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  • Vigilant Ace 16: New kind of exercise

    Nov. 1 through 7 marked the planning and participation of a first of its kind exercise for 7th Air Force, Vigilant Ace 16. For a unit that already plans and/or participates in over 30 unique training events on average yearly, this was no easy task. So with that many training events already on the roster, why another exercise; how would this be
  • Yokota enhances capabilities through exercise

    Members of the 374th Airlift Wing participated in exercise Vigilant Ace 16 from Nov. 1-10, in conjunction with a Samurai Readiness Inspection at Yokota Air Base. Vigilant Ace is a large-scale exercise on the Korean Peninsula designed to enhance the interoperability of U.S. and allied forces through combined combat training.
  • Setting foundations: PACAF hosts 1st-ever ROKAF Academy cadet visit

    Pacific Air Forces hosted more than 70 Republic of Korea Air Force Academy cadets during a visit to the headquarters Nov. 10.   The visit was part of an effort to build a foundation of partnership and interoperability between PACAF and future ROKAF leaders.   “Sixty five years ago, many of our nations men and women made the ultimate sacrifice
  • Thousands converge for Kadena Special Olympics 2015

    Approximately 1,700 volunteers from different branches of the U.S. military and the local community helped with the 16th annual Kadena Special Olympic Games Nov. 7 at the Risner Fitness Center Sports Complex here. The games were held as an opportunity for more than 850 special needs athletes and their families within the Okinawan community to join
  • U.S. Air Force, ROKAF conduct exercise Vigilant Ace 16, Nov. 1-7

    Approximately 16,000 U.S. service members will participate in exercise Vigilant Ace 16 next week, from Nov. 1-7.The flying exercise is regularly scheduled training designed to enhance interoperability between U.S. and Republic of Korea forces and increase the combat effectiveness of both nations.U.S. F-16, F-15 and A-10 aircraft will participate
  • Vigilant Ace kicks off in the Draggins Lair

    The night is dark and cold in the "Draggins Lair," but the 25th Fighter Squadron is on the move. It's the first night of Vigilant Ace 16, a peninsula-wide readiness exercise, and while the exercise is just beginning for most of the base, the flightline is already buzzing.Aircraft maintenance crews, weapons, personnel and munitions experts came
  • Pacific Thunder tests CSAR capabilities, trains multiple units

    The combat search and rescue exercise, Exercise Pacific Thunder 15-02, came to a close Oct. 23 after nearly two full weeks of constant training.   Exercise Pacific Thunder brought together U.S. forces from the Air Force, Marines, and units from the Republic of Korea air force to practice air combat and CSAR by focusing on enhancing interoperability
  • USAF, JASDF maintainers join forces hand-in-hand

    A bilateral exchange program brought U.S. Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force maintainers together here for two weeks, allowing them to spend time together both at work and home, Sept. 26 through Oct. 9. The program paired 11 JASDF Airmen from Misawa's 8th Air Wing with 35th Maintenance Group Airmen from diverse job specialties."The
  • Yokota fuels relationship with JMSDF

    Yokota technicians responded immediately to the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force's urgent request to support four of their recently acquired C-130R Hercules Oct. 8.   With the assistance from the 459th Airlift Squadron, three technicians with the 374th Maintenance Group flew on a UH-1N Huey to Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan, to provide
  • U.S., Republic of Singapore air forces to participate in Commando Sling 16

    U.S. Air Force and Republic of Singapore air force personnel will train together during the annual, bilateral exercise Commando Sling 16 at Paya Lebar Air Base, Singapore. Six F-15 Eagles from the 44th Fighter Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, will kick off the first of three exercise iterations for CS16 with the RSAF and will be held from Oct.
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