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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Bailey Delaney, 13th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron debrief NCO-in charge, explains F-16 operations to Koku-Jieitai personnel during Aviation Training Relocation at Chitose Air Base, Japan Aug. 25, 2020.

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Bailey Delaney, 13th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron debrief NCO-in charge, explains F-16 operations to Koku-Jieitai personnel during Aviation Training Relocation at Chitose Air Base, Japan Aug. 25, 2020. Led by Fifth Air Force, the training focused on strengthening bilateral interoperability with Koku-Jieitai personnel in key areas such as defensive counter-air and Agile Combat Employment capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Grace Nichols)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon prepares for takeoff during Aviation Training Relocation at Chitose Air Base, Japan Aug. 27, 2020.

An F-16 Fighting Falcon prepares for takeoff during Aviation Training Relocation at Chitose Air Base, Japan Aug. 27, 2020. Partnering with Koku-Jieitai, the training took place with Airmen and aircraft across Japan from the 18th Wing, 374th Airlift Wing and 35th Fighter Wing, involving an estimated total of both six F-15 aircraft and six F-16 aircraft and approximately 200 personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Grace Nichols)

Individuals perform duties in an outdoor environment

U.S. Air Force and Koku-Jieitai personnel use an aerial bulk fuel delivery system during Aviation Training Relocation at Chitose Air Base, Japan Aug. 25, 2020. Partnering with Koku-Jieitai, the training took place with Airmen and aircraft across the Indo-Pacific from the 18th Wing, 374th Airlift Wing and 35th Fighter Wing, involving an estimated total of both six F-15 aircraft and six F-16 aircraft and approximately 200 personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Grace Nichols)

Individuals perform duties in an outdoor environment

U.S. Air Force and Koku-Jieitai personnel tow an F-16 Fighting Falcon during Aviation Training Relocation at Chitose Air Base, Japan Aug. 25, 2020. Partnering with Koku-Jieitai, the training took place with Airmen and aircraft across the Japan from the 18th Wing, 374th Airlift Wing and 35th Fighter Wing, involving an estimated total of both six F-15 aircraft and six F-16 aircraft and approximately 200 personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Grace Nichols)

An individual inspects and aircraft

Airman 1st Class Roberto Juarez, 13th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and Aircraft Maintenance unit F-16 crew chief, inspects an F-16 Fighting Falcon while refueling during Aviation Training Relocation at Chitose Air Base, Japan Aug. 25, 2020. Partnering with Koku-jieitai , the training took place with Airmen and aircraft across the Indo-Pacific from the 18th Wing, 374th Airlift Wing and 35th Fighter Wing, involving an estimated total of both six F-15 aircraft and six F-16 aircraft and approximately 200 personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Grace Nichols)

Team Kadena Airmen perform an Integrated Combat Turn during Exercise WestPac Rumrunner at Kadena Air Base, Japan, July 31, 2020. The WestPac Rumrunner exercise brought Airmen and joint partners together to train and execute innovative ways to deploy forces in a contested environment.

Team Kadena Airmen perform an Integrated Combat Turn during Exercise WestPac Rumrunner at Kadena Air Base, Japan, July 31, 2020. The WestPac Rumrunner exercise brought Airmen and joint partners together to train and execute innovative ways to deploy forces in a contested environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rhett Isbell)

Twenty-two Airmen were recognized as Dedicated Crew Chiefs during a ceremony on the flightline at Misawa Air Base, Japan, July 31.

U.S. Air Force Dedicated Crew Chiefs from the 14th Aircraft Maintenance Unit recite the DCC Creed during a ceremony at Misawa Air Base, Japan, July 31, 2020. Twenty-two Airmen were recognized as Dedicated Crew Chiefs during the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Bulow-Gonterman)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Sebastian Colon, a 35th Maintenance Squadron Phase Inspection section journeyman, applies gear lube to the F-16 Fighting Falcon at Misawa Air Base, Japan, July 22, 2020. To ensure the aircraft is in the best condition at the end of phase maintenance, the team also works closely with the other flightline shops. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Sebastian Colon, a 35th Maintenance Squadron Phase Inspection section journeyman, applies gear lube to the F-16 Fighting Falcon at Misawa Air Base, Japan, July 22, 2020. To ensure the aircraft is in the best condition at the end of phase maintenance, the team also works closely with the other flightline shops. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Dylan Smith, a 35th Maintenance Squadron Phase Inspection section journeyman, installs a drag brace at Misawa Air Base, Japan, July 22, 2020. The phase dock will normally handle 24 to 26 aircraft each fiscal year. This year 22 phase inspections have already been completed with two aircraft currently in the process of being double docked, or inspected simultaneously. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Dylan Smith, a 35th Maintenance Squadron Phase Inspection section journeyman, installs a drag brace at Misawa Air Base, Japan, July 22, 2020. The phase dock will normally handle 24 to 26 aircraft each fiscal year. This year 22 phase inspections have already been completed with two aircraft currently in the process of being double docked, or inspected simultaneously. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)

