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U.S. Air Forec Airman 1st Class Glenn Koontz, left, and Senior Airman Corey Robinson, center right, both 14th Aircraft Maintenance Unit electrical and environmental technicians, work on an F-16 Fighting Falcon as Japan Air Self-Defense Force Staff Sgts. Narihito Tanaka, center left, and Kenta Okazaki, right, sepctate aircraft procedures at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 7, 2016. Eight enlisted and two officers from multiple JASDF bases across Northern Japan participated in a bilateral exchange to learn maintenance procedures. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert) US, Japan break barriers, reinforce partnership during exchange
U.S. Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force service members engaged in a bilateral exchange program at Misawa Air Base, Japan, from Nov. 29 to Dec. 9, to increase interoperability and break down language barriers.Conducted by Fifth Air Force since 1995, this year’s BEP featured eight enlisted and two officers from JASDF bases across northern
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Republic of Korea air force Black Eagles fly in formation during Air Power Day 2016 on Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 25, 2016. Air Power Day was a two-day event that highlighted the partnership between the Republic of Korea and the U.S. military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen) U.S, Republic of Korea alliance highlighted during Air Power Day
Osan Air Base hosted approximately 80,000 visitors during Air Power Day 2016, Sept. 24 and 25, highlighting the alliance between the U.S. and the Republic of Korea while using the opportunity to get to know one another better as good friends and good neighbors.
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A layer of asphalt on the flightline is exposed at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Jul. 26, 2016. Due to the high volume of aircraft using the runway, the west section’s pavement surface was highly degraded, resulting in a need for a repairs. The 3,840 cubic meters of asphalt laid on the flightline spans a surface length of approximately 1,200 feet by 150 feet wide, with 50 feet of shoulder width. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittany A. Chase) Runway construction paves way for flight
After nearly three weeks of construction, the Misawa Air Base runway became fully operational Aug. 5.
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Nary Kong-Choup, a team member with the 35th Maintenance Squadron avionics intermediate section electronic warfare section, assembles a breakout box at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 1, 2016. Kong-Choup was one of seven Airmen who took the initiative on building this device, saving time and requiring less manpower to operate. The apparatus connects to parts on F-16 Fighting Falcons, called line replacement units, and inspects the integrity of electrical pathways. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jordyn Fetter) Avionics Airmen create money saving, innovative device
F-16 Fighting Falcon avionics specialists maintain and repair a wide range of electronics systems in the aircraft, ranging from communications to flight controls. To keep up with a demanding operations tempo, Misawa’s avionics Airmen developed a device to make their performance even more efficient, completing the project in July.
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Beau Blackburn, a dedicated crew chief with the 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, poses for a photograph next to an F-16 Fighting Falcon canopy at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 16, 2016. When a crew chief is assigned to an aircraft, their name is symbolically posted to the side of the bubble canopy. This tradition signifies the responsibility each crew chief has to keep their aircraft in perfect working order, ensuring its reliability. Blackburn hails from Iona, Idaho. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jordyn Fetter) Maintenance Airman powers Misawa SEAD mission
During an early afternoon, a soft warm breeze skirted across a flightline empty of the roar of F-16 Fighting Falcons preparing for another flight. In its place, tools clanking against metal echoed in the depths of a hangar. A crew chief worked diligently solving the most recent maintenance challenge placed in his path.
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. George Covington, the commander’s support staff NCO in charge with the 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, dribbles a basketball at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 17, 2016. The Japan Railway East Akita Peckers played the Misawa Jets as part of a basketball camp meant to foster bilateral relations and prepare players for the upcoming season. Covington is from Panama City, Florida. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jordyn Fetter) Basketball bolsters bilateral bonds
Sports provide a forum for people of different backgrounds and cultures to come together and take part in a shared interest.   The Misawa Jets basketball team fostered such a connection when they held a summer basketball camp with the Japan Railway East Akita Peckers team to strengthen bilateral bonds and improve skills, June 17.   The day's
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U.S. Marine Corps F-18 Hornet assigned to the Fixed Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242, Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, are prepared for flying operations June 7, 2016, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 16-2, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. RF-A enables enables joint and international units to sharpen their combat skills by flying simulated combat sorties in a realistic threat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Steven R. Doty) Marine Corps launches into RED FLAG-Alaska 16-2
U.S. Marine Corps F-18 Hornets assigned to Fixed Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242, Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, participate in RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 16-2, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, June 7, 2016. In addition to enabling joint and international units to work side-by-side, RF-A allows coalition forces to exchange tactics, techniques and procedures while improving interoperability.
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U.S. Air Force Captain’s Karan Bansal, left, and Kyle McCullough, KC-135 Stratotanker pilots assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, orient to the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, May 12, 2016. The JPARC consists of all the land, air, sea, space and cyberspace used for military training in Alaska, providing unmatched opportunities for present and future Service, joint, interagency and multinational training and is comprised of approximately 65,000 square miles of available airspace, 2,490 square miles of land space with 1.5 million acres of maneuver land and 42,000 square nautical miles of sea and airspace in the Gulf of Alaska. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Steven R. Doty) Essential players in RED FLAG-Alaska exercise
RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) is a series of Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercises for U.S. and partner nation forces, enabling joint and international units to exchange tactics, techniques and procedures while improving interoperability in a realistic threat environment.
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U.S. Air Force Airmen with the 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron arm an F-16 Fighting Falcon during a two-day surge exercise at Misawa Air Base, Japan, April 5, 2016. Along with standard maintenance to aircraft before and after flight, weapons load crew teams armed the aircraft to simulate a combat environment. During deployed operations, loading is essential for the F-16’s air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attacks. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jordyn Fetter/Released) F-16s surge during two-day drill at Misawa
Airmen with the 35th Fighter Wing conducted a two-day surge exercise April 4 through 5 with F-16 Fighting Falcons at Misawa Air Base, Japan.
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Maj. Curtis Voltz, 112th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, Ohio Air National Guard chief of weapons and tactics, pilots an F-16 Fighting Falcon during a training mission Feb. 2, 2016 over the Pacific Ocean. Deployed here as part of the Theater Security Package, the 112th EFS provides combat fighter assets to augment forces already operating in the Pacific theater. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joshua Smoot) Ohio ANG F-16s refuel over Pacific Ocean
Deployed here as part of the Theater Security Package, the 112th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, Ohio Air National Guard, provides combat fighter assets to augment forces already operating in the Pacific theater. 
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