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  • Weapons load crews stay armed and ready

    The quarterly weapons load competition pits the 67th AMU, “Fighting Cocks” against the 44th AMU “Vampire Bats” in a friendly competition of skill. These events sharpen the skills of the Airmen competing, allowing Kadena to deliver unmatched combat airpower to promote peace and stability in the

  • Multi-capable Airmen integration with JASDF

    Japan Air Self-Defense Force Lt. Col. Sunao Matsumoto, right, 9th Air Wing base supply commander, and other JASDF members tour the 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron mobility processing building at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 10, 2021. Sharing practices and training tools strengthens relations

  • Bob Hope Elementary opens with ribbon cutting ceremony

    Members of the Kadena High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Color Guard stand ready to begin the ribbon cutting ceremony at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 9, 2021. The honor guard presented the colors for the playing of the National Anthems of Japan and the United States, which officially

  • Kadena post office unloads the sleigh

    With the holiday season quickly approaching, the Kadena post office is working hard to ensure everyone receives holiday mail in a timely manner. “We are processing about 4,500 parcels a day compared to the standard 2,000 parcels due to the holidays,” explained Senior Master Sgt. Gabrielle Sablan,

  • PACAF Leadership visits the 18th Wing

    KADENA AIR BASE, Japan – U.S. Air Force Gen. Ken Wilsbach, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) commander, and Chief Master Sgt. David Wolfe, PACAF command chief, visited Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 3 - 4, 2021.

  • 18th Wing completes super surge

    The 67th and 44th Fighter Squadrons and their respective aircraft maintenance units put their sortie generation skills to the test during a four-day super surge at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 18-21, 2021. 

  • NDI energizes Kadena

    Nondestructive inspection specialists ensure aircraft safety and readiness by using magnetic particles, fluorescent penetrants and eddy currents to detect cracks in aircraft parts that may be invisible to the naked eye. A magnetic particle inspection is a nondestructive method used to reveal surface

  • 909th ARS supports A-10 Thunderbolts during CSART

    U.S. Air Force Capts. Kemper Peterson, left, and Crosby Shaver, 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker pilots, conduct pre-flight checks at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 14, 2021. The 909th ARS is the premiere force for aerial refueling operations in the Indo-Pacific theater, supporting

  • 18th CES Fire Prevention Week demonstration

    U.S. Air Force firefighting equipment rests on the ground prior to a demonstration during Fire Prevention Week at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 7, 2021. This year’s FPW campaign, “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety!” aimed to educate the community about the different sounds their smoke and carbon

  • 18th AES members answer the call

    An hour into their flight on Sept. 10, 2021, a group of five 18th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron members traveling from Okinawa to Tokyo responded to an overhead call for medical assistance and provided aid to a Japanese passenger that potentially saved his life.

  • 18th MUNS conducts largest TARRP exercise in 18 years

    Senior Airman Scott Soppe, 18th Munitions Squadron operations technician, takes inventory during a Tactical Air-munitions Rapid Response Package exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 5, 2021. TARRP is a theater-specific short-notice munitions airlift capability under the U.S. Air Force’s Standard

  • 718th CES: Breaking the mold

    The Okinawa region belongs to a subtropical climate with an average annual temperature of 23 C, and a steamy average of 79 percent humidity this past September alone. Locals and tourists alike regularly enjoy what is commonly known as the “Hawaii of Japan”, but suffer the proverbial wet blanket of