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18th Wing gains new commander
U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Joel L. Carey relinquished command of the 18th Wing to Brig. Gen. David Eaglin during a change of command ceremony at Kadena Air Base, Japan, July 16, 2021.
Preparation in the face of the unexpected - how SERE educates military members
In efforts to prepare and protect the Air Force’s most valuable resource of all — Airmen — survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialists undergo extensive training to make certain aircrew members are up to date with the latest on survival and evasion tactics. The tactics taught give Airmen skills to aid in their survival in worst-case scenarios.
Airfield Management: ruling the runway
The Air Force is sometimes thought of as being made up of pilots and planes, but without a working runway, the mission stalls. Enter Airfield Management, guardians of the runway, their objective: ensuring a safe environment for aircraft to take-off and land.
Reaching across flights in the pursuit of safety
In 2020, the Air Force Medical Readiness Agency, began investigating whether there was possible exposure to carcinogens for personnel working with fighter jets, specifically to hexavalent chromium, a carcinogen created out of regular chromium. As a consulting agency for all of the Pacific Air Force, the Theatre Prevention Medicine Flight out of the 18th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron, were tasked to assist with the research.
Innovation meets excellence
The grand opening of the Kadena Innovation Lab, a groundbreaking workspace equipped with cutting edge technology and a network of subject matter experts, was held at Kadena Air Base, Japan, May 12, 2021.
Breaking down barriers, building connections
Airmen from across the base gathered at the Erwin PME Center auditorium to listen to resiliency stories during a Storytellers event hosted at Kadena Air Base, May 6, 2021. Unlike other resiliency events, the Storytellers event allows people to tell their stories and spark interpersonal connections as it’s taking place.
P3DT supports families, mission readiness
The PACAF Pediatric Psychological Developmental Team, established at Kadena in 2019, is a force comprised of three medical professionals – a developmental and behavioral pediatrician, a child psychologist and a child psychiatrist. This team has one goal: ensuring children and their families remain healthy, so Airmen can stay mission-ready.
PMEL calibrates Kadena
From torque wrenches to the self-checkout scale used at the commissary, the Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory calibrates and maintains a wide-range of equipment to ensure precision.
Q.A. for a Day – a safer, better Air Force
Many programs exist for interoperability between the different units on Kadena Air Base, but QA for a Day lets maintainers from the 18th Maintenance Group get insight on what quality assurance evaluators look for when they're evaluating maintainers.
Kadena administers Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine
The 18th Medical Group began administering the Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 vaccine to all eligible personnel on Kadena Air Base, Japan. Vaccines for COVID-19 are only available after they’re demonstrated to be safe and effective in large phase-three clinical trials, have been authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and have been manufactured and distributed safely and securely.
Joint training fuels Air Force, Marine synergy
U.S Air Force Airman 1st Class Thom Saintelus, a fuels distribution operator from the 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels Management Flight, operates an R-11 fuel truck during joint training at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 11, 2021. The fuel truck, which can hold up to 6,000 gallons of fuel, was used to fill two fuel bladders. This joint
B-1s refueled by 909th Air Refueling Squadron
A KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron prepares to refuel a B-1B Lancer from the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., over the Pacific as part of a bilateral U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRACTCOM) Bomber Task Force (BTF) mission July 17, 2020. The Unites States security presence, along with our allies and partners, underpins the peace and stability that has enabled the Indo-Pacific region to develop and prosper for more than seven decades. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rebeckah Medeiros)
Misawa, Kadena Airmen train at Draughon Range
Airmen assigned to the 13th Fighter Squadron and the 320th Special Tactics Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, conducted close air support training at Draughon Range, near Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 15-17.
67th Aircraft Maintenance Unit
Members of the 67th Aircraft Maintenance Unit conduct an oil inspection on an F-15C Eagle at Kadena Air Base. The technicians collect samples to ensure the oil is clean and free of metal shavings and sediment. Airmen of Team Kadena rise to the challenge every day to ensure we are mission ready in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific.
Kadena Airmen tryout for the Defenders Challenge Championship
The 18th Security Forces Squadron members participated in the Defenders Challenge, an event that challenges participants to run through an obstacle course designed to test their physical and mental abilities. The Defenders Challenge reinforces the defender ethos and the competitive nature within security forces participants.