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  • 31st RQS sharpens search and rescue capabilities

    A U.S. Air Force pararescueman assigned to the 31st Rescue Squadron exits a combat rubber raiding craft during a search and rescue training in the Pacific Ocean, Sept. 13, 2022. These training exercises are designed to posture RQS’s to respond quickly and effectively to a wide range of possible

  • Exercise Southern Beach strengthens bilateral partnerships

    U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jordan Barker, 909th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, delivers fuel to a 44th Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagle during Exercise Southern Beach, over the Pacific Ocean, Sept. 15, 2022. Bilateral training builds trusting relationships among foreign and domestic forces and

  • AIS keep electronics flight ready

    Airmen from the 18th Component Maintenance Squadron work on different projects in the avionics intermediate shop at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 29, 2022. The AIS takes care of the upkeep of many of the electronics found on the F-15C Eagle, ensuring the safety of pilots and aircraft before they take

  • 909th ARS refuels F-35s, increases interoperability

    The 909th Air Refueling Squadron conducts in-flight refueling operations with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 over the Pacific Ocean, Sept. 9, 2022. The U.S. can operate from the sanctuary of bases across the INdo-Pacific region, increasing interoperability and lethality.

  • KLI Interns experience Kadena

    Students from the Kadena Language Institute interned at various locations around Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 16-Sept. 9, 2022. These students practiced their English while also learning a bit more about Kadena Air Base and helping out their respective locations serve Airmen and their families.

  • Kadena hosts National Preparedness Month fair

    Members of the Commander Fleet Activities Okinawa, the American Red Cross and the 18th Wing participated in a National Preparedness Month fair at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 12, 2022. National Preparedness Month is observed every September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for

  • A drive for success

    Airmen from the 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron Vehicle Management Flight ensure vehicles are mission ready through routine inspections and repairs.

  • PACAF deputy commander recognizes Kadena innovation milestones

    U.S. Air Force Deputy Commander of Pacific Air Forces, Lt. Gen. James Jacobson, visited Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 16-19, 2022, to learn about Kadena operations on Okinawa and observe the quality of life of the Airmen who make up the largest operational combat wing in the Air Force.

  • 18th CMS test cell Airmen unleash the afterburner

    An F-15C Eagle engine runs at full afterburner inside the test cell at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 25, 2022. The test cell is a sound-suppressed facility, allowing maintainers to run the engines at in-flight performance levels, looking for any complications or failures that may arise. (U.S. Air

  • 44th FS summer surge

    An F-15C Eagle assigned to the 44th Fighter Squadron lands after a training sortie in support of surge operations at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 24, 2022. During the surge, the 44th FS flew up to 40 sorties a day, honing air-to-air tactics and advanced combat maneuvers, and strengthening the

  • Building bonds with BDOWG

    U.S. Air Force Airmen, Marines, and Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) service members came together to sharpen their skills by conducting a Bilateral Defense of Okinawa Working Group (BDOWG) at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 1-4, 2022. The working group allows all the services to discuss ways to

  • Going beyond the why with CPI

    Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) is a vital element to ensuring the Air Force and Kadena Air Base continue to develop and KAB maintains its position as the Keystone of the Pacific. CPI is the methodology of taking a process and breaking it down step by step to improve upon it.

  • Always sky dive with friends

    Members of the U.S. Air Force and Navy joined up as they practiced their jumps from the back of a 1st Special Operations Squadron MC-130J Commando II over the coast of Japan, Aug. 5, 2022. The U.S. Air Force and Navy work alongside each other during training like this in order to maximize efficient

  • 82nd hosts UK aviators

    A crew of Royal Air Force aviators deployed to Kadena Air Base in support of a co-manned mission, maintaining RC-135 Rivet Joints. The USAF and RAF have used their alliance to strengthen bonds and expand the capabilities of each nation’s defense. In order to replace their fleet of outdated Nimrod

  • Father passes baton to son during final flight

    With retirement around the corner, U.S. Air Force Col. Dominic Setka, former 5th Air Force chief of staff, jumped on the opportunity to take his final flight in an E-3 Sentry with his son, U.S. Air Force Capt. Nathan Setka, 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron air weapons officer at Kadena Air Base,