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  • Minimal ground time, maximum refueling

    Kadena Air Base Airmen performed hot-pit refueling operations on a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 6th Air Refueling Wing, June 28, 2022. Hot-pit refueling allows the aircraft to keep its engines running while receiving fuel, which minimizes ground time and ensures the mission will continue with

  • Fighting Falcons flock Kadena

    F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 80th Fighter Squadron take off from Kadena Air Base, Japan, May 18, 2022. The 8th Operations Group provides U.S. Indo-Pacific Command with continuous and unrivaled air, space and cyberspace capabilities to ensure regional stability and security.

  • 909th ARS fuels Kadena’s Eagles

    U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagles assigned to the 44th Fighter Squadron receive fuel from a 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker over the Pacific Ocean, May 10, 2022. The 909th ARS plays a crucial role in promoting peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific, providing aerial refueling so Kadena

  • Let the games begin: Dorm Olympics strengthen morale and camaraderie

    KADENA AIR BASE, Japan – Being a new Airman can be tough, especially when your first duty station is overseas. With the initial hardship that comes from being so far away from home for the first time in one’s life, paired with tackling a new skill set at a new job, finding time to make new friends

  • Keeping the wheels rolling: 18th LRS vehicle maintenance

    The 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintenance general purpose shop performs a variety of tasks, ranging from oil and filter changes to complete engine overhauls. The general purpose shop’s main objective is to service vehicles driven regularly on the flightline so aircrews and

  • Diversity, inclusion chief visits Team Kadena

    Anthony Cruz Munoz, Pacific Air Forces chief of diversity and inclusion officer, visited Kadena Air Base, Japan, April 21-22, 2022. Mr. Cruz is PACAF’s principal advisor on all diversity and inclusion matters focused on creating a culture where every Airman is free to reach their maximum potential

  • Strengthening collective lethality, increasing interoperability

    U.S. Navy and Marine Corps fighter assets integrated with U.S. Air Force assets to rehearse multi-domain joint and allied missions, increasing interoperability and strengthening collective lethality. These missions are opportunities for Pacific Air Forces to perform routine integration with joint

  • 18th MUNS hosts local community to pray at monuments

    Airmen from the 18th Munitions Squadron invite local Okinawans onto the munitions storage area, which houses both a sacred Okinawan site and munitions for the Pacific region, in an effort to cultivate strong relations with host nation allies.

  • Off-duty USAF IDMT to the rescue

    KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- An independent duty medical technician assigned to the 44th Fighter Squadron, recently employed her life-saving knowledge to aide a Japanese man on a train after he passed out due to what may have been a case of hypoglycemia at the Yukohashi train station in Fukuoka, Japan,

  • 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 CEG cements friendships building schoolhouse at Balikatan 22

    Engineers from the 18th Civil Engineer Group lay foundations and foster friendships with their counterparts from the Philippine Air Force, as they work together to build a multi-purpose classroom for Masi Elementary School in Rizal, Cagayan, Philippines.