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Generations of respect
The pattering of rain on the leaves of the 18th Munitions Squadron wasn’t enough to keep members of the Okinawan community from gathering their tools and families for a visit to Kadena Air Base, Japan, April 20, 2018.
Airman 1st Class Brady Motes, 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance technician, drills holes into a metal plate April 5, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron helps maintain the two F-15 Eagle squadrons stationed at Kadena. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard)
Kadena Goes Green
Scouts from Boy Scouts of America Troop 102 and 109 anchor a sapling during a tree planting ceremony April 17, 2018 at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The scouts planted six trees with guidance from the 718th Civil Engineer Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard)
18th FSS Brings Innovative ID Process to Kadena
Whether it’s giving up after searching for hours and destroying the house, lost wallets, stolen purses, or even just simply dealing with an upcoming expiration date—renewing or acquiring a new dependent identification card for some may seem to be a daunting task. To alleviate hassles associated with ID card renewal, the 18th Force Support Squadron Military Personnel Section at Kadena Air Base, Japan, implemented a new process effective April 1, for dependents.
Remembering the Fallen
Team Kadena honored fallen American and Filipino servicemen killed during the Bataan Death March with the 5th annual Bataan Memorial Death March, held April 7, 2018, at Kadena Air Base.
Can they fix it? Yes, they can!
When an Airman gets into a government owned vehicle, the assumption is the vehicle will start up with zero issues and be able to help the Airman get from point A to point B. What may not be known is when there’s a flat tire or dead battery, the 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintenance shop has the tools and people to help get the vehicle up and running again.
A chat with the Chief
With all the stripes on their sleeves and years of service under their belts, it can be hard to picture a chief master sergeant as having been a part of the “E-4 mafia,” but each enlisted leader was once a junior enlisted Airman making his or her way through the early years of their career.
Sharp, crisp and motionless by choice
The 18th Wing Honor Guard welcomed a dozen new members during a ceremony March 14, after a three-day crash course training program.
Most people hear “spiritual resiliency” and immediately think of one’s religious views. While a Christian myself, I don’t associate the two very closely.
Developing the force
The Spring cycle for Air Force Developmental Special Duties is quickly approaching, and newly-minted NCOs may wonder what this will mean for their future in the Air Force.
Can you identify the signs?
In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Since then, a number of programs and preventative trainings have come to the forefront of many Americans minds and organizations.
Local residents tour their past at Kadena
Approximately 40 local nationals from Okinawa visited Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 21, 2018, to pay respects at preserved sacred sites during an annual tour.
Touring with JAAGA
Members of the Japan-American Air Force Goodwill Association toured Kadena Air Base, Japan, with the 18th Wing commander March 13 and 14, 2018.
They got that boom, boom, boom
Often times, when people think of explosive ordnance disposal teams, they think of a scene out of Hurt Locker – an American hero to be, a selfless soul in a bomb suit ready to risk it all for their comrades and country. Although it’s a part of the job, detonating a potentially life-threatening explosive isn’t necessarily the everyday mission; there’s much more to the career field. For the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron EOD team, the island of Okinawa offers a unique working experience, seeing as how the military installations are built upon the grounds where a war was once fought.
Gathering the tools to lead
KADENA AIR BASE, Japan – Kadena Air Base hosted its first Squadron Superintendent Course for approximately a dozen senior noncommissioned officers, March 11 through 14. Senior NCOs from different squadrons under the 18th Wing attended the two-and-a-half-day course to develop themselves for future or current roles as superintendents.