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A F-35B Lightning II aircraft, from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 (VMFA-121) receives fuel from a Travis Air Force Base, California, KC-10 Extender as the aircraft make the flight across the Pacific Ocean, Jan. 18, 2017. The transfer of VMFA -121 from MCAS Yuma, Arizona, to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan marks the first permanent international deployment of the joint strike fighter. (courtesy photo) AMC enables first international F-35B deployment
Air Mobility Command Airmen helped mark a major milestone by enabling the delivery of Marine F-35B Lightning II aircraft to Japan, Jan. 18.
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U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots with the 13th and 14th Fighter Squadrons conduct air-to-air refueling with a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 134th Air Refueling Wing, Tennessee Air National Guard, over Northern Japan, Jan. 18, 2017. Pilots must maintain tanker qualification every six months to stay proficient and capable. Midair refueling also extends a pilots warfare capabilities by almost two hours, potentially saving more lives during combat. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Deana Heitzman) Tennessee tanker fuels Misawa mission
In order to provide rapid crisis response around the Indo-Asia-Pacific theater to sustain the “fight tonight” motto, the 35th Fighter Wing’s F-16 Fighting Falcons must practice their global reach as if it’s a real-world scenario.
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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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