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961st AMU maintains eyes in the sky
Airmen from the 961st Aircraft Maintenance Unit inspect an E-3 Sentry aircraft at Kadena Air Base. The 961st AMU maintains computer systems, replaces parts and ensures the E-3 Sentry aircraft is safe for flight.
18th LRS IPE equips Kadena
Danger is bound to lurk around the corner when you serve as the “Keystone of the Pacific.” The 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron’s individual protective equipment element serves to keep Kadena personnel equipped for anything, and to help aircrew members prevent a dangerous situation from getting worse.
From construction to command post: An Airman’s journey
While breaking concrete at his dad’s construction company one day, it hit him: If he wanted to see his dreams closer than on a TV screen, he needed to change his life. Five years later, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. James Rubalcava, 18th Wing command post senior controller, reflects on his journey and how his Hispanic heritage and culture helps him along the way.
18th MDG techs keep swabbing for safety
Upholding Kadena’s vital role of deterring potential threats and maintaining peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific means ensuring the U.S. Air Force’s greatest asset – its Airmen – remain ready and healthy.
Kadena maintainers manufacture the future
Airmen from the 18th Wing and 353rd Special Operations Wing at Kadena Air Base, Japan, made history by installing the first ever 3-D printed aircraft part onto an MC-130J Commando II, creating an important step towards bringing additive manufacturing to a level of reliability that could make a big impact on how aircraft are maintained in the future.
Kadena flies in support of free, open Indo-Pacific
A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron based out of Marine Corps Air Station MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, flies into position to receive fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan during a Large Scale Global Exercise 21 mission over the western Pacific Ocean, Aug. 18,
Kadena AB veterinarians continue animal care
The Okinawa Veterinary Activity is the primary source for any information regarding pet PCS and travel, vaccination and health of animals. The vet clinic supports wellness exams, sick call appointments, general surgery, and specialty surgery procedures
Team Kadena holds beach clean-up
Members from Team Kadena's Airman Committed to Excellence program team up with the First Sergeants Council to host a beach clean-up at Sunglass beach. Approximately 30 Airmen and their families came together and removed over one hundred pounds of trash from the beach.
CMSAF Bass visits Kadena
During her visit to Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 23, 2021, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass toured facilities, recognized Airmen for excellent performance and addressed Air Force culture and policies during an all-call.
Mental Health: It takes a village
Guardian Wingman, a suicide prevention training program designed by the Mental Health clinic at Kadena Air Base, Japan, aims to improve mental health management by building a community of Airmen equipped with the tools to support their fellow wingmen.
18th SFS Defenders fight for the top flight
Airmen from the 18th Security Forces Squadron held the Defender Flight of the Quarter Challenge to see who the best flight was. The challenge consisted of four main stations where they had to provide medical care under fire, efficiently clear rooms, conduct a high-risk traffic stop, and field strip weapons in low-light conditions.
Airfield Management answers the call
Sheet metal techs reinforce Kadena's airpower
The 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance specialists make it their mission to ensure the structural integrity of Kadena's aircraft is steadfast and ready to deliver airpower anytime, anywhere.
Postal charter plane keeps Okinawa mail on-time
Airmen from 18th LRS ground transportation, 733rd Air Mobility Squadron, Pacific Air Forces Air Postal Squadron Detachment 3, and Camp Kinser Marines worked with each other to effectively deliver mail to Okinawan residents using a new process. This shipment was one of the largest single shipments of mail on Okinawa consisting of over 53 thousand kilograms of mail.
Rain or shine, Weather Flight keeps Kadena ready
With weather impacting nearly every aspect of base operations, the 18th Operations Support Squadron Weather Flight plays a vital role ensuring Kadena continues functioning as a world-class strategic forward base.