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Kadena prepares for first typhoon of 2007

Airman 1st Class Adam Culver secures the air condition unit with a duck tape to prevent leack in the control panel at Kadena Air Base, Japan, July 11, 2007.  Typhoon Man-Yi, the first typhoon of the year for Okinawa, is expected to make the fall Friday at Kadena.  Airman Culver is assigned to the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron. U.S. photo/Airman 1st Class Sheila deVera

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Airman 1st Class Adam Culver, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron, secures the air condition unit with a duck tape to prevent leaks in the control panel here July 11. Typhoon Man-Yi, the first typhoon of the year for Okinawa, is expected to make the fall Friday here. (U.S. photo by Airman 1st Class Sheila DeVera)

Army soldiers from the 1-1 Air Defense Artillery Brigade transport Patriot Advanced Capability missiles using Hemmets at Kadena Air Base, Japan, July 11, 2007. The 1-1 ADA stored their most valuable equipment in a hangar near the flightline in preparation for Typhoon Man-Yi, the first typhoon of the year for Okinawa. Before having them stored, both the equipment and vehicle are washed at Papa ramp to prevent foreign object damage.  U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Reynaldo Ramon

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Soldiers from the 1-1 Air Defense Artillery Brigade transport Patriot Advanced Capability missiles use Hemmets here July 11. The 1-1 ADA stored their most valuable equipment in a hangar near the flightline in preparation for Typhoon Man-Yi, the first typhoon of the year for Okinawa. Before having them stored, both the equipment and vehicle are washed to prevent foreign object damage. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Reynaldo Ramon)

An Army soldier from the 1-1 Air Defense Artillery Brigade washes a Hemmet along with the Patriot Advanced Capability missile equipment at Kadena Air Base, Japan, July 11, 2007. The 1-1 ADA stored their most valuable equipment in a hangar near the flightline in preparation for Typhoon Man-Yi, the first typhoon of the year for Okinawa. Before having them stored, both the equipment and vehicle are washed at Papa ramp to prevent foreign object damage.  U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Reynaldo Ramon

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- A Soldier from the 1-1 Air Defense Artillery Brigade washes a Hemmet along with the Patriot Advanced Capability missile equipment here July 11. The 1-1 ADA stored their most valuable equipment in a hangar near the flightline in preparation for Typhoon Man-Yi, the first typhoon of the year for Okinawa. Both the equipment and vehicle are washed to prevent foreign object damage before storage. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Reynaldo Ramon)

Lance Cpl. Saysavanh Mainvong watches as Cpl. Samuel Kee secures containers onto a truck before relocating them to a secure building at Kadena Air Base, Japan, July 12, 2007 in preparation for Typhoon Man-Yi. The typhoon is the first of the year for Okinawa, is expected to make landfall Friday. The corporals are assigned to Marine Wing Liasion Kadena.  U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Sheila deVera

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan –Marine Lance Cpl. Saysavanh Mainvong watches Marine Cpl. Samuel Kee secure containers onto a truck before relocating them to a secure building here July 12in preparation for Typhoon Man-Yi. The typhoon is the first of the year for Okinawa and is expected to make landfall Friday. The Marines are assigned to Marine Wing Liasion Kadena. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sheila DeVera)

KC-135 Stratotankers from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron depart Kadena Air Base, Japan, July 12, 2007, enroute to Anderson Air Force Base, Guam as part of the base's typhoon evacuation.  In preparation for Typhoon Man-Yi, the majority of KC-135 aircraft assigned to the base are being evacuated. Typhoon Man-Yi, the first typhoon of the year for Okinawa, is expected to make landfall Friday at Kadena.  U.S. photo/Staff Sgt. Steven Nabor

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan – KC-135 Stratotankers from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron depart here enroute to Anderson Air Force Base, Guam as part of the base's typhoon evacuation July 12. In preparation for Typhoon Man-Yi, the majority of KC-135 aircraft assigned to the base are being evacuated. Typhoon Man-Yi, the first typhoon of the year for Okinawa, is expected to make landfall Friday at Kadena. (U.S. photo by Staff Sgt. Steven Nabor)

Trucks loaded with Patriot missile equipment from the 1-1 Air Defense Artillery Battalion sit inside a hangar as part of typhoon preparation at Kadena Air Base, Japan, July 12, 2007.   Typhoon Man-Yi, the first typhoon of the year for Okinawa, is expected to make landfall Friday at Kadena.  U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Steven Nabor

