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A C-130 Hercules is marshaled onto the flightline before taking off to participate in Operation Christmas Drop 2015 at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Dec. 7, 2015. Over the course of six days, critical supplies will be dropped to 56 Micronesian islands, impacting approximately 20,000 people as part of the longest-running Department of Defense humanitarian aid disaster relief mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman David C. Danford/Released) Yokota takes off for Operation Christmas Drop 2015
A C-130 Hercules is marshaled onto the flightline before taking off to participate in Operation Christmas Drop 2015 at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Dec. 7, 2015. Over the course of six days, critical supplies will be dropped to 56 Micronesian islands, impacting approximately 20,000 people as part of the longest-running Department of Defense humanitarian
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Tech. Sgt. Dan Edwards, 51st Munitions Squadron storage shift lead, poses in front of munition pallets stacked high at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 17, 2015. MUNS Airmen are responsible for building, storing, maintaining, inspecting and delivering everything from 2,000 pound bombs to 9mm rounds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amber Grimm/Released) MUNS Airmen epitomize fight tonight readiness
They are the bullets in the gun, the missiles on the aircraft and the career field that keep Team Osan ready to fight tonight. The 51st Munitions Squadron is comprised of 85 different facilities that house multiple sections such as pre-load, control, storage and precision guided munitions. Located at the farthest reaches of the base (for safety reasons) their presence may be overlooked but never their contributions.
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jesse Kow, 18th Operations Support Squadron air traffic controller, advises an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot before takeoff, Nov. 30, 2015, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Kadena is the largest combat wing in the Pacific with its abundance of air frames and missions. Kadena's air traffic controllers are responsible for providing air traffic control and operations at one of the busiest airfields in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Naoto Anazawa/Released) Air traffic controllers keep eyes on skies 24/7
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jesse Kow, 18th Operations Support Squadron air traffic controller, advises an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot before takeoff, Nov. 30, 2015, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Kadena is the largest combat wing in the Pacific with its abundance of air frames and missions. Kadena's air traffic controllers are responsible for providing
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U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jon Ammon, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron assistant chief of operations, gives a brief introduction to a live firefighting demonstration, Nov. 24, 2015, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Firefighters from the 18th CES performed a demonstration for Tokyo and Okinawan firefighter cadets and explained the methods and equipment used to extinguish aircraft fighters on an air base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard) 18th CEG conducts fire demo for Tokyo, Okinawa cadets
U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jon Ammon, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron assistant chief of operations, gives a brief introduction to a live firefighting demonstration, Nov. 24, 2015, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Firefighters from the 18th CES performed a demonstration for Tokyo and Okinawan firefighter cadets and explained the methods and equipment used
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Default Air Force Logo Yokota, JGSDF share helo experience
The Indo-Asia Pacific Region experiences extreme variations of elevation and the world's most active seismic and volcanic activity, leading to many natural disasters.   During these emergencies, U.S. and Japanese military units collaborate to support to those affected -- like Operation Tomodachi in the wake of the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake.   The
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Japan Air Self-Defense Force Lt. Col. Yutaka Hori, 83rd Wing Headquarters director of administration, leads Kadena Airmen up a hill to observe a historical site Nov. 20, 2015, at Naha Air Base, Japan. The U.S. Airmen were provided an extensive tour of the base as part of a wing exchange program, held to improve the understanding of each Air Force’s mission and capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier/Released)  Kadena Airmen tour Naha AB, build bilateral relations
Approximately 40 Airmen from Kadena Air Base, Japan, interacted with their Japan Air Self-Defense Force counterparts during an extensive tour of Naha Air Base Nov. 20, as part of a new wing exchange program.   The tour included an overall mission briefing at the wing headquarters building, visits to various historical sites, aircraft maintenance,
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An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 8th Fighter Wing is parked at the end of the runway as Republic of Korea air force F-15K Slam Eagles from the 11th Fighter Wing, Daegu, taxi behind it during Buddy Wing 15-7 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 17, 2015. Buddy Wing exercises are held multiple times a year to not only enhance interoperability between the USAF and ROKAF combat Airmen, but to promote cultural awareness through operating as one force as they integrated mission planning, briefing, flying and debriefing together. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nick Wilson/Released) Buddy Wing 15-7: ROKAF, USAF pilots train together

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A Navy aviation electronics technician walks the spine of an EA-18G Growler as part of an inspection on the aircraft during exercise Vigilant Ace 16 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 4, 2015. The EA-18Gs are at Osan are from the Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash. The EA-18G's vast array of sensors and weapons provides the warfighter with a lethal and survivable weapon system to counter current and emerging threats. Exercise Vigilant Ace 16 is a large-scale exercise designed to enhance the interoperability of the U.S. and Republic of Korea forces. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Travis Edwards) Vigilant Ace 16: New kind of exercise
Nov. 1 through 7 marked the planning and participation of a first of its kind exercise for 7th Air Force, Vigilant Ace 16. For a unit that already plans and/or participates in over 30 unique training events on average yearly, this was no easy task. So with that many training events already on the roster, why another exercise; how would this be
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A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress connects to a KC-135 Stratotanker during an aerial refueling exercise Nov. 6, 2015, near Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The B-52 crews are a part of the U.S. Pacific Command’s continuous bomber presence and support ongoing operations in the Indo- Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Arielle Vasquez/Released) Kansas Coyotes refuel B-52 over Pacific
A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress connects to a KC-135 Stratotanker during an aerial refueling exercise Nov. 6, 2015, near Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The B-52 crews are a part of the U.S. Pacific Command’s continuous bomber presence and support ongoing operations in the Indo- Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class
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Airmen prepare seating in a C-130 Hercules during Vigilant Ace 16 at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Nov. 2, 2015. Multiple C-130s were inspected, reconfigured and fueled in preparation of flights for Vigilant Ace, a U.S. and South Korea combined exercise aimed at enhancing operational and tactical level coordination through combined and joint combat training. The exercise also provided critical training for the Airmen of the 374th Airlift Wing to maintain peace and stability in Japan and the entire Indo-Asia Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Cody H. Ramirez) Yokota enhances capabilities through exercise
Members of the 374th Airlift Wing participated in exercise Vigilant Ace 16 from Nov. 1-10, in conjunction with a Samurai Readiness Inspection at Yokota Air Base. Vigilant Ace is a large-scale exercise on the Korean Peninsula designed to enhance the interoperability of U.S. and allied forces through combined combat training.
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