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‘Security incident’ causes gate closure at US air base on Okinawa

A U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle takes off from the Kadena runway Sept. 23, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Kadena-based F-15s escorted U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers executing a mission east of North Korea, flown to demonstrate the ironclad U.S. commitment to the defense of its homeland and in support of its partners and allies. (Photo by Senior Airman Quay Drawdy)
September 07, 2018

A “security incident” caused a gate closure early Friday at Kadena Air Base on Okinawa.

The incident happened at 5:26 a.m. at Gate 1, according to a statement from the 18th Wing.

“Emergency services responded along with local authorities,” the statement said. “More information will be released when it becomes available.”

A message posted later on Kadena’s official Twitter account said the gate had “resumed normal operations.”

Kadena – the largest Air Force base in the Far East – hosts more than 20,000 U.S. servicemembers, family members and Japanese employees.


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