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  • 18th CES hosts fire muster challenge

    Airman 1st Class Aaron Smith, 718th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, flips a tire at the fire muster challenge during National Fire Prevention Week at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 6, 2022. Fire Prevention Week is held annually to raise awareness on fire prevention measures and emergency

  • Kadena Fire Station 1 hosts fire prevention week open house

    Firefighters from the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron hosted an open house event at Fire Station 1 during Fire Prevention Week at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 1, 2022. Fire prevention week is observed annually to raise awareness about fire safety.

  • 31st RQS sharpens search and rescue capabilities

    A U.S. Air Force pararescueman assigned to the 31st Rescue Squadron exits a combat rubber raiding craft during a search and rescue training in the Pacific Ocean, Sept. 13, 2022. These training exercises are designed to posture RQS’s to respond quickly and effectively to a wide range of possible

  • Exercise Southern Beach strengthens bilateral partnerships

    U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jordan Barker, 909th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, delivers fuel to a 44th Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagle during Exercise Southern Beach, over the Pacific Ocean, Sept. 15, 2022. Bilateral training builds trusting relationships among foreign and domestic forces and

  • 44th FS summer surge

    An F-15C Eagle assigned to the 44th Fighter Squadron lands after a training sortie in support of surge operations at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 24, 2022. During the surge, the 44th FS flew up to 40 sorties a day, honing air-to-air tactics and advanced combat maneuvers, and strengthening the

  • Eagle soars for 50th year

    Created during a time of much needed skill and innovation, the F-15 Eagle remains undefeated in combat with over 100 air-to-air victories and zero air-to-air losses. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Eagle’s first flight.

  • 909th ARS fuels Eagles

    The 909th Refueling Squadron recently refueled F-15 Eagles assigned to the 67th Fighter Squadron over the Pacific Ocean. Aircrews routinely fly training missions to enhance U.S. operational readiness to defend Japan and ensure a free-and-open Indo-Pacific.

  • Kadena Airman receives recognition for lifesaving act

    After rescuing a local man from a truck on fire earlier this year, Staff Sgt. Garrett Bodie, 733rd Air Mobility Squadron support NCO in charge, received a certificate of appreciation for his heroic actions from the Nirai Fire Department yesterday, alongside two others who also stopped to help.

  • LEAP to FAO Spotlight: Maj. Logan Barlow

    “Being a FAO, I utilize my LREC skillset along with operational relevance to engage with our bilateral partners regularly; but you don’t have to be a FAO to do that. Being good at your tactical skill set, and having LREC skills, empowers Airmen to be more lethal as a force. To remain tactically

  • Pilot brothers reunite in the Pacific

    After following in their father's footsteps by commissioning as pilots in the U.S. Air Force, two brothers find the physical distance between them growing as their piloting careers take off, until a training exercise landed them together again. Brothers U.S. Air Force Capt. Tyler Guss, 128th

  • Minimal ground time, maximum refueling

    Kadena Air Base Airmen performed hot-pit refueling operations on a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 6th Air Refueling Wing, June 28, 2022. Hot-pit refueling allows the aircraft to keep its engines running while receiving fuel, which minimizes ground time and ensures the mission will continue with

  • Fighting Falcons flock Kadena

    F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 80th Fighter Squadron take off from Kadena Air Base, Japan, May 18, 2022. The 8th Operations Group provides U.S. Indo-Pacific Command with continuous and unrivaled air, space and cyberspace capabilities to ensure regional stability and security.

  • 909th ARS fuels Kadena’s Eagles

    U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagles assigned to the 44th Fighter Squadron receive fuel from a 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker over the Pacific Ocean, May 10, 2022. The 909th ARS plays a crucial role in promoting peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific, providing aerial refueling so Kadena

  • Let the games begin: Dorm Olympics strengthen morale and camaraderie

    KADENA AIR BASE, Japan – Being a new Airman can be tough, especially when your first duty station is overseas. With the initial hardship that comes from being so far away from home for the first time in one’s life, paired with tackling a new skill set at a new job, finding time to make new friends