• AFSOC Aircraft Mishap Releases

    UPDATE 16, January 11, 2024: After more than 40 days of intensive search, rescue, recovery and salvage efforts, the U.S. Military concluded operations following the CV-22 mishap that occurred on Nov. 29, 2023 off the shore of Yakushima Island, Japan.

  • Airman of GUNDAM 22 posthumously promoted

    The Secretary of the Air Force posthumously promoted Captain Terrell “Terry” K. Brayman to the rank of Major, with an effective date of December 15, 2022 reflecting when Terry was selected for Major following the conclusion of the Air Force promotion board.

  • AFSOC Aircraft Mishap Releases

    UPDATE 14, December 12, 2023 1121CST:The U.S. Military, alongside the Japan Coast Guard, Japan Self-Defense Forces, local law enforcement, and Japanese civilian volunteers, has been conducting intensive search, rescue and recovery operations for the CV-22 crew and aircraft debris following the

  • AFSOC Commander directs CV-22 operational standdown

    Lt. Gen. Tony Bauernfeind, AFSOC Commander, directed an operational standdown of the Air Force CV-22 fleet December 6, 2023 to mitigate risk while the investigation continues on the November 29, 2023 CV-22 mishap near Yakushima, Japan.

  • Yokota establishes EFAC

    Effective immediately, Yokota Air Base has established an Emergency Family Assistance Center (EFAC) in support of all Yokota members affected by the recent aircraft mishap. The EFAC is a consolidated facility that provides supportive services during times of acute need and during emergency

  • Beyond Remembering: How Stray 59 Continues to Shape a Squadron

    KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- The 1st Special Operations Squadron conducted its annual memorial flight to the Philippines, honoring the lost crew and passengers of STRAY 59, Feb. 26, 2022. Its 40th iteration with one important first: Every member on board this year’s flight was selected by rank and

  • 1st SOS conducts Flight of the Flock

    Seven 1st Special Operations Squadron MC-130J Commando II aircraft conducted “Flight of the Flock” off the coast of Okinawa, Japan Jan. 6, 2022. “Flight of the Flock” is a rare training opportunity designed to challenge the pilots and aircrew on conducting operations as efficiently as possible.

  • Connecting Kadena to the Indo-Pacific

    Every day Airmen wake up and put on their uniform to perform a job essential to executing the mission. While getting the mission done is critical, understanding the strategic environment in which Airmen serve is equally important. U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Matthew Begeman, 353rd Special Operations