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  • Weapons load crews stay armed and ready

    The quarterly weapons load competition pits the 67th AMU, “Fighting Cocks” against the 44th AMU “Vampire Bats” in a friendly competition of skill. These events sharpen the skills of the Airmen competing, allowing Kadena to deliver unmatched combat airpower to promote peace and stability in the

  • Connecting Kadena to the Indo-Pacific

    Every day Airmen wake up and put on their uniform to perform a job essential to executing the mission. While getting the mission done is critical, understanding the strategic environment in which Airmen serve is equally important. U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Matthew Begeman, 353rd Special Operations

  • MOPP sortie generation during ATSO training

    Airman 1st Class Samuel Graeser, 44th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, decontaminates an F-15C Eagle during an ability to survive and operate training exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 17, 2021. The decontamination process is used in the event an aircraft has been exposed to a chemical

  • Bob Hope Elementary opens with ribbon cutting ceremony

    Members of the Kadena High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Color Guard stand ready to begin the ribbon cutting ceremony at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 9, 2021. The honor guard presented the colors for the playing of the National Anthems of Japan and the United States, which officially

  • DFAC serves Kadena

    The Marshall dining facility serves Airmen and other service members to keep them fueled to fight.

  • PACAF Leadership visits the 18th Wing

    KADENA AIR BASE, Japan – U.S. Air Force Gen. Ken Wilsbach, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) commander, and Chief Master Sgt. David Wolfe, PACAF command chief, visited Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 3 - 4, 2021.

  • 18th Wing completes super surge

    The 67th and 44th Fighter Squadrons and their respective aircraft maintenance units put their sortie generation skills to the test during a four-day super surge at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 18-21, 2021. 

  • 909th ARS fuels F-16 Fighting Falcons during CSART

    The 909th ARS provided aerial refueling in support of a combat search and rescue training event hosted by the 8th Fighter Wing. The focus of this combat search and rescue training event aimed to maximize integration while taking advantage of the unique opportunity to practice personnel recovery

  • NDI energizes Kadena

    Nondestructive inspection specialists ensure aircraft safety and readiness by using magnetic particles, fluorescent penetrants and eddy currents to detect cracks in aircraft parts that may be invisible to the naked eye. A magnetic particle inspection is a nondestructive method used to reveal surface

  • 909th ARS supports A-10 Thunderbolts during CSART

    U.S. Air Force Capts. Kemper Peterson, left, and Crosby Shaver, 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker pilots, conduct pre-flight checks at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 14, 2021. The 909th ARS is the premiere force for aerial refueling operations in the Indo-Pacific theater, supporting

  • 18th CES Fire Prevention Week demonstration

    U.S. Air Force firefighting equipment rests on the ground prior to a demonstration during Fire Prevention Week at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 7, 2021. This year’s FPW campaign, “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety!” aimed to educate the community about the different sounds their smoke and carbon

  • 18th AES members answer the call

    An hour into their flight on Sept. 10, 2021, a group of five 18th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron members traveling from Okinawa to Tokyo responded to an overhead call for medical assistance and provided aid to a Japanese passenger that potentially saved his life.

  • 18th MUNS conducts largest TARRP exercise in 18 years

    Senior Airman Scott Soppe, 18th Munitions Squadron operations technician, takes inventory during a Tactical Air-munitions Rapid Response Package exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 5, 2021. TARRP is a theater-specific short-notice munitions airlift capability under the U.S. Air Force’s Standard