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  • Egress specialists: Propelling pilots safely

    Egress Airmen ensure pilots can safely eject from aircraft in the event of an emergency. They perform maintenance and coordination of seats, hatches and modules to make sure every component of an ejection seat is in working order.
  • Weapons Standardization Evaluates Loading Operations

    Weapons Standardization Airmen from the 44th Aircraft Maintenance Unit provide instruction and guidance during evaluations for aircraft munition loading operations.
  • 18 LRS Special Purpose technicians break it down

    Special Purpose Airmen service a vehicle for its entire lifecycle – performing inspections and maintenance on it until it needs to be removed from the fleet, and then preparing it for retirement. This staircase truck must be disassembled so it can be transported safely, due to bridges on the planned route only allowing for a height clearance of 161 inches.
  • 18 MXG promotes spirituality through Nest Program

    The 18th Maintenance Group is ensuring their most valuable asset – the Airmen – are spiritually resilient by implementing the Nest Program. The Nest Program is designed to help Airmen spiritually discover their innate purpose and meaning through recurring events that aim to build intrinsically resilient squadrons.
  • NCO Bilateral Exchange: Growth through connection

    This holiday season Team Kadena hosted the 2019 NCO Bilateral Exchange program Nov. 15 – 22, 2019, on Kadena Air Base, Japan.
  • Kadena maintainers support Northern Edge 2019

    More than 25 units and 10,000 personnel with approximately 200 aircraft and five naval ships are participating in NE19.
  • World’s Greatest MOC

    U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Mart Angelo Gatchalion, 18th Maintenance Group Maintenance Operations Center board controller, updates the flight status of aircraft undergoing maintenance Dec. 19, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 18th MOC maintains the Air Force’s largest combat wing at Kadena AB and ensures Kadena AB’s fighters are ready at
  • Breaking in the core

    Airmen from the 18th Component Maintenance Squadron research inspection information March 10, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. After a module has been on an engine for a certain amount of flight-time, that piece must be replaced. When a new part as major as a core engine module is installed, the entire unit goes through tests to “break-in” the new
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