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  • 33rd RQS lands at sea

    The 33rd Rescue Squadron conducted training operations with a US Navy Vessel, June 17, 2022. This training enhanced the SMAs and pilots ability to land on naval vessels in case rescue operations occur at sea.

  • Fly like an Eagle

    44th Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagles refuel with a 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker over the Pacific. Kadena's Airmen conduct operations in the Pacific region to maintain a free and open Indo-Pacific.

  • 909th fuels the Raptors

    The199th Fighter Squadron F-22A Raptors conducted aerial refueling with the 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker over the East China Sea June 8, 2022. The 199th FS conducted agile combat employment operation in the Pacific to strengthen the readiness and interoperability needed to defend

  • Diversity, inclusion chief visits Team Kadena

    Anthony Cruz Munoz, Pacific Air Forces chief of diversity and inclusion officer, visited Kadena Air Base, Japan, April 21-22, 2022. Mr. Cruz is PACAF’s principal advisor on all diversity and inclusion matters focused on creating a culture where every Airman is free to reach their maximum potential

  • 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

  • EOD trains to dispose of UXOs

    Airmen from the 18th Civil Engineering Squadron Explosive Ordinance Disposal Flight, train to remove unexploded ordinance during a routine training exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 10, 2022. This training is designed to evaluate Kadena’s ability to fulfill its mission, ensuring the

  • ATC stay ready during routine exercise

    Air traffic controllers with the 18th Operations Support Squadron monitor the airspace and airfield during a two-week wing readiness exercise to ensure a safe and efficient flow of traffic in and out of Kadena, helping America’s airpower reach the farthest corners of the globe.

  • Kadena's kids roll up their sleeves to fight COVID

    As part of the 18th Wing's campaign to combat the spread of COVID-19, pediatric doses are available to children on Kadena. The CDC recommends everyone 5 years and older receive the COVID-19 vaccine to protect themselves and others from the virus, as widespread vaccination is a vital part of

  • Aerospace propulsion flight keep the engines running

    The 18th Component Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion flight repairs and rebuilds aircraft engines, ensuring Kadena can deliver unmatched combat airpower in support of the U.S. interests, the defense of Japan, and peace and stability throughout the Indo-Pacific.

  • Hawk eyes: 33rd Rescue Squadron training for readiness

    U.S Air Force 1st Lt. Trent Badger, 33rd Rescue Squadron co-pilot, checks an HH-60G Pave Hawk prior to a training flight at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Dec. 1, 2021. The 33rd RQS conducts extensive training in various rescue scenarios to ensure they are ready to effectively respond to real-world

  • 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