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Category: 18th Wing History Features
  • 18th Wing, Kadena commemorate Korean War

    On June 25th, members of the 18th Wing at Kadena may reflect on the service of their predecessors in the Korean War.From July 1950 to the ceasefire in July 1953, members of the 18th Fighter-Bomber Group and their colleagues in the 20th Air Force at Kadena AB fought ceaselessly and valiantly in the face of overwhelming odds to turn back aggression
  • The Battle of Okinawa: 70 years later

    On the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa, Peace Prayer Park serves as a reminder of that historic battle. It is an experience of contrasts for those who visit southern Okinawa. It is acres of monuments to a great battle, scenic vistas, towering sea cliffs and solemn storytelling. But to Okinawa it is a warning to the world.With Peace Prayer
  • Tohoku earthquake and tsunami: Four years later

    Four years ago today - on March 11, 2011 - I was sitting in my office on Misawa Air Base, on the northern tip of the main island of Japan, when a massive magnitude-9 earthquake rocked the island nation.It was 2:46 p.m. and I was finishing up my shift as a Stars and Stripes reporter. It was a slow news day for me since all the Airmen were
  • The Battle of Midway remembered

    With the recent revival of Barack Obama's "pivot to Asia" plan, we would be remiss if we did not take time to remember the anniversary of one of the most important naval battles of World War II.The Battle of Midway took place June 4-7, 1942, six months after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, and involved an outnumbered U.S. Pacific fleet taking