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Kadena E-5 becomes first PACAF enlisted ASO
Recently, the Air Force made the decision to send highly qualified enlisted members to the air surveillance officer training course.
18th Dental Squadron creates COVID-19 test swabs
While we’ve seen no new cases of COVID-19 on Okinawa, the threat of the pandemic is still very real. The Regional Dental Laboratory, which falls under the 18th Dental Squadron, has played an instrumental role in the 18th Wing’s innovation efforts to help flatten the curve. The RDL wasted no time in using their 3D printing capabilities to create face shields, door handle openers, and other personal protective equipment when protective measures were first implemented on base.
‘Walk for Unity’ brings Team Kadena together, builds understanding
The 18th Wing hosted a 5K “Walk for Unity” on Kadena Air Base, June 20, 2020. The event signified Team Kadena’s commitment to bringing the community together and resolving racial divides and inequalities in our nation and Air Force.
Innovative Dental Swabs
The 18th Dental Squadron on Kadena Air Base, Japan put their skills to the test by 3-D printing naso-pharyngeal swabs to test any potential COVID-19 patients. The dental lab is working diligently to ensure the swabs are approved for testing use. (U.S. Air Force video by Airman 1st Class Rebeckah Medeiros)
Air Force, Army work together to save a life
Despite the challenges COVID-19 has caused across the globe, U.S. military members from the Republic of Korea and Japan came together to ensure a valued team member received the life-saving surgery he required. Service members from the Air Force and Army worked together ensuring this member was able to have his surgery as soon as possible. The service member’s name … Military Working Dog Quinto.
Kadena F15s deploy to USCENTCOM
An F-15C Eagle takes off from Kadena Air Base, Japan, April 28, 2020, headed for the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. Members of the 18th Wing deployed to CENTCOM to defend U.S. and partner nation interests in the region and preserve the international rules-based order. While the 44th Fighter Squadron and support personnel contribute to
Future Ops maintains counter COVID-19 momentum
As Team Kadena leaders consider how to implement and update force health protection measures, the Future Operations team, or FUOPS, works behind the scenes to arm decision makers with situational awareness and knowledge to make the most informed decisions. The FUOPS mission enhances leaders’ abilities to protect families while maintaining mission readiness during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Housing office provides safe, clean homes for families, ensures mission readiness
Okinawa Military Housing has worked to protect service members and families as well as their employees by providing available homes, protective equipment and enforcing social distancing wherever possible. Providing a safe and clean home allows service members who arrive at Kadena AB to focus on their mission knowing their families are taken care of.
28th Bomb Wing, 18th Wing conduct South China Sea mission, demonstrate global presence
U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers from the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., refuel with a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron during a 32-hour round-trip sortie to conduct operations over the Pacific as part of a joint U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) Bomber Task Force (BTF) mission April 30, 2020. This operation demonstrates the U.S. Air Force’s dynamic force employment model in line with the National Defense Strategy’s objectives of strategic predictability with persistent bomber presence, assuring allies and partners.
Kadena 3D prints shields in COVID-19 fight
As experts search for vaccines, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) shortages have become a critical issue during the outbreak of COVID-19. Many companies, individuals, and institutions have stepped up to fulfill this growing demand – Kadena Air Base is no exception. By utilizing the resources and talents of Airmen across Team Kadena, the Wing Innovations team determined how to best assist their community.
67th Aircraft Maintenance Unit
Members of the 67th Aircraft Maintenance Unit conduct an oil inspection on an F-15C Eagle at Kadena Air Base. The technicians collect samples to ensure the oil is clean and free of metal shavings and sediment. Airmen of Team Kadena rise to the challenge every day to ensure we are mission ready in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific.
Kadena Air Base take offs
F-15C Eagles and KC-135 Stratotankers launch out of Kadena Air Base on April 9, 2020. This dynamic duo is critical to the U.S.-Japan Alliance as they work in tandem to ensure a Free and Open Indo-Pacific.
909th ARS continues mission through tough times
Team Kadena is postured to protect its forces against COVID-19 while also maintaining mission readiness in support of the U.S.-Japan Alliance. The 909 ARS conducts aerial refueling missions throughout the region ensuring a free and open Indo-Pacific.
With health protective measures, Kadena Airmen remain mission-focused
F-15 Eagles and HH-60 Pave Hawks take off into the sky. Despite increased health protective measures, Kadena Airmen maintain focus on the mission to support a free and open Indo-Pacific.