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USFJ Commander presents medals to JASDF rescue crew
U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force Commander, Lt. Gen. Jerry Martinez visited Naha Air Base, Japan, Oct. 15th, to recognize members of the Naha Air Rescue Squadron, Southwestern Air Defense Force, for their heroic actions.
Kadena hosts joint training to boost INDOPACOM interoperability
Select U.S. Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen stationed across Okinawa attended classes at the Erwin Professional Military Education Center on Kadena Air Base, Japan, for the Okinawa Joint Experience from Sept. 25 to Sept. 27. The OJE was designed to give service members an opportunity to come together and learn in a joint environment. Students were split into four classes, each with a mix of 12 service members from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force.
Scanning the sky, so we can fly
From clear calm skies and beach weather to violent typhoons, the 18th Operations Support Squadron weather flight provides accurate weather forecasts to the units on Kadena. Accurate weather forecasting helps the DoD personnel on the base conduct smooth operations, along with the safe planning of outdoor activities on their off-time.
Suicide prevention is everyone’s responsibility
Every attempt of suicide or death by suicide affects countless loved ones, coworkers, and friends who are impacted by the long lasting consequences. One suicide is one suicide too many. Whether you are a family member, a contractor, the newest trainee or the most senior individual in your unit, everyone has a role to play in suicide prevention.
They’ll be coming down the building when they come
Something about heights makes many people a little nervous. For some, the fear of the fall causes the butterflies to flutter; for others, the thought of the sudden stop at the end creates a fair amount of anxiety. For firefighters, though, how far away the ground is doesn’t matter so long as they can help the person that needs them.
That's my dress!
Military ball season gives a chance for active duty members and spouses to dress up and show pride in their respective branch of service. Whether you’re Air Force and only have one per year, or the Marine Corps and have multiple, each chance to get in your dress uniform celebrates a proud part of one’s heritage. For the first time overseas, on Sept. 18, 2018, USO Okinawa was able to bring this event to the island at the Kadena Rocker Enlisted Club.
Don’t be Afraid to Act
Asking questions can feel awkward but, if asking two simple questions could help save a person’s life, would you do it? Suicide is complex and cannot be defined by one single cause; however, knowing the warning signs and asking the right questions could help those in your life who are struggling. Pay attention to changes in conversation, behavior, and mood as there are associated warning signs that could increase the chance that an individual may try to take their own life.
The wheels on the GOV go round and round
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Andrew Lee, 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintenance technician, performs scheduled maintenance on a government operated vehicle Sept. 11, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. From ambulances to buses, and everything in between, the technicians from 18th LRS vehicle management flight keep the wheels moving
Making sure you get what you need
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Tristen Wright, 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron south-side parts store technician, leads training for members of the 919th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron from Duke Field, Fla., Sept. 12, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Airmen train consistently to ensure all members are educated and ready to
Everything but a spoonful of sugar
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Cheyenne Wright, 18th Medical Group pharmacy technician, and Capt. Allen Houser, 18th MDG pharmacy operations officer-in-charge, check and fill prescriptions Sept. 10, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Technicians ensure patients receive the appropriate number of the correct tablets as determined by their medical
Kadena Firefighters host 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Forrest Privette, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron driver operator, takes a moment to reflect after climbing 110 flights of stairs during the Kadena Fire Emergency Services 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb Sept. 11, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The event was held to honor the sacrifices 417 first responders made during the
Your action could save a life
What could you do in just 12 minutes? If you think about it, it’s not that much time – You could finish a chapter of your favorite book, maybe watch a good video on Youtube, or complete a match in Fortnite but, most importantly, you could save a life. In 2016 the CDC released that suicide was the 2nd leading cause of death in Americans aged 10-34.
Aircraft don’t run on hopes and dreams
Anyone who has a car understands the importance of having a full tank of clean, reliable gas. For Kadena Air Base, an organization responsible for defending nations and providing worldwide humanitarian relief, the same rules apply. That's where unit's like the 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron's fuels distribution flight comes in.
2018 C-130 LASS
U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Joseph Sandahl, 353rd Special Operation Maintenance Squadron aero-repair section chief, speaks with foreign air force members about his units’ maintenance methods during the 2018 C-130 Logistics and Safety Symposium Aug. 29, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Air force officers from Malaysia, Japan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka,
Kadena EMT team killed the competition
At the beginning of August, a team from Kadena Air Base, Japan, participated for the first time, and won the 11th annual Emergency Medical Technician Rodeo competition held at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico.