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  • JASDF Cadets visit Team Kadena

    Japan Air Self-Defense Force Air Officer Candidate School cadets and instructors attend an 18th Wing mission brief at the 18th Operations Support Squadron Feb. 28, 2019, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. During their tour, the cadets gained a better understanding of the operations and mission of the 18th

  • COMPACAF: Team Kadena critical to regional security and stability

    KADENA AIR BASE, Japan – Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., Pacific Air Forces commander, visited Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 22, 2018, to familiarize himself with the 18th Wing’s mission, present his expectations for the Pacific Air Forces and emphasize the importance of Team Kadena’s role in ensuring regional

  • Aircraft don’t run on hopes and dreams

    Anyone who has a car understands the importance of having a full tank of clean, reliable gas. For Kadena Air Base, an organization responsible for defending nations and providing worldwide humanitarian relief, the same rules apply. That's where unit's like the 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron's

  • Rock On!

    After two years of construction and the demolition of the previous club, the new and modernized Rocker Enlisted Club opened its doors to the public May 4, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan.

  • Always Prepare

    Okinawan and military first responders hosted a bilateral natural disaster exercise at Kadena Air Base Feb. 28, 2018, to test and improve evacuation procedures between members of Team Kadena and the local community.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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