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  • F-35B Lightning II refuels with KC-135 Stratotanker

    KC-135 Stratotanker from Kadena Air Base, Japan, refuels Marine aircraft during training exercise.
  • 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)
  • Misawa, Kadena Airmen train at Draughon Range

    Airmen assigned to the 13th Fighter Squadron and the 320th Special Tactics Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, conducted close air support training at Draughon Range, near Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 15-17.
  • 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.
  • Kadena Airmen tryout for the Defenders Challenge Championship

    The 18th Security Forces Squadron members participated in the Defenders Challenge, an event that challenges participants to run through an obstacle course designed to test their physical and mental abilities. The Defenders Challenge reinforces the defender ethos and the competitive nature within security forces participants.
  • AMUs compete for the Load Crew of the Year

    The 18th Aircraft Maintenance Unit conducts the annual weapons load competition at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 17, 2020. Weapons load crew competitions are held each quarter and annually in order to boost morale and highlight superior performers among the load crew teams. (U.S. Air Force photo by Naoto Anazawa)
  • Initial certification training gains Airmen capabilities

    Initial certification training gains Airmen capabilities
  • Taking Initiative: These Airmen take a stand against drunken driving

    Airmen from across Kadena are taking initiative and preventing alcohol-related incidents across Okinawa's military community.
  • EMS Airmen ensure Kadena's aircraft are ready for flight

    Equipment Maintenance Squadron personnel are responsible for providing and maintaining essential support capabilities.
  • 18th EMS Airmen take care of Kadena Aircraft's tires

    Aircraft tires must be periodically replaced so the wheel and tire shop takes those wheels, inspects and washes them so they can be reused.
  • 18th EMS works phase inspection

    Crew chiefs are responsible for ensuring every part of the jet is in safe, working order.
  • Japanese, U.S. Teachers Boost Bilateral Future

    Team Kadena middle school staff shared activity-driven English lessons to Okinawa elementary teachers in support of the Foreign Language Initiative at the Ryukyu Middle School (RMS) May 24, 2019. Dr. Tracy Rice, regional English Language Coordinator, developed the “We Can!” training program in support of the Department of Defense Educational Activities (DoDEA) role in the bilateral agreement, enabling RMS to host training for local Okinawa teachers.
  • Team Kadena bids farewell to Col. Richard C. Tanner

    Team Kadena bids farewell to U.S. Air Force Col. Richard C. Tanner, 18th Wing vice commander, at Kadena Air Base, Japan, May 29, 2019.
  • JASDF Chief of Staff, U.S. Forces Japan commander visit Okinawa

    U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Case Cunningham, 18th Wing commander (left), Japan Air Self -Defense Force Chief of Staff Gen. Yoshinari Marumo (middle), and Lt. Gen. Kevin B. Schneider, U.S. Air Forces Japan commander, pose for a photo in front of the Kadena Air Base headquarters building, May 21, 2019. While visiting, Cunningham, Marumo and Schneider discussed key topics such as the vital role of both U.S. and Japanese Airmen in ensuring regional security and stability.
  • Kadena celebrates newest master sergeants

    As the technical sergeants promote to the highest tier of the enlisted force, they are charged, trained and equipped to lead junior NCOs and Airmen into capable leaders of tomorrow.
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