Saving lives and making ice cream: Kadena AB's cryogenics lab critical to Pacific operations
KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa — Nestled close to Kadena’s flight line sits a small, unassuming off-white building with nondescript lettering on the side. Without it, operations at the largest air base in the Pacific would screech to a halt.
The 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron’s cryogenics production facility is the only one in the entire Air Force and produces and supplies the oxygen and nitrogen that keeps every U.S. military aircraft on Okinawa in the sky.
It also supplies lifesaving oxygen to U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa and locally, when the only civilian provider on the island goes down.
“We are a vital link to Kadena’s success,” said Senior Airman Michael Hall, 26, from Valdosta, Ga. He is one of nine airmen — clad in white utility uniforms, gloves, rubber aprons and plastic face shields — in the Air Force capable of running Kadena’s cryogenics plant by himself.
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