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  • Allies and Partners move as one in Cope North 24

    ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam – As you and your team arrive, you see it; a sea of various uniforms moving as waves across the facility. You make your way to your equipment, hearing all the different languages that fill the space, all to support the same event, all to move together as waves in

  • 909th ARS refuels Navy P-8 Poseidon

    A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron conducts aerial refueling with a U.S.Navy P-8 Poseidon over the Pacific Ocean, Feb. 1, 2024. The 909th ARS is the Pacific Air Force's lead force for air refueling joint and Allied aircraft during all contingencies.

  • ACE conducts spoke location exercise

    18th Wing Airmen from various squadrons conducted an Agile Combat Employment F-15C Eagle refueling exercise on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 30, 2024. The exercise simulated a refueling operation from a hub and spoke location in an ACE environment. ACE creates multi-capable Airmen and service members

  • 18th MXG secures Phoenix Award win

    The 18th Maintenance Group won the Department of Defense’s Phoenix Award for Maintenance Excellence of the Year during the Secretary of Defense Maintenance Awards ceremony on December 19, 2023. The award is presented annually to honor the “Best” maintenance unit in the DoD, with this recognition

  • Brigadier General Evans' promotion ceremony

    U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Nicholas Evans, 18th Wing commander, pins on brigadier general during a promotion ceremony at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 30, 2024. Evans commands the largest combat wing in the U.S. Air Force which provides U.S. Indo-Pacific Command trained and equipped tactical air

  • HH-60Ws move to Kadena

    The HH-60W Jolly Green IIs from the 55th Rescue Generation Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, arrived at their new duty station, Kadena Air Base, Japan, January 26, 2024. The HH-60W is the successor to the HH-60G “Pave Hawk” and built on the established framework of the UH-60M “Black Hawk”

  • 31st RQS, 353rd SOW conduct pararescue training

    Pararescuemen with the 31st Rescue Squadron jumped out of an MC-130J Commando II assigned to the 353rd Special Operations Wing over Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 19, 2024. Pararescuemen are trained, equipped and postured to conduct full spectrum personnel recovery operations in both peacetime and combat

  • 5th AF holds Commander’s Conference at Kadena

    The Commanders Conference brought together leadership teams across affiliated installations to receive 5th AF guidance, provide feedback and situation awareness up the chain, and shared challenges and opportunities. The visit also provided U.S. Air Force leadership with a forum to discuss military

  • Hot-pit refueling with 67th AMU and 18th LRS

    Hot-pit refueling uses a single-point refuel pump, allowing an aircraft to be refueled immediately after landing, with the engine running. Through innovative concepts such as hot-pitting, Kadena Airmen are further strengthening the Pacific Air Forces’ ability to generate and sustain combat airpower

  • Kadena weapons teams compete for the best

    The load competition graded Airmen from the 4th Fighter Generation Squadron, 356th FGS, 18th AMXS and the 159th FGS on a variety of competencies including safety, appearance, speed, knowledge and accuracy. Weapons load competitions test a squadron’s ability to safely and accurately load munitions

  • Kadena hosts MLK Speech Competition

    U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Winsome Culley, Force Support Squadron Career Assistance Advisor, informs the judges on the rules of the Kadena Air Base Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Speech Competition and how the scoring and time system will work at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 10, 2024. Martin

  • 909th ARS keeps the Marines flying

    A U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet pulls away from a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker from Kadena Air Base after refueling over the Pacific Jan. 3, 2024. Conducting joint operations enhances the lethality and readiness of U.S. forces and its ability to project superior airpower to the Indo-Pacific

  • Operation Sock Drop ’23: Kadena NCOs, SNCOs deliver gifts on Christmas

    Non-commissioned officers and senior non-commissioned officers worked together to deliver more than 1,600 holiday gift packages for Kadena’s single, unaccompanied Airmen at Kadena Air Base, Dec. 25, 2023. The holiday gifts were carefully crafted, counted and annotated to ensure every Airman residing

  • 5th Air Force command visits Kadena

    5th Air Force leadership attended the Kadena Special Olympics and visited various facilities on Kadena. During their visit, they spoke with volunteers, athletes, service members and facility managers to discuss operations and recognize service members for their hard work at Kadena.

  • Kadena celebrates chief selects

    18th Wing leadership congratulated Chief Master Sergeant selects throughout Kadena for promoting to the highest enlisted rank. Leaders must empower Airmen by providing clear intent, trust, delegation and resourcing to deliver new solutions to tough problems.