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Kadena's first responders compete in Battle of the Badges

Kadena's first responders compete in Battle of the Badges games.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Sergio Cirilo, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron driver operator and dispatcher, gives a shout out to the different teams competing in the Battle of the Badges event in his opening speech at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 8, 2021. Battle of the Badges was one of several events held during the week of the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anna Nolte)

Kadena's first responders compete in Battle of the Badges games.

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 18th Wing break a sweat playing volleyball during Battle of the Badges at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 8, 2021. First responders from the 18th Security Forces Squadron and Fire Department, including 18th Healthcare Operations Squadron medics embedded within the Fire Department, competed in outdoor recreational games such as volleyball, cornhole and Kubb during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anna Nolte)

Kadena's first responders compete in Battle of the Badges games.

18th Security Forces Squadron defenders prepare to block during a volleyball match at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 8, 2021. Battle of the Badges aimed to bring together first responders and build team morale between badge wearers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anna Nolte)

Kadena's first responders compete in Battle of the Badges games.

An 18th Healthcare Operations Squadron medic keeps score during a volleyball game during the annual Battle of the Badges competition at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 8, 2021. Battle of the Badges was one of numerous events held to bring people together and commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anna Nolte)

Kadena's first responders compete in Battle of the Badges games.

18th Security Forces Squadron defenders play cornhole during a Battle of the Badges event at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 8, 2021. Traditionally, Battle of the Badges competitions used activities related to the jobs of defenders or firefighters, but this year outdoor recreational games were played to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anna Nolte)

Kadena's first responders compete in Battle of the Badges games.

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 18th Wing play volleyball during Battle of the Badges at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 8, 2021. The Battle of the Badges games were chosen because of their competitive nature, with the goal of boosting morale and fostering camaraderie between first responders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anna Nolte)

Kadena's first responders compete in Battle of the Badges games.

A member of the Kadena Fire Department smiles after competing in a volleyball game at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 8, 2021. During Battle of the Badges, coins designed by the Fire Department commemorating 9/11 were sold to raise funds to support the 9/11 Memorial and Museum efforts to educate younger generations on the history of 9/11. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anna Nolte)

Kadena's first responders compete in Battle of the Badges games.

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Edward Mann, middle left, 18th Security Forces Squadron NCO in charge of installation security, attempts to distract the other players during a game of Kubb with Master Sgt. Kyle Houseman, middle right, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron assistant chief of operations, at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 9, 2021. Kubb is a lawn game popular in Sweden, where the object of the game is to throw wooden batons and knock over an opponents’ wooden blocks. (U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Anna Nolte)

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