PACAF A-10s, HH-60s fly first Air Contingent missions in Philippines
A U.S. Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II, with the 51st Fighter Wing, Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, is prepped for a mission out of Clark Air Base, Philippines, April 19, 2016. The A-10C is here as part of a newly stood up Air Contingent 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. The A-10 is capable of loitering close to the surface for extended periods to allow for excellent visibility over land and sea domains. Through these missions, U.S. Pacific Command and the Philippine military seek to provide transparent maritime situational awareness while ensuring safety of military and civilian operations in international waters and airspace. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)