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Philippine Air Force Maj. Michael Vincent L. Benvolerao, 220th Airlift Wing C-130 Hercules pilot, discusses flight operations with U.S. Air Force Capt. David Lynn, 36th Airlift Squadron C-130 navigator, during a flight off the coast of Mactan, Philippines, as a part of Exericse Balikatan April 14, 2016. This year marks the 32nd iteration of Balikatan, an annual Philippine- U.S. alliance focused on a variety of missions, including humanitarian assistance, maritime law enforcement, and environmental protection.(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith/ Released) Philippine AF flies with Yokota during exercise Balikatan
Members of the Philippine Air Force's 220th Airlift Wing flew with Airmen from the 36th Airlift Squadron out of Yokota Air Base, Japan, as part of exercise Balikatan 16, an annual exercise that focuses on the longstanding partnership between the U.S. and the Philippines. This year marked the 32nd iteration of the exercise.
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A U.S. Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II, with the 51st Fighter Wing, Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, sits on the flight line of Clark Air Base, Philippines, April 16, 2016, after having flown missions in support of Exercise Balikatan 16. The A-10Cs stayed supporting a newly stood up Air Contingent in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. The contingent provides opportunities to expand cooperation and interoperability with Philippine counterparts and reassure partners and allies of the United States' commitment in the region. The five A-10Cs were joined by three HH-60G Pavehawks and approximately 200 Pacific Air Forces personnel including aircrew, maintainers, logistics and support personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton) PACAF Airmen stand up Air Contingent in Philippines
Pacific Air Forces Airmen stood up the first rotation of an Air Contingent at Clark Air Base, Philippines, April 16, following a joint announcement by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin in Manila that highlighted several initiatives aimed to enhance bilateral relations between the two nations.
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Gen. Lori Robinson, Pacific Air Forces commander, performs a traditional hongi greeting with Royal New Zealand Air Force service members upon her arrival at RNZAF Base Ohakea, New Zealand, March 4, 2016, where she gave remarks at the 75 Years of Women in Service celebration. The visit to RNZAF Base Ohakea was part of Robinson’s two-week visit to New Zealand and Australia, which served to improve relations with both nations and reaffirmed PACAF’s commitment to the rebalance in the Pacific. (Photo courtesy of RNZAF) COMPACAF wraps up Australia, New Zealand visit
Gen. Lori J. Robinson, Pacific Air Forces commander, deepened ties with partner nations and reaffirmed PACAF’s commitment to the rebalance in the Pacific during a two-week trip to New Zealand and Australia March 3-17.   Robinson traveled to New Zealand and Australia to discuss current and future partnership engagements with the goal of improving
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Eric Gayoso, center, 51st Civil Engineer Squadron fire prevention crew chief, briefs members of the Joint Security Area Security Battalion on aircraft extraction techniques during a joint search and recovery exercise April 8, 2016, at Camp Bonifas, Republic of Korea. The firefighters assisted with the exercise by teaching ROK and U.S. Soldiers on how to enter crashed aircraft by cutting through with specialized equipment such as a circular saw and Jaws of Life. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dillian Bamman/Released) Osan firefighters train ROK, US soldiers during exercise
Firefighters from the 51st Civil Engineer Squadron assisted Joint Security Area service members with rescue tools and safety precautions during a joint exercise April 8, here. Republic of Korea and U.S. Army members practiced search and recovery techniques after a simulated aircraft crash north of the Korean Demilitarized Zone.
