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Airfield Exercise Boosts US-JPN Alliance
Airmen from the U.S. Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force huddle up prior to a rapid airfield damage repair exercise Aug. 30, 2019, at Naha Air Base, Japan. The exercise was part of a week-long bilateral partnership-building program, enhancing interoperability and preparedness between the two nations to jointly respond to contingencies. (U.S.
18th SFS hosts first-ever blood drive
The 18th Security Forces Squadron hosted their first-ever blood drive. The blood drive gave base members an opportunity to directly contribute to the well-being of others in potentially life-threatening situations.
Small shop, Big mission
The FARP team supports contingency and exercise operations to refuel aircraft while regularly maintaining their equipment ensuring mission success in austere locations where typical air-to-air refueling or established refueling stations are not available.
Right here, right now. One foot in front of the other. Breathe. These are some of the mantras Jamie Brown says to himself as he runs his seventh lap on the track under the Okinawa sun. As part of the United States Paralympic Triathlon Team, Brown has one main goal in mind: to stand on the podium at the 2020 Paralympic Games with a gold medal around his neck. He pushes his own limits time and time again to prove his will and ambition overrule the misconceptions the world may have about him.
An F-15C Eagle from the 44th Fighter Squadron refuels with a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron July 10, 2019, during a training exercise out of Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 909th ARS helps ensure a free-and-open Indo-Pacific by providing air refueling to U.S., allies and partners within the area of responsibility. (U.S. Air
Home on the Range
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jose Diaz de Leon, special mission aviator assigned to the 33rd Rescue Squadron, looks out the gunner’s window aboard an HH-60G Pave Hawk, July 31, 2019, out of Kadena Air Base, Japan. The HH-60G Pave Hawk, or Precision Avionics Vectoring Equipment, has a hoist that can lift up to 600 pounds during personnel recovery
Airman assists in saving drowned child
For his acts of heroism, U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Roger Halle, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron assistant chief of operations, was recognized by Masaharu Noguni, city of Chatan mayor, during a ceremony Aug. 19, 2019, at the Chatan Town Office.
Kadena celebrates newest staff sergeants
The Kadena Shoguns celebrate their newest staff sergeant selects during a celebration at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 23, 2019. Across the 18th Wing, 380 senior airmen were selected for promotion to staff sergeant. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton)
Kadena, Okinawa dentists share best practices
Thirty-four students from Okinawa’s White Dental Clinic toured the 18th Wing Dental Squadron’s clinic, Aug. 16, 2019, to learn the different capabilities between Japanese and American dental care facilities.
Resiliency in the midst of the reaper
Born into a military family, U.S. Air Force Capt. Cole Holloway was destined to follow both his mother and father’s footsteps into the U.S. Air Force – more specifically, to follow his father’s aviation path and become a pilot. Holloway met his goal and accomplished his dream job – he successfully became a fighter pilot in the Air Force, but early into his thrilling career, his dream came to a screeching halt.
320th STS troop one of Air Force's most Outstanding Airmen
Each year Air Force officials select 12 Airmen from a pool of 36 nominees based on their superior leadership, job performance and personal achievements to represent the service’s top enlisted members. Tech. Sgt. Kenneth O’Brien, special tactics section chief from the 320th Special Tactics Squadron, was selected as one of the 2019 Outstanding Airmen of the Year.
Thank You For Your Service
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Bryan Savella, military working dog (MWD) handler assigned to the 18th Security Forces Squadron, and U.S. Air Force Colonel Thang Doan, commander assigned to the 18th Mission Support Group, pet MWD KitKat during a MWD retirement ceremony July 26, 2019, on Kadena Air Base, Japan. MWDs are trained in a variety of
Cope Angel 2019
An HH-60G Pave Hawk from the 33rd Rescue Squadron, lowers a pararescuemen into a boat in the ocean during a water operation, July 26, 2019, out of Kadena Air Base, Japan. Members of the 33rd and 31st Rescue Squadrons from Kadena AB train and work together to provide support for combat rescue and disaster relief. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st
909th ARS participates in Red Flag-Alaska 19-3
Exercise Red Flag 19-3 provides unique opportunities to integrate various forces into joint, coalition and multilateral training from simulated forward deployed air operations.
Kadena Sentry Keeps Watch Over Indo-Pacific
An E-3 Sentry from the 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron flies during a training exercise July 10, 2019, out of Kadena Air Base, Japan. The Sentry provides all-weather surveillance, command, control, and communications in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew Seefeldt)