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  • 909th ARS keeps the Marines flying

    A U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet pulls away from a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker from Kadena Air Base after refueling over the Pacific Jan. 3, 2024. Conducting joint operations enhances the lethality and readiness of U.S. forces and its ability to project superior airpower to the Indo-Pacific

  • Patriots on parade at Kadena Veterans Day Parade

    U.S. military members, veterans and their families participate in the 9th Annual Veterans Day Parade at Kadena Air Base. Veterans Day originated as Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919 and marked the first anniversary of the end of World War I.

  • 5th Air Force command visits Kadena

    5th Air Force leadership visited Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 27-28, 2023. During their visit, 5th Air Force leadership spoke with service members and facility managers from various squadrons and agencies to discuss future and current operations at Kadena.

  • 623rd ACS ACEs Indo-Pacific communication

    The 623rd Air Control Squadron successfully moved Tactical Operations Center-Lite equipment on two HH-60G Pave Hawks from Kadena Air Base to Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, July 18, 2023. This movement was ground-breaking on three fronts that encompass Agile Combat Employment concepts. 

  • F-35s dominate Pacific skies

    The 909th Air Refueling Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, refueled U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 355th Fighter Squadron, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, over the Pacific Ocean, May 23, 2023. Refueling missions extend the breadth of U.S. aerial capabilities throughout the

  • 2023 Balikatan CE SME exchange

    To maintain a strong relationship and increase interoperability in the Indo-Pacific, 18th Wing Airmen with the 18th Civil Engineer Group engaged in a four-day Subject Matter Expert Exchange event with the Philippines air force’s 355th Aviation Engineer Wing from Apr. 10 to Apr. 14, 2023. The group

  • B-52 Stratofortress supports Indo-Pacific mission

    A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress supports a mission in the Indo-Pacific regionApril 16, 2023. Bomber missions contribute to joint force lethality and deter aggression in the Indo-Pacific by demonstrating the U.S. Air Force’s ability to operate anywhere in the world at any time in support of the

  • 909th ARS refuel B-1B Lancers over Pacific

    Aircrew assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, refueled U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, over the Pacific Ocean, Jan. 10, 2023. The U.S. Indo-Pacific Command routinely and visibly

  • 909th ARS keeps bombers airborne

    A U.S. Air Force 5th Bomb Wing B-52H Stratofortress approaches a 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker for aerial refueling over the Pacific Ocean, Oct. 27, 2022. Aerial refueling capabilities extend airborne training time and combat radius, ensuring U.S. and Allied nation aircraft are

  • Connecting Kadena to the Indo-Pacific

    Every day Airmen wake up and put on their uniform to perform a job essential to executing the mission. While getting the mission done is critical, understanding the strategic environment in which Airmen serve is equally important. U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Matthew Begeman, 353rd Special Operations

  • Pacific Iron 2021: A Fast, Flexible Force

    U.S. Air Force service members from the Pacific Air Forces participated in Operation Pacific Iron, a PACAF dynamic force employment operation taking place in July 2021. Kadena Air Base, home of the 18th Wing, was an indispensable asset in the operation, providing communications throughout PACAF via