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  • Joint jungle extract: Airmen, Marines train SERE capabilities

    The 18th Operations Support Squadron survival, evasion, resistance and escape team helped lead a joint exercise at the Marine Corps Jungle Warfare Training Center, Camp Gonsalvez, Japan, March 18, 2022. The joint operation included both Air Force and Marine Corps personnel, allowing units to

  • 18th EMS, MWSS-172 practice crash recovery

    U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron and U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron lift an F-15 Eagle with an All Terrain Crane, known as a MAC-50, at Kadena Air Base, Japan, April 4, 2022. This joint training was performed to test crash recovery

  • USFJ Senior Enlisted Leader visits Team Kadena

    U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Wendell J. Snider, right, U.S. Forces Japan Senior Enlisted Leader, listens to Senior Airman Charles Hayward, left, 18th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron air evacuation medical technician, during a demonstration at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 25, 2022. Snider met

  • 33rd RQS: Firing on all cylinders

    The 33rd Rescue Squadron configures the HH-60G Pave Hawk with the equipment required for their mission, completing operational checks after the weapons are installed to make sure all components are mission ready.

  • 18th EMS: Masters of Heavy Metal

    Aircraft metal technicians assigned to the 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron perform inert gas welding at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 28, 2022. Aircraft metal technicians fabricate and weld components to ensure reliable operability of mission-essential aircraft.

  • 18th WG CC/CCC recognizes annual award nominees

    U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. David Eaglin, 18th Wing commander and Chief Master Sgt. Ronnie Woods, 18th Wing command chief, recognized 2021 Annual Awards nominees at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 16, 2022. There were 56 nominees for 12 categories. The nominees were said to have demonstrated exceptional

  • The Erwin PME Center: Building the Air Force’s next gen leaders

    Before Air Force enlisted members may step into a true leadership role, Erwin Professional Military Education Center instructors ensure they are well-equipped and ready to excel in their new positions. The Erwin PME Center curriculum consists of four blocks: Air Force culture, leadership, problem

  • Kadena conducts first KC-135 hot pit refueling in the Pacific

    Airmen assigned to the 18th Wing have found another way to increase agile combat employment capabilities in the Pacific by conducting hot-pit refueling with a KC-135 Stratotanker on March 22, 2022.This event marks the first time the procedure was conducted in the Pacific Air Forces’ area of

  • Women in aviation empower, next generation

    Equipped with a total of 4,000 flying hours under their belts, an all-female crew from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron and the 718th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron flew to McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, March 21, 2022, in hopes of inspiring a troop of 35 Girl Scouts.

  • 18th CEG cements friendships building schoolhouse at Balikatan 22

    Engineers from the 18th Civil Engineer Group lay foundations and foster friendships with their counterparts from the Philippine Air Force, as they work together to build a multi-purpose classroom for Masi Elementary School in Rizal, Cagayan, Philippines.

  • Kadena’s Finest Maintainers Face Off at Shogun Showdown

    The 18th Maintenance Group recently held a quarterly load competition. The purpose of the event was to determine the group’s load crew of the year, showcase multi-capable Airmen in action and demonstrate the work that goes into generating a combat-ready aircraft.

  • Aviation training relocation kicks off at Tsuiki Air Base

    Tsuiki Air Base is hosting the current iteration of the aviation training relocation program which increases operational readiness and improves interoperability with our Japanese allies. ATR is a result of the May 2006 United States-Japan roadmap for realignment implementation, a bilateral program

  • Better together: Airmen, Marines practice hot pit refueling

    Airmen from the 355th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron and Marines from the 3D Marine Logistics Group trained on hot pit refueling together to increase interoperability, equipping the services with the ability to work more efficiently as a team during real-world situations.

  • F-35s train for lethality

    Pacific Air Forces utilize various aircraft to maintain a flexible theater posture to enhance its ability to provide the Department of Defense options to support our allies and partners. The F-35As are currently deployed to Kadena Air Base, Japan, conducting integrated operations with joint partners