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18th MUNS Clears Shrines for Okinawan Residents

Airmen work together to clear branches, leaves and overgrown vegetation at a shrine

U.S. Airmen from 18th Munitions Squadron clear shrubbery from a shrine at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Dec. 15, 2021. The Airmen cleared shrines and the paths to them in order for locals to come and pay their respects to their ancestors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cesar J. Navarro)

An Airman rakes leaves off of the top of a shrine

U.S. Air Force Airman Aronde Kyle, 18th Munitions Squadron conventional maintenance scheduler, cleans off the top of a shrine at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Dec. 15, 2021. Airmen used saws, rakes and machetes to clear vegetation from various shrines, making them accessible to Okinawans who want to pay their respects at these locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cesar J. Navarro)

An Airman smiles as he clears vegetation from a shrine

U.S. Airman Aronde Kyle, 18th Munitions Squadron conventional maintenance scheduler, clears shrubbery from a shrine at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Dec. 15, 2021. Airmen who tackled this project expressed appreciation for being able to spend the day serving the Okinawan community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cesar J. Navarro)

An Airman cuts down a tree with a machete

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Michael Lytkowski, 18th Munitions Squadron conventional maintenance crew chief, chops down a tree at a shrine on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Dec. 15, 2021. The Airmen used saws, rakes and machetes to clear vegetation from various shrines, making them accessible to Okinawans who want to pay their respects at these locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cesar J. Navarro)

An Airman stands poses in the middle of the vegetation that he is clearing with a machete

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Michael Lytkowski, 18th Munitions Squadron conventional maintenance crew chief, smiles as he clears shrubbery at a shrine at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Dec. 15, 2021. Airmen who tackled this project expressed appreciation for being able to spend the day serving the Okinawan community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cesar J. Navarro)

An Airman climbs up through the jungle path that leads to a shrine

U.S. Air Force Airman Aronde Kyle, 18th Munitions Squadron conventional maintenance scheduler, climbs through foliage covering the path to shrines at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Dec. 15, 2021. The Airmen cleaned the site as an act of good faith to our neighbors and allies on Okinawa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cesar J. Navarro)

An Airman rakes up leaves in front of a shrine

U.S. Air Force Airman Aronde Kyle, 18th Munitions Squadron conventional maintenance scheduler, rakes away debris in front of a shrine at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Dec. 15, 2021. The Airmen cleaned the site as an act of good faith to our neighbors and allies on Okinawa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cesar J. Navarro)

Two Airmen talk to each other next to a shrine

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Michael Lytkowski, left, 18th Munitions Squadron conventional maintenance crew chief, and Airman Aronde Kyle, right, 18th MUNS conventional maintenance scheduler, clear off the top of a shrine at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Dec. 15, 2021. The Airmen cleared shrines and the paths to them in order for locals to come and pay their respects to their ancestors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cesar J. Navarro)

Airmen put shrubbery they cleared from a shrine in bags

U.S. Airmen from 18th Munitions Squadron clean up shrubbery in front of a shrine at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Dec. 15, 2021. The Airmen who tackled this project expressed appreciation for being able to spend the day doing a favor for the Okinawan community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cesar J. Navarro)

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