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  • Eagles swap to maintain dynamic fighter presence at Kadena

    F-15C Eagles from the 144th Fighter Wing, Fresno Air National Guard Base, California, arrived at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 2, 2023, to ensure continuous fighter presence through the phased return of Kadena’s fleet of F-15C/D Eagles to the United States.

  • 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

  • Royal Air Force flies with the 82nd Reconnaissance Squadron

    For over a decade, the U.S. Air Force and the United Kingdom Royal Air Force have been partnering together to enhance crew training, technology development, maintenance, and aircrew co-manning. This year marks the first time a RAF flight lieutenant was integrated into the RC-135 Rivet Joint program.

  • 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

  • 623rd ACS ACEs Indo-Pacific communication

    The 623rd Air Control Squadron successfully moved Tactical Operations Center-Lite equipment on two HH-60G Pave Hawks from Kadena Air Base to Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, July 18, 2023. This movement was ground-breaking on three fronts that encompass Agile Combat Employment concepts. 

  • Building bilateral capabilities and readiness through Rapid Runway Repair

    U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 18th Civil Engineer Group from Kadena Air Base and Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) members assigned to the Western Air Civil Engineer group operated side-by-side during a live-fire and rapid airfield damage repair team exercise at Draughon Range near Misawa

  • C-130J Super Hercules flies strong during Northern Edge

    U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. D’Angelo Seabron, 36th Airlift Squadron aircraft loadmaster, communicates with pilots during a flight aboard a C-130J Super Hercules en-route to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, July 10, 2023. Aircrew remain in constant communication during a flight, ensuring

  • Test cell Airmen ready engines for launch

    The 18th Component Maintenance Squadron Airmen assigned to the engine test facility have one mission — to provide top-notch engines and repairs for Kadena Air Base and its pilots.

  • F-35s dominate Pacific skies

    A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 355th Fighter Squadron, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, over the Pacific Ocean, May 23, 2023. Refueling missions extend the breadth of

  • 320th STS monster mash enhances readiness and resilience

    U.S. Air Force special tactics Airmen with the 320th Special Tactics Squadron pull an MC-130J Commando II 150 meters across the parking apron during Monster Mash, an operational readiness and resilience training, at Kadena Air Base, Japan, May 5, 2023. The Airmen were presented with multiple tasks