The PACAF F-16 Demo Team provides spectators a front row seat to the raw power and maneuverability of the F-16.
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U.S. Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Fighting Falcon Demonstration Team crew chiefs stand at attention while Maj. Josiah Gaffney, the PACAF F-16 Demo Team pilot, exits the aircraft following his certification flight at Misawa Air Base, Japan, April 30, 2020. The PACAF F-16 Demo Team provides spectators a front row seat to the raw power and maneuverability of the F-16. One of the team's most important priorities when attending air shows is to engage with guests on a personal level. The team members dedicate several hours answering people's questions, signing autographs and taking pictures. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Bulow-Gonterman)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. and F-16 Fighting Falcons from Misawa Air Base, Japan, conducted bilateral joint training with Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) F-2s off the coast of Northern Japan, April 22, 2020. U.S. Strategic Command's bomber forces regularly conduct combined theater security cooperation engagements with allies and partners, demonstrating U.S. capability to command, control and conduct bomber missions around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Timothy Moore)
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A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. and F-16 Fighting Falcons from Misawa Air Base, Japan, conducted bilateral joint training with Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) F-2s off the coast of Northern Japan, April 22, 2020. U.S. Strategic Command's bomber forces regularly conduct combined theater security cooperation engagements with allies and partners, demonstrating U.S. capability to command, control and conduct bomber missions around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Timothy Moore)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Kyle Greyshock, a 13th Fighter Squadron avionics systems journeyman, speaks into a radio headset at Misawa Air Base, Japan, March 30, 2020. Avionics specialists require attention to detail since proper maintenance can mean the difference between mission success and failure. Part of their job consists of helping make quick fixes to jets to ensure they are available for flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Kyle Greyshock, a 13th Fighter Squadron avionics systems journeyman, speaks into a radio headset at Misawa Air Base, Japan, March 30, 2020. Avionics specialists require attention to detail since proper maintenance can mean the difference between mission success and failure. Part of their job consists of helping make quick fixes to jets to ensure they are available for flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Juan Humenez, a unit tactical aircraft maintainer, marshals an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Misawa Air Base, Japan, March 30, 2020. Tactical aircraft maintenance specialists ensure every component of the aircraft is maintained to the standards. They ensure the aircraft are ready to fly at a moment’s notice so pilots can safely and effectively complete their mission. Even amidst current policy restrictions due to COVID-19, the 35th Fighter Wing’s mission of projecting combat air power and defending the U.S. and Japan is still moving forward. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Juan Humenez, a unit tactical aircraft maintainer, marshals an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Misawa Air Base, Japan, March 30, 2020. Tactical aircraft maintenance specialists ensure every component of the aircraft is maintained to the standards. They ensure the aircraft are ready to fly at a moment’s notice so pilots can safely and effectively complete their mission. Even amidst current policy restrictions due to COVID-19, the 35th Fighter Wing’s mission of projecting combat air power and defending the U.S. and Japan is still moving forward. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)

Twelve U.S. Air Force F-16CM Fighting Falcons, 12 Koku-Jieitai F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters, two U.S. Navy EA-18G Growlers, a USN C-12 Huron, two USAF MC-130J Commando II aircraft, and a USN P-8 Poseidon participate in an “Elephant Walk” at Misawa Air Base, June 22, 2020.
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Twelve U.S. Air Force F-16CM Fighting Falcons, 12 Koku-Jieitai F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters, two U.S. Navy EA-18G Growlers, a USN C-12 Huron, two USAF MC-130J Commando II aircraft, and a USN P-8 Poseidon participate in an “Elephant Walk” at Misawa Air Base, June 22, 2020. The Elephant Walk showcased Misawa Air Base’s collective readiness and ability to generate combat airpower at a moment's notice to ensure regional stability throughout the Indo-Pacific. This is Misawa Air Base’s first time hosting a bilateral and joint Elephant Walk.

