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Members of the 718th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron inspect an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter during a pre-flight inspection, April 26, 2016, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 718th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron maintains military aircraft for flight to ensure safety and reliability in support of the training mission here at Kadena. These inspections are conducted 72 hours before each mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Naoto Anazawa)
Kadena maintainers ensure HH-60 flight
Airmen with the 33rd Helicopter Maintenance Unit performed pre-flight inspections on HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters April 26 at Kadena Air Base. Maintenance and inspections are conducted before and after every mission to ensure aircraft safety and longevity. 
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jay Perocho Acasio, an aircrew flight equipment journeyman with the 51st Operations Support Squadron, Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, looks out over his home country during a HH-60G Pave Hawk flight near Clark Air Base, Philippines, April 22, 2016. The staff sergeant is one of three Filipino-American Airmen serving U.S. Pacific Command’s newly stood up Air Contingent in the Philippines. Acasio is from Ozamiz City in the Misamis Occidental, Philippines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton) Filipino-American Airmen return home, serve PACAF Air Contingent in Philippines
Asian-Pacific Americans have fought and served with the United States military for more than a century. That legacy continues today with three Filipino-American Airmen deployed with U.S. Pacific Command’s Air Contingent at Clark Air Base, Philippines, where they fulfill a number of roles ranging from medical support to aircrew flight equipment and aircraft maintenance.
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Four U.S. Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft taxi down the runway at Clark Air Base, Philippines, after completing an air and maritime domain awareness mission in the vicinity of Scarborough Shoal April 21, 2016. These aircraft are part of U.S. Pacific Command’s l Air Contingent designed to promote interoperability and provide greater and more transparent air and maritime situational awareness to ensure safety for military and civilian activities in international waters and airspace. The AMDA missions the A-10C’s conduct enhances the ongoing maritime situational awareness missions that have been carried out by the U.S. Navy’s P-8 deployments to Clark for a number of years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Susan Harrington) A-10's complete second USPACOM Air Contingent mission
Five U.S. A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft with the 51st Fighter Wing, Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, part of U.S. Pacific Command’s first iteration of an Air Contingent, completed their second mission at Clark Air Base, Philippines, April 20, 2016. The Air Contingent was established at the invitation of the Philippine government in order to strengthen cooperation and interoperability between the U.S. and Philippines. The Air Contingent, consisting of five A-10Cs, three HH-60G Pave Hawks and 200 Airmen, provides forces capable of a variety of missions including force projection, air and maritime domain awareness, personnel recovery, combating piracy, assuring access to the air and maritime domains in accordance with international law and ensures safety and transparency of operations in international waters and airspace.
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Firefighters with the 36th Civil Engineer Squadron practice egress training on a KC-135 Stratotanker on the flightline during an operational readiness exercise April 20, 2016, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Egress training involves learning how to enter an aircraft to rescue any personnel on board should they become incapacitated during an emergency situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Arielle Vasquez/Released) Operational Readiness Exercise Sling Stone 16-03 tests Andersen Airmen
Intense training took place April 18-21 at Andersen Air Force Base as Team Andersen was tested on their ability to ‘receive and project combat power’ during an operational readiness exercise.Conducted and evaluated by the 36th Wing Inspector General’s office at least twice a year, the exercises assess the wing’s capabilities, mission preparedness
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Arrec Chetwood tightens a screw on the wing of an A-10C Thunderbolt II after the aircraft conducted a mission in the vicinity of Scarborough Shoal providing transparent air and maritime situational awareness April 21, 2016, at Clark Air Base, Philippines. Chetwood, who is deployed from Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, is part of the first iteration of U.S. Pacific Command’s Air Contingent, which was stood up at the invitation of the Philippine government in order to build upon the relationship with Philippine counterparts, and lay the foundation for joint air patrols to complement ongoing joint maritime patrols. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Susan Harrington) PACAF maintainers keep A-10 airborne
