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F-22 Raptors return to Kadena Air Base
F-22A Raptors, aircrew and support personnel assigned to the 525th Fighter Squadron from Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson (JBER), Alaska, deployed to Kadena Air Base (AB), Japan under U.S. Pacific Command's theater security package(TSP) program May 29, 2018.
Team Kadena honors fallen at Memorial Day Ceremony
A Kadena Air Base honor guardsman stands next to a wreath during a Memorial Day ceremony May 25, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Members of Team Kadena gathered to remember and honor U.S. service members who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)
Vendor fair: promoting businesses, building relationships
After four months of planning and organization, Kadena Air Base welcomed representatives for 22 local businesses into the Schilling Center, May 18, 2018, for a vendor’s fair open to the entirety of the base. The vendor showcase provides an opportunity for Department of Defense personnel on the island of Okinawa to meet local vendors and learn more about the small businesses within the community while allowing community relations to be strengthened.
After two years of construction and the demolition of the previous club, the new and modernized Rocker Enlisted Club opened its doors to the public May 4, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan.
Picking up STEAM
The new Kadena Elementary School opened Feb. 22, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan.
PACAF commander visits Kadena AB
Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, met with squadron, group and wing leadership to listen to suggestions and discuss the Squadron Revitalization Program at Kadena Air Base, Japan, May 10, 2018.
Air Force transitions to a single combat uniform
Air Force leaders announced the service will move to a single combat utility uniform, adopting the Operational Camouflage Pattern, or OCP, already in use by the Army and Airmen in combat zones and in certain jobs across the Air Force.
Presidential paper planes
Members of the 18th Wing Judge Advocate met with students from Amelia Earhart Intermediate and Stearley Heights Elementary Schools to celebrate “Law Day” May 3 and 4, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan.
Gotta supply to fly
What has two thumbs and orders more than 80,000 parts a year for the 18th Component Maintenance Squadron? Staff Sgt. Melanie Marlow, 18th CMS NCO in charge of propulsion supply, has those two thumbs and places those orders as the only Airmen that owns that title. She is “on loan” from the 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron to help solve a problem many maintainers were facing.
Airmen, jets return from Japan deployment
HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Airmen and F-35A aircraft from the active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th Fighter Wing returned here May 4-5 following a six-month deployment to Kadena Air Base, Japan. Families gathered on the flightline to welcome the pilots, maintainers, and support personnel who had been working at Kadena and the
Honoring the fallen and healing the family
On February 17th, 2002, an Army MH-47 helicopter crashed into the Sulu Sea while conducting counterterrorist operations in the Philippines, killing 10 people, one of which was Master Sgt. William L. McDaniel II, a pararescueman with the 320th Special Tactics Squadron. Two years later a professional development center on Kadena Air Base was dedicated in his memory and is now known as the McDaniel Center.
Trash today, gone tomorrow
KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Eighty volunteers from Kadena Air Base showed up early to help better the community outside of Gate 2. The Airmen showed up for a weekend trash pick-up event in the local Okinawan community. Participants spent part of their day cleaning up around neighborhoods and businesses frequented by Kadena residents.
Training your Dragon boat rowers
KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Each spring on Okinawa, elaborately painted and carved boats glide across the sea during Japan’s Golden Week. Dozens of teams from local organizations and Japanese and American military branches compete to the cheering of onlookers from the nearby wharf. The Kadena Shoguns, Men and Women’s teams, are competing in the 44th Annual Naha Hari May 5th, 2018, at Tomari Wharf, Naha City, Japan.
Kadena's communication assistants
Balancing a busy schedule is asked of anyone who puts on the uniform, but that schedule only gets busier as Airmen progress in rank. Once they've achieved a position at the base leadership level, they need another set of eyes to help manage their schedule ‒ making sure their time is spent efficiently for the benefit of the base, and the Air Force.
Learning and leading in electronic warfare
Every career field can have it’s highs and lows, and for some there’s much more to gain than just knowing how to do the job efficiently. Often, a job can shape someone both personally and professionally creating a unique perspective on their role.