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  • World’s Greatest MOC

    U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Mart Angelo Gatchalion, 18th Maintenance Group Maintenance Operations Center board controller, updates the flight status of aircraft undergoing maintenance Dec. 19, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 18th MOC maintains the Air Force’s largest combat wing at Kadena AB and ensures Kadena AB’s fighters are ready at
  • Ready to launch

    A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, taxis for take-off at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 7, 2017. The F-35A is deployed under U.S. Pacific Command’s theater security package program, which has been in operation since 2004. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard)
  • Remembering 9/11

    U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Heriberto Diaz, Erwin Professional Military Education Center commandant, and Master Sgt. Lauren Strike, Erwin PME Center director of education, stand at the position of parade rest during a Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony, Sept. 11, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. During the ceremony, Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and
  • Getting the help you need

    Post-traumatic stress disorder might be considered by many a byproduct of war and participation in combat; however PTSD is not exclusive to military members, because it can affect civilians as well. Many people may not know it, but there is help readily available at Air Force hospitals and clinics dedicated to helping anybody.
  • Lady Shoguns Defend Title

    Each spring on Okinawa, wooden dragons soar through the sea as thousands of onlookers watch from Tomari Wharf in Naha City. Dozens of teams combat the sea, and their nerves, as each team member struggles to stroke in unison to the tune of a bronze gong that can barely be heard over the cheers of the crowd.
  • Maintaining the fleet

    U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Melvin Faust, Golden Swordsman Patrol Squadron (VP-47) aviation machinist’s mate, guides a propeller onto the turbine on a P-3 Orion Nov. 8, 2016, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. VP-47 is currently deployed to Kadena Air Base in support of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard)
  • 18th Wing, 353rd SOG aircraft practice life-saving skills for Keen Sword 2016

    Staff Sgt. Caleb Williams, 18th Operations Support Squadron SERE specialist, performs a communications check aboard a HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter assigned to the 33rd Rescue Squadron for exercise Keen Sword Nov. 4, 2016, off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. During the training, members of the 33rd RQS practiced recovery operations for a simulated
  • KSO 2016 kicks off

    Brave Buddy volunteers wait for the arrival of athletes during the 2016 Kadena Special Olympics Nov. 5, 2016, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Thousands of volunteers from various military bases and Okinawan community organizations gathered with the united goal of fostering friendships and building everlasting memories with special needs athletes. (U.S.
  • Last to let you down

    Aircrew flight equipment Airmen from the 31st Rescue Squadron ensured their charges had a safe landing during their water landing training scenario off the coast of Okinawa.
  • Corrosion Control

    Okinawa’s sub-tropical climate exposes airfield damage repair (ADR) assets to year-round rainfall, high humidity, thunderstorms and typhoons, placing Kadena in fourth place for the U.S. Air Force’s top bases for corrosive climates. With a $15 million ADR vehicle on the line, 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron chiefs tasked Tech. Sgt. Justin Petty with developing a new cost-effective anti-corrosion program.
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