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Aircrew from the 1st Special Operations Squadron and Special Tactics operators from the 320th Special Tactics Squadron, conduct mission planning for the opening of Wake Island while enroute to Andersen Air Base, Guam, July 18, 2015. Members from the 353rd Special Operations Group worked with the 36th Contingency Response Group from Andersen Air Base, Guam, to open Wake Island air field after Typhoon Halola passed through the island.  (Photo courtesy of Staff Sgt. Matthew Sharp)  353rd SOG collaborates with Andersen AFB to open Wake Island airfield
Members from the 353rd Special Operations Group deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam, July 18 to support the 36th Contingency Response Group with the opening of Wake Island airfield after a typhoon hit the island.Prior to Typhoon Halola’s arrival, more than 125 Department of Defense members were evacuated July 15 leaving the island vacant. After the
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Wake Island, pictured as viewed from the north, was completely evacuated July 15, 2015, in preparation for Typhoon Halola closing in on the small atoll. A team with the 36th Contingency Response Group deployed from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, to the atoll July 20, 2015, to assist permanently assigned airfield staff in storm recovery efforts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexander W. Riedel/Released)
Contingency response Airmen assist in Wake Island storm recovery
Airmen with the 36th Contingency Response Group at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, arrived on Wake Island July 20 to assist uniformed and civilian staff in critical storm recovery efforts.   In anticipation of possible storm surges from Typhoon Halola, all base members had been evacuated from the small atoll to Andersen AFB. To allow the teams to
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NORTHERN TERRITORY, ACT, Australia (July 13, 2015) - A Royal Australian Air Force KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport refuels a RAAF F/A-18 Hornet alongside other U.S. and Australian fighters during a refueling training exercise as part of Talisman Sabre 2015.  U.S. and Australian forces are conducting air refueling missions throughout the Talisman Sabre 2015 exercise to improve interoperability and familiarization with each other's procedures. Talisman Sabre is a biennial exercise that provides an invaluable opportunity for nearly 30,000 U.S. and Australian defense forces to conduct operations in a combined, joint and interagency environment that will increase both countries' ability to plan and execute a full range of operations from combat missions to humanitarian assistance efforts. US, Aussies conduct joint refueling for Talisman Sabre 2015
In support of Talisman Sabre 2015 exercise operations, members of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) No. 33 Squadron conducted in-air refueling for U.S. and Australian fighters July 13 in the skies above the North Australian coast.A variety of U.S. and Australian F/A-18 Hornets, Super Hornets and EA-18G Growlers lined each side of the Royal
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The U.S. Air Force 25th Aircraft Maintenance Unit load team carries an air-to-air missile to their A-10 Thunderbolt II during the quarterly weapons load competition at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, July 10, 2015. The event adds an element of competition to a qualification test for the technicians; competitors must complete a written test and a practical demonstration of skill within a fixed amount of time in order to maintain mission readiness status. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amber Grimm/Released) PACAF aircraft maintenance units hone skills during load crew competitions
Teams from the 36th Aircraft Maintenance Unit and 25th Aircraft Maintenance Unit from Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, and the 13th Aircraft Maintenance Unit from Misawa Air Base, Japan, participated in quarterly load crew competitions at each of their bases.   At Misawa AB, the competition consists of a timed race to determine the best combined
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Multiple U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules with the 374th Airlift Wing taxi during large formation training, Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 14, 2015. The training allowed aircrews an opportunity to practice their large formation and airlift capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody H. Ramirez/Released) Yokota trains airlift capabilities essential to Pacific region
Ten C-130 Hercules aircraft, assigned the 36th Airlift Squadron here, took part in a training exercise designed to test Yokota Air Base’s ability to perform large formation flights and essential airlift capabilities.   As Yokota is the primary airlift hub in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, the training tested the wing’s large-force employment and
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A special tactics combat controller from the 320th Special Tactics Squadron talks to his team during a personnel recovery mission during exercise Talisman Sabre in Northern Territory, Australia, July 10, 2015. Credible, ready maritime forces help to preserve peace and prevent conflict. Talisman Sabre participants have the opportunity to further enhance their ability to respond to crises as part of a joint or combined effort. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stephen G. Eigel) 320th STS recovers Soldiers during TS15

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A C-17 Globemaster III assigned to the Hawaii Air National Guard at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, arrives at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, July 15, 2015, after evacuating more than 125 Department of Defense members from Wake Island in preparation for potential surges caused by Typhoon Halola. An evacuation mission such as this highlights Pacific Air Force’s flexibility to generate air response quickly across the theater, which is a key component to air power. The DoD personnel are part of the Pacific Air Forces Regional Support Center and 11th Air Force mission on Wake Island, which is a strategic location within the Pacific and also a divert airfield for overseas flights. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexa A. Henderson/Released) Total force effort ensures successful typhoon evacuation
A C-17 Globemaster III assigned to the Hawaii Air National Guard at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, arrives at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, July 15, 2015, after evacuating more than 125 Department of Defense members from Wake Island in preparation for potential surges caused by Typhoon Halola. An evacuation mission such as this highlights
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Yokota firefighters arrive on scene during an Emergency Management Exercise at Yokota Air Base, July 13, 2015. First responders have an essential role in exercises and real-world situations, and they continue to train to ensure preparedness for any situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released) Yokota practices emergency response during exercise
Yokota firefighters arrive on scene during an Emergency Management Exercise at Yokota Air Base, July 13, 2015. First responders have an essential role in exercises and real-world situations, and they continue to train to ensure preparedness for any situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)
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U.S. paratroopers from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division parachute from a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III at the Kapyong Air Field, Australia in support of Talisman Sabre 15 July 9. Talisman Sabre is a biennial exercise that provides an invaluable opportunity for nearly 30,000 U.S. and Australian defense forces to conduct operations in a combined, joint and interagency environment that will increase both countries’ ability to plan and execute a full range of operations from combat missions to humanitarian assistance efforts.(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. David N. Beckstrom/Released) 613th AOC synchronizes first USAF, RAAF non-stop C2 mission from Alaska to Australia
 Airmen from the 613th Air Operations Center here were the nerve center for the movement of seven C-17 Globemasters carrying almost 450 U.S. Army paratroopers on a non-stop flight from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, to Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley, Australia, July 8.  The 613th AOC provided this 22-hour command and control
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An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 80th Fighter Squadron at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, takes off at Jungwon AB, South Korea, during Buddy Wing 15-6, July 8, 2015. Buddy Wing exercises are conducted multiple times throughout the year to sharpen interoperability between U.S. and South Korean forces so, if the need arises, they are always ready to fight as a combined force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nick Wilson) US, South Korea pilots soar at Buddy Wing 15-6
F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots from the 80th Fighter Squadron at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, practiced combined flying operations alongside counterparts from the South Korean air force’s 19th Fighter Wing at Jungwon AB during Buddy Wing 15-6, July 7-10.
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