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18th Wing gains new commander
U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Joel L. Carey relinquished command of the 18th Wing to Brig. Gen. David Eaglin during a change of command ceremony at Kadena Air Base, Japan, July 16, 2021.
DAGRE: mission ready anytime, any place
Deployed Aircraft Ground Response Element team members from the 353rd Special Operations Support Squadron load a Polaris MRZR onto a MC-130J Commando II at Kadena Air Base, Japan, June 25, 2021. DAGRE teams use rapid infiltration and exfiltration techniques to quickly deploy airfield security when forward area refueling points need to be
EOD hosts REHM Enabler Forces program
The 18th CES Explosives Ordnance Disposal Flight conducted a Rapid Explosive Hazard Mitigation Enabler Forces program to train 15 personnel from various career fields throughout the squadron. The 18th CES EOD Flight is the first unit Air Force wide to establish an all-inclusive program, training non-EOD personnel to perform explosive operations to supplement response capabilities during wartime recovery.
18 LRS Special Purpose technicians break it down
Special Purpose Airmen service a vehicle for its entire lifecycle – performing inspections and maintenance on it until it needs to be removed from the fleet, and then preparing it for retirement. This staircase truck must be disassembled so it can be transported safely, due to bridges on the planned route only allowing for a height clearance of 161 inches.
Don’t Mock the Maintenance Operations Center
Operating and maintaining aircraft is hard work, and when the going gets tough the 18th Maintenance Operations Center is ready to answer the call. With 26 Airmen working around-the-clock, the MOC serves as the liaison for all of Kadena’s aircraft maintenance units by responding whenever there is a need for supplies or mission updates.
A legacy, grounded: Pave Hawk ‘401’ retires
After 28 dutiful years, the HH-60G Pave Hawk with the tail number 26401 landed on the flight line at Kadena Air Base, Japan, one last time after completing its final flight on June 22, 2021.
Preparation in the face of the unexpected - how SERE educates military members
In efforts to prepare and protect the Air Force’s most valuable resource of all — Airmen — survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialists undergo extensive training to make certain aircrew members are up to date with the latest on survival and evasion tactics. The tactics taught give Airmen skills to aid in their survival in worst-case scenarios.
A glowing inspection
18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron nondestructive inspections technicians perform wheel penetrant inspections. They utilize X-ray, eddy current, dye penetrant and ultrasonic scanners to find the smallest imperfections and take the corrective measures needed to keep equipment and aircraft working safely.
18 CEG conducts joint RADR training
The 18th Civil Engineer Group conducted joint training with the Japan Air Self-Defense Force to increase interoperability between the two services and train in rapid airfield damage repair. This process is done to quickly get un airfield operable when attacked.
Current PCS, household goods affected by supply shortages
According to a newly released communiqué from the Air Force’s Personal Property Activity Headquarters, “Department of Defense demand this peak (PCS) season has greatly exceeded commercial industry capabilities, largely due to resource constraints associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Per industry, this resulted in a 25% decrease in their labor pool, resulting in (decreased) personal property movement capacity necessary to support private sector and government demand.”
Ride Together, Fly Together — Airman 4 Life
There are many great programs that benefit Airmen on Kadena; the Airman4LIFE program, implemented by the 718th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, brings members together every Friday to deliberately develop Airmen through coaching and mentoring in the social, mental, physical, spiritual and professional domains.
Prepare now: Emergency Management, typhoon season
Have you ever wondered who keeps Kadena Air Base safe through planning, preparing, responding and recovering from hazards? The 18th Civil Engineer Squadron’s Emergency Management Flight is tasked to do just that. Here on Kadena, one of the most prominent hazards EM prepares for yearly is typhoons, explained Senior Airman Tristen Kientz, a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives craftsman from the 18th CES.
718 CES survey innovate build
The 718th Civil Engineer Squadron, Execution Support, conducts surveying, mapping and damage assessment for Kadena. Working to provide guidance to decision makers on how to optimally innovate the construction for Kadena.
31st RQS: search rescue swiss army knife
Embodying the motto “that others may live,” the 31st Rescue Squadron’s mission is to make sure anyone in need of medical care, regardless of the location or situation, will make it out safe and sound. Being called upon to save lives under varying circumstances means the 31st RQS must be ready for any scenario and capable of a multitude of skills.
EOD hosts IED training
The 18th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal flight conducted a training event to hone their skills in responding to wartime Improvised Explosive Devices at Kadena Air Base, Japan, May 26-27, 2021. The exercise simulated a deployed jungle environment, with an emphasis on conducting IED response operations.