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67th AMU maintains air superiority
U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 67th Aircraft Maintenance Unit conduct pre-flight inspections of an F-15C eagle at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 14, 2021. The 67th AMU maintains the F-15C Eagles at Kadena Air Base to ensure they can deliver decisive air power in a moments notice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stephen Pulter)
18th Contracting Squadron: Keeping assets up-to-date
Kadena Air Base is like a machine. Machines are filled with several unseen parts that make it function, and it’s easy to tell when something isn’t functioning properly. The 18th Contracting Squadron makes sure Kadena, as a machine, keeps running smoothly.
Curious minded Nacho
“Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.” -Thomas H. Huxley Learning something new can be tough. Especially when dealing with a job or culture you aren’t accustomed to. However, new knowledge and understanding can open the doors to new opportunities.
18th MDSS pharmacy flight keeps Kadena healthy
The 18th Medical Support Squadron pharmaceutical flight, provide pharmaceutical care to patients at Kadena Air Base. Whether maintaining an up-to-date flu vaccine or preparing for a temporary duty, the 18th Medical Group has the resources to keep Airmen ready and healthy.
961st AMU maintains eyes in the sky
Airmen from the 961st Aircraft Maintenance Unit inspect an E-3 Sentry aircraft at Kadena Air Base. The 961st AMU maintains computer systems, replaces parts and ensures the E-3 Sentry aircraft is safe for flight.
18th LRS IPE equips Kadena
Danger is bound to lurk around the corner when you serve as the “Keystone of the Pacific.” The 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron’s individual protective equipment element serves to keep Kadena personnel equipped for anything, and to help aircrew members prevent a dangerous situation from getting worse.
18th MDG techs keep swabbing for safety
Upholding Kadena’s vital role of deterring potential threats and maintaining peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific means ensuring the U.S. Air Force’s greatest asset – its Airmen – remain ready and healthy.
Team Kadena holds beach clean-up
Members from Team Kadena's Airman Committed to Excellence program team up with the First Sergeants Council to host a beach clean-up at Sunglass beach. Approximately 30 Airmen and their families came together and removed over one hundred pounds of trash from the beach.
CMSAF Bass visits Kadena
During her visit to Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 23, 2021, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass toured facilities, recognized Airmen for excellent performance and addressed Air Force culture and policies during an all-call.
18th SFS Defenders fight for the top flight
Airmen from the 18th Security Forces Squadron held the Defender Flight of the Quarter Challenge to see who the best flight was. The challenge consisted of four main stations where they had to provide medical care under fire, efficiently clear rooms, conduct a high-risk traffic stop, and field strip weapons in low-light conditions.
Sheet metal techs reinforce Kadena's airpower
The 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance specialists make it their mission to ensure the structural integrity of Kadena's aircraft is steadfast and ready to deliver airpower anytime, anywhere.
Postal charter plane keeps Okinawa mail on-time
Airmen from 18th LRS ground transportation, 733rd Air Mobility Squadron, Pacific Air Forces Air Postal Squadron Detachment 3, and Camp Kinser Marines worked with each other to effectively deliver mail to Okinawan residents using a new process. This shipment was one of the largest single shipments of mail on Okinawa consisting of over 53 thousand kilograms of mail.
733rd AMS Air Force members rescue kayakers
Recently, Staff Sgt. Kyle Kemble, an asset evaluator, and GS-11 employee Brandon Yoneda, an air terminal operations duty officer, both members of the 733rd Air Mobility Squadron, saved four Japanese locals who found themselves in danger after their kayak flipped over half a mile off the coast of Cape Zanpa on June 13, 2021.
18 CEF conducts vehicle extrication training
The 18th CEF conducted vehicle extrication training at Kadena Air Base, Japan. This training allowed the CEF to sharpen their skills for conducting vehicle extrication. CEF is responsible for handling the threat and outcome of fire, rescue, medical and environmental emergencies.
Pacific Iron 2021: A Fast, Flexible Force
U.S. Air Force service members from the Pacific Air Forces participated in Operation Pacific Iron, a PACAF dynamic force employment operation taking place in July 2021. Kadena Air Base, home of the 18th Wing, was an indispensable asset in the operation, providing communications throughout PACAF via the Command and Control operation center.