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  • Police Week opening ceremony 2024

    Police Week recognizes the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement members, paying special tribute to those who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. In 1962, U.S. President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day

  • 909th ARS refuels Navy P-8 Poseidon

    A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron conducts aerial refueling with a U.S.Navy P-8 Poseidon over the Pacific Ocean, Feb. 1, 2024. The 909th ARS is the Pacific Air Force's lead force for air refueling joint and Allied aircraft during all contingencies.

  • 18th MXG fuels training leaves no man behind

    353rd Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron fuel systems craftsman conduct a fuel systems confined space extraction. Confined space exercises are required because maintainers working on the fuel cell interiors may become stuck or pass out and need extraction.

  • 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.

  • Forging bonds for a secure Indo-Pacific

    Flight crews from the Royal Australian Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force visited Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sep. 19, 2023. USAF, JASDF and RAAF members refined in-flight communications procedures and established threat warning channels to ensure each nation is ready to provide mutual support

  • Keeping the giants in the sky

    A KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron is readied for open fuel tank maintenance at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Open fuel tank maintenance helps find and eliminate any possible failures and maintain the overall integrity of the aircraft.

  • Congressional Delegation visit

    The U.S. House representatives came to Kadena for a brief tour of the base and to learn about its role in ensuring a free and open Indo-Pacific.

  • Lightning Strikes at Kadena

    Service members from the 355th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, and 336th Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, discussed operations, performed pre-flight preparations and departed Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 11, 2023. By operating out of

  • 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

  • Fly like an Eagle

    44th Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagles refuel with a 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker over the Pacific. Kadena's Airmen conduct operations in the Pacific region to maintain a free and open Indo-Pacific.

  • The Erwin PME Center: Building the Air Force’s next gen leaders

    Before Air Force enlisted members may step into a true leadership role, Erwin Professional Military Education Center instructors ensure they are well-equipped and ready to excel in their new positions. The Erwin PME Center curriculum consists of four blocks: Air Force culture, leadership, problem

  • 18th LRS, 909th AMU keep KC-135 mission ready

    18th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels distribution operators prepare a fuels truck to refuel a 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker during routine 18th Wing readiness training at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 4, 2022. The training is designed to evaluate Kadena’s ability to fulfill its

  • 18 CEF conducts vehicle extrication training

    The 18th CEF conducted vehicle extrication training at Kadena Air Base, Japan. This training allowed the CEF to sharpen their skills for conducting vehicle extrication. CEF is responsible for handling the threat and outcome of fire, rescue, medical and environmental emergencies.