Airmen from the 35th Fighter Wing integrated with units from Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, and Yokota Air Base, Japan, for Total Force cooperation event aimed at Agile Combat Employment development at Yokota Air Base, Feb.12-13.
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A refueling technician pulls a hose from an R-11 fuel truck to an F-16 Fighting Falcon during an Agile Combat Employment mission at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Feb. 13, 2020. The 13th Fighter Squadron F-16 flew from Misawa Air Base to Yokota to practice rapid aircrew swap-out procedures. The rapid aircrew swap-out was one of several learning objections during the 35-hour ACE mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Bulow-Gonterman)

Airmen from the 35th Fighter Wing integrated with units from Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, and Yokota Air Base, Japan, for Total Force cooperation event aimed at Agile Combat Employment development at Yokota Air Base, Feb.12-13.
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U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 35th Fighter Wing observe a wet-wing defuel at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Feb. 13, 2020. The purpose of the wet-wing mission is to deliver fuel for air operations at a forward operating base that does not have an established fuel storage facility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Bulow-Gonterman)

Airman 1st Class Derrick Redmer, a 35th Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment technician, puts a hub on a piece of equipment after a wheel and bearing inspection at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Feb. 25, 2020. The AGE flight ensures all equipment meet the proper standards before the equipment is utilized on the flightline. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Derrick Redmer, a 35th Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment technician, puts a hub on a piece of equipment after a wheel and bearing inspection at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Feb. 25, 2020. The AGE flight ensures all equipment meets the proper standards before the equipment is utilized on the flightline. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)

35th Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment Airmen conduct inspections, troubleshooting and maintenance on equipment at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Feb. 25, 2020. The AGE flight is responsible for more than 500 pieces of equipment they must maintain and repair to ensure the F-16 Fighting Falcons are ready for flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)
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A 35th Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment Airmen conducts maintenance on equipment at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Feb. 25, 2020. The AGE flight is responsible for more than 500 pieces of equipment they must maintain and repair to ensure the F-16 Fighting Falcons are ready for flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)

A U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress from Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, and six F-16 Fighting Falcons from Misawa Air Base, Japan, conduct bilateral joint training with four Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-2's off the coast of Northern Japan, Feb. 4, 2020.
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A U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress from Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, and six F-16 Fighting Falcons from Misawa Air Base, Japan, conduct bilateral joint training with four Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-2's off the coast of Northern Japan, Feb. 4, 2020. U.S. Strategic Command’s bomber forces regularly conduct combined theater security cooperation engagements with allies and partners, demonstrating U.S. capability to command, control and conduct bomber missions around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Bulow-Gonterman)

Airman 1st Class Andre Patterson, a 14th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew member, safety wires an aft bolt at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Jan. 7, 2020. Weapons loaders perform three essential jobs: loading munitions, end-of-runway inspections and armament maintenance. The purpose of EOR is to arm the munitions on the jet and ensure it is safe to fly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)
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Airman 1st Class Andre Patterson, a 14th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew member, safety wires an aft bolt at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Jan. 7, 2020. Weapons loaders perform three essential jobs: loading munitions, end-of-runway inspections and armament maintenance. The purpose of EOR is to arm the munitions on the jet and ensure it is safe to fly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)

Airman 1st Class Andre Patterson, a 14th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew member, sits in a truck at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Jan. 7, 2020. Weapons loaders work around the clock, rotating shifts 24 hours a day, seven days a week ensuring every aircraft is armed properly and safely. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)
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Airman 1st Class Andre Patterson, a 14th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew member, sits in a truck at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Jan. 7, 2020. Weapons loaders work around the clock, rotating shifts 24 hours a day, seven days a week ensuring every aircraft is armed properly and safely. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)

U.S. Air Force Gen. CQ Brown Jr., Pacific Air Forces commander, shakes hands with Master Sgt. Edward Abney, 35th Maintenance Group loading standardization crew chief, at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Nov. 14, 2019. Brown’s base tour included meeting with Team Misawa members from various units to better understand the capabilities and responsibilities each shop contributes to the “fight tonight” mentality in the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Collette Brooks)
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U.S. Air Force Gen. CQ Brown Jr., Pacific Air Forces commander, shakes hands with Master Sgt. Edward Abney, 35th Maintenance Group loading standardization crew chief, at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Nov. 14, 2019. Brown’s base tour included meeting with Team Misawa members from various units to better understand the capabilities and responsibilities each shop contributes to the “fight tonight” mentality in the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Collette Brooks)

