Kadena Ammunition Storage Area
After the Northern Training Area and Camp Hansen, the Kadena Ammunition Storage Area is the next largest facility on Okinawa. The US military uses the area for regular ammunition storage and maintenance. Yomitan Auxiliary Airfield and Kadena Air Base are located nearby.
In June 1998 approximately 200 members of the USAF 18th Munitions Squadron at Kadena AFB practiced in around-the-clock operations when they prepared tons of munitions for shipment by air and sea. The 18th MUNS tested, on a very large scale, their ability to package and prepare munitions for shipment by air and sea in only three days. The job was to assemble, inspect and prepare about 150 ISO containers, part of the new Container Ammunition Distribution System. ISO cans are the large 20-foot Sea Land containers used on commercial ships and trucks and stuffed with ammo on the squadron's recently constructed assembly concrete pads. One difference from the typical commercial Sea Land container is that the CADS containers can be loaded from the side, and that's a lot easier when loading 2,000 pound bombs. Under the old method of break bulk loading, all the munitions would be brought down to the local pier for the local longshoreman to load by pallets into the ships. It was a very labor intensive and time consuming. MUNS prepared another two pallets of AGM-88 air-to-ground missiles; 28,750 rounds of 20-mm ammunition; and two pallets of countermeasure munitions, such as chaff and flare, for air transport from Kadena's flight line. Munitions never actually left the base during the exercise. However, in an actual contingency, 18th MUNS would have everything loaded in the Sea Land containers and ready for shipping from Tengan Pier, on the Eastern Shore of Okinawa.
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