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  • Kadena firefighters train on search and rescue operations

    U.S. Air Force 18th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters suppress the flames of aircraft fueling rig training station at Kadena Air Base, Japan, June 26, 2024. The Department of the Air Force Fire and Emergency Services are required to perform multiple live fire training events a year. (U.S. Air

  • 18th Medical Group receive new leader

    U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Nicholas Evans, 18th Wing commander, presided over the change of command ceremony where Col. John McFarlane, outgoing 18th MDG commander, relinquished command to Col. Lisa Guzman, incoming 18th MDG commander.

  • Yellow Jackets dominate Pacific skies

    U.S. Navy EA-18G Growlers assigned to the Electronic Attack Squadron 138 (VAQ-138) fly in formation over the Pacific Ocean, June 24, 2024. The EA-18G’s vast array of sensors and weapons provides the warfighter with a lethal and survivable weapon system to counter current and emerging threats. (U.S.

  • 18th Operations Group change of command

    U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Nicholas Evans, 18th Wing commander, presided over the change of command ceremony where Col. Henry Schantz, outgoing 18th OG commander, relinquished command to Col. David Deptula, incoming 18th OG commander. 

  • 18th CES gets the job done

    The 18th Civil Engineer Squadron conducted an emergency ground repair project at Kadena Air Base, Japan, June 10, 2024. The 18th CES mission includes daily maintenance and installation natural disaster recoveries, all while training and operating with joint and bilateral partners.

  • Kadena holds Exercise Shogun Shootout

    During Exercise Shogun Shootout, Kadena Airmen and 1-1 ADA Soldiers formed teams and competed against each other to sharpen skills necessary to maintain a free and open Indo-Pacific, May 29 - 31, 2024. Teams went head-to-head hot pit refueling, in-air refueling and completing mass casualty exercises

  • Lactation Pods bring awareness and modernization to Kadena

    With the help of The Women’s Initiative Team (WIT), Kadena now has lactation pods available for use at the Rocker Enlisted Club, Officer's Club, and Schilling Center. The ribbon cutting symbolically opens multiple lactation pods both now and in the future to ensure moms have safe, comfortable, and

  • BTF flies farther with 909th ARS support

    A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, receives fuel from a 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker during a routine Bomber Task Force mission over the South China Sea, May 31, 2024. BTF missions provide

  • Joining the backbone of the USAF

    Kadena hosted its first quarterly noncommissioned officer induction ceremony to celebrate new Staff Sgts. at the Erwin Professional Military Education Center

  • Soaring Eagles at Southern Beach

    18th Wing and Japan Air Self-Defense Force conducted bilateral exercise Southern Beach at Naha Air Base and Kadena Air Base, May 13-17, 2024. Southern Beach is held annually in an effort to enhance interoperability between U.S. Forces and host nation partners.

  • 18th Medical Group conducts Ready Eagle

    The 18th Medical Group conducted Ready Eagle, a mass casualty exercise highlighting their expertise and critical role in patient care in challenging environments.

  • Police Week opening ceremony 2024

    Police Week recognizes the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement members, paying special tribute to those who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. In 1962, U.S. President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day