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  • Metals technicians work with precision

    Metals Technicians at the 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron fabricate and weld machine components to practice and produce components for machinery at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Metals technicians must ensure they maintain the highest standards of their skill for fabrication operations on aircraft and

  • Keeping the giants in the sky

    A KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron is readied for open fuel tank maintenance at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Open fuel tank maintenance helps find and eliminate any possible failures and maintain the overall integrity of the aircraft.

  • Congressional Delegation visit

    The U.S. House representatives came to Kadena for a brief tour of the base and to learn about its role in ensuring a free and open Indo-Pacific.

  • A rescue in the dark

    A U.S. Air Force pararescuemen assigned to the 320th Special Tactics Squadron, treat a simulated wounded pilot during water operations rescue training off the shore of Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 22, 2023. The training tested maritime search and rescue capabilities as well as familiarity with combat rubber

  • RAAF Air Vice-Marshal visits Kadena

    Royal Australian Air Force Air Vice-Marshal Carl Newman, Pacific Air Forces Australian deputy commander, recently visited Japan to meet with commands in the region including 18th Wing, Japan Air Self-Defense Force, and the 336th Fighter Generation Squadron to gain a deeper understanding of their

  • JOEP bolsters bonds between U.S. Airmen, JASDF cadets

    Japan Air Self-Defense Force cadets visited Kadena Air Base, Japan, July 20 and 25, 2023, for Japanese Observer Exchange Program visits. During the visits, JASDF cadets received an 18th Wing mission briefing, had discussions with U.S. Air Force Airmen and visited static displays of the F-35A

  • Firemen training heats up at kadena

    U.S. Air Force 18th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters work to extinguish a simulated active structure fire and assist wounded patients at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 7, 2023. The 18th CES practices responding to scenarios such as fires, terrorist threats and structural collapse due to

  • Their bite is worse then their Bark

    18th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handlers conducts controlled aggression training with military working dogs at Kadena Air Base. The 18th SFS continually conducts training with their MWD teams to ensure they are prepared to respond to emergencies. MWDs are trained to obey handlers

  • U.S., Japan conduct aerial integration exercise

    U.S. Air Force Senior Airmen Dominic Fontenot, 909th Air Refueling Squadron avionics journeyman and Colby Mall, 909th ARS aerospace propulsion journeyman, sit under a KC-135 Stratotanker before a refueling mission at Kadena Air Base, August 30, 2023. The 909th ARS flew in support of a bilateral

  • Kadena hosts 18th MXG weapons load competition

    Selected Airmen from multiple bases competed to load munitions onto their respective aircraft during the 18th MXG weapons load competition at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The competition showcased the capabilities of the 366th Fighter Generation Squadron, 355th FGS, 18th AMXS and the 391st FGS's weapons

  • Airmen create friendships, build cultural understanding with local students

    A Kadena Language Institute instructor explains the history of karate to KLI students and volunteers from the 18th Wing during a cultural exchange event in Kadena Town, Japan, Aug. 18, 2023. Eight volunteers participated with the institute to learn about Okinawan sports and activities while also

  • A walk through the past: Okinawa residents visit historical sites on Kadena

    Okinawa City residents look at a plaque marking old aircraft hangers during a historical site tour of Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 17, 2023. Thirty-nine residents attended the historical site tour as part of a peace campaign led by Okinawa City, teaching the history of the Battle of Okinawa. (U.S.

  • 18th SFS Sharpens K9 Detection Skills

    The 18th Security Forces Squadron military working dog unit conducted search during detection training at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 24, 2023. These highly trained K-9s are used in patrol, drug and explosive detection, and other specialized functions to support the 18th Wings mission and secure

  • SNCO induction ceremony

    U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Space Force senior noncommissioned officer inductees attended the SNCO induction ceremony held at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The ceremony was held to celebrate the inductees’ accomplishments and to welcome them to the highest enlisted tier.