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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 Asia-Pacific region
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 Support Squadron intelligence flight chief, has made it his mission to equip Kadena service members with the knowledge and resources to better understand their impact in the Pacific. Begeman does this by briefing Airmen on topics such as the National Defense Strategy and international relations at the McDaniel Center.
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 or biological agent during flight. (U.S. Air Force
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 kicked off the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by
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.
Southern Beach boosts lethality, strengthens partnerships
The 18th Operations Group partnered with the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and the 36th Airlift Squadron from Yokota Air Base, Japan, to complete Exercise Southern Beach, Oct. 25-29.
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 operations with a full spectrum of experience levels and assets.
909th AMU powers refueling capabilities across Pacific
The 909th AMU maintains KC-135’s and provides support to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, working around the clock to ensure refueling operations can be carried out, day or night.
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 and near surface discontinuities in magnetic materials. The keys to a successful magnetic particle inspection are the correct amount of magnetization of the part, adequate contrast between the part’s surface and the particles used to identify the flaw.
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 U.S. forces and regional allies and partners. (U.S.
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 monoxide alarms make, and knowing how to respond. (U.S.
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 Air Munitions Package (STAMP) construct, which