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  • Honoring the fallen and healing the family

    On February 17th, 2002, an Army MH-47 helicopter crashed into the Sulu Sea while conducting counterterrorist operations in the Philippines, killing 10 people, one of which was Master Sgt. William L. McDaniel II, a pararescueman with the 320th Special Tactics Squadron. Two years later a professional development center on Kadena Air Base was dedicated in his memory and is now known as the McDaniel Center.
  • Trash today, gone tomorrow

    KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Eighty volunteers from Kadena Air Base showed up early to help better the community outside of Gate 2. The Airmen showed up for a weekend trash pick-up event in the local Okinawan community. Participants spent part of their day cleaning up around neighborhoods and businesses frequented by Kadena residents.
  • Training your Dragon boat rowers

    KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Each spring on Okinawa, elaborately painted and carved boats glide across the sea during Japan’s Golden Week. Dozens of teams from local organizations and Japanese and American military branches compete to the cheering of onlookers from the nearby wharf. The Kadena Shoguns, Men and Women’s teams, are competing in the 44th Annual Naha Hari May 5th, 2018, at Tomari Wharf, Naha City, Japan.
  • Kadena's communication assistants

    Balancing a busy schedule is asked of anyone who puts on the uniform, but that schedule only gets busier as Airmen progress in rank. Once they've achieved a position at the base leadership level, they need another set of eyes to help manage their schedule ‒ making sure their time is spent efficiently for the benefit of the base, and the Air Force.
  • Learning and leading in electronic warfare

    Every career field can have it’s highs and lows, and for some there’s much more to gain than just knowing how to do the job efficiently. Often, a job can shape someone both personally and professionally creating a unique perspective on their role.
  • Generations of respect

    The pattering of rain on the leaves of the 18th Munitions Squadron wasn’t enough to keep members of the Okinawan community from gathering their tools and families for a visit to Kadena Air Base, Japan, April 20, 2018.
  • Metal Work

    Airman 1st Class Brady Motes, 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance technician, drills holes into a metal plate April 5, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron helps maintain the two F-15 Eagle squadrons stationed at Kadena. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard)
  • Kadena Goes Green

    Scouts from Boy Scouts of America Troop 102 and 109 anchor a sapling during a tree planting ceremony April 17, 2018 at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The scouts planted six trees with guidance from the 718th Civil Engineer Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard)
  • 18th FSS Brings Innovative ID Process to Kadena

    Whether it’s giving up after searching for hours and destroying the house, lost wallets, stolen purses, or even just simply dealing with an upcoming expiration date—renewing or acquiring a new dependent identification card for some may seem to be a daunting task. To alleviate hassles associated with ID card renewal, the 18th Force Support Squadron Military Personnel Section at Kadena Air Base, Japan, implemented a new process effective April 1, for dependents.
  • Remembering the Fallen

    Team Kadena honored fallen American and Filipino servicemen killed during the Bataan Death March with the 5th annual Bataan Memorial Death March, held April 7, 2018, at Kadena Air Base.
  • Can they fix it? Yes, they can!

    When an Airman gets into a government owned vehicle, the assumption is the vehicle will start up with zero issues and be able to help the Airman get from point A to point B. What may not be known is when there’s a flat tire or dead battery, the 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintenance shop has the tools and people to help get the vehicle up and running again.
  • A chat with the Chief

    With all the stripes on their sleeves and years of service under their belts, it can be hard to picture a chief master sergeant as having been a part of the “E-4 mafia,” but each enlisted leader was once a junior enlisted Airman making his or her way through the early years of their career.
  • Sharp, crisp and motionless by choice

    The 18th Wing Honor Guard welcomed a dozen new members during a ceremony March 14, after a three-day crash course training program.
  • Staying Grounded

    Most people hear “spiritual resiliency” and immediately think of one’s religious views. While a Christian myself, I don’t associate the two very closely.
  • Developing the force

    The Spring cycle for Air Force Developmental Special Duties is quickly approaching, and newly-minted NCOs may wonder what this will mean for their future in the Air Force.
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