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Hawk eyes: 33rd Rescue Squadron training for readiness
U.S Air Force 1st Lt. Trent Badger, 33rd Rescue Squadron co-pilot, checks an HH-60G Pave Hawk prior to a training flight at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Dec. 1, 2021. The 33rd RQS conducts extensive training in various rescue scenarios to ensure they are ready to effectively respond to real-world contingencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman
18th Wing season's greetings
Hosted by the 18th Force Support Squadron, Season’s Greetings holiday card unit contest participants decorated a 6-by-4 foot sheet of plywood to be evaluated by a panel of judges. The winners of the contest will be announced during the 18th FSS' Tinsel Town event on Dec. 4, 2021.
USAF, JASDF, CNRJ partnership heats up
Japan Air Self-Defense Force firefighters observe joint training with Commander, Navy Region Japan Fire & Emergency Services and 18th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 30, 2021. JASDF firefighters witnessed Kadena Fire Emergency Services capabilities for the first time in two years, as training opportunities
Weapons load crews stay armed and ready
The quarterly weapons load competition pits the 67th AMU, “Fighting Cocks” against the 44th AMU “Vampire Bats” in a friendly competition of skill. These events sharpen the skills of the Airmen competing, allowing Kadena to deliver unmatched combat airpower to promote peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region
Connecting Kadena to the Indo-Pacific
Every day Airmen wake up and put on their uniform to perform a job essential to executing the mission. While getting the mission done is critical, understanding the strategic environment in which Airmen serve is equally important. U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Matthew Begeman, 353rd Special Operations Support Squadron intelligence flight chief, has made it his mission to equip Kadena service members with the knowledge and resources to better understand their impact in the Pacific. Begeman does this by briefing Airmen on topics such as the National Defense Strategy and international relations at the McDaniel Center.
VORTAC: Kadena’s Beacon of Hope
U.S. Air Force and Navy members worked together to install an antenna on the Very High Frequency Omnidirectional Range Tactical Air Control system at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 15, 2021. The VORTAC system is used to aid civil and military aircraft in navigation.
MOPP sortie generation during ATSO training
Airman 1st Class Samuel Graeser, 44th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, decontaminates an F-15C Eagle during an ability to survive and operate training exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 17, 2021. The decontamination process is used in the event an aircraft has been exposed to a chemical or biological agent during flight. (U.S. Air Force
Joint training: safe at sea
31st Rescue Squadron pararescuemen conduct hoist operations aboard the Landing Craft Utility, Fort McHenry, Nov. 10, 2021. This training consisted of a simulated patient needing to be exfiltrated aboard a vessel at sea, testing the aircraft pilot’s and ship captain’s ability to communicate effectively in order to conduct the rescue operation.
Pharmacy personnel care for Kadena's health
The pharmacy at Kadena fills approximately 2,500 prescriptions every week, helping maintain a fit and health force ready to deliver airpower any time, any place.
Multi-capable Airmen integration with JASDF
Japan Air Self-Defense Force Lt. Col. Sunao Matsumoto, right, 9th Air Wing base supply commander, and other JASDF members tour the 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron mobility processing building at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 10, 2021. Sharing practices and training tools strengthens relations between U.S. forces and host nation allies, creating a
Bob Hope Elementary opens with ribbon cutting ceremony
Members of the Kadena High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Color Guard stand ready to begin the ribbon cutting ceremony at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 9, 2021. The honor guard presented the colors for the playing of the National Anthems of Japan and the United States, which officially kicked off the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by
Kadena post office unloads the sleigh
With the holiday season quickly approaching, the Kadena post office is working hard to ensure everyone receives holiday mail in a timely manner. “We are processing about 4,500 parcels a day compared to the standard 2,000 parcels due to the holidays,” explained Senior Master Sgt. Gabrielle Sablan, 718th Force Support Squadron postal operations superintendent. “The post office staff is working 12 hour days to process mail through Japanese airlines and bi-monthly charter flights. Starting in December, there will be weekly charter flights.”
DFAC serves Kadena
The Marshall dining facility serves Airmen and other service members to keep them fueled to fight.
909th ARS Refuels Eagles
The 909th Air Refueling Squadron supported F-15C Eagles by providing aerial refueling. The 909 ARS provides combat-ready KC-135 and crew to support peacetime operations and all levels of conflict in the Indo-Pacific theater.
Family values on foreign soil
A Shogun Airman from Kadena Air Base, Japan, has been recognized for his continuous volunteer efforts over the past two years to help Nakanomachi Elementary School maintain their school grounds starting at approximately Oct. 2019 during the COVID-19 lockdowns. Senior Airman Darren Meno, 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron fire truck and refueling maintenance technician, began giving his personal time and funds to help a good friend.