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  • Raptors and Vipers join the flock

    The Air Force’s largest combat wing and its mission partners on Kadena Air Base generated an impressive array of some of the most advanced aircraft on earth including F-15C, F-16C, F-22A, F-35A, MQ-9, HH-60G/W, MC-130J, KC-135, P-8, RC-135 and E-3 ready to perform any air combat mission to ensure a

  • Shimi holiday on Kadena

    A Shinto priest leads a family in prayer before beginning to move their family’s remains at Kadena Air Base, Japan, April 7, 2024. The visiting families came together to pay respects to their ancestors for the annual holiday of Shimi. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cedrique Oldaker)

  • Air Force leaders focus on ACE during Kadena visit

    Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Allvin, and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force David Flosi visited Kadena Air Base, Japan, April 6, to observe Team Kadena’s unique capabilities and ongoing efforts to re-optimize for great power competition.

  • Raptors arrive to the Keystone of the Pacific

    U.S. Air Force F-22A Raptors, operated by the 199th and 19th Fighter Squadrons, arrive at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 28, 2024. While deployed to the Keystone of the Pacific, 19th and 199th FS Raptors will work in conjunction with additional heavy, reconnaissance, and fourth generation fighters,

  • In service of others

    In recognition of National Medal of Honor Day, we would like to spotlight Dakota Meyer for visiting us at Kadena Air Base.Meyer was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of Ganjgal on 8 September 2009, Kunar Province, Afghanistan. He continues to serve others by sharing his

  • Kadena conducts bilateral aircraft mishap exercise

    18th Wing and Okinawan emergencies responders participated in a bilateral aircraft mishap response field exercise at Kadena Marina, Japan, March 21, 2024. Exercises like these improve interoperability and readiness for real-world emergencies, maintaining readiness to respond rapidly to any threat,

  • All-female NICU team performs double emergency transfer

    In an important display of knowledge, coordination and dedication, an all-female team of neonatal intensive care unit and aeromedical evacuation Airmen successfully executed a double transport of Critical infants.

  • Kadena Leadership Convene

    18th Wing leadership got together to discuss top issues impacting Kadena service members and their quality of life. Every Airman plays a vital role; which is why leaders must empower Airmen by providing clear intent, trust and resources to solutions for tough problems.

  • Joint and allied forces build brighter smiles

    Kadena Air Base hosted the 67th Tri-Service Dental Conference, a three-day event led by the 18th Dental Squadron, to allow U.S. and Japanese service members and civilian dentistry workers the opportunity to train, network, educate and team build.

  • 18th OSS Predicts the Unpredictable

    From rain clouds to typhoons, the 18th Operations Support Squadron Weather Flight ensures all personnel and coalition partners know the local weather and prepare accordingly.

  • 18th MDG hosts doctor day for Okinawan students

    The 18th Medical Group hosted a Doctor Day event for local Okinawan students at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 18, 2024. The event showcased what Air Force medical professionals do on a day to day basis to keep Airmen healthy.

  • Joint HAAR extends search and rescue capabilities

    A U.S. Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk assigned to the 33rd Rescue Squadron conducts helicopter air-to-air refueling with a U.S. Marine Corps KC-130J Super Hercules assigned to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 152, during a joint search and rescue training mission over the Pacific Ocean,

  • 909th ARS celebrates international women’s day

    The 909th Air Refueling Squadron celebrated international women’s day by hosting an all women’s flight at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 8, 2024. Every March, the Department of Defense recognizes Women’s History Month to honor the achievements of military and civilian women serving their country.

  • Kadena hosts Career Summit

    The 18th Wing hosted a Career Summit, intended for military, veterans, military spouses, caregivers and civilians to expanded their career opportunities at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Feb. 29, 2024. The event offered attendees the opportunity to meet, network, and interview with regional and national