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  • Bilateral Tactics Exchange kicks off at Kadena

    Japan Aerial Self-Defense Force, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps Service members meet together at Kadena Air Base for the Okinawa Bilateral Tactics Exchange conference for a better understanding of the capabilities held by each others armed forces, as well as improving relations between the

  • 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

  • JOEP bolsters bonds between U.S. Airmen, JASDF cadets

    Japan Air Self-Defense Force cadets visited Kadena Air Base, Japan, July 20 and 25, 2023, for Japanese Observer Exchange Program visits. During the visits, JASDF cadets received an 18th Wing mission briefing, had discussions with U.S. Air Force Airmen and visited static displays of the F-35A

  • Landing with precision

    U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 320th Special Tactics Squadron and 18th Operations Support Squadron work alongside Japan Air Self-Defense Force Airmen to assemble a Transportable Transponder Landing System with assistance of the Advance Navigation and Positioning Corp. at Kadena Air Base,

  • Building Bilateral Capabilities and Readiness Through Rapid Runway Repair

    U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 18th Civil Engineer Group from Kadena Air Base and Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) members assigned to the Western Air Civil Engineer group operated side-by-side during a live-fire and rapid airfield damage repair team exercise at Draughon Range near Misawa

  • Building Bilateral Capabilities and Readiness Through Rapid Runway Repair

    U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 18th Civil Engineer Group from Kadena Air Base and Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) members assigned to the Western Air Civil Engineer group operated side-by-side during a live-fire and rapid airfield damage repair team exercise at Draughon Range near Misawa

  • USAF, JASDF demonstrate Pacific partnership

    U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagles and Japan Air Self Defense Force F-2s fly in formation over the Sea of Japan, July 12, 2023. Conducting joint training enhances the lethality and readiness of U.S. forces and its ability to project superior airpower to the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by

  • U.S. and Japanese Forces team up for Southern Beach

    KADENA AIR BASE, Japan – U.S. Airmen and Sailors from Kadena Air Base, Japan teamed up in the skies near Okinawa with Japan Air Self Defense Force personnel during the latest iteration of the bilateral Southern Beach exercise on 19 January, 2023.

  • USAF, JASDF F-15 Eagles secure Pacific

    U.S. Airmen assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron completed a KC-135 Stratotanker mission refueling U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagles and Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-15J Eagles over the Pacific Ocean, Dec. 14, 2022. U.S. and Japanese Airmen routinely train together to enhance bilateral

  • 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

  • Team Kadena strengthens ties to SWADF through fam flight

    U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. David Eaglin, 18th Wing commander, meets with Japan Air Self-Defense Force Lt. Gen. Masahito Yajima, Southwestern Air Defense Force commander, prior to a familiarization flight at Kadena Air Base, Japan, April 12, 2022. Yajima’s visit to Kadena highlighted the 18th Wing's

  • Destroying explosives, improving interoperability

    The 18th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal flight disposed of 930 unserviceable grenades with the help of Marines and Japan Air Self-Defense Force counterparts. Fostering bilateral relationships between U.S. EOD technicians and JASDF counterparts ensures increased interoperability.

  • USAF, JASDF, CNRJ partnership heats up

    Japan Air Self-Defense Force firefighters observe joint training with Commander, Navy Region Japan Fire & Emergency Services and 18th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 30, 2021. JASDF firefighters witnessed Kadena Fire Emergency Services capabilities for the first