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  • Joining the backbone of the USAF

    Kadena hosted its first quarterly noncommissioned officer induction ceremony to celebrate new Staff Sgts. at the Erwin Professional Military Education Center

  • Soaring Eagles at Southern Beach

    18th Wing and Japan Air Self-Defense Force conducted bilateral exercise Southern Beach at Naha Air Base and Kadena Air Base, May 13-17, 2024. Southern Beach is held annually in an effort to enhance interoperability between U.S. Forces and host nation partners.

  • 18th Medical Group conducts Ready Eagle

    The 18th Medical Group conducted Ready Eagle, a mass casualty exercise highlighting their expertise and critical role in patient care in challenging environments.

  • Police Week opening ceremony 2024

    Police Week recognizes the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement members, paying special tribute to those who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. In 1962, U.S. President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day

  • The Marshall DFAC is back

    Leaders from across Kadena Air Base, Japan, served food to Airmen at the Marshall Dining Facility to celebrate its official reopening May 6, 2024, after a ribbon-cutting ceremony with U.S. Air Force Col. Joshua Lundeby, 18th Wing deputy commander. 

  • 909th ARS keeps Green Knights flying during KFT 24

    A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, conducts aerial refueling with a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, during Korea Flying Training 24 over the Republic

  • 33rd RQS celebrates HH-60G legacy with formation flight

    Since 1982, the HH-60 “Golf” Pave Hawk has created a valiant legacy of combat search and rescue, disaster relief, casualty evacuation and medivac for the U.S. Air Force. From the hot and dry deserts of the middle east, to the stormy seas of the pacific, rescue operators have felt assurance in this

  • 27th Fighter Squadron arrives at Kadena

    A U.S. F-22A Raptor assigned to the 27th Fighter Squadron arrives at Kadena Air Base, Japan, April 20, 2024. As the 18th Wing continues the phased return of Kadena’s fleet of F-15C/D Eagles, the Department of Defense will maintain a steady-state fighter presence in the Indo-Pacific region by

  • 909th ARS keep Hogs flying

    The 909th Air Refueling Squadron refueled U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs assigned to the 25th Fighter Squadron, Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, over the Pacific Ocean, April 17, 2024. Refueling missions extend the breadth of U.S. aerial capabilities throughout the Indo-Pacific, demonstrating

  • Team Kadena showcases overwhelming air power in unique display

    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,