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  • PMEL calibrates Kadena

    From torque wrenches to the self-checkout scale used at the commissary, the Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory calibrates and maintains a wide-range of equipment to ensure precision.
  • Q.A. for a Day – a safer, better Air Force

    Many programs exist for interoperability between the different units on Kadena Air Base, but QA for a Day lets maintainers from the 18th Maintenance Group get insight on what quality assurance evaluators look for when they're evaluating maintainers.
  • Kadena administers Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

    The 18th Medical Group began administering the Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 vaccine to all eligible personnel on Kadena Air Base, Japan. Vaccines for COVID-19 are only available after they’re demonstrated to be safe and effective in large phase-three clinical trials, have been authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and have been manufactured and distributed safely and securely.
  • Joint training fuels Air Force, Marine synergy

    U.S Air Force Airman 1st Class Thom Saintelus, a fuels distribution operator from the 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels Management Flight, operates an R-11 fuel truck during joint training at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 11, 2021. The fuel truck, which can hold up to 6,000 gallons of fuel, was used to fill two fuel bladders. This joint
  • B-1s refueled by 909th Air Refueling Squadron

    A KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron prepares to refuel a B-1B Lancer from the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., over the Pacific as part of a bilateral U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRACTCOM) Bomber Task Force (BTF) mission July 17, 2020. The Unites States security presence, along with our allies and partners, underpins the peace and stability that has enabled the Indo-Pacific region to develop and prosper for more than seven decades. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rebeckah Medeiros)
  • Misawa, Kadena Airmen train at Draughon Range

    Airmen assigned to the 13th Fighter Squadron and the 320th Special Tactics Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, conducted close air support training at Draughon Range, near Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 15-17.
  • 67th Aircraft Maintenance Unit

    Members of the 67th Aircraft Maintenance Unit conduct an oil inspection on an F-15C Eagle at Kadena Air Base. The technicians collect samples to ensure the oil is clean and free of metal shavings and sediment. Airmen of Team Kadena rise to the challenge every day to ensure we are mission ready in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific.
  • Kadena Airmen tryout for the Defenders Challenge Championship

    The 18th Security Forces Squadron members participated in the Defenders Challenge, an event that challenges participants to run through an obstacle course designed to test their physical and mental abilities. The Defenders Challenge reinforces the defender ethos and the competitive nature within security forces participants.
  • AMUs compete for the Load Crew of the Year

    The 18th Aircraft Maintenance Unit conducts the annual weapons load competition at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 17, 2020. Weapons load crew competitions are held each quarter and annually in order to boost morale and highlight superior performers among the load crew teams. (U.S. Air Force photo by Naoto Anazawa)
  • Rescue Airmen: Low density, high demand

    The 33rd Rescue Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, train, plan and execute every day to ensure they have what it takes to help when someone’s life is on the line.
  • Initial certification training gains Airmen capabilities

    Initial certification training gains Airmen capabilities
  • Taking Initiative: These Airmen take a stand against drunken driving

    Airmen from across Kadena are taking initiative and preventing alcohol-related incidents across Okinawa's military community.
  • 18th EMS Airmen take care of Kadena Aircraft's tires

    Aircraft tires must be periodically replaced so the wheel and tire shop takes those wheels, inspects and washes them so they can be reused.
  • 18th EMS works phase inspection

    Crew chiefs are responsible for ensuring every part of the jet is in safe, working order.
  • Okinawa Snake Safety 101

    A Taiwanese Habu Snake, or Protobothrops Mucrosquamatus, watches onlookers from the corner of a terrarium at the Entomology Pest Management Section, June 5, 2019, At Kadena Air Base, Japan. The Taiwanese Habu snake is an invasive species that is not only harmful to the ecosystem, but also venomous and poses a danger to humans on the island. (U.S.
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