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  • Shogun One completes fini flight

    U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Case Cunningham, 18th Wing commander, climbs out of the cockpit of an F-15 Eagle after his final, or fini flight as wing commander at Kadena Air Base, Japan, June 27, 2019. For many aircrew, the fini flight is a way to recognize and honor fellow aviators as one who can now hang their hat with the many Airmen who have gone before them.
  • Air Force stands up Air Force Medical Readiness Agency

    In a ceremony Friday at the Defense Health Headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia, the Air Force Medical Service stood up a new field operating agency, the Air Force Medical Readiness Agency. Lt. Gen. Dorothy Hogg, Air Force Surgeon General, and Brig. Gen. Mark Koeniger, incoming AFMRA commander, spoke at the ceremony, heralding a new era in Air Force Medicine.
  • Taking Initiative: These Airmen take a stand against drunken driving

    Airmen from across Kadena are taking initiative and preventing alcohol-related incidents across Okinawa's military community.
  • Triage at 30,000 feet

    Airmen from the 18th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron go over their electronic flight books onboard a KC-135 Stratotanker during an exercise May 8th, 2019, out of Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 18th AES maintains a forward operating presence and supports medical contingencies in a free-and-open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class
  • Young Tigers Fuel Wolf Pack

    Two F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 8th Fighter Wing, Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, fly during a training exercise June 18, 2019. The 8th FW provides worldwide deployable forces with a sustained forward presence focused on maintaining a free-and-open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew Seefeldt)
  • Typhoon Forecasters

    Rivalry remains a healthy cornerstone of the U.S. armed forces, but when push comes to shove, Airmen, Marines, Soldiers and Sailors put differences aside to unlock their potential. Such is the case during natural disasters, where joint weather teams band together, ensuring the safety of those in range of cataclysmic disasters.  Typhoons are inevitable on the island of Okinawa, but for every storm on the horizon, there’s a team ready and qualified to safeguard U.S. assets and personnel. Enter the Joint Weather Okinawa team (JWO). 
  • EMS Airmen ensure Kadena's aircraft are ready for flight

    Equipment Maintenance Squadron personnel are responsible for providing and maintaining essential support capabilities.
  • Missouri Airmen conduct annual field training at KAB

    The 139th Logistics Readiness Squadron from Rosecrans Air National Guard Base, Missouri, conducted aerial port freight operations training in conjunction with the 733rd Air Mobility Squadron, at Kadena Air Base, Japan June 12, 2019.
  • Crew Chief of the Year

    Crew chiefs direct aircraft maintenance crews and ensure that all inspections and maintenance procedures are performed correctly and safely.
  • 18th EMS Airmen take care of Kadena Aircraft's tires

    Aircraft tires must be periodically replaced so the wheel and tire shop takes those wheels, inspects and washes them so they can be reused.
  • NICU Transportation Course

    U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Mackenzie Antley, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit nurse assigned to the 18th Medical Operations Squadron, discusses vital signs during a NICU transportation course June 5, 2019, on Kadena Air Base, Japan. The NICU transportation course goes over the roles and responsibilities necessary when transporting an infant patient, what
  • 18th EMS works phase inspection

    Crew chiefs are responsible for ensuring every part of the jet is in safe, working order.
  • Heavy Metal

    U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Adam Decker, south aerospace ground equipment section chief assigned to the 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, demonstrates how to use the hydraulic test stand during a bilateral training exercise with the Japan Air Self-Defense Force May 23, 2019, on Kadena Air Base, Japan. This bilateral training exercise focused on
  • Okinawa Snake Safety 101

    A Taiwanese Habu Snake, or Protobothrops Mucrosquamatus, watches onlookers from the corner of a terrarium at the Entomology Pest Management Section, June 5, 2019, At Kadena Air Base, Japan. The Taiwanese Habu snake is an invasive species that is not only harmful to the ecosystem, but also venomous and poses a danger to humans on the island. (U.S.
  • Crew Chief Ceremony

    Airmen from the 44th and 67th fighter squadron recite the dedicated crew chief’s creed. Along with the responsibility of being assigned to a specific aircraft comes the time-honored tradition of painting the dedicated crew chief’s name on the side of the aircraft.