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  • Fallen firefighters remembered during 9/11 memorial climb

    On the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, attacks on the World Trade Center in N.Y., firefighters and members of the community came together to participate in a stair climb as a symbol of the heroic journey first responders took 20 years ago.
  • 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.
  • Curious minded Nacho

    “Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.” -Thomas H. Huxley Learning 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.
  • CMSAF Bass visits Kadena

    During her visit to Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 23, 2021, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass toured facilities, recognized Airmen for excellent performance and addressed Air Force culture and policies during an all-call.
  • Sheet metal techs reinforce Kadena's airpower

    The 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance specialists make it their mission to ensure the structural integrity of Kadena's aircraft is steadfast and ready to deliver airpower anytime, anywhere.
  • Rain or shine, Weather Flight keeps Kadena ready

    With weather impacting nearly every aspect of base operations, the 18th Operations Support Squadron Weather Flight plays a vital role ensuring Kadena continues functioning as a world-class strategic forward base.
  • 733rd AMS Air Force members rescue kayakers

    Recently, Staff Sgt. Kyle Kemble, an asset evaluator, and GS-11 employee Brandon Yoneda, an air terminal operations duty officer, both members of the 733rd Air Mobility Squadron, saved four Japanese locals who found themselves in danger after their kayak flipped over half a mile off the coast of Cape Zanpa on June 13, 2021.
  • 18th Wing gains new commander

    U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Joel L. Carey relinquished command of the 18th Wing to Brig. Gen. David Eaglin during a change of command ceremony at Kadena Air Base, Japan, July 16, 2021.
  • Preparation in the face of the unexpected - how SERE educates military members

    In efforts to prepare and protect the Air Force’s most valuable resource of all — Airmen — survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialists undergo extensive training to make certain aircrew members are up to date with the latest on survival and evasion tactics. The tactics taught give Airmen skills to aid in their survival in worst-case scenarios.
  • Airfield Management: ruling the runway

    The Air Force is sometimes thought of as being made up of pilots and planes, but without a working runway, the mission stalls. Enter Airfield Management, guardians of the runway, their objective: ensuring a safe environment for aircraft to take-off and land.
  • Reaching across flights in the pursuit of safety

    In 2020, the Air Force Medical Readiness Agency, began investigating whether there was possible exposure to carcinogens for personnel working with fighter jets, specifically to hexavalent chromium, a carcinogen created out of regular chromium. As a consulting agency for all of the Pacific Air Force, the Theatre Prevention Medicine Flight out of the 18th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron, were tasked to assist with the research.
  • Innovation meets excellence

    The grand opening of the Kadena Innovation Lab, a groundbreaking workspace equipped with cutting edge technology and a network of subject matter experts, was held at Kadena Air Base, Japan, May 12, 2021.
  • Breaking down barriers, building connections

    Airmen from across the base gathered at the Erwin PME Center auditorium to listen to resiliency stories during a Storytellers event hosted at Kadena Air Base, May 6, 2021. Unlike other resiliency events, the Storytellers event allows people to tell their stories and spark interpersonal connections as it’s taking place.
  • P3DT supports families, mission readiness

    The PACAF Pediatric Psychological Developmental Team, established at Kadena in 2019, is a force comprised of three medical professionals – a developmental and behavioral pediatrician, a child psychologist and a child psychiatrist. This team has one goal: ensuring children and their families remain healthy, so Airmen can stay mission-ready.
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