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  • Making Waves

    The Kadena Shoguns Women’s Dragon Boat team practice at the Fairchild Pool Feb. 7, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The Kadena Shoguns Women’s Dragon Boat Team is defending their Best U.S. Women’s Dragon Boat Team title against both the Army and Navy women’s dragon boat teams. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard)
  • Phasing the Pavehawk

    Imagine a classic car, each door is taken off and every part of the interior removed, nothing is left except for the shell. Every part of the vehicle is cataloged and inspected before it’s restored. Just like that classic car, every time an HH-60G Pavehawk reaches 600 flight hours at Kadena Air Base, it has to be dismantled, inspected and then put back together to keep it in pristine condition.
  • Pull to Eject

    Let’s be honest, when people think about the mission of the Air Force, they generally think of the aircraft and the pilots, then the individuals working out on the flightline keeping said aircraft flying. But what about the Airmen that make sure the pilots are good to go? What about the small behind-the-scenes shops that have a major impact on the safety of those pilots?
  • SECAF Heather Wilson visits Team Kadena

    Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson visited Kadena Air Base Feb. 1 and 2, 2018, for the first time since taking the position. Secretary Wilson met with members across the installation to discuss her priorities of readiness, innovation and modernization, as well as listening to their ideas and how they do their jobs. “I really enjoyed getting
  • Dealing out care from land, sea and air

    Medical personnel from the Army, Navy and Air Forceconducted a field training exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26. The training tested their ability to process a large amountof patients in the event of a disaster or contingency operation.U.S. Army 1-1 Air Defense Artillery Regiment and U.S. Navymedical personnel assisted with the
  • Cloudy With A Chance of Lightning

    U.S. Air Force Capt. Ryan Fantasia, 34th Fighter Squadron pilot, performs preflight inspections inside the cockpit of an F-35A Lightning II Jan. 26, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. While a first in-theater for the F-35A, the U.S. Marine Corps F-35B variant has been stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, since January 2017. (U.S. Air
  • Nowhere but up – one key to success

    Why are you here? It’s a question I was asked when I recently attended the Senior NCO Professional Enhancement Seminar at the McDaniel Center. The answer I had but declined to give because of its snarky nature and somewhat negative tone was simple – because I was told I had to be.
  • Rude Rams ready to Rumble

    U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Austin House, 388th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, prepares an F-35A Lightning II for flight Jan. 24, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Rotational forces are integral to increasing our military combat capabilities, which are essential to U.S. power projection and security obligations. (U.S. Air Force photo
  • Showing how to tell

    U.S. Air Force officers from four different units spent theweek at Kadena Air Base, Japan, with nine of their Japan Self-Defense Forcecounterparts exchanging their best practices and reinforcing lessons learnedfrom previous exchanges.The main focus of the event was to increase interoperabilitybetween the two nations during exercises and potential
  • Get your oxygen and fuel checked here

    When a pilot is taking off, the last thing they should have to worry about is the ability to breathe clean air, or having contaminated fuel in the aircraft. Without quality assurance checks, they may not have the peace of mind needed to perform at the highest level.
  • The thunder rolls when the Lightning flies

    U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jacob Valdez, 34th Aircraft Maintenance unit crew chief, renders a salute to Maj. Matthew Olson, F-35A Lightning II pilot from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Jan. 25, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Rotational forces are integral to increasing our military capabilities, which are essential to U.S. security obligations.
  • AFE insurance aircrews count on

    Whether roaring through the air at mach 2, transporting personnel, hauling cargo or refueling other aircraft, aircrews at Kadena Air Base, Japan, rely on the hard work and keen eyes of aircrew flight equipment Airmen. The 18th Operation Support Squadron Aircrew Flight Equipment is the main training and equipment inspection hub for other AFE units across Kadena. These services provide vital support to combat ready forces across the Pacific.
  • Bilateral Integration

    Japan Air Self-Defense Force members and U.S. Air Force Airmen pose for a photo in front of a U.S. F-35A Lightning II during a tour January 12, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. While attending the event, senior officers, warfighters and F-35A experts discussed a range of topics related to integrating the new capabilities of the U.S. Air Force’s 5th
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    Every year, the third Monday of January brings the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a day representing a call to end racism, the pursuit of true equal opportunity and the famed “I have a dream” speech. For some people, the celebration of King means so much more. While some may see this as a holiday for people of African American heritage or descent, Coretta Scott King once said, “This is not a black holiday; it’s a people’s holiday.” Dr. King isn’t just an inspiration for those who have experienced racism, but for individuals from all walks of life. For Chief Master Sgt. Gemma Clark, 18th Medical Group superintendent at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Dr. King is a source of pride – a motivator.
  • Fuel up and power on

    U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Devin Moore, 67th Fighter Squadron crew chief, checks and installs a panel on an F-15 Eagle Jan. 11, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Aircraft assigned to Kadena support a variety of missions and exercises throughout the Indo-Asia Pacifica area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Quay Drawdy)