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Current PCS, household goods affected by supply shortages
According to a newly released communiqué from the Air Force’s Personal Property Activity Headquarters, “Department of Defense demand this peak (PCS) season has greatly exceeded commercial industry capabilities, largely due to resource constraints associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Per industry, this resulted in a 25% decrease in their labor pool, resulting in (decreased) personal property movement capacity necessary to support private sector and government demand.”
SERE teach Combat Survival Training
U.S. Air Force survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialists with the 18th Operational Support Squadron, train and instruct aircrew members during a combat survival training course at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 18, 2021. CST is a SERE taught course that prepares aircrew members for the worst-case scenario.
Welcome to the Jungle
U.S. Army Green Berets from 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), invited Team Kadena Airmen to train with them at the U.S. Marine Corps Jungle Warfare Training Center (JWTC) at Camp Gonsalves, Okinawa, Japan.
Falcons and Eagles soar over Alaska during Northern Edge 2019
With participants and assets from the U.S Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy, Northern Edge is Alaska’s premier joint-training exercise designed to practice operations and enhanced interoperability among the services.
909th ARS takes flight during Northern Edge 2019
Units participating in Northern Edge have access to the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, which is one of the largest training ranges in the world, with approximately 65,000 square miles of available airspace; 2,500 square miles of land and 42,000 square nautical miles of surface, subsurfaces and overlying airspace.
Kadena maintainers support Northern Edge 2019
More than 25 units and 10,000 personnel with approximately 200 aircraft and five naval ships are participating in NE19.
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)
Training to fight day or night
A U.S. Air Force civil engineer Airman operates heavy machinery to perform airfield damage repairs during a no-notice exercise April 12, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 18th Civil Engineer Squadron is capable of quickly repairing a damaged runway to ensure aircraft are able to take off and land safely. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman
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.
Making it look easy
KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- The Civil Engineer Squadrons from Kadena, Yokota and Misawa Air Bases teamed up here with the Air Force Civil Engineer Center to conduct training for the new rapid airfield damage repair (RADR) technique Sept. 12-15. Operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and other locations have highlighted a need for better methods to quickly and effectively establish or improve airfields. Craters, spalls, and other conditions that limit airfield use can create costly delays not adequately resolved by old techniques.
Firefighters Take on the Tower
Sirens and alarms assaulted the senses inside the claustrophobic stairwell of the 13-floor tower as firefighters raced to the top, donning 60 pounds of protective gear in addition to hoses, chairs , axes, and tools. With the deep hiss of each breath from respirator masks, every laborious heave of their boots was one step closer to saving the lives of victims trapped in smoke and flames. Kadena firefighters conducted a fire evacuation drill in the air traffic control tower as part of weekly training to constantly hone and sharpen rescue skills.
Making sure it’s done right
The 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron Quality Assurance team ensures mission readiness