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  • 18th Wing completes super surge

    The 67th and 44th Fighter Squadrons and their respective aircraft maintenance units put their sortie generation skills to the test during a four-day super surge at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 18-21, 2021. 
  • 909th ARS fuels F-16 Fighting Falcons during CSART

    The 909th ARS provided aerial refueling in support of a combat search and rescue training event hosted by the 8th Fighter Wing. The focus of this combat search and rescue training event aimed to maximize integration while taking advantage of the unique opportunity to practice personnel recovery operations with a full spectrum of experience levels and assets.
  • Haunted Load

    The 18th Maintenance Group hosted the “Haunted Load,” this year's third quarter load competition at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 15, 2021. Load competitions take place every quarter, testing the crews timeliness and accuracy when loading munitions onto U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagles
  • 909th ARS refuels 44th FS

    Kadena Air Base's 909th Arial Refueling Squadron refuels F-15 Eagles over the Pacific.
  • 18th AES saves in the sky

    Airman from the 18th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron trained life saving skills on a 909th Arial Refueling Squadron KC-135. This training reviewed In-flight emergency procedures, CPR training and more.
  • 909th AMU powers refueling capabilities across Pacific

    The 909th AMU maintains KC-135’s and provides support to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, working around the clock to ensure refueling operations can be carried out, day or night.
  • 18th Security Forces Squadron, Army 1st Special Forces Group conduct TCCC training

    Tactical Combat Casualty Care training teaches first responders to treat casualties in the proper order, treating the most critical situations first. The training emphasized the acronym MARCH (massive hemorrhage, airway, respirations, circulation, head injury/hypothermia) which is used by TCCC-trained individuals to help remember the correct order of treatment. The TCCC course was taught by a U.S. Army Green Beret medic, which allowed 18th SFS defenders to receive advanced medical training.
  • NDI energizes Kadena

    Nondestructive inspection specialists ensure aircraft safety and readiness by using magnetic particles, fluorescent penetrants and eddy currents to detect cracks in aircraft parts that may be invisible to the naked eye. A magnetic particle inspection is a nondestructive method used to reveal surface and near surface discontinuities in magnetic materials. The keys to a successful magnetic particle inspection are the correct amount of magnetization of the part, adequate contrast between the part’s surface and the particles used to identify the flaw.
  • Kadena's TLAMM-P keeps USINDOPACOM ready

    The 18th Medical Support Squadron set up the Theater Lead Agent for Medical Materiel-Pacific, which acts as the epicenter to deliver medical supplies and equipment to the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command theater outside of the Republic of Korea, at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 15, 2021.
  • 909th ARS supports A-10 Thunderbolts during CSART

    U.S. Air Force Capts. Kemper Peterson, left, and Crosby Shaver, 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker pilots, conduct pre-flight checks at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 14, 2021. The 909th ARS is the premiere force for aerial refueling operations in the Indo-Pacific theater, supporting U.S. forces and regional allies and partners. (U.S.
  • Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy come together to set up ATTU

    U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 353rd Special Operations Support Squadron worked alongside members of the III Marine Expeditionary Force and the U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa to put together an Air Transportable Treatment Unit at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 23, 2021. The ATTU was constructed in preparation for the upcoming bilateral engagement with the Japan Self Defense Force during the Rescue Island Disaster exercise.
  • 18th CES Fire Prevention Week demonstration

    U.S. Air Force firefighting equipment rests on the ground prior to a demonstration during Fire Prevention Week at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 7, 2021. This year’s FPW campaign, “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety!” aimed to educate the community about the different sounds their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms make, and knowing how to respond. (U.S.
  • 18th SFS undergo OC exposure training

    All 18th Security Forces Squadron members must receive oleoresin capsicum exposure training prior to being certified to carry it. Defenders are exposed to OC spray to ensure they are aware of its effects.
  • 18th AES members answer the call

    An hour into their flight on Sept. 10, 2021, a group of five 18th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron members traveling from Okinawa to Tokyo responded to an overhead call for medical assistance and provided aid to a Japanese passenger that potentially saved his life.
  • 18th MUNS conducts largest TARRP exercise in 18 years

    Senior Airman Scott Soppe, 18th Munitions Squadron operations technician, takes inventory during a Tactical Air-munitions Rapid Response Package exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 5, 2021. TARRP is a theater-specific short-notice munitions airlift capability under the U.S. Air Force’s Standard Air Munitions Package (STAMP) construct, which