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  • New commander describes Kadena's role as 'pivotal' to alliance

    The 18th Wing commander described Kadena Air Base's role as "pivotal" to the U.S.-Japan alliance during his first interview since taking command of the largest combat wing in the Air Force May 24. "The Pacific is an incredibly important strategic region for us, Japan and our other friends and allies in the region," said Brig. Gen. Brett Williams,
  • AFMC commander visits Kadena

    The commander of Air Force Materiel Command toured various units and facilities here recently to find out if the command is providing the necessary support needed by Pacific Air Forces warfighters. During his visit, Gen. Bruce Carlson, stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, met with the 18th Wing leaders and Airmen to familiarize
  • TJAG addresses misperceptions

    The Judge Advocate General of the Air Force addressed the perception of inequality between enlisted and officer disciplinary actions during a visit to Kadena May 21. "Our system is based on commanders being responsible for having a high standard of discipline," said Maj. Gen. Jack Rives. "They have to treat people fairly. They have to analyze every
  • Two Soldiers dead, one injured in off-base vehicle accident

    Two 1-1 Air Defense Artillery Battalion Soldiers died and one was injured in a vehicle accident May 12 at approximately 5 a.m. in Chatan Town, an Okinawa city outside the base. Army Staff Sgt. Kenneth Thomas, 25 from West Point, Miss., and Army Sgt. Richard Smith, 27 from Hasting, Neb., were killed when the vehicle they were riding in crashed. Army
  • Kadena's 18th Wing commander looks back on tour

    With a focus on winning, teamwork, leadership, and vision, the 18th Wing commander looked back at his 16 months in command. Brig. Gen. Harold "Punch" Moulton recently reflected on the growth of Kadena as he prepared for his new assignment. "Team Kadena has done a marvelous job living up to our goals of winning through teamwork, leadership, vision,"
  • Thieves at Kadena barred from base, sanctioned with community service

    Three dependents were barred from Kadena for 10 years and three others were given hundreds of hours of community service and other punishments for their involvement in a series of criminal acts. During April, the six individuals went out on several nights after curfew to steal items out of unlocked cars. On at least two occasions, several of the
  • Kadena's Medical Group leads way to a smoke-free base

    The Air Force wants a tobacco-free service by 2010, and the 18th Medical Group is getting a head-start at Kadena to eliminate smoking areas within its group starting in September. Smoking areas around all Med Group buildings will be moved further away and eventually disappear in an effort to enhance overall fitness and duty performance. "We want