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67th AMU maintains air superiority
U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 67th Aircraft Maintenance Unit conduct pre-flight inspections of an F-15C eagle at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 14, 2021. The 67th AMU maintains the F-15C Eagles at Kadena Air Base to ensure they can deliver decisive air power in a moments notice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stephen Pulter)
Fallen firefighters remembered during 9/11 memorial climb
On the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, attacks on the World Trade Center in N.Y., firefighters and members of the community came together to participate in a stair climb as a symbol of the heroic journey first responders took 20 years ago.
Egress specialists: Propelling pilots safely
Egress Airmen ensure pilots can safely eject from aircraft in the event of an emergency. They perform maintenance and coordination of seats, hatches and modules to make sure every component of an ejection seat is in working order.
Remembering 9/11: Master Sgt. Mann
I was in the military for roughly 9 months and scheduled to go on my first TDY to Prince Sultan Air Base in Saudi Arabia. I woke up that morning at 0300 in my dormitory at Beale AFB, Calif., and was excited to go on an adventure with 12 other security forces members. We met up at the squadron, packed our gear onto a bus, checked out our M-16 rifles and other weapons like the M-60 machinegun and started our trip to the airport in Sacramento.
Remembering 9/11: 1st Lt. Cook
I was seven years old in second grade it’s one of those memories that’s burned into your mind. You can remember the details of the moment. I remember walking into our school library. I can picture coming through the door and seeing the librarian’s reaction as the events replayed on the news, shortly after watching that first plane strike the tower on this TV she had above her desk.
Team Kadena's First Responders Remember 9/11
“I know Sept. 11 was really huge for America, and that a lot of lives were lost. The first time I remember hearing about it, I was in kindergarten. That is when my parents told me about the attack. It has impacted me a lot, it makes me strive to be better every day because life is short and you never know what could happen at any given time so you
Kadena's first responders compete in Battle of the Badges
First responders from the 18th Security Forces Squadron and Fire Department, including 18th Healthcare Operations Squadron medics embedded within the Fire Department, came together to compete in the event, held during the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Keeping the records straight: 18th CS Knowledge Management Center
18th Contracting Squadron: Keeping assets up-to-date
Kadena Air Base is like a machine. Machines are filled with several unseen parts that make it function, and it’s easy to tell when something isn’t functioning properly. The 18th Contracting Squadron makes sure Kadena, as a machine, keeps running smoothly.
Curious minded Nacho
“Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.” -Thomas H. Huxley Learning something new can be tough. Especially when dealing with a job or culture you aren’t accustomed to. However, new knowledge and understanding can open the doors to new opportunities.
Weapons Standardization Evaluates Loading Operations
Weapons Standardization Airmen from the 44th Aircraft Maintenance Unit provide instruction and guidance during evaluations for aircraft munition loading operations.
18th MDSS pharmacy flight keeps Kadena healthy
The 18th Medical Support Squadron pharmaceutical flight, provide pharmaceutical care to patients at Kadena Air Base. Whether maintaining an up-to-date flu vaccine or preparing for a temporary duty, the 18th Medical Group has the resources to keep Airmen ready and healthy.
961st AMU maintains eyes in the sky
Airmen from the 961st Aircraft Maintenance Unit inspect an E-3 Sentry aircraft at Kadena Air Base. The 961st AMU maintains computer systems, replaces parts and ensures the E-3 Sentry aircraft is safe for flight.
18th LRS IPE equips Kadena
Danger is bound to lurk around the corner when you serve as the “Keystone of the Pacific.” The 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron’s individual protective equipment element serves to keep Kadena personnel equipped for anything, and to help aircrew members prevent a dangerous situation from getting worse.
From construction to command post: An Airman’s journey
While breaking concrete at his dad’s construction company one day, it hit him: If he wanted to see his dreams closer than on a TV screen, he needed to change his life. Five years later, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. James Rubalcava, 18th Wing command post senior controller, reflects on his journey and how his Hispanic heritage and culture helps him along the way.