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  • 18th MXG fuels training leaves no man behind

    353rd Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron fuel systems craftsman conduct a fuel systems confined space extraction. Confined space exercises are required because maintainers working on the fuel cell interiors may become stuck or pass out and need extraction.

  • Team Kadena participates in Rescue Flag Okinawa 2023

    Japan Air Self-Defense Force and U.S. Air Force service members participate in a water rescue training during Rescue Flag Okinawa 2023 at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 24, 2023. U.S. military forces flew the MC-130J Commando II, HH-60G Pavehawk alongside Japanese forces flying the U-125A, UH-60J and

  • Opening the Dome on the AWACS

    U.S. Air Force 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron preform routine maintenance of an E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft assigned to the 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron during routine maintenance

  • 18 EMS train with JASDF

    U.S. Air Force 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron and Japan Air Self-Defense Force members meet at Kadena Air Base. The two organizations came together during training to share techniques and solutions to the environmental challenges they both face in Okinawa.

  • USAF, JASDF conduct training over East China Sea

    A Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-15J Eagle conducts aerial refueling with a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron over the East China Sea, Oct. 17, 2023. Aerial refueling capabilities extend airborne training time and combat radius, ensuring U.S. and allied

  • BDOWG opens the door to the Pacific

    U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps members came together with Japan Self-Defense Force members to increase interoperability between services by conducting the Bilateral Defense of Okinawa Working Group at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 25-28, 2023.

  • Kadena hosts 18th Wing Commander Conference

    During the two day conference, leadership discussed on how to increase collaboration across the wing as well as meeting with military spouses and discussing key quality of life factors at Kadena.

  • 2023 Fire Prevention Week

    This week Kadena Air Base 18th Civil Engineer Squadron hosted Fire Prevention Week. The intent was to raise awareness on fire safety throughout the Wing during multiple events.

  • 18 CONS, 18 CPTS complete historic fiscal year closeout

    Airmen from the 18th Contracting Squadron and 18th Comptroller Squadron worked long days, late nights and weekends in order to complete the 2023 fiscal year closeout for the 18th Wing at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept 30, 2023, continuing success from last year’s fiscal year closeout.

  • Mass Casualty drill sharpens SOF medical response capabilities

    A U.S. Air Force Airman with the 353rd Special Operations Wing evaluates the injuries of a patient involved in a simulated chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives mass casualty drill at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 17, 2023. The operators were evaluated on their rapid action,

  • Eagles swap to maintain dynamic fighter presence at Kadena

    F-15C Eagles from the 144th Fighter Wing, Fresno Air National Guard Base, California, arrived at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 2, 2023, to ensure continuous fighter presence through the phased return of Kadena’s fleet of F-15C/D Eagles to the United States.

  • 5th Air Force command visits Kadena

    5th Air Force leadership visited Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 27-28, 2023. During their visit, 5th Air Force leadership spoke with service members and facility managers from various squadrons and agencies to discuss future and current operations at Kadena.

  • USAF advise JASDF AWACS on new system upgrade

    Members of the 961st Airborne Control Squadron provided advice the 602nd Airborne Control Squadron of the Japan Air Self Defense Force on a new detection system onboard an E-767 at Hamamatsu Air Base, Japan, Sept. 11-15, 2023.