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  • Misawa Air Base demonstrates combat readiness in first joint, bilateral Elephant Walk

    Members of the 35th Fighter Wing completed a readiness exercise, designed to validate the wing’s ability to rapidly generate combat airpower. The exercise culminated in a joint and bilateral “Elephant Walk” formation composed of 31 aircraft, demonstrating the large-scale combat airpower local to Misawa.
  • COPE North Rapid Airfield Damage Recovery

    If our military history has taught us anything, it is this: war, and how we defeat our enemies, evolves over time. As our global adversaries develop new tactics and weaponry, and engage in long-term strategies to usurp U.S. national security, our National Defense Strategy requires us to meet these threats head-on to protect what matters most – our freedom. We must train to develop agile, innovative, and ready Airmen Engineers who are prepared to tackle a complex global environment. Exercises like COPE North 2020, held at Andersen AFB, give participants the opportunity to train in a joint environment, testing combat readiness and simulating a real-world situation. This trilateral field training exercise incorporates joint and combined U.S. Pacific Air Forces with participants from the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF), and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).
  • Panthers improve bilateral relations at Komatsu aviation training relocation

    Airmen with the 13th Aircraft Maintenance Unit conducted an Aviation Training Relocation at Komatsu Air Base, Japan, Sept. 30 to Oct. 4.
  • RED FLAG-Alaska 19-2 comes in for landing

    After two weeks, approximately 2,000 sorties, and more than 1,700 total flying hours, RED FLAG-Alaska 19-2 has officially come to a close.
  • Pacific senior enlisted leaders meet for historic Red Flag-Alaska

    Red Flag-Alaska 19-2—a Pacific Air Forces-directed exercise that allows U.S. forces to train with coalition partners in a simulated combat environment—is underway at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson through June 22.
  • JASDF Cadets visit Team Kadena

    Japan Air Self-Defense Force Air Officer Candidate School cadets and instructors visited Kadena Air Base, Japan, Feb. 28, 2019. The tour allowed the cadets to better understand the operations and mission of the 18th Wing on Okinawa.
  • Sri Lanka Air Force, JASDF, meet with USAF Search and Rescue

    Representatives of the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) and Japanese Ministry of Defense participated in a trilateral search and rescue (SAR) exchange hosted by the 459th Airlift Squadron, Yokota Air Base, Japan, Feb. 13, 2019.The exchange was a free flow of information regarding SAR practices between the SLAF, Japanese Self Defense Force (JSDF), and
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