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Airmen from the 18th Civil Engineering Squadron Explosive Ordinance Disposal Flight, prepare equipment for unexploded ordinance during a routine training exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 10, 2022. This training is designed to evaluate Kadena’s ability to fulfill its mission, ensuring the stability and security of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stephen Pulter)
An operator from the 31st Rescue Squadron marks a litter to be used in a chemically contaminated environment during a routine readiness training exercise at Kadena Air Base, March 8, 2022. Similar routine training is conducted routinely at U.S. Air Force bases across Japan and around the globe to ensure U.S. Airmen's readiness to respond to a range of potential contingencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton)
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Branden George, 18th Civil Engineering Squadron Explosive Ordinance Disposal Flight EOD training NCO in charge of training, documents information for unexploded ordinance during a routine training exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 10, 2022. This training is designed to evaluate Kadena’s ability to fulfill its mission, ensuring the stability and security of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stephen Pulter)
An Airman from the 18th Medical Group prepares to decontaminate a simulated patient during routine readiness training at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 10, 2022. Airmen across the globe conduct routine training activities to hone technical skills and enhance the base’s operational readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Moses Taylor)
Airmen from 18th Civil Engineer Squadron structures unload metal sheets that are used to cover a hole, while conducting rapid airfield damage recovery during a routine training exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 9, 2022. Designed to evaluate Kadena’s ability to accomplish its mission of ensuring a free and open Indo-Pacific, this training is a routine part of wing readiness for U.S. Air Force bases around the globe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cesar J. Navarro)
Senior Airman Curtis Carrol, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron pavement and equipment operator watches as front-end loaders fill a hole while participating in rapid airfield damage recovery during a routine training exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 9, 2022. This routine exercise ensures Airmen are proficient with mobilization procedures and stay up-to-date on their technical training, allowing Kadena to continue operating as a world-class strategic forward base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cesar J. Navarro)
Senior Airman Curtis Carrol, bottom, and U.S. Air Force Airman Christian Salinas, top, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron pavement and equipment operators, discuss procedures while carrying out rapid airfield damage recovery during a routine training exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 9, 2022. This routine exercise ensures Airmen are proficient with mobilization procedures and stay up-to-date on their technical training, allowing Kadena to continue operating as a world-class strategic forward base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cesar J. Navarro)
Airman 1st Class Samuel Hill, left, Tech. Sgt. Gary Crawford, middle, and Staff Sgt. Michael Barrett, right, 909th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chiefs, open the decontamination kit and review the checklist for decontaminating a KC-135 Stratotanker, contaminated in a simulated chemical attack, during a mission-focused training exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 8, 2022. The 909th Aircraft Maintenance Unit plays a vital role by ensuring 909th Air Refueling Squadron’s KC-135 Stratotankers are ready to carry out aerial refueling missions at any time, allowing U.S. airpower to fly farther and fight better. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anna Nolte)
Airman 1st Class Jonathan Caseymeans, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, provides oxygen to a simulated patient during routine readiness training at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 9, 2022. The training evaluates Kadena’s ability to fulfill its mission, ensuring the stability and security of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sebastian Romawac)
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Christian Capehart, left, and Airman 1st Class Lan Nguyen, right, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters, extinguish a simulated structural fire during routine readiness training at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 9, 2022. The training evaluates Kadena’s ability to fulfill its mission, ensuring the stability and security of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sebastian Romawac)
An Airman from the 18th Civil Engineering Squadron Explosive Ordinance Disposal Flight, reviews unexploded ordinance information during a routine training exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 10, 2022. This training is designed to evaluate Kadena’s ability to fulfill its mission, ensuring the stability and security of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stephen Pulter)
An Airman assigned to the 18th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron, prepares to transfer a simulated patient during routine readiness training at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 10, 2022. Airmen across the globe conduct routine training activities to hone technical skills and enhance the base’s operational readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sebastian Romawac)
Airmen from the 18th Security Forces Squadron leave the building to conduct simulated operations during a routine training exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 9, 2022. This training is designed to evaluate Kadena’s ability to fulfill its mission, ensuring the stability and security of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stephen Pulter)
Senior Airman Allen Howe, 18th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and his MWD Biba, search a building during explosive detection training at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 2, 2022. Similar training is routinely conducted at U.S. Air Force bases across Japan and around the globe to ensure U.S. Airmen’s readiness to respond to a range of potential contingencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Moses Taylor)
Operators from the 31st Rescue Squadron perform a chemical decontamination procedure in order to remove their equipment during a routine readiness training exercise at Kadena Air Base, March 8, 2022. Similar training is conducted regularly at U.S. Air Force bases across Japan and around the globe to ensure U.S. Airmen's readiness to respond to a range of potential contingencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton)
An operator from the 31st Rescue Squadron checks the breathing of a simulated casualty during a routine readiness training exercise at Kadena Air Base, March 8, 2022. During the training, Kadena members will practice mobilization procedures and conduct training activities to hone technical skills and enhance the base's operational readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton)
Operators from the 31st Rescue Squadron affix a litter to an off-road vehicle during a routine readiness training exercise at Kadena Air Base, March 8, 2022. During the training, Kadena members will practice mobilization procedures and conduct training activities to hone technical skills and enhance the base's operational readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton)

Airmen assigned to the 18th Wing recently concluded a routine training exercise designed to hone skills needed to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific in any combat environment.
The two-week exercise extensively tested the wing’s ability to respond to a variety of contingencies in an organized manner – allowing the base to continue to operate at a high level of efficiency in any scenario.
“I was extremely impressed by how our Airmen performed,” said 18th Wing Command Chief Master Sgt. Ronnie Woods. “Kadena was able to efficiently execute large muscle movements in spite of not having an exercise since 2019 due to COVID restrictions."
“This proves our combat capabilities in a contested environment.”
Delivering decisive air and cyberspace capabilities in today’s rapidly-changing environment requires Airmen have a renewed focus on preparation, readiness and an understanding of their role in long-term strategic conflicts.
Exercises like this provide units the opportunity to train Airmen in a broader range of abilities, creating a more versatile warfighter.
“Being in the emergency operations center, I got to see why and how we do what we do,” said Airman 1st Class Kamaryn Sablan, 18th Communication Squadron client systems technician. “Now I understand how we work as a Wing together.”
Following the Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin’s vision of integrated deterrence, the exercise tested multiple capabilities of Kadena Airmen in all warfighting domains.
"Phase one of the exercise tested the base’s ability to deploy hundreds of personnel into an austere location and generate a large number of aircraft. Phase two shifted focus toward testing the wing’s ability to respond to chemical attacks while continuing to generate and recover aircraft – allowing a sustained generation of airpower in any strategic environment," said Lt. Col. Peter Joo, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron commander and the EOC director for this exercise.
“The past two weeks have tested our Airmen and Guardians across a wide array of functions, and I’m proud to say we absolutely aced the exam,” said Brig. Gen. David Eaglin, 18th Wing commander. “We honed our warfighting functions and revalidated our readiness to defend our allies in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region.”

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