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18th Medical Group technicians continue screening members of Kadena for COVID-19.

Members of Kadena Air Base, Japan, enter the Keystone Theater to be screened for COVID-19, Sept. 1, 2021. Upholding Kadena’s vital role of deterring potential threats and maintaining peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific means ensuring the U.S. Air Force’s greatest asset – its Airmen – remain ready and healthy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anna Nolte)

18th Medical Group technicians continue screening members of Kadena for COVID-19.

U.S. Air Force Airmen check in for a COVID-19 test at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 1, 2021. On weekdays, the Keystone Theater provides a unique space for Airmen from the 18th Medical Group to administer pre-travel and post-travel COVID-19 tests for Kadena members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anna Nolte)

18th Medical Group technicians continue screening members of Kadena for COVID-19.

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Honorata Fernandez, 18th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron independent duty medical technician, tests a member of Kadena Air Base, Japan, for COVID-19, Aug. 31, 2021. With COVID-19 testing requirements changing due to the varying protocols used to mitigate transmission, the 18th Medical Group ensures all current safety precautions are taken. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anna Nolte)

18th Medical Group technicians continue screening members of Kadena for COVID-19.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Danielle Smith, 18th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron flight and operational medical technician, checks the label of a COVID-19 test swab sample at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 31, 2021. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly all international flights currently require proof of a negative COVID-19 test within three days of travel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anna Nolte)

18th Medical Group technicians continue screening members of Kadena for COVID-19.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Yuliet Lopez, left, 18th Dental Squadron dental assistant, organizes COVID-19 test swab samples while Staff Sgt. Killian Viles, right, 33rd Rescue Squadron independent duty medical technician, secures the cap on a COVID-19 swab at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 1, 2021. In terms of the number of assigned members, the 18th Medical Group is considered the largest free-standing ambulatory clinic in the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anna Nolte)

18th Medical Group technicians continue screening members of Kadena for COVID-19.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Yuliet Lopez, left, 18th Dental Squadron dental assistant, takes a COVID-19 test swab sample from Staff Sgt. Killian Viles, right, 33rd Rescue Squadron independent duty medical technician, at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 1, 2021. Covid-19 tests use a nasal swab to detect if an individual is currently infected with the SARS CoV 2 virus, whether they exhibit symptoms or are asymptomatic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anna Nolte)

18th Medical Group technicians continue screening members of Kadena for COVID-19.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Danielle Smith, left, 18th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron flight and operational medical technician, and Master Sgt. Honorata Fernandez, right, 8th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron independent duty medical technician, wait for the last few patients of the day at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 31, 2021. Working as COVID-19 testers is a four-month-long special duty that takes medical technicians away from their current job but plays a vital role in keeping Kadena members safe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anna Nolte)

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