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  • 909th ARS keeps Green Knights flying during KFT 24

    A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, conducts aerial refueling with a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, during Korea Flying Training 24 over the Republic

  • Kadena conducts bilateral aircraft mishap exercise

    18th Wing and Okinawan emergencies responders participated in a bilateral aircraft mishap response field exercise at Kadena Marina, Japan, March 21, 2024. Exercises like these improve interoperability and readiness for real-world emergencies, maintaining readiness to respond rapidly to any threat,

  • Focus: True North social worker breaks world record

    Ian Bell, 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron True North social worker and powerlifter combines physical and mental rehabilitation after an injury during a powerlifting competition and becomes the International Powerlifting Federation Equipped Deadlift World Record holder. Now at Kadena Air Base,

  • Kadena hosts MLK Speech Competition

    U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Winsome Culley, Force Support Squadron Career Assistance Advisor, informs the judges on the rules of the Kadena Air Base Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Speech Competition and how the scoring and time system will work at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 10, 2024. Martin

  • Kadena celebrates chief selects

    18th Wing leadership congratulated Chief Master Sergeant selects throughout Kadena for promoting to the highest enlisted rank. Leaders must empower Airmen by providing clear intent, trust, delegation and resourcing to deliver new solutions to tough problems.

  • Bilateral Tactics Exchange kicks off at Kadena

    Japan Aerial Self-Defense Force, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps Service members meet together at Kadena Air Base for the Okinawa Bilateral Tactics Exchange conference for a better understanding of the capabilities held by each others armed forces, as well as improving relations between the

  • Patriots on parade at Kadena Veterans Day Parade

    U.S. military members, veterans and their families participate in the 9th Annual Veterans Day Parade at Kadena Air Base. Veterans Day originated as Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919 and marked the first anniversary of the end of World War I.

  • Kadena hosts 14th Annual POW/MIA Remembrance Day

    Service members, volunteers and retired veterans participated in POW/MIA Remembrance events held at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 14-15. The event initiated with a 24-hour run and was followed by a ruck march held the morning of the POW/MIA Remembrance day. Military bases observed POW/MIA

  • Keeping the giants in the sky

    A KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron is readied for open fuel tank maintenance at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Open fuel tank maintenance helps find and eliminate any possible failures and maintain the overall integrity of the aircraft.

  • Congressional Delegation visit

    The U.S. House representatives came to Kadena for a brief tour of the base and to learn about its role in ensuring a free and open Indo-Pacific.

  • Their bite is worse then their Bark

    18th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handlers conducts controlled aggression training with military working dogs at Kadena Air Base. The 18th SFS continually conducts training with their MWD teams to ensure they are prepared to respond to emergencies. MWDs are trained to obey handlers

  • U.S., Japan conduct aerial integration exercise

    U.S. Air Force Senior Airmen Dominic Fontenot, 909th Air Refueling Squadron avionics journeyman and Colby Mall, 909th ARS aerospace propulsion journeyman, sit under a KC-135 Stratotanker before a refueling mission at Kadena Air Base, August 30, 2023. The 909th ARS flew in support of a bilateral

  • Royal Air Force flies with the 82nd Reconnaissance Squadron

    For over a decade, the U.S. Air Force and the United Kingdom Royal Air Force have been partnering together to enhance crew training, technology development, maintenance, and aircrew co-manning. This year marks the first time a RAF flight lieutenant was integrated into the RC-135 Rivet Joint program.

  • C-130J Super Hercules flies strong during Northern Edge

    U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. D’Angelo Seabron, 36th Airlift Squadron aircraft loadmaster, communicates with pilots during a flight aboard a C-130J Super Hercules en-route to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, July 10, 2023. Aircrew remain in constant communication during a flight, ensuring