Airmen with the 13th and 14th Aircraft Maintenance Unit inspect inert munitions during the third quarter load competition at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 25, 2019.Weapon technicians evaluate participants on various aspects such as safety, accuracy, tool accountability and dress and appearance. The competition tested the ability of Airmen to quickly and precisely carry out the mission of power projection in the Indo- Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)
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Airmen with the 13th and 14th Aircraft Maintenance Units inspect inert munitions during the third quarter load competition at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 25, 2019. Weapons technicians evaluate participants on various aspects of each unit's performance, to include safety, accuracy, tool accountability and dress and appearance. The competition tested Airmen's ability to quickly and precisely carry out the mission of power projection in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)

Airmen with the 13th Aircraft Maintenance Unit load munitions onto an F-16 Fighting Falcon during the third quarter load competition at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 25, 2019. Weapons load crew Airmen provide safe, reliable and effective aircraft and munitions to remain mission-capable and help deter our advisories in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)
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Airmen with the 13th Aircraft Maintenance Unit load munitions onto an F-16 Fighting Falcon during the third quarter load competition at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 25, 2019. Weapons load crew Airmen provide safe, reliable and effective aircraft and munitions to remain mission-capable and help deter our adversaries in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Peter Nguyen, a 13th Aircraft Maintenance Unit F-16 Fighting Falcon assistant dedicated crew chief, smiles while marshalling an F-16 during an aviation training relocation at Komatsu Air Base, Japan, Oct. 3, 2019. Capt. Phillip McCoy, a 13th Fighter Squadron F-16 pilot and Komatsu ATR detachment commander, described the ATR participants as hard working, consistent and dedicated to the mission of executing bilateral training sorties regardless of unexpected changes, such as inclement weather experienced during the week-long exercise. The 13th AMU and its Airmen are assigned to Misawa AB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Collette Brooks)
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Peter Nguyen, a 13th Aircraft Maintenance Unit F-16 Fighting Falcon assistant dedicated crew chief, smiles while marshalling an F-16 during an aviation training relocation at Komatsu Air Base, Japan, Oct. 3, 2019. Capt. Phillip McCoy, a 13th Fighter Squadron F-16 pilot and Komatsu ATR detachment commander, described the ATR participants as hard-working, consistent and dedicated to the mission of executing bilateral training sorties regardless of unexpected changes, such as inclement weather experienced during the week-long exercise. The 13th AMU and its Airmen are assigned to Misawa AB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Collette Brooks)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Gabriel Contreras, a 13th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, smiles during an aviation training relocation at Komatsu Air Base, Japan, Oct. 2, 2019. The ATR gave participants an opportunity to survey and experience the Komatsu airfield, while gaging their ability to operate in a simulated deployed location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Collette Brooks)
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Gabriel Contreras, a 13th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, smiles during an aviation training relocation at Komatsu Air Base, Japan, Oct. 2, 2019. The ATR gave participants an opportunity to survey and experience the Komatsu airfield, while gaging their ability to operate in a simulated deployed location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Collette Brooks)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Ryan Pancheri, a 13th Aircraft Maintenance Unit dedicated crew chief, shows Maj. Gen. Masahito Monma, the Japan Air Self-Defense Force 6th Air Wing  commander, a nose wheel steering system on an F-16 Fighting Falcon during an aviation training relocation at Komatsu Air Base, Japan, Oct. 2, 2019. Airmen showed leadership of Komatsu AB the inner workings of the F-16 to increase bilateral relations, shared knowledge and friendship. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Collette Brooks)
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Ryan Pancheri, a 13th Aircraft Maintenance Unit dedicated crew chief, shows Maj. Gen. Masahito Monma, the Japan Air Self-Defense Force 6th Air Wing commander, a nose wheel steering system on an F-16 Fighting Falcon during an aviation training relocation at Komatsu Air Base, Japan, Oct. 2, 2019. Airmen showed leadership of Komatsu AB the inner workings of the F-16 to improve bilateral relations, shared knowledge and friendship. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Collette Brooks)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Edwin Long, a 35th Logistic Readiness Squadron traffic management office outbound cargo supervisor, gives a Japan Air Self-Defense Force member a thumbs up while unloading cargo during an aviation training relocation at Komatsu Air Base, Japan, Sept. 30, 2019. During the week-long exercise, participants facilitated F-16 maintenance training, communication practice and bilateral maintenance equipment sharing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Collette Brooks)
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Edwin Long, a 35th Logistic Readiness Squadron traffic management office outbound cargo supervisor, gives a Japan Air Self-Defense Force member a thumbs up while unloading cargo during an aviation training relocation at Komatsu Air Base, Japan, Sept. 30, 2019. During the week-long exercise, participants facilitated F-16 maintenance training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Collette Brooks)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jesse Reddam, the 35th Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment inspection and repair section chief, sets up AGE equipment during an aviation training relocation at Komatsu Air Base, Japan, Oct. 1, 2019. The week-long exercise included within visual range air-to-air combat, bilateral aircraft recovery, refueling, launching and joint usage and training of AGE equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Collette Brooks)
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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jesse Reddam, the 35th Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment inspection and repair section chief, sets up AGE equipment during an aviation training relocation at Komatsu Air Base, Japan, Oct. 1, 2019. The week-long exercise included within-visual-range air-to-air combat, bilateral aircraft recovery, refueling, launching and joint usage and training of AGE equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Collette Brooks)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan --

