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  • 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.

  • Eagles swap to maintain dynamic fighter presence at Kadena

    F-15C Eagles from the 144th Fighter Wing, Fresno Air National Guard Base, California, arrived at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 2, 2023, to ensure continuous fighter presence through the phased return of Kadena’s fleet of F-15C/D Eagles to the United States.

  • JOEP bolsters bonds between U.S. Airmen, JASDF cadets

    Japan Air Self-Defense Force cadets visited Kadena Air Base, Japan, July 20 and 25, 2023, for Japanese Observer Exchange Program visits. During the visits, JASDF cadets received an 18th Wing mission briefing, had discussions with U.S. Air Force Airmen and visited static displays of the F-35A

  • 18th SFS Sharpens K9 Detection Skills

    The 18th Security Forces Squadron military working dog unit conducted search during detection training at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 24, 2023. These highly trained K-9s are used in patrol, drug and explosive detection, and other specialized functions to support the 18th Wings mission and secure

  • 11th Air Force command chief visits Kadena

    During his visit, Berg touched base with members of the 354th FW who are currently deployed at Kadena and he toured facilities including the Armed Services Blood Bank Center and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan.

  • Royal Air Force flies with the 82nd Reconnaissance Squadron

    For over a decade, the U.S. Air Force and the United Kingdom Royal Air Force have been partnering together to enhance crew training, technology development, maintenance, and aircrew co-manning. This year marks the first time a RAF flight lieutenant was integrated into the RC-135 Rivet Joint program.

  • 623rd ACS ACEs Indo-Pacific communication

    The 623rd Air Control Squadron successfully moved Tactical Operations Center-Lite equipment on two HH-60G Pave Hawks from Kadena Air Base to Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, July 18, 2023. This movement was ground-breaking on three fronts that encompass Agile Combat Employment concepts. 

  • U.S. Airmen strengthen friendships with Japanese Students

    Kadena Language Institute students teach Japanese summer festival games to U.S. Air Force volunteers during a culture exchange event at Kadena Rotary Plaza, Japan, July 21, 2023. The event was designed to help the local students improve their English skills in various situations and also aimed to

  • Building Bilateral Capabilities and Readiness Through Rapid Runway Repair

    U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 18th Civil Engineer Group from Kadena Air Base and Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) members assigned to the Western Air Civil Engineer group operated side-by-side during a live-fire and rapid airfield damage repair team exercise at Draughon Range near Misawa

  • Building Bilateral Capabilities and Readiness Through Rapid Runway Repair

    U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 18th Civil Engineer Group from Kadena Air Base and Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) members assigned to the Western Air Civil Engineer group operated side-by-side during a live-fire and rapid airfield damage repair team exercise at Draughon Range near Misawa

  • C-130J Super Hercules flies strong during Northern Edge

    U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. D’Angelo Seabron, 36th Airlift Squadron aircraft loadmaster, communicates with pilots during a flight aboard a C-130J Super Hercules en-route to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, July 10, 2023. Aircrew remain in constant communication during a flight, ensuring

  • 18th Wing changes command

    U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. David Eaglin relinquished command of the 18th Wing to Col. Nicholas Evans during a change of command ceremony at Kadena Air Base, Japan, July 6, 2023.

  • Kadena walks for unity

    The Unity Walk was attended by Kadena leadership at all levels, the event signified Kadena’s commitment to bringing the community together and resolving racial divides and inequalities in our nation and Air Force.