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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Joseph Cristi, fire emergency services firefighter assigned to the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron, goes through a decontamination station during a hazardous material training exercise July 11, 2019, on Kadena Air Base, Japan. Airmen exposed to a hazardous chemical must be decontaminated before they take off their Level A
Kadena historian deploys to SE Asia
Deployments are a common occurrence throughout the armed forces. This holds true for both the uniformed service members as well as their civilian counterparts. According to the U.S. Air Force’s website, around 400 civilians a year join their military teammates in Afghanistan, Iraq and other locations around the world. Recently, the 18th Wing’s History office chief, William P. McEvoy, became one of those teammates.
Meet Kadena's Newest DoD Fire Academy Graduates
Kazuki Machida and Brian Arime, firefighters assigned to the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron, pose for portraits in front of Fire Station 1, July 23, 2019 at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The two graduated from the DoD Fire Academy, where they learned the basics of firefighting and emergency services. The curriculum covered a wide variety of subjects such as aircraft and structural fires, handling hazardous materials, emergency care and transport, CPR, AED usage, forcible entry, search and rescue and patient transport. The training gives firefighters knowledge, understanding and confidence to fight fires and emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristan Campbell)
VR training program receives Spark Tank Innovation funding
An Airman from the 18th Maintenance Group avionics flight uses a virtual reality headset to conduct training at Kadena Air Base, July 19, 2019. The avionics flight won funding from the Kadena Spark Tank Innovation competition in May 2019, and will use those funds to better develop the program for avionics training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior
Mental Health issues are common
(This is the first of a series of mental health articles to be published over the next several months.) The Kadena Air Base mental health clinic provides counseling and patient education services to Airmen and their families daily. Some service members think seeking help from the mental health clinic will ruin their career. Lt. Col. Joel Foster, 18th Medical Operations Squadron mental health flight commander, explained how that myth can cause serious problems for members.
Identifying Fraudulent Activity
Your unit and your Air Force need your help to identify and report fraudulent activities that deprive us all of precious resources. In addition to major crimes, counterintelligence and technology protection missions, a significant amount of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations’ (AFOSI) resources are dedicated to investigating fraud allegations.
Joint CBRN Exercise
Members of a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear response team collect samples of a hazardous substance found a simulated incident scene during the Joint and Coalition CBRN Response Exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, July 18, 2019.
Kadena Bats Fly in the Light
Two F-15C Eagles from the 44th Fighter Squadron fly during a training exercise July 10, 2019, out of Kadena Air Base, Japan. The Eagle can be armed with combinations of four different air-to-air weapons: AIM-7F/M Sparrow missiles or AIM-120 AMRAAM advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles on its lower fuselage corners, AIM-9L/M Sidewinder or
Technical Sergeant Release Party 2019
More than 250 staff sergeants from around the 18th Wing celebrate their promotion to technical sergeant on Kadena Air Base, July 19, 2019. The promotees are charged with being their organizations’ technical experts, and must continuously strive to further their development as technicians, supervisors and leaders through on- and off-duty
Maintaining the Fight
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Hannah Cayton, F-15C Eagle assistant dedicated crew chief assigned to the 44th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, cleans an aircraft during pre-flight inspections July 2, 2019, on Kadena Air Base, Japan. The life of a dedicated crew chief requires non-stop dedication, day and night, to maintain air-to-air combat superiority.
Kadena splits 18th FSS, activates 718th FSS
Kadena Air Base activated a new squadron, the 718th Force Support Squadron, during the 18th Force Support Squadron change of command at Kadena Air Base, July 16, 2019. Col. Thang T. Doan, 18th Mission Support Group commander, presided over the ceremony. He said, “The revised organizational structure right-sizes the scope of responsibility, provides the squadron commander with a tailored mission focus, and dramatically increases whitespace to effectively lead Airmen.”
Weapons Load Crew of the Quarter
U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 67th Aircraft Maintenance Unit and the 44th Aircraft Maintanence Unit are recognized for competing in the weapons load crew competition at Kadena Air Base, Japan, July 1, 2019. The weapons load competition is held between the 67th and 44th AMUs to determine the best weapons load crew members on Kadena.
Tools of the Trade
Every consolidated toolkit has specialized tools for maintainers from different duties to conduct their jobs.
Brig. Gen. Joel Carey takes helm of Kadena's 18th Wing
Brig. Gen. Case Cunningham relinquished command of Kadena Air Base’s 18th Wing to Brig. Gen. Joel Carey during a change of command ceremony. Lt. Gen. Kevin Schneider, U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force commander, presided over the event held inside a hangar where Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and distinguished guests welcomed the new commander.
Taking Initiative: Samira's Story
Drunken driving and alcohol-related incidents put lives and careers at risk of a tragic end. The consequences impact not only the victim and the offender, but the mission and welfare of the community. While Okinawa’s bars and izakayas may offer some of the best food, drinks and entertainment on the island, the Kadena Shoguns take a firm stance against drunken driving.