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One year later, 18th Wing remains vigilant against COVID-19
At the start of the pandemic, people around the world were left with questions about how to best protect themselves and their families against COVID-19. U.S. service members stationed at Kadena Air Base, Japan, were no exception. Japan reported its first case of COVID-19 on Jan. 15, 2020, and as the virus made its way across mainland to Okinawa, Team Kadena had one distinct advantage – its mission-ready posture.
Multi-Capable Airmen course innovates airpower capabilities
Thirty-two Kadena Airmen participated in the 18th Wing’s first Multi-Capable Airmen training course supporting the Agile Combat Employment concept at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Feb. 22-26, 2021. This innovative course enables Airmen to perform duties outside their Air Force specialty code, allowing for smaller, more efficient teams, which has the
Kadena Airmen motivated to receive COVID vaccine
As vaccinations for COVID-19 are being introduced around the world, more and more individuals are getting the opportunity to be vaccinated against the virus. Kadena Air Base medical staff are now administering the second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine across the base for eligible personnel who have already received the first dose.
McDaniel Center Open House
The McDaniel Center hosted their first open house of the year, commemorating innovative historical figures by renaming two classrooms, Jan. 8, 2021, at Kadena Air Base, Japan.
Kadena's AMUs complete the weapons load competition
18th Wing all-call covers 2020, what’s next
The 18th Wing commander kicked off the new year leading all-calls – with COVID-19 mitigation measures in place – to reflect on 2020 and address the way ahead for 2021 at the Rocker Enlisted Club, Jan. 7-13, 2021. In order to remain in sync and work effectively as one team, these face-to-face conversations are vital, explained U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Joel L. Carey, 18th Wing commander.
Team Kadena cultivates innovation
As the largest U.S. installation in the Asia-Pacific region, the 18th Wing is responsible for delivering decisive air and cyberspace capabilities and relies on a multitude of aspects to accomplish the mission – one of those key aspects is innovation.Previously, the innovation efforts at Kadena Air Base were formed on a volunteer basis. However,
Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine at Kadena Air Base
The 18th Medical Group has initiated the first phase of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccination on Kadena Air Base, Japan. As part of DoD strategy for prioritizing, distributing and administering the COVID-19 vaccine, those providing direct medical care and emergency services will be prioritized to receive the vaccine at units based in Japan, including Kadena AB.
Kadena’s CCATT – one of a kind
The 18th Medical Group Critical Care Air Transport Team holds a unique role compared to other CCATTs in the Air Force. Serving out of Kadena Air Base, Japan, the team is made up of 11 individuals – three physicians, three nurses and five respiratory therapists – and is responsible for the entire Pacific Air Force area of responsibility. Typically, respiratory therapists work in environments such as clinics with cardiology or pulmonary specialties, sleep lab units, cardiac catheterization labs and primarily, intensive care units. However, Kadena has no cardiopulmonary clinics or ICU and the therapists’ primary mission is supporting the CCATT – making their team different from any other team out there.
Eagle "Super Surge"
The 44th and 67th Fighter Squadrons (FS), the 44th and 67th Aircraft Maintenance Units (AMU) and the 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) conducted a week long "Super Surge." Airmen demonstrated their ability to perform as many inspections, aircraft maintenance, hot pit refuels, take-offs and landings for the F-15C Eagles in a week; the FSs, AMUs and LRS set new records for the amount of jets flown and refueled.
Air Force, Navy conduct joint RADR training
U.S. Air Force 18th Civil Engineer Squadron Airmen and Navy Mobile Construction Battalion 3 Seabees conduct a rapid airfield damage repair exercise Nov. 18, 2020, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Units throughout the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command theater conduct regular joint training in order to strengthen partnerships and interoperability.
A century of living
At nearly 101 years old, U.S. Army Retired Maj. Anthony Grant's experiences are still fresh in his mind. Like many veterans, he has a story. Although his story is one that only a fraction of people can relate to, he’s found a way to let it inspire his lifestyle – and hopefully the lifestyle of others.
44th & 67th AMUs participate in Load Crew of the Quarter Competition
Airmen from the 44th and 67th Aircraft Maintenance Units participate in the Load Crew of the Quarter Competition Oct. 30, 2020, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The load crew competition requires teams of three Airmen to load weapons onto an F-15C Eagle as quickly and accurately as possible.
Kadena Airman saves two lives at local waterfall
Most people think heroes wear capes and have secret identities. In reality, we are all mere mortals capable of amazing feats when situations call for great courage, skill and strength.Recently, Airman 1st Class Leonard Cantrell Jr., an executive communications technician with the 18th Communications Squadron, chiseled his name into the Hall of
JSTARS Shine at Kadena Air Base
The primary mission of the JSTARS team is to provide theater ground and air commanders with ground surveillance to support attack operations and targeting that contributes to the delay, disruption and destruction of enemy forces.