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  • 733rd AMS Air Force members rescue kayakers

    Recently, Staff Sgt. Kyle Kemble, an asset evaluator, and GS-11 employee Brandon Yoneda, an air terminal operations duty officer, both members of the 733rd Air Mobility Squadron, saved four Japanese locals who found themselves in danger after their kayak flipped over half a mile off the coast of Cape Zanpa on June 13, 2021.
  • 18 CEF conducts vehicle extrication training

    The 18th CEF conducted vehicle extrication training at Kadena Air Base, Japan. This training allowed the CEF to sharpen their skills for conducting vehicle extrication. CEF is responsible for handling the threat and outcome of fire, rescue, medical and environmental emergencies.
  • Pacific Iron 2021: A Fast, Flexible Force

    U.S. Air Force service members from the Pacific Air Forces participated in Operation Pacific Iron, a PACAF dynamic force employment operation taking place in July 2021. Kadena Air Base, home of the 18th Wing, was an indispensable asset in the operation, providing communications throughout PACAF via the Command and Control operation center.
  • 44th AMU preps Kadena Eagles for Red Flag Alaska

    Mobilizing a fleet of F-15C Eagles to fly for exercise Red Flag-Alaska would require manpower and expertise -- it's the kind of mission the 44th Aircraft Maintenance Unit trained for.
  • 18th Wing gains new commander

    U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Joel L. Carey relinquished command of the 18th Wing to Brig. Gen. David Eaglin during a change of command ceremony at Kadena Air Base, Japan, July 16, 2021.
  • DAGRE: mission ready anytime, any place

    Deployed Aircraft Ground Response Element team members from the 353rd Special Operations Support Squadron load a Polaris MRZR onto a MC-130J Commando II at Kadena Air Base, Japan, June 25, 2021. DAGRE teams use rapid infiltration and exfiltration techniques to quickly deploy airfield security when forward area refueling points need to be
  • EOD hosts REHM Enabler Forces program

    The 18th CES Explosives Ordnance Disposal Flight conducted a Rapid Explosive Hazard Mitigation Enabler Forces program to train 15 personnel from various career fields throughout the squadron. The 18th CES EOD Flight is the first unit Air Force wide to establish an all-inclusive program, training non-EOD personnel to perform explosive operations to supplement response capabilities during wartime recovery.
  • 18 LRS Special Purpose technicians break it down

    Special Purpose Airmen service a vehicle for its entire lifecycle – performing inspections and maintenance on it until it needs to be removed from the fleet, and then preparing it for retirement. This staircase truck must be disassembled so it can be transported safely, due to bridges on the planned route only allowing for a height clearance of 161 inches.
  • Don’t Mock the Maintenance Operations Center

    Operating and maintaining aircraft is hard work, and when the going gets tough the 18th Maintenance Operations Center is ready to answer the call. With 26 Airmen working around-the-clock, the MOC serves as the liaison for all of Kadena’s aircraft maintenance units by responding whenever there is a need for supplies or mission updates.
  • A legacy, grounded: Pave Hawk ‘401’ retires

    After 28 dutiful years, the HH-60G Pave Hawk with the tail number 26401 landed on the flight line at Kadena Air Base, Japan, one last time after completing its final flight on June 22, 2021.
  • Preparation in the face of the unexpected - how SERE educates military members

    In efforts to prepare and protect the Air Force’s most valuable resource of all — Airmen — survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialists undergo extensive training to make certain aircrew members are up to date with the latest on survival and evasion tactics. The tactics taught give Airmen skills to aid in their survival in worst-case scenarios.
  • A glowing inspection

    18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron nondestructive inspections technicians perform wheel penetrant inspections. They utilize X-ray, eddy current, dye penetrant and ultrasonic scanners to find the smallest imperfections and take the corrective measures needed to keep equipment and aircraft working safely.
  • 18 CEG conducts joint RADR training

    The 18th Civil Engineer Group conducted joint training with the Japan Air Self-Defense Force to increase interoperability between the two services and train in rapid airfield damage repair. This process is done to quickly get un airfield operable when attacked.
  • Current PCS, household goods affected by supply shortages

    According to a newly released communiqué from the Air Force’s Personal Property Activity Headquarters, “Department of Defense demand this peak (PCS) season has greatly exceeded commercial industry capabilities, largely due to resource constraints associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Per industry, this resulted in a 25% decrease in their labor pool, resulting in (decreased) personal property movement capacity necessary to support private sector and government demand.”
  • Ride Together, Fly Together — Airman 4 Life

    There are many great programs that benefit Airmen on Kadena; the Airman4LIFE program, implemented by the 718th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, brings members together every Friday to deliberately develop Airmen through coaching and mentoring in the social, mental, physical, spiritual and professional domains.