PACAF A-10s, HH-60s fly first Air Contingent missions in Philippines
Two U.S. Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters, with the 33rd Rescue Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, return to Clark Air Base, Philippines, April 19, 2016, after flying their first operational mission in the region. These missions provide an opportunity to strengthen cooperation and interoperability with our Philippine counterparts and bolster regional security interests and goals. The HH-60Gs are joined by five A-10C Thunderbolt IIs, with the 51st Fighter Wing, Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, and 200 Pacific Air Forces personnel as part of a newly stood up Air Contingent here conducting operations ranging from air and maritime domain awareness, personnel recovery, combating piracy, and assurance all nations have access to the regional air and maritime domains in accordance with international law. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)