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Trucks loaded with Patriot missile equipment from the 1-1 Air Defense Artillery Battalion sit inside a hangar as part of typhoon preparation here July 12. Typhoon Man-Yi, the first typhoon of the year for Okinawa, is expected to make landfall here Friday. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Steven Nabor)

Andrea Clary awaits while Phillip Clary fills up a sand bag held by Brendon Clary during preparation for Typhoon Man-Yi at Kadena Air Base, Japan July 11, 2007. This is the first typhoon of 2007 for Okinawa. The three are children of Staff Sgt. Michael and Andrea Clary with the 18th Operations Support Squadron.  
U.S. Air Force Photo/Senior Airman Darnell T. Cannady

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Andrea Clary awaits while Phillip Clary fills up a sand bag held by Brendon Clary during preparation for Typhoon Man-Yi here July 11. The three are children of Staff Sgt. Michael and Andrea Clary with the 18th Operations Support Squadron. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Darnell T. Cannady)

An F-15C Eagle is towed safely to a protective aircraft shelter in preparation for Typhoon Man-Yi on Kadena Air Base, Japan, July 12, 2007. The 44th and 67th Aircraft Maintenance Units are working together to have all fighter aircraft stored before the storm arrives.  This is the first typhoon of the year for Okinawa.  U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Reynaldo Ramon

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- An F-15C Eagle is towed safely to a protective aircraft shelter in preparation for Typhoon Man-Yi here July 12. The 44th and 67th Aircraft Maintenance Units are working together to have all fighter aircraft stored before the arrival of Okinawa’s first typhoon of the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Reynaldo Ramon)

Airmen from the 18th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron tow an F-15C Eagle into a protective aircraft shelter at Kadena Air Base, Japan, July 12, 2007 in preparation for Typhoon Man-Yi which is expected to hit Okinawa Friday. It is the first typhoon of the year for the island.  U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Kasey Zickmund

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Airmen from the 18th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron tow an F-15C Eagle into a protective aircraft shelter here July 12 in preparation for Typhoon Man-Yi, which is expected to hit Okinawa Friday. It is the first typhoon of the year for the island. (U.S. Air Force by Airman 1st Class Kasey Zickmund)

Staff Sgt. Justin Farr (center) drives an aircraft handler to place an F-15C Eagle in a protective aircraft shelter at Kadena Air Base, Japan, July 12, 2007 in preparation for Typhoon Man-Yi which is expected to hit Okinawa Friday. It is the first typhoon of the year for the island. Sergeant Farr is with the 18th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.  U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Kasey Zickmund
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KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Staff Sgt. Justin Farr (center), 18th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, drives an aircraft handler to place an F-15C Eagle in a protective aircraft shelter here in preparation for Typhoon Man-Yi July 12. The typhoon, Okinawa’s first this year, is expected to hit Friday. (U.S. Air Force by Airman 1st Class Kasey Zickmund)

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- As Typhoon Man-Yi moves across the Pacific, its current path will pass over Okinawa according to base weather officials.

"Right now it should hit the island sometime Friday morning with upwards of 125-knot winds gusting to 75 knots," said Capt. Jonathan Wilson, 18th Operations Support Squadron weather flight commander. "If it moves even slightly in a westward direction, we will have a much more serious storm."

With the advance notification, base units have started typhoon preparation.

"We have already created hangaring and evacuation plans for base aircraft," said Lt. Col. John Bukowinski, 18th Maintenance Group deputy commander. "This is something we haven't done in a year, but we take it very seriously.

Base F-15s, HH-60s and the 1-1 Air Defense Artillery Battalion high value equipment as well as any non-mission capable aircraft will be sheltered in hangars and protective aircraft shelters on base. Larger base aircraft, the KC-135, RC-135, MC-130, P-3 and E-3 will evacuate at this time to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.

Across the base, units are preparing their facilities to withstand high winds by securing loose equipment and moving what can be moved indoors. Family housing members are also tying down outdoor living items that cannot be placed inside.

"Last year was a very calm year and we didn't really get hit too hard by any typhoons," said Captain Wilson. "This one could be different but it's important that no one become complacent just because last year was mild.

"Also, if we get a direct hit, do not go outside until told it is all clear," said the captain. "Many times people can be fooled by the eye of the storm when things are calm. They go outside and before they know it the other side of the system passes over and they are caught."

Last year the base went into typhoon condition preparation three times with no severe storm outcomes.