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ACE: A Light, Lean and Fast Air Force
U.S. service members from the 18th Wing, as well as Airmen from Misawa and Yokota worked in conjunction with Marines during an Agile Combat Employment exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, the week of May 3, 2021. During the three-day event multiple units such as the 18th Wing Petroleum, Oil and Lubricant Flight, the 44th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Ghost Flight and the Marine Wing Support Squadron 172 participated in implementing and testing several different ACE concepts.
F-35B Lightning II refuels with KC-135 Stratotanker
KC-135 Stratotanker from Kadena Air Base, Japan, refuels Marine aircraft during training exercise.
PMEL calibrates Kadena
From torque wrenches to the self-checkout scale used at the commissary, the Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory calibrates and maintains a wide-range of equipment to ensure precision.
Q.A. for a Day – a safer, better Air Force
Many programs exist for interoperability between the different units on Kadena Air Base, but QA for a Day lets maintainers from the 18th Maintenance Group get insight on what quality assurance evaluators look for when they're evaluating maintainers.
SERE teach Combat Survival Training
U.S. Air Force survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialists with the 18th Operational Support Squadron, train and instruct aircrew members during a combat survival training course at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 18, 2021. CST is a SERE taught course that prepares aircrew members for the worst-case scenario.
Kadena administers Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine
The 18th Medical Group began administering the Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 vaccine to all eligible personnel on Kadena Air Base, Japan. Vaccines for COVID-19 are only available after they’re demonstrated to be safe and effective in large phase-three clinical trials, have been authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and have been manufactured and distributed safely and securely.
The AFRC offers a helping hand
The Airman and Family Readiness Center staff at Kadena Air Base continue to support U.S. service members and their families during the pandemic.
18 MXG promotes spirituality through Nest Program
The 18th Maintenance Group is ensuring their most valuable asset – the Airmen – are spiritually resilient by implementing the Nest Program. The Nest Program is designed to help Airmen spiritually discover their innate purpose and meaning through recurring events that aim to build intrinsically resilient squadrons.
Joint training fuels Air Force, Marine synergy
U.S Air Force Airman 1st Class Thom Saintelus, a fuels distribution operator from the 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels Management Flight, operates an R-11 fuel truck during joint training at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 11, 2021. The fuel truck, which can hold up to 6,000 gallons of fuel, was used to fill two fuel bladders. This joint
18th Wing CPI events lead maintainers to groundbreaking results
Air Force readiness can be defined in terms of how efficiently the military can generate air combat capabilities along with steadfast personnel to execute military operations anywhere in the world with speed, force, and precision. The 18th Maintenance Group is a prime example of excellence in readiness, utilizing tested problem-solving methods to maximize day-to-day operations, leading to groundbreaking outcomes.
Operation Tomodachi: 10-year anniversary of unshakable friendship
Ten years ago on March 11, 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake, followed by a massive 33-foot tsunami, decimated the coast of Honshu, Japan. In the aftermath, the Government of Japan reached out to the United States for assistance and Team Kadena was ready to respond. Shortly after the earthquake and tsunami struck, a devastating radiation-filled explosion occurred at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The chain of events resulted in the deaths of over 15,000 people and left thousands more injured and unaccounted for, setting off Operation Tomodachi – meaning “friend” – a joint humanitarian effort between Japan and the U.S. to provide relief to impacted Japanese civilians and U.S. military bases.
18th CS maintains smooth communications
The Radio Frequency Transmission Systems work center personnel consistently practices setting up Very Small Aperture Terminal satellites to ensure they’re functioning properly. They perform any kind of troubleshooting necessary to get the VSATs in working order.
18th Wing MCA course teaches spall repair
The MCA course supports the Agile Combat Employment concept and teaches Airmen skills outside of their normal job duties, such as purchasing goods overseas as a paying agent, setting up a communications flyaway kit and repairing spalls. Having a force of Multi-Capable Airmen allows for more efficient teams, with fewer people, potentially changing how the Air Force generates airpower.
18th EMS technician hones welding skills
Practicing welding techniques during downtime is key for Metals Tech Airmen to perfect their skills. Aircraft Metals Technology members are responsible for repairing and creating essential aircraft parts.