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Air Contingent Performs Airdrop Exchange
A low-cost, low-altitude bundle floats to the designated drop zone location in front of an approaching U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules near Cebu, Philippines, as part of the current iteration of a rotational Air Contingent in the Philippines Oct. 5, 2016. For the exchange, C-130 Hercules aircraft and crews from Yokota Air Base's 374th Airlift Wing flew with members of the Philippine Air Force's 220th Airlift Wing, from Brig. Gen. Benito N. Ebuen Air Base, Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines, and discussed the intricacies of LCLA bundle drops. Two C-130s and crews from 374th Airlift Wing, Yokota Air Base, Japan, the 36th Contingency Response Group from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, and other units from across U.S. Pacific Command conducted bilateral training missions and subject matter expert exchanges alongside their Philippine Air Force counterparts. The Air Contingent is helping build the capacity of the Philippine Air Force and increases joint training, promotes interoperability and provides greater and more transparent air and maritime situational awareness to ensure safety for military and civilian activities in international waters and airspace. Its missions include air and maritime domain awareness, personnel recovery, combating piracy, and assuring access to the air and maritime domains in accordance with international law. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Mark Lazane)

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Photo by: Capt. Mark Lazane |  VIRIN: 161005-F-QQ777-045.JPG