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  • Shimi holiday on Kadena

    A Shinto priest leads a family in prayer before beginning to move their family’s remains at Kadena Air Base, Japan, April 7, 2024. The visiting families came together to pay respects to their ancestors for the annual holiday of Shimi. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cedrique Oldaker)

  • 18th MXG secures Phoenix Award win

    The 18th Maintenance Group won the Department of Defense’s Phoenix Award for Maintenance Excellence of the Year during the Secretary of Defense Maintenance Awards ceremony on December 19, 2023. The award is presented annually to honor the “Best” maintenance unit in the DoD, with this recognition

  • Bilateral Tactics Exchange kicks off at Kadena

    Japan Aerial Self-Defense Force, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps Service members meet together at Kadena Air Base for the Okinawa Bilateral Tactics Exchange conference for a better understanding of the capabilities held by each others armed forces, as well as improving relations between the

  • Kadena AMS host JASDF exchange

    U.S. Air Force 733rd Air Mobility Squadron and Japan Air Self-Defense Force members meet at Kadena Air Base. The two organizations came together to exchange practices and ideas between the two different groups.

  • 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.

  • Opening the Dome on the AWACS

    U.S. Air Force 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron preform routine maintenance of an E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft assigned to the 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron during routine maintenance

  • 18 EMS train with JASDF

    U.S. Air Force 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron and Japan Air Self-Defense Force members meet at Kadena Air Base. The two organizations came together during training to share techniques and solutions to the environmental challenges they both face in Okinawa.

  • Kadena hosts 18th Wing Commander Conference

    During the two day conference, leadership discussed on how to increase collaboration across the wing as well as meeting with military spouses and discussing key quality of life factors at Kadena.

  • U.S., Japan conduct aerial integration exercise

    U.S. Air Force Senior Airmen Dominic Fontenot, 909th Air Refueling Squadron avionics journeyman and Colby Mall, 909th ARS aerospace propulsion journeyman, sit under a KC-135 Stratotanker before a refueling mission at Kadena Air Base, August 30, 2023. The 909th ARS flew in support of a bilateral

  • Rescue triad spreads their wings

    A U.S. Air Force HH-60G Pavehawk assigned to the 33rd Rescue Squadron retrieves pararescuemen and patients from the water during open water rescue training off the shores of Okinawa, Japan, July 20, 2023. Working with HC-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 79th RQS from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base,

  • Team Kadena aces dispersed operations through NE 23-2

    U.S. service members integrated with Japan Self-Defense Forces, French air and space forces and other Allies and Partners to enhance Agile Combat Employment (ACE) capabilities from dispersed locations during Northern Edge 23-2, July 2-21, 2023.

  • USAF, JASDF work for peace in Pacific

    U.S. Air Force Capt. James Bradford, 909th Air Refueling Squadron aircraft commander, performs pre-flight checks in a KC-135 Stratotanker at Kadena Air Base, Japan, July 19, 2023. Kadena’s aerial refueling capabilities extend airborne training time and combat radius, ensuring U.S. and allied nation

  • Pacific Airmen, Soldiers, Marines conduct joint CBRN training

    U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Kali Carter, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear element team member, shows U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps CBRN specialists equipment used by the 18th CES CBRN team at Camp Kinser, Japan, May 17, 2023. Prior to the training