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Technical Sergeant Release Party 2019
More than 250 staff sergeants from around the 18th Wing celebrate their promotion to technical sergeant on Kadena Air Base, July 19, 2019. The promotees are charged with being their organizations’ technical experts, and must continuously strive to further their development as technicians, supervisors and leaders through on- and off-duty
Maintaining the Fight
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Hannah Cayton, F-15C Eagle assistant dedicated crew chief assigned to the 44th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, cleans an aircraft during pre-flight inspections July 2, 2019, on Kadena Air Base, Japan. The life of a dedicated crew chief requires non-stop dedication, day and night, to maintain air-to-air combat superiority.
Kadena splits 18th FSS, activates 718th FSS
Kadena Air Base activated a new squadron, the 718th Force Support Squadron, during the 18th Force Support Squadron change of command at Kadena Air Base, July 16, 2019. Col. Thang T. Doan, 18th Mission Support Group commander, presided over the ceremony. He said, “The revised organizational structure right-sizes the scope of responsibility, provides the squadron commander with a tailored mission focus, and dramatically increases whitespace to effectively lead Airmen.”
Weapons Load Crew of the Quarter
U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 67th Aircraft Maintenance Unit and the 44th Aircraft Maintanence Unit are recognized for competing in the weapons load crew competition at Kadena Air Base, Japan, July 1, 2019. The weapons load competition is held between the 67th and 44th AMUs to determine the best weapons load crew members on Kadena.
Tools of the Trade
Every consolidated toolkit has specialized tools for maintainers from different duties to conduct their jobs.
Brig. Gen. Joel Carey takes helm of Kadena's 18th Wing
Brig. Gen. Case Cunningham relinquished command of Kadena Air Base’s 18th Wing to Brig. Gen. Joel Carey during a change of command ceremony. Lt. Gen. Kevin Schneider, U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force commander, presided over the event held inside a hangar where Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and distinguished guests welcomed the new commander.
Taking Initiative: Samira's Story
Drunken driving and alcohol-related incidents put lives and careers at risk of a tragic end. The consequences impact not only the victim and the offender, but the mission and welfare of the community. While Okinawa’s bars and izakayas may offer some of the best food, drinks and entertainment on the island, the Kadena Shoguns take a firm stance against drunken driving.
Shogun One completes fini flight
U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Case Cunningham, 18th Wing commander, climbs out of the cockpit of an F-15 Eagle after his final, or fini flight as wing commander at Kadena Air Base, Japan, June 27, 2019. For many aircrew, the fini flight is a way to recognize and honor fellow aviators as one who can now hang their hat with the many Airmen who have gone before them.
Air Force stands up Air Force Medical Readiness Agency
In a ceremony Friday at the Defense Health Headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia, the Air Force Medical Service stood up a new field operating agency, the Air Force Medical Readiness Agency. Lt. Gen. Dorothy Hogg, Air Force Surgeon General, and Brig. Gen. Mark Koeniger, incoming AFMRA commander, spoke at the ceremony, heralding a new era in Air Force Medicine.
Taking Initiative: These Airmen take a stand against drunken driving
Airmen from across Kadena are taking initiative and preventing alcohol-related incidents across Okinawa's military community.
Triage at 30,000 feet
Airmen from the 18th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron go over their electronic flight books onboard a KC-135 Stratotanker during an exercise May 8th, 2019, out of Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 18th AES maintains a forward operating presence and supports medical contingencies in a free-and-open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class
Young Tigers Fuel Wolf Pack
Two F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 8th Fighter Wing, Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, fly during a training exercise June 18, 2019. The 8th FW provides worldwide deployable forces with a sustained forward presence focused on maintaining a free-and-open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew Seefeldt)
Rivalry remains a healthy cornerstone of the U.S. armed forces, but when push comes to shove, Airmen, Marines, Soldiers and Sailors put differences aside to unlock their potential. Such is the case during natural disasters, where joint weather teams band together, ensuring the safety of those in range of cataclysmic disasters. Typhoons are inevitable on the island of Okinawa, but for every storm on the horizon, there’s a team ready and qualified to safeguard U.S. assets and personnel. Enter the Joint Weather Okinawa team (JWO).
EMS Airmen ensure Kadena's aircraft are ready for flight
Equipment Maintenance Squadron personnel are responsible for providing and maintaining essential support capabilities.
Missouri Airmen conduct annual field training at KAB
The 139th Logistics Readiness Squadron from Rosecrans Air National Guard Base, Missouri, conducted aerial port freight operations training in conjunction with the 733rd Air Mobility Squadron, at Kadena Air Base, Japan June 12, 2019.