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kyle Gould, engineer, assigned to the 673rd Expeditionary Engineer Squadron, flattens a layer of cement to help build a classroom for the Jaena Norte Elementary School, in Capiz, Philippines, during Exercise Balikatan, March 29, 2016. The construction project is one of multiple HCAs taking place during this year's exercise, designed to improve the quality of life for the local populace and strengthen the bond between our two nations. Balikatan, which means "shoulder to shoulder" in Filipino, is an annual bilateral training exercise aimed at improving the ability of Philippine and U.S. military forces to work together during planning, contingency and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations. (U.S. Marine Corps Combat Camera photo by Cpl. Hilda M. Becerra / Released) USAF, Philippine army build school during Exercise Balikatan 2016
During Exercise Balikatan 2016, members with the U.S. Air Force and Philippine Army continue to build at the Jaena Norte Elementary School in Capiz, Philippines. The construction project is one of many taking place during this year's exercise, designed to improve the quality of life for local community and strengthen the bond between the two
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(Left to right) U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Anthony Pergola, 459th Airlift Squadron C-12 pilot, talks about an Aeromedical Evacuation Spectrum Bed to Japan Air Self-Defense Capt. Daiki Ishihara, 402nd Squadron C-1 pilot, and JASDF Tech. Sgt. Shoji Nagata, 402nd Squadron C-1, U-4 loadmaster, at Yokota Air Base, Japan, March 30, 2016. Members with the 459th AS demonstrated Aeromedical Evacuation procedures of a C-12 Huron to JASDF members to improve the working relationship between JASDF and USAF. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe/Released) Yokota, JASDF complete AE familiarization missions
U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 459th Airlift Squadron hosted aeromedical evacuation familiarization for crew members with the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, March 30 at Yokota Air Base.
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Patrick Walsh, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, conducts aircraft barrier recovery training with a Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-15 Eagle fighter pilot assigned to the 9th Wing March 15, 2016, at Naha Air Base, Japan. USAF and JASDF partners overcame their language barriers by communicating through universal hand signals in compliance with North Atlantic Treaty Organization standardizations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Peter Reft) JASDF airmen train with Team Kadena firefighters
A 64-mile long, ten-mile wide island occupied by 1.4 million souls leaves zero margin for error with Japanese and U.S. aircraft in the event of an inflight emergency requiring immediate landing procedures.
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Participants of the 16th Annual Non-Commission Officer Exchange Program pose for a photo at Yokota Air Base, Japan, March 23, 2016. A total of 16 Japan Air Self Defense Force Airmen from a variety of career fields participated in this year’s NCOEP, which provides an opportunity for participants to enhance communications and understanding of different operations between both military organizations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Delano Scott/Released) PACAF, JASDF team up for NCO Exchange Program
The 374th Airlift Wing has taken a proactive step to enhance that relationship by hosting JASDF Airmen as they took part in the 16th Annual NCO Exchange Program, March 15 through 24, at Yokota Air Base.
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U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Abel Barrientes, Pacific Air Forces Individual Mobilization Assistant to the vice commander, meets with Sri Lanka Air Force leaders March 16, 2016, Colombo, Sri Lanka, as part of a Key Leader Engagement. KLEs set the tone between countries to promote enhanced cooperation and interoperability, as well as further stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (Courtesy photo) PACAF, Sri Lanka Air Force cement partnership with Key Leader Engagement
Gen. Lori J. Robinson, Pacific Air Forces commander, has provided a strategic vision for the command, encompassing what she declares “The Four P’s” -- Partnership, Presence, Power Projection and People. The dedicated men and women of Pacific Air Forces have the honor of translating this strategy into operational and tactical realities.
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A U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle from 67th Fight Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, flies in formation with a Royal Thai Air Force F-16 and a Singapore Air Force F-15 Eagle during Exercise Cope Tiger 16, near Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, March 17, 2016. The multilateral exercise involved a combined total of 87 aircraft that completed 1,003 sorts of a two week period. Exercise Cope Tiger 16 included over 1,200 personnel from three countries and continues the growth of strong, interoperable and beneficial relationships within the Asia-Pacific region, while demonstrating U.S. capability to project forces strategically in a combined, joint environment. (Courtesy photo) Cope Tiger 2016 concludes
Months of planning and two weeks of flying and working side-by-side, came to an end for the participants of the 22nd iteration of Exercise Cope Tiger 16, during a closing ceremony, held here March 18.
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