18th Wing

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The United States Air Force's 18th Wing is the host wing for Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan and is the Air Force's largest combat wing.wikipedia
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18th Operations Group

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The Wing's 18th Operations Group is a successor organization of the 18th Pursuit Group, one of the 15 original combat air groups formed by the Army before World War II.
The 18th Operations Group is the operational flying component of the United States Air Force 18th Wing, stationed at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan.

31st Rescue Squadron

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31st Rescue Squadron (Pararescue)
The 31st Rescue Squadron is part of the 18th Wing at Kadena Air Base, Japan.

33d Rescue Squadron

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33d Rescue Squadron (HH-60G)
The 33d Rescue Squadron is part of the 18th Wing at Kadena Air Base, Japan.

44th Fighter Squadron

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44th Fighter Squadron "Vampire Bats" (F-15C/D)
The 44th Fighter Squadron is part of the 18th Wing at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan.

909th Air Refueling Squadron

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909th Air Refueling Squadron "Young Tigers" (KC-135R)
The 909th Air Refueling Squadron is part of the 18th Wing at Kadena Air Base, Japan.

623d Air Control Squadron

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623d Air Control Squadron "Lightsword" (JADGE)
The 623d Air Control Squadron (623 ACS) is an operational unit of the United States Air Force assigned to the 18th Wing.

961st Airborne Air Control Squadron

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961st Airborne Air Control Squadron "Ronin/Cowboy" (E-3B/C)
The 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron (961 AACS) is part of the 18th Wing at Kadena Air Base, Japan.

Pacific Air Forces

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It is the largest and principal organization in the Pacific Air Forces Fifth Air Force.
18th Fighter-Bomber Wing/Group (F-80)

67th Fighter Squadron

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67th Fighter Squadron "Fighting Cocks" (F-15C/D)
Remained in Japan/South Korea until returned to Kadena in March 1971, being reassigned back to the 18th Tactical Fighter Wing.

Fifth Air Force

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It is the largest and principal organization in the Pacific Air Forces Fifth Air Force.
Today, according to the organization's website, major components include the 18th Wing, Kadena Air Base, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan; the 35th Fighter Wing at Misawa Air Base, and the 374th Airlift Wing at Yokota Air Base.

Osan Air Base

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When in January 1953 the group rejoined the wing at Osan-ni AB (K-55), its squadrons transitioned to F-86 Sabrejets without halting the fight against the enemy.
With the taxiway also completed, and parking ramps nearing completion, the 18th Fighter-Bomber Wing and one of its F-51 Mustang combat squadrons arrived on December 26, 1952.

North American F-86 Sabre

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Flying the North American F-86 Sabres, the wing supported tactical fighter operations in Okinawa, as well as in South Korea, Japan, Formosa (later Taiwan), and the Philippines with frequent deployments.
Two fighter-bomber wings, the 8th and 18th, converted to the F-86F in the spring of 1953.

Louis J. Sebille

Maj Louis J. Sebille was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his action on 5 August 1950: although his plane was badly damaged by flak while attacking a concentration of enemy trucks, Maj Sebille continued his strafing passes until he crashed into an armored vehicle.
In November 1948, Sebille was once again promoted to major and made the commanding officer of the 67th Fighter-Bomber Squadron, 18th Fighter-Bomber Wing, a component of the Fifth United States Air Force stationed in Japan for post-World War II occupation duties.

Pusan East (K-9) Air Base

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Because the front advanced so rapidly, operations from Pusan East (K-9) Air Base soon became impractical, and the group moved in November to Pyongyang East Air Base (K-24), North Korea.
On 8 September 1950 the 18th Fighter Wing arrived at K-9 from Ashiya Air Field before moving to Pyongyang East Air Base (K-24) in November 1950.

Jinhae Airport

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The Chinese Communist (CCF intervention) caused the group to move twice in as many weeks, first to Suwon AB (K-13), South Korea, then to Chinhae (K-10).
18th Fighter-Bomber Wing operating F-51s from mid December 1950 Component units were:

2 Squadron SAAF

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2 Squadron SAAF, South African Air Force (November 1950 – March 1951, April 1951 – June 1953) (F-51D, F-86F)
2 Squadron was attached to the 18th Fighter-Bomber Wing U.S. Air Force for the duration of the war.

Mirim Airport

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Because the front advanced so rapidly, operations from Pusan East (K-9) Air Base soon became impractical, and the group moved in November to Pyongyang East Air Base (K-24), North Korea.
18th Fighter-Bomber Wing operating F-51s from 22 November–5 December 1950

39th Flying Training Squadron

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39th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron (March 1951 – March 1952) (F-51D)
35th Pursuit Group (later 35th Fighter Group, 35th Fighter-Interceptor Group), 15 January 1942 (attached to 18th Fighter-Bomber Wing, 7 May 1951; 51st Fighter-Interceptor Wing, 1 June 1952 – 14 July 1954)

12th Special Operations Squadron

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12th Fighter-Bomber Squadron (F-80C, F-51D, F-86F)
18th Fighter-Bomber Wing, 15 March – 15 August 1957

Kadena Air Base

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The United States Air Force's 18th Wing is the host wing for Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan and is the Air Force's largest combat wing.
Kadena Air Base is home to the USAF's 18th Wing, the 353d Special Operations Group, reconnaissance units, 1st Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery, and a variety of associated units.

Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker

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The mission of the 18th was expanded to include aerial refueling with Boeing KC-135R/T Stratotanker tanker aircraft (909th ARS); and surveillance, warning, command and control Boeing E-3B/C Sentry (961st AACS), and communications.
18th Wing – Kadena AB, Japan

19th Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron

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An electronic warfare capability was added to the wing in late 1968 with the reassignment of the 19th Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron from Shaw AFB, South Carolina flying the Douglas EB-66E Destroyer (Tail Code: ZT).
Redesignated the 19th Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron and deployed to the Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), it was assigned to the 18 TFW first in Japan, later in Okinawa.

Republic F-105 Thunderchief

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In 1963, the Republic F-105 Thunderchief replaced the Super Sabres.
The F-105D was also deployed to the Pacific, with the 18th Tactical Fighter Wing at Kadena in Okinawa converting in 1962 and the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing converting from 1963.

Clark Air Base

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The 18th Fighter Wing was established on 10 August 1948, and activated four days later at Clark Air Force Base.
The Air Contingent was composed of five A-10C Thunderbolt IIs from the 51st Fighter Wing, Osan AB, South Korea; three HH-60G Pave Hawks from the 18th Wing, Kadena AB, Japan; and approximately 200 personnel deployed from multiple Pacific Air Force units.

15th Attack Squadron

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15th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron: attached 15 March 1960 – 19 April 1970, assigned 20 April 1970 – 1 May 1978; assigned 11 February 1981 – 1 October 1989
67th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, 1 October 1957 (attached to 18th Tactical Fighter Wing after 15 March 1960)