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U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Ospreys assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Japan, fly in formation with a U.S. Air Force MC-130J Commando II assigned to the 17th Special Operations Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, during a tiltrotor air to air refueling (TAAR) July 19, 2016, over the Pacific Ocean. The TAAR enabled the Ospreys to operate beyond unassisted flight range in a training exercise designed to evaluate long-range airfield seizure capability in a joint operation between the Marines and Air Force. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Peter Reft) USAF, Marines conduct rapid airfield seizure exercise
What began as another calm and quiet summer day on a small island in the Pacific instantly turned into a vortex of dust and a thunderous bedlam of Osprey engines. Marine Corps riflemen stormed the area, neutralized multiple hostiles, and captured a landing strip for incoming cargo planes hauling additional troops and Humvee command vehicles.
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2016
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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2016
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