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Vehicle maintenance provides steady support
Across the globe, COVID-19 is challenging Airmen to maintain mission effectiveness in new and unique ways. With operations still going at a record pace, support service elements are meeting this challenge with just as much tenacity. Members of the 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron’s vehicle management flight enacted separate shifts so the work can be accomplished safely and effectively.
353rd SOAMXS Airmen swap MC-130J engine, maintain readiness
Airmen from the 353rd Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron perform engine maintenance on an MC-130J Commando II Aug. 6, 2020, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 353rd SOAMXS maintainers work around the clock to ensure aircraft are ready to provide combat ready, responsive, specialized airpower and enables the 353rd Special Operations Group to execute the full spectrum of the special operations forces mission throughout the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command area of responsibility.
Incoming first-term Airmen are required to attend the First Term Airmen Course – FTAC – upon arrival at their first duty station. During the course, Airmen learn about Air Force culture, the history of their duty location, as well as protecting and supporting air, space and cyberspace missions.
Exercise WestPac Rumrunner – the second iteration
The 18th Wing hosted the second iteration of Exercise WestPac Rumrunner – an exercise designed to train and improve capabilities and joint interoperability using agile combat employment (ACE) concepts – July 31, 2020, at Kadena Air Base. The exercise allows for the United States Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force to meet up, train, and fight as a cohesive unit all in one day’s time. WestPac Rumrunner enables units and assets currently stationed or TDY in the Western Pacific area of responsibility to train together without the typical demands of a TDY.
Acknowledging racial disparity within our ranks
Since the death of George Floyd, discussing and addressing racial injustice throughout the ranks has become an important part of our total mission success. U.S. Air Force senior leadership has prompted all servicemembers to take the time to learn and show humility by addressing racial blind spots and looking inward, at every echelon of command, so we emerge stronger as a profession of arms.
B-1s refueled by 909th Air Refueling Squadron
A KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron prepares to refuel a B-1B Lancer from the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., over the Pacific as part of a bilateral U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRACTCOM) Bomber Task Force (BTF) mission July 17, 2020. The Unites States security presence, along with our allies and partners, underpins the peace and stability that has enabled the Indo-Pacific region to develop and prosper for more than seven decades. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rebeckah Medeiros)
B-1s return to Indo-Pacific, conduct bilateral training
Air Force B-1B Lancers returned to the Indo-Pacific region to conduct bilateral Bomber Task Force operations out of Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, July 17.
18th Wing Law Center wins Legal Office of the Year Award
The 18th Wing Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, commonly known as the Kadena Law Center, received record-breaking inspection results and won the highly coveted Air Force’s Legal Office of the Year Award for 2019.
Team Kadena’s Intel, Recon squadrons outsmart COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has birthed many obstacles, but the ingenuity and fighting spirits of Team Kadena’s 82nd Reconnaissance and 390th Intelligence Squadrons have persevered against the virus with new policies and an unfaltering operations tempo. The powerhouse duo hustled right at the beginning of the pandemic and worked to accomplish their vital mission and persistently protect their Airmen from harm by enacting several health safety measures throughout their squadrons.
67th FS fighters conduct a small force exercise
A U.S. Air Force 67th Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagle and a 909th Aerial Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker conduct air-to-air refueling during a training exercise July 8, 2020, off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. The 67th FS conducted small force employment combat exercises to demonstrate how U.S. Indo-Pacific Command units can execute dynamic force employment while maintaining the capacity for agile combat operations. The United States security presence, along with our allies and partners, underpins the peace and stability that has enabled the Indo-Pacific region to develop and prosper for more than seven decades.
Jump training conducted at Kadena's Ridout DZ
U.S. Air Force servicemembers conducted paradrop training at the Ridout drop zone July 9, 2020, on Kadena Air Base, Japan. All training on Kadena AB is conducted in accordance with bilateral agreements between the United States and the Government of Japan. Ie Jima is the primary location for overland U.S. military paradrop training in Okinawa. The bilateral agreements allow for the use of Kadena AB as an alternate location when Ie Jima is not available to meet the immediate training needs of U.S. forces.
Thai Cave Rescue: Two Years Later
The two year anniversary of the Thai-led, multi-national operation to rescue the Wild Boar youth football team from Tham Luang cave park was remembered recently. The rescue happened July 8-10 2018 and involved a highly organized and synchronized effort involving critical coordination with multiple governments, international companies and foreign non-government agencies.
Misawa, Kadena Airmen train at Draughon Range
Airmen assigned to the 13th Fighter Squadron and the 320th Special Tactics Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, conducted close air support training at Draughon Range, near Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 15-17.
Misawa, Kadena Airmen further ACE capabilities with FARP training
Misawa F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots, in collaboration with Kadena Air Base Airmen, executed a unique refueling capability for the first time at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 25.
Ribbon cutting ceremony held for new Teen Center
After being closed due to moving buildings, renovations, and COVID-19 restrictions, the Teen Center on Kadena Air Base has officially reopened. Wing leadership celebrated the grand reopening with a ribbon cutting ceremony held June 24, 2020.