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  • Civilians add stability during emergencies

    Airmen here are fighting the base during this week's local operational readiness exercise Beverly High 08-04 and a special group of civilians is right alongside them contributing to the mission. These civilians, categorized as "Emergency Essential," stay with military forces even if a non-combatant

  • Keeping our canine protectors safe

    The protective gas mask used in local operational response exercises like Beverly High 08-4 is very effective in a chemical environment for most Team Kadena members, but its design leaves some unprotected. One group at the 18th Security Forces is preparing in a different way to handle the

  • Feature -- A day in the secret life of the IG

    As a sharp noise cuts through the fog of sleep, he turns over and hits the button to turn off the alarm clock. The clock reads 3 a.m. and despite his weariness Maj. Jason Settle pulls himself out of bed to prepare for the day ahead, starting with his morning prayer. As he eats a bowl of cereal, he

  • Japanese organization honors Kadena NCO for bringing Airmen together

    A Kadena Air Base senior noncommissioned officer received a unique award recently for his work enhancing cooperation and friendship with the Japan Air Self Defense Force. Senior Master Sgt. Kenneth Trawick, 18th Wing AFSO 21 process manager, was recognized in a ceremony Feb. 8 by the Japan-American

  • Firefighters 'save' pilots during local exercise

    Firefighters with the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron and the 18th Wing crash response team responded to an exercise scenario simulating a KC-135 Stratotanker fire Tuesday as part of local operational readiness exercise Beverly High 08-04. Arriving upon the scene, the firefighters quickly worked to

  • Kadena Airmen welcome inbound forces during exercise

    Airmen working in the Kadena Air Base Reception Processing Unit welcomed simulated inbound forces Feb. 12 during Exercise Beverly High 08-4. The Airmen had the opportunity to practice one of Kadena's primary functions, to serve as a forward-staging base and receive military units that may be needed

  • Tower Airmen control more than just the skies during exercise

    Airmen in the Kadena Air Base air traffic control tower know what it takes to accomplish the mission during Exercise Beverly High 08-4, held from Feb. 10-15. It's the same job they do every day. "From engine start, we maintain control of the aircraft," said Tech Sgt. Thomas Vezie, 18th Operations

  • Airmen provide relief to China, test new initiative

    Kadena Airmen loaded more than 225,000 pounds of food, medicine and cold weather supplies onboard Pacific Air Forces aircraft here Feb. 8 as part of a humanitarian mission to China. U.S. Pacific Command coordinated delivery of the humanitarian supplies to the People's Liberation Army at Shanghai

  • Okinawa’s AM Radio returns on-air

    American Forces Network's Surf 648-AM returns to broadcast Feb. 18 after being off-the-air for approximately one year. The AM radio station will restore Okinawa's favorite news, talk and sports-talk programming to the airwaves and will offer the audience an alternative to FM radio's music-based

  • Team Kadena kicks off last exercise before ORI

    A simulated Kadena-based U.S Navy P-3 Orion aircraft crash kicked off Exercise Beverly High 08-4, Feb. 10. The "crash," which happened on base at 1 p.m. today, had Kadena firefighters responding quickly. "We arrived on scene and initiated incident command [center], then started fighting the fire,"

  • Navy trains with Kadena, sister service units

    A Naval Air Facility Atsugi-based helicopter squadron's temporary duty here is helping to improve readiness for the 18th Wing and sister service units. Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron 14 came to Okinawa recently to conduct training not available at sea or its home station. In the process they are

  • ACE has largest turnout ever for Gate 2 clean up

    Cold rainy weather didn't stop more than 100 committed Kadena Air Base volunteers from cleaning up the Gate 2 Street area in Okinawa City on February 3. The Airmen Committed to Excellence organization sponsored the event to give back to the local Okinawan community. "Gate 2 is a busy shopping and

  • Kadena participates in Cope Tiger 2008

    About 100 Team Kadena Airmen deployed to Thailand this week for Exercise Cope Tiger 2008. Personnel from the 18th Medical Support Squadron, 909th Air Refueling Squadron, 18th Communication Squadron and the 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron were part of more than 1,400 service members from the