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Misawa F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots, in collaboration with Kadena Air Base Airmen, executed a unique refueling capability for the first time at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 25.

A U.S. Air Force MC-130J Commando II refuels an F-16 Fighting Falcon with its engines on during a forward area refueling point training event at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 25, 2020. Without FARP capabilities, U.S. Air Force aircraft are limited to air-to-air refueling and permanently-installed bases for their refueling needs. However, when a fighter squadron has FARP support, options are vastly increased, as any accessible airfield or island can be used to replenish fighters and send them back to the fight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Bulow-Gonterman)

Misawa F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots, in collaboration with Kadena Air Base Airmen, executed a unique refueling capability for the first time at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 25.

A U.S. Airman with the 1st Special Operations Squadron from Kadena Air Base, Japan, opens the cargo bay door during a forward area refueling point training at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 25, 2020. FARP entails the rapid transfer of fuel from one aircraft to another. On this occasion, an MC-130J Commando II and four F-16 Fighting Falcon completed the procedure with all engines running. This capability makes it possible for fighter aircraft to land, replenish fuel and return to air-battle operations within a short timeframe in austere environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Bulow-Gonterman)

Misawa F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots, in collaboration with Kadena Air Base Airmen, executed a unique refueling capability for the first time at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 25.

U.S. Airmen from the 18th Logistic Readiness Squadron and 1st Special Operations Squadron from Kadena Air Base, Japan, refuel an F-16 Fighting Falcon during a forward area refueling point training event at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 25, 2020. When a fighter squadron has FARP support, options are vastly increased, as any accessible airfield or island can be used to replenish fighters and send them back to the fight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Bulow-Gonterman)

Misawa F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots, in collaboration with Kadena Air Base Airmen, executed a unique refueling capability for the first time at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 25.

A U.S. Airman with the 1st Special Operations Squadron from Kadena Air Base, Japan, inspects the fuel hose connection to a MC-130J Commando II during a forward area refueling point training event at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 25, 2020. FARP plays a role in the U.S. military’s adaptive basing abilities to deliver airpower and lethality more efficiently anywhere in the world by being able to provide a mobile refueling point anywhere an aircraft can land. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Bulow-Gonterman)

Misawa F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots, in collaboration with Kadena Air Base Airmen, executed a unique refueling capability for the first time at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 25.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. John Guerrero, an 18th Logistic Readiness Squadron forward area refueling point team member from Kadena Air Base, Japan, runs the fuel hose to the F-16 Fighting Falcon during a FARP training event at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 25, 2020. FARP, a specialty within the petroleum, oils and lubrication career field, trains Airmen to effectively refuel aircraft in remote locations when air-to-air refueling is not possible or when fueling stations are not accessible. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Bulow-Gonterman)

Misawa F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots, in collaboration with Kadena Air Base Airmen, executed a unique refueling capability for the first time at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 25.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Trey Branch, an 18th Logistic Readiness Squadron forward area refueling point team member, waits to refuel an F-16 Fighting Falcon during a FARP training event at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 25, 2020. Members of the 18th LRS and 1st Special Operations Squadron validated their FARP training and certified five crewmembers on the procedures, while Misawa Airmen observed the refueling capability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Bulow-Gonterman)

Misawa F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots, in collaboration with Kadena Air Base Airmen, executed a unique refueling capability for the first time at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 25.

U.S. Airmen from the 18th Logistic Readiness Squadron and 1st Special Operations Squadron from Kadena Air Base, Japan, prepare for a forward area refueling point training event at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 25, 2020. Members of the 18th LRS and 1st SOS validated their FARP training and certified five crewmembers on the procedures, while Misawa Airmen observed the refueling capability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Bulow-Gonterman)

Misawa F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots, in collaboration with Kadena Air Base Airmen, executed a unique refueling capability for the first time at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 25.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. John Guerrero, an 18th Logistic Readiness Squadron forward area refueling point team member from Kadena Air Base, Japan, carries a section of a fuel hose to a MC-130J Commando II during a FARP training event at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 25, 2020. FARP entails the rapid transfer of fuel from one aircraft to another. On this occasion, an MC-130J Commando II and four F-16 Fighting Falcons completed the procedure with all engines running. This capability makes it possible for fighter aircraft to land, replenish fuel and return to air-battle operations within a short timeframe in austere environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Bulow-Gonterman)

Misawa F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots, in collaboration with Kadena Air Base Airmen, executed a unique refueling capability for the first time at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 25.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. John Guerrero, an 18th Logistic Readiness Squadron forward area refueling point team member from Kadena Air Base Japan, carries a section of the fuel hose to a MC-130J Commando II during a forward area refueling point training event at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 25, 2020. FARP, a specialty within the petroleum, oils and lubrication career field, trains Airmen to effectively refuel aircraft in remote locations when air-to-air refueling is not possible or when fueling stations are not accessible. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Bulow-Gonterman)

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Misawa F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots, in collaboration with Kadena Air Base Airmen, executed a unique refueling capability for the first time at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 25.

“Forward area refueling point” entails the rapid transfer of fuel from one aircraft to another. On this occasion, an MC-130J Commando II and four F-16 Fighting Falcons completed the procedure with all engines running. This capability makes it possible for fighter aircraft to land, replenish fuel and return to air-battle operations within a short timeframe in austere environments.

“This capability adds another toolset to facilitate rapid force deployment and is part of the basis of the [Agile Combat Employment] concept,” said Maj. Walter Studley, the 35th Fighter Wing Inspector General director of wing inspections.

The FARP program is designed to train petroleum, oils and lubricants (POL) Airmen for covert refueling operations in deployed locations where fueling stations are not accessible or when air-to-air refueling is not possible.

“It was a new concept to perform FARP refuels on F-16s here at Misawa AB,” said Staff Sgt. Trey Branch, an 18th Logistics readiness Squadron FARP team member. “It was an awesome experience and I am glad to participate in this training opportunity despite the pandemic.”

Members of the 18th LRS and 1st Special Operations Squadron validated their FARP training and certified five crewmembers on the procedures, while Misawa Airmen observed the refueling capability.

“Our POL Airmen witnessed an exciting assignment opportunity as a ‘FARPie,’” said Studley. “Our crew chiefs were able to provide F-16 specific training for the MC-130 crews, and our pilots saw an ACE refueling capability in action.”

When a fighter squadron has FARP support, options are vastly increased, as any accessible airfield or island can be used to replenish fighters and send them back to the fight.

Studley continued saying that the training demonstrates another milestone in the ACE program overall.

“The more we get comfortable with these capabilities in training, means the more effective they will be if we ever need to use them,” said Studley.