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  • Test cell Airmen ready engines for launch

    The 18th Component Maintenance Squadron Airmen assigned to the engine test facility have one mission — to provide top-notch engines and repairs for Kadena Air Base and its pilots.

  • F-35s dominate Pacific skies

    The 909th Air Refueling Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, refueled U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 355th Fighter Squadron, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, over the Pacific Ocean, May 23, 2023. Refueling missions extend the breadth of U.S. aerial capabilities throughout the

  • Kadena hosts annual Shogun Spark Tank competition

    The 18th Wing hosted the annual Shogun Spark Tank competition at Kadena Air Base, Japan, May 18, 2023. Spark Tank competitions help the Air Force streamline processes by driving Airmen to examine capabilities and identify areas where improvement can be implemented.

  • 320th STS monster mash enhances readiness and resilience

    U.S. Air Force special tactics Airmen with the 320th Special Tactics Squadron pull an MC-130J Commando II 150 meters across the parking apron during Monster Mash, an operational readiness and resilience training, at Kadena Air Base, Japan, May 5, 2023. The Airmen were presented with multiple tasks

  • Kadena employs sustainable, decisive airpower in the Pacific

    Kadena Air Base, Japan recently earned the 2023 Secretary of Defense Environmental Sustainability, Non-Industrial Installation Award for outstanding achievements in the Department of Defense environmental programs. The Sustainability, Non-Industrial Installation Award recognizes efforts by a DoD

  • Team Kadena hosts 2nd Annual Mental Health Awareness Walk

    The 18th Wing recently hosted the 2nd Annual Mental Health Awareness Walk at Kadena Air Base, Japan, May 7, 2023. The mental health awareness walk was started by the 18th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron last year after a squadron member committed suicide. The goal of the event was to bring in mental

  • 909th AMU crew chiefs keep Stratotankers in business

    In service for over 40 years, the KC-135 Stratotanker provides long-range aerial refueling support for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and allied aircraft, and has the capacity to offload 6,500 pounds of fuel per minute. The 909th Aircraft Maintenance Unit provides combat ready air refueling

  • Strike Eagles join Lightning II’s at Keystone of the Pacific

    F-15E Strike Eagles from the 336th Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, arrived at Kadena Air Base, Japan, April 8, 2023, to ensure continuous fighter presence through the phased return of Kadena’s fleet of F-15C/D Eagles to the United States.

  • Kadena hosts first America Fest since 2014

    The 18th Wing will open its gates to the public for the first time in over nine years — America Fest 2023 will take place April 22-23 from 2pm to 9pm. Gates are expected to open at noon for entry traffic on both days. America Fest is an opportunity for the local community to meet U.S. service

  • 909th ARS fuel Fighting Falcons

    U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 8th Fighter Wing, Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, fly alongside a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, over the Pacific Ocean, April 5, 2023. The U.S. is committed to denying

  • 18 CONS earns Best in PACAF

    From base landscaping to office computers, nearly everything found on Kadena flows through the 18th Contracting Squadron. In 2022 alone, the 18th CONS executed 392 contracting actions valued at over 170 million dollars, earning the unit Best Contracting Squadron in Pacific Air Forces. The 18th CONS