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  • USAF advise JASDF AWACS on new system upgrade

    Members of the 961st Airborne Control Squadron provided advice the 602nd Airborne Control Squadron of the Japan Air Self Defense Force on a new detection system onboard an E-767 at Hamamatsu Air Base, Japan, Sept. 11-15, 2023.

  • Forging bonds for a secure Indo-Pacific

    Flight crews from the Royal Australian Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force visited Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sep. 19, 2023. USAF, JASDF and RAAF members refined in-flight communications procedures and established threat warning channels to ensure each nation is ready to provide mutual support

  • Generate Airpower, Check: Kadena ACEs no-notice exercise

    The U.S. Air Force’s ability to rapidly generate airpower at a moment’s notice was put to the test at Kadena Air Base, when the 18th Wing conducted a no-notice agile combat employment exercise Sept. 22, 2023.Airmen from the 18th Wing partnered with deployed Airmen from Seymour Johnson Air Force

  • Kadena hosts 14th Annual POW/MIA Remembrance Day

    Service members, volunteers and retired veterans participated in POW/MIA Remembrance events held at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 14-15. The event initiated with a 24-hour run and was followed by a ruck march held the morning of the POW/MIA Remembrance day. Military bases observed POW/MIA

  • Kadena, Chatan conduct disaster evacuation drill

    The 18th Wing partnered with Chatan Town to exercise disaster evacuation procedures at Kadena Air Base, Sept. 16, 2023. Members of Chatan communities walked from Kadena’s main gate to a park on the installation to simulate a real-world tsunami evacuation.

  • Metals technicians work with precision

    Metals Technicians at the 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron fabricate and weld machine components to practice and produce components for machinery at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Metals technicians must ensure they maintain the highest standards of their skill for fabrication operations on aircraft and

  • Keeping the giants in the sky

    A KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron is readied for open fuel tank maintenance at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Open fuel tank maintenance helps find and eliminate any possible failures and maintain the overall integrity of the aircraft.

  • Congressional Delegation visit

    The U.S. House representatives came to Kadena for a brief tour of the base and to learn about its role in ensuring a free and open Indo-Pacific.

  • A rescue in the dark

    A U.S. Air Force pararescuemen assigned to the 320th Special Tactics Squadron, treat a simulated wounded pilot during water operations rescue training off the shore of Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 22, 2023. The training tested maritime search and rescue capabilities as well as familiarity with combat rubber

  • RAAF Air Vice-Marshal visits Kadena

    Royal Australian Air Force Air Vice-Marshal Carl Newman, Pacific Air Forces Australian deputy commander, recently visited Japan to meet with commands in the region including 18th Wing, Japan Air Self-Defense Force, and the 336th Fighter Generation Squadron to gain a deeper understanding of their

  • JOEP bolsters bonds between U.S. Airmen, JASDF cadets

    Japan Air Self-Defense Force cadets visited Kadena Air Base, Japan, July 20 and 25, 2023, for Japanese Observer Exchange Program visits. During the visits, JASDF cadets received an 18th Wing mission briefing, had discussions with U.S. Air Force Airmen and visited static displays of the F-35A

  • Firemen training heats up at kadena

    U.S. Air Force 18th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters work to extinguish a simulated active structure fire and assist wounded patients at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 7, 2023. The 18th CES practices responding to scenarios such as fires, terrorist threats and structural collapse due to

  • Their bite is worse then their Bark

    18th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handlers conducts controlled aggression training with military working dogs at Kadena Air Base. The 18th SFS continually conducts training with their MWD teams to ensure they are prepared to respond to emergencies. MWDs are trained to obey handlers

  • U.S., Japan conduct aerial integration exercise

    U.S. Air Force Senior Airmen Dominic Fontenot, 909th Air Refueling Squadron avionics journeyman and Colby Mall, 909th ARS aerospace propulsion journeyman, sit under a KC-135 Stratotanker before a refueling mission at Kadena Air Base, August 30, 2023. The 909th ARS flew in support of a bilateral