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  • Airpower Assembled: Kadena Airmen launch the fleet

    U.S. Air Force aircraft line up on the runway during a capabilities demonstration at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 22, 2022. Kadena’s ability to rapidly generate U.S. airpower is a vital function of its mission to ensure the stability and security of the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by

  • LEAP to FAO Spotlight: Maj. Logan Barlow

    “Being a FAO, I utilize my LREC skillset along with operational relevance to engage with our bilateral partners regularly; but you don’t have to be a FAO to do that. Being good at your tactical skill set, and having LREC skills, empowers Airmen to be more lethal as a force. To remain tactically

  • PACAF Leadership visits the 18th Wing

    KADENA AIR BASE, Japan – U.S. Air Force Gen. Ken Wilsbach, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) commander, and Chief Master Sgt. David Wolfe, PACAF command chief, visited Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 3 - 4, 2021.

  • 18th CES barrier maintenance keeps aircraft safe

    The 18th Civil Engineer Squadron performed barrier maintenance on the flightline. Aircraft rely on arresting cables for assisted braking in the event of braking failure. Aircraft arresting cables rely on rubber donuts to elevate the cable a few inches off the flightline, allowing aircraft to hook it

  • 18th Contracting Squadron: Keeping assets up-to-date

    Kadena Air Base is like a machine. Machines are filled with several unseen parts that make it function, and it’s easy to tell when something isn’t functioning properly. The 18th Contracting Squadron makes sure Kadena, as a machine, keeps running smoothly.

  • Curious minded Nacho

    “Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.” -Thomas H. HuxleyLearning something new can be tough. Especially when dealing with a job or culture you aren’t accustomed to. However, new knowledge and understanding can open the doors to new opportunities.

  • 961st AMU maintains eyes in the sky

    Airmen from the 961st Aircraft Maintenance Unit inspect an E-3 Sentry aircraft at Kadena Air Base. The 961st AMU maintains computer systems, replaces parts and ensures the E-3 Sentry aircraft is safe for flight.

  • 18th LRS IPE equips Kadena

    Danger is bound to lurk around the corner when you serve as the “Keystone of the Pacific.” The 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron’s individual protective equipment element serves to keep Kadena personnel equipped for anything, and to help aircrew members prevent a dangerous situation from getting

  • B-1s refueled by 909th Air Refueling Squadron

    A KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron prepares to refuel a B-1B Lancer from the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., over the Pacific as part of a bilateral U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRACTCOM) Bomber Task Force (BTF) mission July

  • 67th Aircraft Maintenance Unit

    Members of the 67th Aircraft Maintenance Unit conduct an oil inspection on an F-15C Eagle at Kadena Air Base. The technicians collect samples to ensure the oil is clean and free of metal shavings and sediment. Airmen of Team Kadena rise to the challenge every day to ensure we are mission ready in

  • Kadena Airmen tryout for the Defenders Challenge Championship

    The 18th Security Forces Squadron members participated in the Defenders Challenge, an event that challenges participants to run through an obstacle course designed to test their physical and mental abilities. The Defenders Challenge reinforces the defender ethos and the competitive nature within