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The jets come in, the jets go out
Most people in the Air Force are well aware of the pilots and maintainers behind the flying aircraft, but what about the ones looking, listening and communicating? From one of the oldest and smallest towers in the Department of Defense, air traffic controllers with the 18th Operations Support Squadron watch over aircraft and pilots alike by monitoring both, the airfield and airspace.
Walking with the Green Feet
The Airmen of the 31st Rescue Squadron provide invaluable rescue services and conduct training, ranging from fast-rope rescue drills over land and sea to practice insertions by parachuting from aircraft. Those that do the job perform their duties quickly and effectively, but they could never pull it off without the work that goes on behind the
Maintaining refuelers: keeping jets in the air
While everyone seems to know the importance of putting aircraft in the sky, some may not understand the amount of support that goes into successful air power. The 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron Vehicle Maintenance – more specifically members of the refueling maintenance shop – knows just what it takes to support the mission. Vehicle maintenance deals with any and all government owned vehicles; from excavators and forklifts to firetrucks and security forces cars and trucks. Within that array lies the refueling trucks – a key component to getting jets off of Kadena Air Base’s runway and into the air.
Shells on shells on shells
When “the office” takes up nearly 6,000 acres, it’s no stretch to claim being the largest. The 18th Munitions Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, can say just that, occupying a large portion of the base and standing as the most expansive conventional munitions storage area in the Air Force. Being as massive as the 18th MUNS is comes with challenges
It’s a hard bark life
An overlooked part of the Air Force’s enlisted force happens to walk on four feet, rather than two. These fearless warriors are trained to get into areas the human body can’t, to make sure there’s no danger present to their counterparts.
Doctor, doctor: give me the news
Being a doctor may seem glamorous from movies and television, but as U.S. Air Force Maj. Geoffrey Garst, 31st Rescue Squadron flight surgeon, can attest, it is not what it may seem.
Entering the jet stream
The reasons why people serve and what drives them to be more can often be lost. For U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Gayla Waddy, 18th Wing Professional Military Education instructor, her “why” starts with her grandfather – Bobby Huggins.
A living testament to Kadena’s heritage
From living in the barracks and shining shoes at nine years old to having the respect and admiration of nearly a dozen generals. After more than 50 years of service to the U.S. military, Tatsuo “Jimmy” Schwartz has solidified his position as a large part of Kadena’s heritage. Jimmy has been around the U.S. military since his early childhood and has
When you're up a creek: 33rd Rescue Squadron
Blue. Everything is an endless monotone of bluewater and a cerulean sky without a cloud to be spoken for. The salt scorchesevery cut and scrape without mercy while the sun tries to do the same to anyexposed flesh. With no wind to pull it away, the heat beats down relentlessly.The silence is deafening until a small, rapid beating sound can be heard
33rd HMU ensures aircraft are ready to deploy
HH-60G Pave Hawk aircrews from the 33rd Rescue Squadron count on their maintainers for both their lives and the lives of those they rescue.