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  • Kadena hosts Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness

    The Honorable Gilbert R Cisneros Jr., the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, and Ms. Seileen Mullen, the Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, visited Kadena Air Base, Japan, Feb. 1, 2023 as part of a U.S. Forces Japan tour.

  • Shogun Showdown 2023

    Senior Airman Kevin Arredondo, 44th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew member, prepares CATM-120C missiles for loading during Shogun Showdown, a weapons load competition at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Feb. 3, 2023. The CATM-120C is a training unit used to simulate the AIM-120 missile. It is

  • LEAPing into action

    Airmen from around the 18th Wing met to strengthen their language skills during a Language Enabled Airman Program professional development session, which consisted of presentations by the Air Force Culture and Language Center and a current LEAP scholar Jan. 26, 2023, at Kadena Air Base, Japan.

  • AF director of logistics visits Kadena

    U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Linda Hurry, director of logistics, Deputy Chief of Staff for logistics, engineering and force protection, visited Kadena Air Base, Jan. 28-31, 2023. During the visit, Hurry gained further insight on Kadena’s role in Pacific Air Forces logistical capabilities in securing a

  • 909th ARS supports Wild Weasels

    A U.S. Air Force F-16CM Fighting Falcon assigned to the 35th Fighter Wing approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron for aerial refueling over Hokkaido, Japan, Jan. 27, 2023. With assistance from the KC-135, aircraft are able to stay in the air for longer

  • 18th EMS equipped to maintain

    U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Fedrick Pareja, left, and U.S. Staff Sgt. Caleb Robino, 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron repair and reclamation journeymen, examine an F-15D Eagle cockpit during maintenance procedures at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 25, 2023. The 18th EMS provides maintenance services

  • Lose a little to gain a whole watt more

    KADENA AIR BASE, Japan –  Power outages are no fun, but unplanned power outages are worse. That’s why the 718th Civil Engineer Squadron has planned for a series of scheduled power outages to take place around Kadena from January 28 to July 22.

  • 33rd RQS: Leading with Lethality

    A U.S. Air Force special missions aviator assigned to the 33rd Rescue Squadron prepares 0.50 caliber ammunition for a training flight at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 17, 2023. The 33rd RQS provides a ready combat search and rescue platform to aid in exercises and real-world operations in the

  • U.S. and Japanese Forces team up for Southern Beach

    KADENA AIR BASE, Japan – U.S. Airmen and Sailors from Kadena Air Base, Japan teamed up in the skies near Okinawa with Japan Air Self Defense Force personnel during the latest iteration of the bilateral Southern Beach exercise on 19 January, 2023.

  • Falcons on the Flightline

    A U.S. Air Force F-16CM Fighting Falcon assigned to the 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, arrives at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 19, 2023. The Fighting Falcon is renowned for its fly-by-wire system, and exceptionally flexible design enabling it to excel worldwide in a range of both

  • 1st SOS (Re)loads the HIMARS

    Airmen assigned to the 1st Special Operations Squadron and Marines assigned to the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force practiced new load and unload techniques for M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System ammo pods at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 10, 2023. The 3rd MEF and 1st SOS collaborated to

  • Falcons join Raptors and Eagles at KAB

    F-16CM Fighting Falcons from the 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, arrived at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 16, 2023, to support the on-going phased return of Kadena’s fleet of F-15C/D Eagles to the United States.

  • Kadena connects to Starlink

    Airman 1st Class Cody Moser, 18th Communications Squadron expeditionary communications technician, conducts a performance test for a Starlink terminal at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 10, 2023. “Connection to Starlink means we can bump up our end-users from 6 to 8 to potentially 20 to 30, which

  • 909th ARS refuel B-1B Lancers over Pacific

    Aircrew assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, refueled U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, over the Pacific Ocean, Jan. 10, 2023. The U.S. Indo-Pacific Command routinely and visibly

  • 5th AF DCOM visits Okinawa

    U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Emmanuel Brown, right, 353rd Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron MC-130 craftsman crew chief, briefs Brig. Gen. Jesse Friedel, left, Fifth Air Force deputy commander, on their medical evacuation capabilities at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Dec. 1, 2022. The U.S. Air