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Saving lives and making ice cream: Kadena AB's cryogenics lab critical to Pacific operations

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.

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