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U.S. Air Force Capt. Carlos Hernandez, 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron pilot, prepares for takeoff, Nov. 10, 2015, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The E-3 Sentry is an airborne warning and control system aircraft with an integrated command and control battle management, surveillance, target detection, and tracking platforms. (U.S. Air Force photo by Naoto Anazawa/Released) E-3 Sentry launches from Kadena in support of mission
U.S. Air Force Capt. Carlos Hernandez, 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron pilot, prepares for takeoff, Nov. 10, 2015, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The E-3 Sentry is an airborne warning and control system aircraft with an integrated command and control battle management, surveillance, target detection, and tracking platforms. (U.S. Air Force photo by
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Airmen assigned to 51st Civil Engineer Squadron barrier management flight raise a barrier cable in the event a fighter jet over shoots the runway or during an emergency Nov. 3, 2015, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. Barrier management airmen and airfield managers from the 51st Fighter Wing ensure the flightline is operational for aircraft participating in readiness exercise Vigilant Ace 16. Vigilant Ace 16 is a large-scale exercise designed to test the combat capabilities and enhance the interoperability of the U.S. and Republic of Korea Air Forces. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Benjamin Sutton) Airfield managers maintain the flightline during Vigilant Ace 16
During the readiness exercise Vigilant Ace 16, every participating aircraft requires a safe and functioning flightline in order to complete their mission-specific directives. Airmen assigned to the 51st Operations Support Squadron Airfield Management flight are responsible for ensuring the flightline at Osan AB is safe, secure and in working order
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Senior Airman Kameron Whitener and Airman 1st Class Brandon Jones, 25th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew team members, prepare to load 30 millimeter rounds onto an A-10 Thunderbolt II during the Vigilant Ace 16 exercise on Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 1, 2015. Each team has three Airmen who are all responsible for different portions of the load. The one-man is the supervisor, the two-man is responsible for tools and aircraft preparation and the three-man is responsible for driving the jammer and munitions preparation. Without each member, the crews would not be able to properly load munitions in the safest way possible. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kristin High) U.S. Air Force, ROKAF conduct exercise Vigilant Ace 16, Nov. 1-7
Approximately 16,000 U.S. service members will participate in exercise Vigilant Ace 16 next week, from Nov. 1-7.The flying exercise is regularly scheduled training designed to enhance interoperability between U.S. and Republic of Korea forces and increase the combat effectiveness of both nations.U.S. F-16, F-15 and A-10 aircraft will participate
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Senior Airmen Jonathon Simmons, 25th Aircraft Maintenance Unit load master, reviews system operational guidelineswith his crew during the first night of Vigilant Ace 16 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 2, 2015. Vigilant Ace is a peninusla wide operational readiness exercise geared toward strengthing the interoperability of the ROK/U.S.  alliance. 
(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Amber Grimm) Vigilant Ace kicks off in the Draggins Lair
The night is dark and cold in the "Draggins Lair," but the 25th Fighter Squadron is on the move. It's the first night of Vigilant Ace 16, a peninsula-wide readiness exercise, and while the exercise is just beginning for most of the base, the flightline is already buzzing.Aircraft maintenance crews, weapons, personnel and munitions experts came
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A U.S. Air Force pilot taxis an A-10 Thunderbolt II along the runway of Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 16, 2015. A-10s from the 25th Fighter Squadron participated in the combat search and rescue exercise Pacific Thunder 15-02. Exercise Pacific Thunder brought together U.S. forces from the Air Force, Marines, and units from the Republic of Korea air force to practice air combat and CSAR by focusing on enhancing interoperability and combat readiness of the military alliance across the Korean Peninsula. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Sutton/Released) Pacific Thunder tests CSAR capabilities, trains multiple units
The combat search and rescue exercise, Exercise Pacific Thunder 15-02, came to a close Oct. 23 after nearly two full weeks of constant training.   Exercise Pacific Thunder brought together U.S. forces from the Air Force, Marines, and units from the Republic of Korea air force to practice air combat and CSAR by focusing on enhancing interoperability
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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brett Larson, 134th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon crew chief, Vermont Air National Guard, inspects the cockpit of an F-16 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 6, 2015. The 134th EFS was redeployed from Kadena Air Base, Japan to Kunsan AB as part of a theater security package. The deployment of rotational fighters throughout the Pacific provides unique opportunities to integrate various forces into joint, coalition, and bilateral training across diverse environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nick Wilson/Released) 134th EFS TSP bolsters Wolf Pack mission
More than 200 Guardsmen from the 158th Fighter Wing, Burlington, Vermont Air National Guard, redeployed here from Kadena Air Base, Japan, in August in support of a Theater Security Package to the Republic of Korea. Having been originally deployed to Japan, their deployment to the ROK was done in support of a revamp of Osan Air Base's runway to
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airmen Andrew Piercy and Cody Bowman, both 354th Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion journeymen, disassemble an F110-GE-100C engine compressor Oct. 8, 2015, in the Engine Shop at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska.  Piercy and Bowman were involved in an aircraft engine rebuild, a detail-demanding process that can take several months to complete.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Peter Reft/Released) Eielson engine shop ensures routine care, maintenance for F-16s
Automobile owners must take their vehicles in for maintenance every couple thousand miles, and for the long-term owners, some engines may require an overhaul from a licensed mechanic.   Military fighter aircraft are no different in requiring routine care and maintenance, but in the engine shop here, there is an entire team of dedicated
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Senior Airman Terrence Lawrence, a 354th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aircraft electrical and environmental systems journeyman, prepares an F-16 Fighting Falcon, assigned to the 18th Aggressor Squadron, for a mission at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Oct. 8, 2015. Lawrence was the first Airman to complete a program called Cut Training, which cross utilizes Airmen to fill undermanned crew chief positions. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Joshua Turner) ‘Cut Training’ adds resources, alleviates manning shortages
The 354th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron specialist flight created a program called "Cut Training" to train Airmen from different maintenance career fields to perform crew chief tasks and keep the mission going. Senior Airman Terrence Lawrence, a 354th AMXS aircraft electrical and environmental systems journeyman, was the first Airman to complete
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Default Air Force Logo Oklahoma Air National Guard 125th EFS prepares for Kadena deployment
Approximately 200 Airmen and 12 F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 125th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron located at Tulsa Air National Guard Base, Oklahoma, will deploy to Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, mid-October in support of the U.S. Pacific Command Theater Security Package.The TSP deployment is designed to provide the U.S. Pacific Command with
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Senior Airman Jordan Thompson, a 168th Alaska Air National Guard combat arms training instructor, nods in approval as Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Kibler, a 354th Security Forces Squadron response force member, fires a Mark 19 grenade launcher  during training Sept. 9, 2015, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Thompson was leading the training to qualify members of the 354th Security Forces Squadron on the weapon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel/Released) 354th SFS members complete Mark 19 training
Senior Airman Jordan Thompson, a 168th Alaska Air National Guard combat arms training instructor, nods in approval as Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Kibler, a 354th Security Forces Squadron response force member, fires a Mark 19 grenade launcher during training Sept. 9, 2015, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Thompson was leading the training to
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