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Okinawan children arrive at Tinsel Town Dec. 1, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Tinsel Town is Kadena's annual holiday celebration offering meet-and-greets with Santa and Mrs. Claus, games, food and free entertainment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Omari Bernard)
Kadena and Naha firefighters fired up for bilateral training
A Japan Air Self Defense Force firefighter from 9th Wing, Naha Air Base, Japan, records video of U.S. Air Force firefighters from the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron and a JASDF firefighter battling a fire during structural live fire training Nov. 15, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Before extinguishing the fire, the bilateral teams took time to
Local Okinawans, U.S. military community celebrates Okinawa International Carnival
Members of the U.S. military and locals from the community gathered for the Okinawa International Carnival, Nov. 24th and 25th, 2018, in Okinawa City, Japan.
Young Tigers soar in pack, a first for PACAF
Typically, tigers are solitary animals – they usually hunt and fend for themselves in the wild, however, on Nov. 2, four “Young Tigers” took to the skies as a pack while implementing unique tactics during exercise Steel Tiger. The group of KC-135 Stratotankers from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron departed Kadena Air Base, Japan, to refuel F-15Cs from the 44th and 67th Fighter Squadrons. The aircrew executed their pre-flight, taxi, take-off, and departure without using any radio communications. The four-ship also conducted minimum interval take-offs between departures on a single runway.
Mental health providers, leadership partner for deployment resiliency, readiness
Deployed mental health providers work closely with leadership to help maintain warfighter resiliency and readiness. Service members are away from their usual support systems during deployment, and because the environment and stress puts them in unusual situations, they require innovative and flexible forms of mental health care.
Bats or Roosters: Which is faster?
U.S Air Force Airman 1st Class Simon John Delaney, 44th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew member, races against the clock to complete final tasks during a load competition Oct. 26, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The units completed their tasks within mere seconds of each other. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jessica H. Smith)
No attack, no chance
Racing motorcycles perform Gymkhana Nov. 17, 2018, at the Koza Motorsports Festival Okinawa City, Japan. Gymkhana is a form of racing with a starting point, finishing point, and obstacles that a rider has to get through in the fastest time possible. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Greg Erwin)
Kadena hosts Veteran's Day Parade
U.S. military members, veterans and their families participate in the Veteran's Day Parade, Nov. 11, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Veteran’s Day Parades are celebrated across U.S. military stations both at home and abroad. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristan Campbell)
Trick or Treat!
Candy! Buckets and buckets of candy awaits eager Okinawa children as they boisterously flock around the 18th Mission Support Group commander, Col. Thang T. Doan as he greets families to the Halloween trick or treat cultural exchange.
18 EMS crash recovery train with JASDF counterparts
Getting a flat tire is never convenient for anyone, but chances are they weren't on an airfield runway the last time it happened to them. Airmen from the 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron hosted members of the Japanese Air Self Defense Force 9th Air Wing, Maintenance Operating Group, October 22, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan, to share techniques and procedures on how both organizations do their job – clearing disabled aircraft off of what can be very busy runways and taxiways. The two organizations came together to conduct Crash Damaged and Disabled Aircraft Recovery training to learn how they each approach two of their most common scenarios: a blown tire and an aircraft going off the improved surface of a runway or taxiway and into soft ground.
Cutting back on the juice
October 31 marks the end of Energy Action Month. The goal of the month is to highlight the role energy and water play in the Air Force’s mission and encourage smart energy and water use and management. The 718th Civil Engineer Squadron energy office worked throughout the month to raise awareness about energy savings and resiliency.
COMPACAF Spouse: Supports Team Kadena Families
Sharene Brown, spouse of U.S. Air Force Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) commander, shakes hands with Kristopher Kwiatek, Kadena High School principal, during the PACAF commander's visit at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 22, 2018. The spouses group visited Kadena Middle School, Mental Health, and the Airman & Family Readiness Center and
COMPACAF: Team Kadena critical to regional security and stability
KADENA AIR BASE, Japan – Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., Pacific Air Forces commander, visited Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 22, 2018, to familiarize himself with the 18th Wing’s mission, present his expectations for the Pacific Air Forces and emphasize the importance of Team Kadena’s role in ensuring regional security and stability.
Cob Webs and Broomsticks: Kadena set for Halloween fun
Come Oct. 31st the streets of base housing will be filled with zombies, witches, superheroes and other various costume clad children and adults all vying to fill their tummies with candy for Halloween. All housing on Kadena Air Base – Stearly Heights, Sebille Manor, North Terrace, Terrace Heights, Marek Park, Jennings, Washington Heights, Clark Vista and Chibana housing – may be visited for trick-or-treating from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Four-legged-friends join Kadena's walk for Domestic Violence
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jeaftmyr Del Rosario, 18th Component Maintenance Squadron aircraft electrical and environmental journeyman, holds a sign during the Paws Against Domestic Violence event Oct. 20, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. U.S. Army, Air Force and Marine Corps family advocacy agencies came together to host the event to raise