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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.
18th Wing gains new commander
U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Joel L. Carey relinquished command of the 18th Wing to Brig. Gen. David Eaglin during a change of command ceremony at Kadena Air Base, Japan, July 16, 2021.
EOD hosts REHM Enabler Forces program
The 18th CES Explosives Ordnance Disposal Flight conducted a Rapid Explosive Hazard Mitigation Enabler Forces program to train 15 personnel from various career fields throughout the squadron. The 18th CES EOD Flight is the first unit Air Force wide to establish an all-inclusive program, training non-EOD personnel to perform explosive operations to supplement response capabilities during wartime recovery.
A glowing inspection
18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron nondestructive inspections technicians perform wheel penetrant inspections. They utilize X-ray, eddy current, dye penetrant and ultrasonic scanners to find the smallest imperfections and take the corrective measures needed to keep equipment and aircraft working safely.
Ride Together, Fly Together — Airman 4 Life
There are many great programs that benefit Airmen on Kadena; the Airman4LIFE program, implemented by the 718th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, brings members together every Friday to deliberately develop Airmen through coaching and mentoring in the social, mental, physical, spiritual and professional domains.
18 EMS conducts inspections
The 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron conducts inspections for the weapons systems on the F-15C Eagle. The inspections includes equipment maintenance for racks, launchers, guns, pylons, and adapters.
Innovation meets excellence
The grand opening of the Kadena Innovation Lab, a groundbreaking workspace equipped with cutting edge technology and a network of subject matter experts, was held at Kadena Air Base, Japan, May 12, 2021.
Breaking down barriers, building connections
Airmen from across the base gathered at the Erwin PME Center auditorium to listen to resiliency stories during a Storytellers event hosted at Kadena Air Base, May 6, 2021. Unlike other resiliency events, the Storytellers event allows people to tell their stories and spark interpersonal connections as it’s taking place.
P3DT supports families, mission readiness
The PACAF Pediatric Psychological Developmental Team, established at Kadena in 2019, is a force comprised of three medical professionals – a developmental and behavioral pediatrician, a child psychologist and a child psychiatrist. This team has one goal: ensuring children and their families remain healthy, so Airmen can stay mission-ready.
F-35B Lightning II refuels with KC-135 Stratotanker
KC-135 Stratotanker from Kadena Air Base, Japan, refuels Marine aircraft during training exercise.
SERE teach Combat Survival Training
U.S. Air Force survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialists with the 18th Operational Support Squadron, train and instruct aircrew members during a combat survival training course at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 18, 2021. CST is a SERE taught course that prepares aircrew members for the worst-case scenario.
Kadena administers Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine
The 18th Medical Group began administering the Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 vaccine to all eligible personnel on Kadena Air Base, Japan. Vaccines for COVID-19 are only available after they’re demonstrated to be safe and effective in large phase-three clinical trials, have been authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and have been manufactured and distributed safely and securely.
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 17, 2020. The Unites States security presence, along with our allies and partners, underpins the peace and stability that has enabled the Indo-Pacific region to develop and prosper for more than seven decades. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rebeckah Medeiros)
B-1s return to Indo-Pacific, conduct bilateral training
Air Force B-1B Lancers returned to the Indo-Pacific region to conduct bilateral Bomber Task Force operations out of Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, July 17.
67th Aircraft Maintenance Unit
Members of the 67th Aircraft Maintenance Unit conduct an oil inspection on an F-15C Eagle at Kadena Air Base. The technicians collect samples to ensure the oil is clean and free of metal shavings and sediment. Airmen of Team Kadena rise to the challenge every day to ensure we are mission ready in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific.