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  • 18th OMRS boosts Kadena's health, immunity

    In an effort to keep the 18th Wing and the local community safe, technicians at the Immunization Clinic provided both series and booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to active-duty military members and local contractors.

  • 909th ARS refuels fighters in the PACIFIC WEASEL exercise

    The 909th Air Refueling Squadron supported Exercise PACIFIC WEASEL over the Pacific Ocean Jan. 21, 2022. The goal of PAC WEASEL is to enhance the defensive capabilities of U.S. Forces Japan and Japanese allies. The 909th ARS refueled fighter jets, supporting the U.S.’s commitment to defending a free

  • 67th FS, 67th AMU prepares F-15s for Southern Beach

    A 67th Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagle takes flight during Exercise Southern Beach at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 19, 2022. This exercise helps strengthen relationships between domestic and foreign forces, ensuring an effective and lethal response to future high-end missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by

  • From swab to call: COVID-19 testing

    The 18th Medical Group conducts COVID-19 testing for personnel who are traveling, leaving Restriction of Movement orders, showing COVID-19 symptoms and close contacts. The 18th MDG moved all COVID-19 testing to Stearley Heights Elementary Jan. 18, 2022.

  • 1st SOS conducts Flight of the Flock

    Seven 1st Special Operations Squadron MC-130J Commando II aircraft conducted “Flight of the Flock” off the coast of Okinawa, Japan Jan. 6, 2022. “Flight of the Flock” is a rare training opportunity designed to challenge the pilots and aircrew on conducting operations as efficiently as possible.

  • 18th MUNS Clears Shrines for Okinawan Residents

    U.S. Airmen from 18th Munitions Squadron cleared paths to and cleaned up shrubbery in front of shrines at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Dec. 15, 2021. Members of the Okinawan community usually would clear the paths and shrines themselves but due to COVID-19 haven't been able to. The Airmen who tackled

  • 909th ARS Support Operation Iron Dagger

    A 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker refueled U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning IIs from the 356th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron and 354th Air Expeditionary Wing over the Pacific Ocean in support of Operation Iron Dagger at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Dec. 8, 2021. During Iron Dagger, the

  • Destroying explosives, improving interoperability

    The 18th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal flight disposed of 930 unserviceable grenades with the help of Marines and Japan Air Self-Defense Force counterparts. Fostering bilateral relationships between U.S. EOD technicians and JASDF counterparts ensures increased interoperability.

  • Kadena's Young Tigers Fuel Bilateral Training

    Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-2A aircraft received fuel from a U.S. Air Force KC-135R Stratotanker from Kadena Air Base’s 909th Air Refueling Squadron alongside USMC F/A-18C Hornets while participating in a simulated maritime strike mission. The simulated maritime strike was coordinated by U.S.

  • Nailing first impressions: Digital scanner to 3D printer

    The 18th DS recently began using digital scanners to create orthodontic models with 3D printers. Traditional dental impressions are obtained by placing dental putty in the mouth of a patient, which can be more time-consuming and less accurate compared to a digital impression.

  • Forging bonds across the seas for a more safe, secure Indo-Pacific

    Members from the 390th Intelligence Squadron showed flight crews from the Royal Air Force, the Royal New Zealand Air Force and the Royal Canadian Air Force around their squadron's building and around a U.S. Air Force RC-135 Rivet Joint at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 22, 2021.