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A U.S. Air Force 1st Special Operations Squadron intelligence officer briefs U.S. and Australian partners on the intelligence picture as aircrew and special tactics personnel prepare to execute the warfighting scenario of Talisman Saber 2017, July 10, 2017, at Rockhampton, Australia. Working with the Australian Army’s 6th Aviation and 2nd Commando Regiments, 37th Squadron Royal Australian Air Force, 40th Squadron Royal New Zealand Air Force, U.S. Navy Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron-85 and U.S. Marine Corps 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion provided the 353rd Special Operations Group the opportunity for increased partnership building capacity and interoperability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait) Intelligence driving operations at Talisman Saber 2017
Though hidden behind the scenes, the intelligence analysts of the 353rd Special Operations Group and their Australian counterparts paint the big picture of the warfighting scenario for Talisman Saber 2017, a biennial military training exercise from 23 June to 25 July throughout various locations in Australia.
0 7/11
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
Japan Ground Self Defense Force members observe Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery Regiment load a Patriot missile battery onto a C-17 Globe Master III March 14, 2017, on Kadena Air Base, Japan. The C-17 Globe Master III is capable of carrying payloads up to 169,000 pounds (76,657 kilograms). (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard) U.S., Japan conduct joint-bilateral training
Japan Self-Defense Force members conducted bilateral training with U.S. Soldiers and Airmen March 14 and 16 to strengthen relations and increase readiness.
0 3/27
2017
Staff Sgt. Caleb Williams, 18th Operations Support Squadron SERE specialist, performs a communications check aboard a HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter assigned to the 33rd Rescue Squadron for exercise Keen Sword Nov. 4, 2016, off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. During the training, members of the 33rd RQS practiced recovery operations for a simulated downed pilot in a hostile environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier) Special Operations Airmen train during Keen Sword 17
U.S. Airmen assigned to the 18th Wing and 353rd Special Operations Group, Kadena Air Base, Japan, practice life-saving skills during exercise Keen Sword 17, off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, Nov. 4, 2016.
0 11/09
2016
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.
0 8/01
2016
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Matthew Michels, 31st Rescue Squadron aircrew flight equipment assistant NCO in charge, straightens parachute chords while parachute packing June 20, 2016, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Michels ensures 31st RQS pararescuemen can don safe parachute packs that have passed intensive safety checks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Peter Reft) Rigger up: 31st RQS AFE Airmen preserve pararescumen lives
Beads of sweat run down his forehead as he squeezes out every last cubic millimeter of air from a parachute and folds it into a bag no larger than a basic tool box, checking each step to ensure strict compliance to safety standards. After several hours of assembly and safety checks, pararescuemen of the 31st Rescue Squadron will don the parachute pack, trusting their lives to the dedication and attention to detail Senior Airman Erik Merrill, and other 31st RQS aircrew flight equipment members, execute daily.
0 6/22
2016
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