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  • 18th SFS, 1st SFG conduct active shooter training exercise

    Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), apprehend a simulated active shooter during an active shooter exercise on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Dec. 13, 2022. During the exercise, joint forces were able to increase efficiency with their communication skills, weapons

  • 18 SFS conducts OC spray training

    Defenders assigned to the 18th Security Forces Squadron execute oleoresin capsicum spray training at Kadena Air base, Japan, Dec. 12, 2022. Security Forces Airmen are exposed to OC spray prior to being certified to carry it so they are aware of its effects on the suspects and themselves.

  • Kadena AB concludes readiness exercise

    Airmen assigned to the 18th Wing recently concluded a routine operational readiness exercise designed to sharpen skills needed to ensure security and stability of the lndo-Pacific in any contested environment. The week-long exercise extensively tested the wing’s ability to rapidly respond to a

  • 31st RQS Airmen receive award for saving local

    Members from the 31st Rescue Squadron received a certificate of appreciation from members of the Kadena Town Nirai Fire Dept. for saving a local man's life at the KTNFD, Japan, Dec. 1, 2022.

  • 33 RQS conducts Large Force Exercise

    The 33rd Rescue Squadron and 31st RQS performed water rescue operations over the Pacific Ocean, Nov. 22, 2022. The 33rd RQS conducts extensive training in various rescue scenarios to ensure they are ready to effectively respond to real-world contingencies.

  • 909th ARS refuels Eagles, Raptors

    The 909th Air Refueling Squadron coordinated with F-15C Eagles and F-22A Raptors to perform aerial refueling over the Pacific Ocean, Nov. 30, 2022. Kadena's ability to rapidly deploy a variety of aircraft demonstrates its commitment to the safety and security of the Indo-Pacific region.

  • 909th ARS keeps Raptors in fight

    The 909th Air Refueling Squadron conducted aerial refueling with F-22 Raptors assigned to the 3rd Wing over the Pacific Ocean, Nov. 23, 2022. The presence of U.S. military personnel and assets in Japan ensures regional stability and security beneficial to all nations in the Indo-Pacific.

  • Aerial refueling keeps Eagles in flight

    F-15C Eagles assigned to the 18th Wing conducted aerial refueling with a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron Nov. 22, 2022. With the assistance from the KC-135, aircraft are able to stay in the air for longer durations, maximizing the capability to ensure regional

  • 18th LRS, JASDF improve cryogenics interoberability

    Senior Airman Nathaniel Hayashida, left, 18th Component Maintenance Squadron electrical and environmental journeyman, and a Japan Air Self-Defense Force cryogenics technician, fill a liquid oxygen cart during the aviation training relocation program at JASDF Tsuiki Air Base, Nov. 18, 2022. Members

  • Airpower Assembled: Kadena Airmen launch the fleet

    U.S. Air Force aircraft line up on the runway during a capabilities demonstration at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 22, 2022. Kadena’s ability to rapidly generate U.S. airpower is a vital function of its mission to ensure the stability and security of the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by

  • Shogun 1 Flies for Keen Sword

    U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. David Eaglin, 18th wing commander, flies an F-15C Eagle in support of Keen Sword 23 at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 17, 2022. The U.S. is committed to conducting exercises with partners and Allies, and will continue to send the most advanced military forces to the region to

  • USAF, JASDF increase capabilities with bilateral training

    A 1st Special Operations Squadron loadmaster prepares to guide a CV-22 Osprey assigned to the 21st Special Operations Squadron during a bilateral air-to-air refueling maneuver in the sea and airspace north of Miyakojima Island/Taramajima Island, Oct. 27, 2022. Search and rescue training like this

  • 909th ARS supports exercise Keen Sword

    U.S. Air Force SSgt. Andrew Chase, 909th ARS boom operator, delivers fuel to an F-15C Eagle during a flight over the Pacific Ocean in support of exercise Keen Sword 23, Nov. 17, 2022. Bilateral exercises allow U.S. military and Japan Self-Defense Forces to work together across a variety of areas to