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  • 1st SOS conducts Flight of the Flock

    Seven 1st Special Operations Squadron MC-130J Commando II aircraft conducted “Flight of the Flock” off the coast of Okinawa, Japan Jan. 6, 2022. “Flight of the Flock” is a rare training opportunity designed to challenge the pilots and aircrew on conducting operations as efficiently as possible.

  • 18th MUNS Clears Shrines for Okinawan Residents

    U.S. Airmen from 18th Munitions Squadron cleared paths to and cleaned up shrubbery in front of shrines at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Dec. 15, 2021. Members of the Okinawan community usually would clear the paths and shrines themselves but due to COVID-19 haven't been able to. The Airmen who tackled

  • 909th ARS Support Operation Iron Dagger

    A 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker refueled U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning IIs from the 356th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron and 354th Air Expeditionary Wing over the Pacific Ocean in support of Operation Iron Dagger at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Dec. 8, 2021. During Iron Dagger, the

  • Destroying explosives, improving interoperability

    The 18th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal flight disposed of 930 unserviceable grenades with the help of Marines and Japan Air Self-Defense Force counterparts. Fostering bilateral relationships between U.S. EOD technicians and JASDF counterparts ensures increased interoperability.

  • Kadena's Young Tigers Fuel Bilateral Training

    Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-2A aircraft received fuel from a U.S. Air Force KC-135R Stratotanker from Kadena Air Base’s 909th Air Refueling Squadron alongside USMC F/A-18C Hornets while participating in a simulated maritime strike mission. The simulated maritime strike was coordinated by U.S.

  • Nailing first impressions: Digital scanner to 3D printer

    The 18th DS recently began using digital scanners to create orthodontic models with 3D printers. Traditional dental impressions are obtained by placing dental putty in the mouth of a patient, which can be more time-consuming and less accurate compared to a digital impression.

  • Forging bonds across the seas for a more safe, secure Indo-Pacific

    Members from the 390th Intelligence Squadron showed flight crews from the Royal Air Force, the Royal New Zealand Air Force and the Royal Canadian Air Force around their squadron's building and around a U.S. Air Force RC-135 Rivet Joint at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 22, 2021.

  • Aerospace propulsion flight keep the engines running

    The 18th Component Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion flight repairs and rebuilds aircraft engines, ensuring Kadena can deliver unmatched combat airpower in support of the U.S. interests, the defense of Japan, and peace and stability throughout the Indo-Pacific.

  • Get to the Choppa, it’s time for a Turkey Shoot!

    The 33rd Rescue Squadron took part in the Turkey Shoot at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 29, 2021.The Turkey Shoot is a friendly, base-wide competition that takes place once a year and allows units like the 33rd RQS to perform their duties in different scenarios.

  • F-15C Eagles get refueled during Turkey Shoot

    The 909th Air Refueling Squadron's KC-135 partook in this year's Turkey Shoot, refueling F-15C Eagles over the Pacific Ocean. The Turkey Shoot is a base-wide competition, allowing units to practice combat procedures in different circumstances.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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