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  • Exercise Valiant Shield 2020

    U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. William Blevins, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron NCO in charge of generator maintenance, positions a mat of fiber reinforced polymer for an airfield damage repair compatible with agile combat employment proof of concept during Valiant Shield 2020 at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 22, 2020. As VS20 comes to an end, the planning
  • Kadena working together

    The Kadena Air Base 18th Mission Support Group recently held their first Diversity and Inclusion Panel, where Airmen stationed at Kadena told personal stories about their life experiences growing up and while serving in the military.
  • The Role of Routine On Mental Health

    Routines anchor a person. During chaotic days or PCS moves, eating dinner at the same time, having the normal Friday night date night, doing dishes to avoid dirty dishes in the sink, or making a bed can bring the sense of “normal” when nothing else is normal. Structure provides the knots in the rope to break the fall.
  • Kadena fighters, maintainers return from CENTCOM deployment

    Members of the 44th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron and 44th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Unit recently returned to KAB from a U.S. Central Command deployment at Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • USSF stands up first-ever Okinawa unit

    The rainy Okinawa typhoon season paused for a brief moment on a warm afternoon allowing members of the 16th Space Control Squadron, 16th Expeditionary Space Flight-Alpha, the opportunity to transfer from the United States Air Force into the United States Space Force. The new USSF members are the latest from both the officer and enlisted ranks to raise their right hands and officially transfer. These members are the first USSF members on Okinawa and represent a small portion of the more than 2,400 Air Force personnel selected for transfer.
  • Kadena kicks off Fire Safety Week with fire proclamation signing

    Brig. Gen. Joel Carey, 18th Wing commander, proclaimed the week of Oct. 4 - 10 as Fire Prevention Week.
  • Team Kadena continues to fly

    Aircraft from various units assigned to Kadena Air Base, Japan launch for training missions. Team Kadena’s flexible multilateral operations capability enables combined, large force employment by U.S. and allied air units from anywhere in the world.
  • AGE Airmen work behind the scenes

    Airmen of the 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment flight work behind the scenes to ensure their inventory of equipment is ready for use on the flight line for maintenance operations and sortie support.
  • MUNS performs 100 percent inventory inspection

    U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Andrew Johnson, 18th Munitions Squadron munitions inspector, performs a munitions count inspection Sept. 10, 2020, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 18th MUNS inspectors support overall maintenance for the base’s munitions stockpile by inspecting explosives and ensuring safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin
  • 5th Air Force, USFJ commander visits Team Kadena

    U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Kevin B. Schneider, U.S. Forces Japan and Fifth Air Force commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Rick Winegardner, USFJ senior enlisted leader, visited Kadena Air Base, Japan. The visit enabled leaders to address mission readiness, counter-COVID operations, and to give recognition to distinguished Airmen across the Wing.
  • Air Force, Marines perform joint FARP training

    A U.S. Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk assigned to the 33rd Rescue Squadron descends slowly toward a landing zone Aug. 27, 2020, at Torri Station, Japan. Servicemembers from both the Marines and Air Force performed a joint forward area refueling point training event with a goal of exchanging tactics, training and procedures with each other. This type of
  • 18th CES maintains equipment

    Airman 1st Class Jeffery Haws, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron water and fuel systems maintenance apprentice, and Staff Sgt. Steven Blakeley, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron water and fuel systems maintenance journeyman, perform an attachment swap on a compact track loader Aug. 20, 2020, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 18th CES maintains the necessary
  • Team Kadena paticipates in diversity discussion

    U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Joel L. Carey, 18th Wing commander, speaks to members of Team Kadena during a diversity discussion Sept. 2, 2020, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. During the discussion, civilian attire was authorized and rank was removed from uniforms to allow for an open dialogue regardless of position or title. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff
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