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  • 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,

  • Cope North 24: ACE accelerates USAF to stay ahead in Great Power Competition

    In a time of increasing conflict and threats to the balance of a rules based international order, the Department of the Air Force is transforming to effectively deter aggression in this era of Great Power Competition. Agile Combat Employment, the main objective of Cope North 24, is key to developing

  • Cope North 24: Spoke location spoken words

    As Cope North 24 continues, multinational participants are operating out of dispersed locations in the Indo-Pacific to improve capability and capacity for agile combat employment operations. Despite the geographic separation, Allies and partners are collaborating and integrating to create and

  • 18th AES trains their care in the air

    18th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron conducts Aeromedical Readiness Mission training onboard a KC-135 Stratotanker. Members of the 18th AES undergo extensive training to respond to various emergency medical scenarios, ensuring they are prepared to evacuate, treat and transport wounded military and

  • Allies and Partners move as one in Cope North 24

    ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam – As you and your team arrive, you see it; a sea of various uniforms moving as waves across the facility. You make your way to your equipment, hearing all the different languages that fill the space, all to support the same event, all to move together as waves in

  • 909th ARS refuels Navy P-8 Poseidon

    A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron conducts aerial refueling with a U.S.Navy P-8 Poseidon over the Pacific Ocean, Feb. 1, 2024. The 909th ARS is the Pacific Air Force's lead force for air refueling joint and Allied aircraft during all contingencies.

  • ACE conducts spoke location exercise

    18th Wing Airmen from various squadrons conducted an Agile Combat Employment F-15C Eagle refueling exercise on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 30, 2024. The exercise simulated a refueling operation from a hub and spoke location in an ACE environment. ACE creates multi-capable Airmen and service members

  • 18th MXG secures Phoenix Award win

    The 18th Maintenance Group won the Department of Defense’s Phoenix Award for Maintenance Excellence of the Year during the Secretary of Defense Maintenance Awards ceremony on December 19, 2023. The award is presented annually to honor the “Best” maintenance unit in the DoD, with this recognition

  • Brigadier General Evans' promotion ceremony

    U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Nicholas Evans, 18th Wing commander, pins on brigadier general during a promotion ceremony at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 30, 2024. Evans commands the largest combat wing in the U.S. Air Force which provides U.S. Indo-Pacific Command trained and equipped tactical air

  • HH-60Ws move to Kadena

    The HH-60W Jolly Green IIs from the 55th Rescue Generation Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, arrived at their new duty station, Kadena Air Base, Japan, January 26, 2024. The HH-60W is the successor to the HH-60G “Pave Hawk” and built on the established framework of the UH-60M “Black Hawk”

  • 31st RQS, 353rd SOW conduct pararescue training

    Pararescuemen with the 31st Rescue Squadron jumped out of an MC-130J Commando II assigned to the 353rd Special Operations Wing over Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 19, 2024. Pararescuemen are trained, equipped and postured to conduct full spectrum personnel recovery operations in both peacetime and combat

  • 5th AF holds Commander’s Conference at Kadena

    The Commanders Conference brought together leadership teams across affiliated installations to receive 5th AF guidance, provide feedback and situation awareness up the chain, and shared challenges and opportunities. The visit also provided U.S. Air Force leadership with a forum to discuss military

  • Hot-pit refueling with 67th AMU and 18th LRS

    Hot-pit refueling uses a single-point refuel pump, allowing an aircraft to be refueled immediately after landing, with the engine running. Through innovative concepts such as hot-pitting, Kadena Airmen are further strengthening the Pacific Air Forces’ ability to generate and sustain combat airpower

  • Kadena weapons teams compete for the best

    The load competition graded Airmen from the 4th Fighter Generation Squadron, 356th FGS, 18th AMXS and the 159th FGS on a variety of competencies including safety, appearance, speed, knowledge and accuracy. Weapons load competitions test a squadron’s ability to safely and accurately load munitions