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Hill Maintenance TSP Hill F-35A maintainers passing the Pacific TSP test
Five weeks into the first F-35A Pacific Theater Security Package deployment the 34th Aircraft Maintenance Unit team is at full stride. Maintainers in the Pacific location and in Utah, home of the 34th AMU under the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings are coming together to make the first TSP a success and to fulfill lofty expectations of themselves and of the Air Force’s newest stealth fighter. “Everyone associated with the 34th Fighter Squadron and AMU alike, make a really great team, and that’s good because we have a lot to accomplish while we’re here,” said Capt. Christina Merritt, 34th Expeditionary Maintenance Unit officer in charge. “I’m so happy to be here. We’re showing the world what we’re made of and what the F-35A can do.”
0 12/08
2017
F-35 AT Kadena Hill’s F-35A and airmen mastering first Pacific deployment
More than 300 men and women of the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings and 12 F-35As are conducting business for the next six months on the subtropical Japanese island of Okinawa during a deployment known as a Theater Security Package. Their business is to fly the F-35A, integrate with Kadena Air Base’s F-15Cs and other assets and demonstrate the continuing U.S. commitment to stability and security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region—and they’re excited to do it. “We were very excited to find out we were coming here,” said Lt. Col. “Scout” Johnston, 34th Fighter Squadron commander. “It’s a wonderful place with wonderful people and the facilities are excellent. The airspace is phenomenal. This allows us to have great training opportunities and integration with other Air Force assets as well as with the Navy and Marine Corps and hopefully with the Japanese Self-defense force. So, we are excited to be here.”
0 11/19
2017
U.S. Air Force's F-35A Lightning II scheduled for first operational deployment to Indo-Asia-Pacific U.S. Air Force's F-35A Lightning II scheduled for first operational deployment to Indo-Asia-Pacific
U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. David Moore, an F-35A Lightning II pilot from the 34th Fighter Squadron, climbs out of the cockpit after a flight from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Oct. 30, 2017. A dozen F-35As and approximately 300 Airmen are on their way to Kadena Air Base, Japan, deployed under U.S. Pacific
0 11/02
2017
A U.S. Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 F-35B Lightning II taxis on the flightline during forward area refueling point joint training exercise June 27, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The training between services gave the Marine Corps a unique opportunity to practice joint operations with the 353rd Special Operations Group by utilizing the MC-130J Commando II and MC-130H Talon II's unique ability to air deliver 18th Logistics Squadron ground refueling operations to forward deployed locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard) F-35B conducts FARP at Kadena
KADENA AIR BASE, Japan – U.S. Marines and Airmen conducted the first ever joint forward area refueling point exercise involving the F-35B Lighting II June 26, at Kadena Air Base, Japan.
0 7/07
2017
A U.S. Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 F-35B Lightning II taxis on the flightline during forward area refueling point joint training exercise June 27, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The training between services gave the Marine Corps a unique opportunity to practice joint operations with the 353rd Special Operations Group by utilizing the MC-130J Commando II and MC-130H Talon II's unique ability to air deliver 18th Logistics Squadron ground refueling operations to forward deployed locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard) F-35 Conducs 1st Joint FARP EX at Kadena
KADENA AIR BASE, Japan – U.S. Marines and Airmen conducted the first ever joint forward area refueling point exercise involving the F-35B Lighting II June 26, at Kadena Air Base, Japan.
0 7/07
2017
Capt. Elizabeth Belleau, a behavioral scientist, earned the sexual assault response coordinator of the year award for her work both as the SARC at Kadena Air Base, Japan, and while deployed as the SARC for the 435th Air Expeditionary Wing, U.S. Africa Command, April 28th, 2016.  The award recognizes the Air Force SARC whose work has been particularly noteworthy and demonstrates outstanding service in support of service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by SrA Malia Jenkins/Released) Air Force officials name SARC of the year
An Air Force captain earned the service’s 2015 Exceptional Sexual Assault Response Coordinator Award during a ceremony April 28 at the Pentagon.
0 4/28
2016
Airman 1st Class Justin Wanke, a 67th Air Maintenance Unit electricity and environmental specialist, helps conduct a cabin pressure test on an F-15E Strike Eagle, Jan. 8, 2016, on the flightline at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Cabin pressure tests are conducted to prevent hypoxia, a lack of oxygen reaching muscle tissue, from occurring in pilots. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Nick Emerick) Avionics technicians provide brains behind brawn
Air Force avionics technicians provide the brains behind the brawn that keeps the F-15 Eagle flying. Despite its size, nearly 64 feet from nose to tail and almost 43 feet from wingtip to wingtip, the F-15 is a highly maneuverable mechanical monster in the air. Avionics technicians help ensure these aircraft are always prepared and ready for flight.
0 1/13
2016
An F-15 Eagle takes off during an Aviation Training Relocation at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 15, 2015. Fifteen jets from Kadena AB, Japan, trained during a two-week exercise. The exercise allowed F-15 Eagle pilots to train alongside Japan Air Self-Defense Force aircraft while overcoming language barriers. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jordyn Fetter) Misawa, Kadena Airmen strengthen bilateral ties
Aircraft and personnel from Kadena Air Base, Misawa AB and the Japan Air Self-Defense Force participated in Aviation Training Relocation Dec. 1-18 here.
0 12/23
2015
Capts. Christopher Fukui and Joshua McNelley are assigned to the 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Both Airmen are descendants of sailors who fought in the Battle of Midway during World War II. Fukui’s great-grandfather, Chisato Morita, commanded the Imperial Japanese Navy Midway Flying Corps aboard the aircraft carrier Akagi and McNelley’s grandfather, Ray Sorton, a U.S. Navy Sailor, manned an anti-aircraft gun during the battle. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman John Linzmeier) Allies in a new era
Two captains stationed at Kadena Air Base, Japan, discovered that their military roots go deeper than they had anticipated. Both Airmen are descendants of sailors who fought in the Battle of Midway in World War II, although fighting on opposite sides.
0 12/08
2015
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