For the first time in the award’s 60-year history, the 35th Maintenance Group earned the 2020 Clements McMullen Memorial Daedalian Weapon System Award.

The award is presented to the Air Force maintenance unit with the greatest weapon system maintenance record for the previous year. The selection identifies the 35th Fighter Wing as having the best weapon system maintenance record in the Air Force.

From Oct. 1, 2019 through Sept. 30, 2020, Airmen from the 35th MXG advanced Pacific Air Forces’ Agile Combat Employment concept through planning and conducting combat generation exercises. Their ACE efforts resulted in the first historic operation validating ACE tactics and rapidly refueled and re-generated fighter aircraft in collaboration with Yokota Air Base C-130J Hercules aircraft bulk fuel distribution system.

The Airmen participated in 10 different exercises in eight locations throughout the Indo-Pacific region; capitalizing two Aviation Training Relocation exercises at Japan Air Self-Defense Force bases and enhancing the Japan-U.S. alliance.

Additionally, the 35th MXG performed the first Integrated Combat Turn in Pacific Air Forces in over 20 years, fulfilling Headquarters Air Force direction to rebuild this crucial combat capability. The Airmen rapidly authored local procedures and commenced monthly training, ultimately gaining capability and achieving regular integrated combat turn times in record time. Adding to this capability, the team authored and implemented the 35th FW’s first Rapid Crew Swap program, as stated in the citation.

“The men and women of the 35th Maintenance Group are simply the most talented team of dedicated mission generators I’ve seen in my 28 years of aircraft maintenance! This wing came together to enable our team to achieve this historic honor and I’m so proud to serve with them.” said Col. Rognald Christensen, 35th MXG commander. “This accomplishment epitomizes the hard work and dedication our maintenance professionals and their Wild Weasel team members uphold each and every day.”

With a total of 6,957 sorties and 8,843 flying hours accomplished, all while simultaneously implementing safety precautions against COVID-19, the maintenance Airmen made continual advancements and applied innovative management across all mission requirements by being PACAF’s only wing-based three-level avionics repair authority, allowing local repair of high use avionics components and consolidating Egress Time Change Items with major maintenance, returning over 2,000 hours to the fleet and increasing the annual aircraft availability to 74 percent, the highest for all Fighter Wings in PACAF.

“Our maintainers don’t know how to lose and they never quit, it’s just amazing to watch and be a part of this team,” said Christensen. “They thrived through a pandemic and ensured our F-16’s and combat aviators remained ready to ‘Fight Tonight.’ I am extremely proud of the 35th MXG women and men. This award shows what everyone already knew, that our Airmen are truly the best of the best in our Air Force.”

More than 1,110 maintenance personnel are assigned to the 35th MXG, who aid in maintaining the 35th FW’s two fighter squadrons by performing all field level maintenance activities for 44 F-16 Fighting Falcons aircraft, engines, munitions, and support equipment. Misawa Air Base also houses PACAF’s sole Centralized Repair Facility, which repairs, controls, and stores 160 engines for the Pacific region.

The 35th MXG will go on to compete at the Department of Defense level.

“Congratulations to the women and men of the 35th MXG for winning the 2020 Daedalian Weapon System Maintenance Trophy,” said Col. Jesse Friedel, the 35th FW commander. “This award is a testament to hard work from motivated mission focused maintainers every day, and the innovative thinking they bring to outpace competitors. They overcame adversity during the pandemic and prevailed relentlessly. I am extremely proud of the 35th MXG.”