The U.S. Pacific Command’s Air Contingent here requires its A-10C Thunderbolt IIs to be prepared for any situation, and maintenance personnel play a critical role in adapting to a new environment and launching aircraft at a nearly perfect rate. “Every day our Airmen are out here are getting these aircraft 100 percent mission ready making sure they
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An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 148th Fighter Wing taxis on the flightline after arriving to Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, April 20, 2016. The 148th FW out of Duluth Air National Guard Base, Minnesota, deployed 12 F-16 aircraft to Osan as part of a theater security package to enhance regional security on the Korea Peninsula. The U.S. Air Force routinely deploys force packages of fighters throughout the Republic of Korea to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to stability on the Korea Peninsula. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dillian Bamman/Released) Minnesota Air National Guard TSP arrives at Osan
The 148th Fighter Wing from Duluth Air National Guard Base, Minnesota, deployed 12 F-16 aircraft to Osan Air Base as part of a theater security package to enhance regional security on the Korean Peninsula. These routine deployments demonstrate the United States' commitment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, as well as solidifies relationships with
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Daniel Mobili, a dedicated crew chief with the 51st Fighter Wing, Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, salutes the pilot an A-10C Thunderbolt II after marshalling the aircraft for take off at Clark Air Base, Philippines, April 19, 2016. Maintenance Airmen play a critical role in the newly stood up Air Contingent’s ongoing operations ranging from air and maritime domain awareness, personnel recovery, combating piracy, and assurance all nations have access to the regional air and maritime domains in accordance with international law. Mobili is a Miami, Florida, native. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton) PACAF A-10s, HH-60s fly first Air Contingent missions in Philippines
U.S. Pacific Command’s Air Contingent began flying operations at Clark Air Base, Philippines, April 19, with the successful launch of four A-10C Thunderbolt IIs and two HH-60G Pave Hawks.
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A C-130 Hercules takes off from Yokota Air Base, Japan, April 18, 2016. The 374th Airlift Wing sent two aircraft in support of the government of Japan in their relief efforts for the series of earthquakes that took place in the Kyushu region recently. The aircraft transported heavy vehicles and personnel from Chitose Air Base, Hokkaido to Kyushu. (U.S. Air Force photo/Yasuo Osakabe) Yokota aids Japan with earthquake relief
The 374th Airlift Wing sent two C-130 Hercules aircraft and aircrew to the Kyushu region April 18, supporting the government of Japan in their relief efforts for the series of earthquakes that took place in Kumamoto Prefecture and surrounding areas.
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U.S. Staff Sgt. Barret Chappelle, a 354th Security Forces military working dog (MWD) handler, works with MWD Cage at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, March 7, 2016. Military working dogs from Eielson work alongside the human defenders who stand “Ready to go at 50 below” 24 hours a day protecting assets at the top of the world in the U.S. Air Force’s Pacific theater of operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel/Released) Paws below zero
Every paw press into powder dry snow produces a sharp shriek in to the dark frigid air only heard in negative temperatures. Not a breath through the wet, black nostrils isn’t without effort inhaling painful sniffs intent on detecting deadly explosives, drugs or intruders. Military working dogs from the 354th Security Forces Squadron march alongside the human defenders who stand “Ready to go at 50 below” 24 hours a day protecting assets that set atop the world in the U.S. Air Force’s Pacific theater of operations.
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U.S. Navy Airman Austin Russem, Electronic Attack Squadron 13, Whidbey Island, Wa., performs a pre-flight inspection on an EA-18 Growler during Max Thunder 16 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, April 18, 2016. Exercise Max Thunder is part of a continuous exercise program to enhance interoperability between U.S. and ROK forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nick Wilson/Released) Exercise Max Thunder 16 launches at Kunsan
U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps and Navy personnel and aircraft will train with South Korean air force counterparts in the bilateral training exercise Max Thunder 16, at Kunsan Air Base April 15-29.
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