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  • IPE is where you want to be

    The Materiel Management Flight on Kadena Air Base is one of four flights that make up the 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron, the largest LRS in the Air Force.The Airmen of the flight are responsible for issuing both training and real-world individual protective equipment to Kadena personnel for exercises and deployments, keeping them safe and
  • Less Than a Beer: A Tale of Two Capes

    (Editor's Note: This is the fourth in a series of stories built on the challenge of "less than a beer." The goal is to provide the Kadena Air Base community with information on interesting places to explore on Okinawa that are cheaper to visit than buying one beer.)Incredible ocean views, a gigantic replica of a mythical "shisa," and enough room
  • Kadena Airmen get RIP’d

    More than a hundred Airmen gather at the dimly-lit Kadena High School track, up and at 'em before the first rays of morning sun are even peeking over the horizon.Master Sgt. Derek Allar, running improvement program creator and head coach, checks his watch and decides it is time to get started. After a quick roll call, the Airmen break into smaller
  • Through Airmen’s Eyes: 18th CMS NCO inspires excellence

    Kadena is home to an array of aircraft designed to perform an assortment of mission sets from cargo transportation to air superiority, but mission accomplishment can't be done without the support of ground crew.That's why it takes a team of fuel systems experts from the 18th Component Maintenance Squadron like Staff Sgt. Thomas Lewellen to ensure
  • Through Airmen's Eyes: Better than owning a racecar

    Two figures casually, yet confidently, walk to their flightline parking spot, awaiting the arrival of their aircraft. The screams of an F-16 Fighting Falcon approach. Both Airmen exchange a glance and flow into the motions of parking the jet.It almost looks like a dance."It's like we know exactly what to do and how to communicate without saying a
  • Through Airmen's Eyes: Kadena's own Civil Air Patrol Airman

    As a first lieutenant in the Civil Air Patrol on Kadena Air Base, Chance Sheek is an emergency services training officer, communications officer and he oversees all of the cadet training. But during the week day, he is a Senior Airman in the 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron working as a vehicle operations vehicle operator.Chance first became
  • Through Airmen's Eyes: FTAC instructor by day, Spin instructor by night

    With her energetic voice, she commands the group as they pedal vigorously in the dimly lit, music-filled exercise room.As she guides the rapidly exhausting class members through the rigorous Spin workout from her lead stationary bicycle, it becomes more and more evident: leading is in her blood.This instructor doesn't just lead the Spin class;
  • Being a good ambassador: Curfew violation

    Service members are ambassadors to the local Okinawan people and as such, are responsible for maintaining a good relationship with the community.Having a curfew is currently a fact of life here in Okinawa and it's service members responsibility to abide by that curfew policy."I think some people end up violating curfew because they think they won't
  • Balancing career, family through career intermission program

    Being in the U.S. military can be a tough balance between career and family. For some, it comes down to the choice of one or the other; however, for former U.S. Air Force Capt. Katie Evans, 18th Force Support Squadron manpower and personnel flight commander, it's about keeping both.Evans took a sabbatical from her U.S. Air Force career using the
  • Alcohol, safety, summertime and you

    Summertime on Okinawa is the perfect time for all of your favorite outdoor activities. There are countless campsites, just as many hiking trails and if you walk in one direction for long enough you are guaranteed to end up at a beach.This summer on Okinawa is different for Status of Forces Agreement personnel because it is the first summer in about
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