, communicates with pilots during a flight aboard a C-130J Super Hercules en-route to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, July 10, 2023. Aircrew remain in constant communication during a flight, ensuring

  • Precision takes practice

    U.S. Air Force Gen. Mike Minihan, Air Mobility Command commander, watches as a C-130J Super Hercules is offloaded during exercise Northern Edge 23-2 at Kadena Air Base, Japan, 7 July, 2023. This exercise provides the opportunity for U.S. military personnel to sharpen their skills and to practice

  • Northern Edge 23 sharpens the force

    Airman 1st Class Michael Moses, 718th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron engines apprentice, left, and U.S. Air Force Capt. Elizabeth Luke, 909th Air Refueling Squadron aircraft commander, connect hydraulic latches to the main landing gear door at Kadena Air Base, Japan, July 7, 2023. Kadena is committed

  • Kadena exercises joint operations

    Senior Airman Nikolaus Riley, 374th Logistics Readiness Squadron ground transportation operator, steers a vehicle in support of bi-lateral operations at Kadena Air Base, Japan, July 7, 2023. Kadena regularly hosts visiting joint, allied and partner forces to conduct missions to enhance our

  • 18th Wing changes command

    U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. David Eaglin relinquished command of the 18th Wing to Col. Nicholas Evans during a change of command ceremony at Kadena Air Base, Japan, July 6, 2023.

  • Kadena walks for unity

    The Unity Walk was attended by Kadena leadership at all levels, the event signified Kadena’s commitment to bringing the community together and resolving racial divides and inequalities in our nation and Air Force.

  • Lightning strikes at Kadena for Northern Edge

    An Air Force F-35A Lightning II with the 354th Fighter Wing, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, arrives at Kadena Air Base, June 30, 2023. Kadena regularly hosts visiting joint, allied and partner forces to conduct missions to enhance operational readiness to defend Japan and ensure a free and open

  • Happy Trajectory

    Every Airman has an individual story that brings a new perspective to the fight. Master Sgt. Kristian Johnsen’s story is one example of what it takes to create a more diverse force.

  • 18th Wing commander marks his departure with a final flight

    U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. David S. Eaglin, 18th Wing commander, shuts his locker for the last time at Kadena Air Base, Japan, June 29, 2023. The first time Eaglin was assigned to Kadena, he was the 67th Fighter squadron commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Catherine Daniel)

  • Test cell Airmen ready engines for launch

    The 18th Component Maintenance Squadron Airmen assigned to the engine test facility have one mission — to provide top-notch engines and repairs for Kadena Air Base and its pilots.