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  • 909th ARS refuels Navy P-8 Poseidon

    A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron conducts aerial refueling with a U.S.Navy P-8 Poseidon over the Pacific Ocean, Feb. 1, 2024. The 909th ARS is the Pacific Air Force's lead force for air refueling joint and Allied aircraft during all contingencies.

  • 5th Air Force command visits Kadena

    5th Air Force leadership visited Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 27-28, 2023. During their visit, 5th Air Force leadership spoke with service members and facility managers from various squadrons and agencies to discuss future and current operations at Kadena.

  • Forging bonds for a secure Indo-Pacific

    Flight crews from the Royal Australian Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force visited Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sep. 19, 2023. USAF, JASDF and RAAF members refined in-flight communications procedures and established threat warning channels to ensure each nation is ready to provide mutual support

  • Lightning Strikes at Kadena

    Service members from the 355th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, and 336th Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, discussed operations, performed pre-flight preparations and departed Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 11, 2023. By operating out of

  • 33rd RQS conducts nighttime deck landing

    A U.S. Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk with the 33rd Rescue Squadron lands on the deck of a U.S. Coast Guard vessel during nighttime training off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, May 5, 2023. The training allows naval and flying units to coordinate and conduct operations with limited visibility. (U.S. Air

  • B-52 Stratofortress supports Indo-Pacific mission

    A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress supports a mission in the Indo-Pacific regionApril 16, 2023. Bomber missions contribute to joint force lethality and deter aggression in the Indo-Pacific by demonstrating the U.S. Air Force’s ability to operate anywhere in the world at any time in support of the

  • PAF 15th Strike Wing Deputy Commander visits Kadena

    Philippine Air Force Col. Joel Inacay, left, 15th Strike Wing deputy commander, poses for a photo with U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Sean Purnell, 33rd Maintenance Unit HH-60 journeyman, during a tour of Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 7, 2023. Inacay used this tour as an opportunity to highlight and

  • 5 AF/CCC shares the love with Kadena on Valentine's Day

    U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Shawn Aiello, 5th Air Force command chief, visits Kadena Air Base, Japan, Feb. 15, 2023. This visit facilitated conversations with Airmen across the base about Kadena-specific limiting factors, the posture of the base, and the importance of the allies and

  • The Erwin PME Center: Building the Air Force’s next gen leaders

    Before Air Force enlisted members may step into a true leadership role, Erwin Professional Military Education Center instructors ensure they are well-equipped and ready to excel in their new positions. The Erwin PME Center curriculum consists of four blocks: Air Force culture, leadership, problem

  • 18th LRS, 909th AMU keep KC-135 mission ready

    18th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels distribution operators prepare a fuels truck to refuel a 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker during routine 18th Wing readiness training at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 4, 2022. The training is designed to evaluate Kadena’s ability to fulfill its

  • 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