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  • US, Australia, Japan launch 2015 Operation Christmas Drop

    With the holiday season now in full swing, C-130 Hercules aircraft, aircrews and support personnel with the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, Royal Australian Air Force and 374th Airlift Wing from Yokota Air Base, Japan, began spreading cheer and joy while practicing critical humanitarian aid disaster relief training by delivering donated goods via C-130s to more than 56 of the Pacific's most remote, populated islands.
  • 44th AMU keeps their Eagles ready-to-fly

    U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Brandon Martel, 67th Aircraft Maintenance Unit avionics technician apprentice, secures safety wire for a sniper pod on an F-15C Eagle, Dec. 8, 2015, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The safety wire and attached pin ensure the sniper pod cannot be accidently jettisoned during flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Zackary
  • Explosive threats no match for Osan EOD

    Whether a faulty 9 mm pistol round or a pipe bomb meant to cause harm, there is one shop that holds the responsibility of disarming and disposing of these dangerous objects. With their extensive and rigorous training, the Airmen from the 51st Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal flight protect the Airmen and families at Osan Air Base from any explosive threat.
  • Andersen hosts 64th annual Operation Christmas Drop ‘Push Ceremony’

    The 64th iteration of Operation Christmas Drop will begin here Dec. 8 at 9 a.m. with an official “Push Ceremony” followed by U.S. Air Force, Japanese Air Self Defense Force, and Royal Australian Air Force executing humanitarian airdrops to islands throughout the Ulithi Atoll and the island of Fais within the Federated States of Micronesia.
  • Yokota takes off for Operation Christmas Drop 2015

    A C-130 Hercules is marshaled onto the flightline before taking off to participate in Operation Christmas Drop 2015 at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Dec. 7, 2015. Over the course of six days, critical supplies will be dropped to 56 Micronesian islands, impacting approximately 20,000 people as part of the longest-running Department of Defense humanitarian
  • MUNS Airmen epitomize fight tonight readiness

    They are the bullets in the gun, the missiles on the aircraft and the career field that keep Team Osan ready to fight tonight. The 51st Munitions Squadron is comprised of 85 different facilities that house multiple sections such as pre-load, control, storage and precision guided munitions. Located at the farthest reaches of the base (for safety reasons) their presence may be overlooked but never their contributions.
  • Air traffic controllers keep eyes on skies 24/7

    U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jesse Kow, 18th Operations Support Squadron air traffic controller, advises an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot before takeoff, Nov. 30, 2015, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Kadena is the largest combat wing in the Pacific with its abundance of air frames and missions. Kadena's air traffic controllers are responsible for providing
  • 18th CEG conducts fire demo for Tokyo, Okinawa cadets

    U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jon Ammon, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron assistant chief of operations, gives a brief introduction to a live firefighting demonstration, Nov. 24, 2015, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Firefighters from the 18th CES performed a demonstration for Tokyo and Okinawan firefighter cadets and explained the methods and equipment used
  • Yokota, JGSDF share helo experience

    The Indo-Asia Pacific Region experiences extreme variations of elevation and the world's most active seismic and volcanic activity, leading to many natural disasters.   During these emergencies, U.S. and Japanese military units collaborate to support to those affected -- like Operation Tomodachi in the wake of the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake.   The
  • Kadena Airmen tour Naha AB, build bilateral relations

    Approximately 40 Airmen from Kadena Air Base, Japan, interacted with their Japan Air Self-Defense Force counterparts during an extensive tour of Naha Air Base Nov. 20, as part of a new wing exchange program.   The tour included an overall mission briefing at the wing headquarters building, visits to various historical sites, aircraft maintenance,