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Kadena splits 18th FSS, activates 718th FSS

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Maj. Jama Stillwell, 718th Force Support Squadron commander, speaks to the audience during the 718th FSS activation ceremony at Kadena Air Base, July 16th, 2019. Stillwell made history as the first to command the 718th FSS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristan Campbell)

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U.S. Air Force Col. Thang T. Doan, 18th Mission Support Group commander, passes the 718th Force Support Squadron guideon to Maj. Jama Stillwell, 718th FSS commander, during the 718th FSS activation ceremony at Kadena Air Base, July 16,th 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristan Campbell)

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Mrs. Victoria Fragomeli, 18th Force Support Squadron director, speaks during the 18th FSS change of command ceremony at Kadena Air Base, July 18, 2019. Mrs. Fragomeli assumed leadership of the 18th FSS and shared her perspective with the squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristan Campbell)

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U.S. Air Force Col. Thang T. Doan, 18th Mission Support Group commander, presents the guideon to to Mrs. Victoria Fragomeli, current 18th Force Support Squadron director, during the 18 FSS change of command ceremony at Kadena Air Base, July 16th, 2019. Col. Gilbert Brian Eddy, former 18th FSS commander, relinquished command to Mrs. Victoria Fragomeli, current 18th FSS director. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristan Campbell)

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U.S. Air Force Col. Gilbert Brian Eddy, former 18th Force Support Squadron commander, speaks to audience members after with the Legion of Merit award during the 18th FSS change of command and 718th Force Support Squadron activation at Kadena Air Base, July 16, 2019. During the speech, Eddy shared his experiences leading the 18th FSS and thanked the men and women of the squadron under his command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristan Campbell)

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U.S. Air Force Col. Thang T. Doan, 18th Mission Support Group commander, presents Col. Gilbert Brian Eddy with the Legion of Merit award during the 18th Force Support Squadron change of command and 718th Force Support Squadron activation at Kadena Air Base, July 16th, 2019. Eddy received the award for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements while commanding the 18th FSS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristan Campbell)

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U.S. Air Force Airmen from the Kadena Air Base Honor Guard present the colors during the playing of the national anthem, at Kadena Air Base, July 16th, 2019. The detail was there as part of the 18th Force Support Squadron change of command and 718th Force Support Squadron activation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristan Campbell)

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan --

Kadena Air Base activated a new squadron, the 718th Force Support Squadron, during the 18th Force Support Squadron change of command at Kadena Air Base, July 16, 2019.

Col. Thang T. Doan, 18th Mission Support Group commander, presided over the ceremony. He said, “The revised organizational structure right-sizes the scope of responsibility, provides the squadron commander with a tailored mission focus, and dramatically increases whitespace to effectively lead Airmen.”

The change aligns with two elements of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein’s squadron revitalization initiative to ensure squadrons are correctly sized and properly organized. Doan said the action improves the scope of responsibilities for commanders, allowing them to lead their squadrons more effectively.

During the ceremony, 18th FSS Commander Col. Gilbert Brian Eddy passed command to Ms. Victoria Fragomeli, who assumed duties as the 18th FSS Director. Directly following, Maj. Jama Stillwell assumed command of the newly activated 718th FSS.

“Vicky and Jama, I look forward to seeing the goodness you both will bring to each organization,” Eddy said. “It is with my hope that your joint leadership will continue to foster the relationship between the 18th and 718th Force Support Squadrons, and continue to provide unrivaled support to Okinawa and Oahu.”

Although the 718 FSS is newly activated, it traces its lineage through the 18th FSS, which traces its own lineage back as far as 1948 when the 18th Food Service Squadron was created. Throughout its activation to present, the 18th FSS has been renamed several times while maintaining campaign streamers and citations as far back as March 1953.

The new 718th FSS includes Military and Civilian Personnel and Manpower offices, library, Risner Fitness Center, dining facilities, Shogun Inn, laundry services, and Education and Training.

The change will not impact customers as there will be no loss in services or programs currently provided.

For upcoming news about the 718th FSS, 18th Change of command, or their histories, please visit https://www.kadenafss.com/ or https://www.afhra.af.mil.