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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Juan Salinas, 18th Security Forces military working dog handler with MWD Ayila during a demonstration of the six phases of aggression on Mar. 16, 2017, at Marek Park on Kadena Air Base, Japan. The MWD program is a lateral training at Lackland Air Force Base for three months of training in things like patrolling, searching buildings and basic care for the canines. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Nick Emerick) Off the leash
It is said that dogs are man’s best friend; military working dogs take that role very seriously. Working in conjunction with their handlers, they deter crime in a multitude of ways: from detecting bombs and narcotics, to catching the bad guys. These dogs are specially trained for their missions, even before they go to their first duty station.
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Service members participate in a portion of a U.S. Marine Corps fitness test March 16, 2017, at Camp Hansen, Japan. Enlisted members from across the sister services took part in three events designed to test the fitness of U.S. Marines. Throughout the week, the members participated in events and demonstrations designed to broaden their knowledge on what each branch does and brings to the fight.  (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Nick Emerick) Fighting together
Every branch of service has its own unique capabilities, a fact that may be forgotten in the day-to-day operations of a single branch. The joint Okinawa experience professional military course aims to remedy that problem. Enlisted leaders from across Okinawa joined forces for a week-long joint professional military education experience to learn the mission of their fellow service members.
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Ryan Celestino, 909th Aircraft Maintenance Unit instrument and flight control systems journeyman, removes and replaces a digital speed indicator from the dashboard of a KC-135R March 15, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Maintainers from the 909th AMU ensure that the KC-135Rs in their care are operational and mission ready.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard) Up to speed
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Ryan Celestino, 909th Aircraft Maintenance Unit instrument and flight control systems journeyman, removes and replaces a digital speed indicator from the dashboard of a KC-135R March 15, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Maintainers from the 909th AMU ensure that the KC-135Rs in their care are operational and mission
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Contracting officers and finance agents from the U.S. Air Force, Army and Marine Corps work together as a team during an operational contracting support joint exercise Jan. 24, 2017, at Camp Foster, Japan. Training together prepares members of each branch to be able to function together in the event of a natural disaster. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard) Contracting Disaster Relief
Imagine billowing wisps of smoke rising into the sky, signaling the telltale signs of a fire, as first responders rally to rescue casualties from an earthquake that struck just off the coast. Okinawa is flooded with debris from damaged buildings. Rescue efforts are underway and civilians are evacuated to some of the nearby military installations. What happens after the natural disaster is over and everyone is rescued?
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A U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle from the 67th Fighter Squadron takes off March 16, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The F-15’s superior maneuverability and acceleration are achieved through high engine thrust-to-weight ratio and low wing loading. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Corey Pettis/Released) Air Superiority
A U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle from the 67th Fighter Squadron takes off March 16, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The F-15’s superior maneuverability and acceleration are achieved through high engine thrust-to-weight ratio and low wing loading. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Corey Pettis/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Capt. Matt Davis, 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker pilot, flies in formation with U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning IIs from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, March 14, 2017, over the Pacific Ocean. The training sortie marked the first air refueling mission with F-35s in the 909th ARS’s area of operation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier) 909th ARS conducts F-35 inaugural refueling
The 909th Air Refueling Squadron conducted the inaugural aerial-refueling mission with F-35B Lightning IIs from the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, March 14, over the Pacific Ocean.
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Members of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force learn about and handle different weapons during a tour of the Security Forces Squadron March. 14, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. They were then given a tour of the Squadron and its different sections, such as the base defense operations center, investigations office and interview and holding cells. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Corey Pettis/Released) Defenders in arms
Members of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force visited Kadena's Security Forces Squadron March 14, to see how U.S. base defense operations are performed. The JASDF security forces members toured the SFS to get a first-hand look at U.S. security operations and training.
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U.S. Air Force Col. Christopher Amhrein, 18th Wing vice commander, cuts a ribbon during a building dedication ceremony March 13, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron received two new facilities to aid with their mission on Kadena. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard) Dedicated to the Mission
U.S. Air Force Col. Christopher Amhrein, 18th Wing vice commander, cuts a ribbon during a building dedication ceremony March 13, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron received two new facilities to aid with their mission on Kadena. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard)
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A vaccine is prepared March 14, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The immunization clinic offers an annual flu vaccine to not only service members, but their families as well. With children and individuals over 65 being much more susceptible to the effects of viruses in general, ensuring they’re protected is incredibly important. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quay Drawdy) Feeling incredible thanks to medical
A vaccine is prepared March 14, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The immunization clinic offers an annual flu vaccine to not only service members, but their families as well. With children and individuals over 65 being much more susceptible to the effects of viruses in general, ensuring they’re protected is incredibly important. (U.S. Air Force
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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Victor Estupinan, motorcycle rider, performs a pre-ride inspection checklist on his bike during an 18th Wing annual motorcycle safety brief March 9, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Wing Safety and the Green Knights chapter 138 hosted the event to reinforce safety requirements and to promote mentorship opportunities for riders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Reft/Released) Ride Safe, Ride Smart
Wing Safety and the military motorcycle club Green Knights chapter 138 held an 18th Wing annual motorcycle safety brief for military and civilian riders March 9 at the Keystone Theater and Base Exchange parking lot.
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U.S. Air Force material management technicians from the 445th Logistics Readiness Squadron, inspect  ndividual protective equipment March 13, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The Airmen are temporarily embedded in the 18th LRS IPE shop to help organize, keep inventory, test and inspect deployment and training gear. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier) IPE Airmen keep Kadena ready
U.S. Air Force material management technicians from the 445th Logistics Readiness Squadron, inspect ndividual protective equipment March 13, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The Airmen are temporarily embedded in the 18th LRS IPE shop to help organize, keep inventory, test and inspect deployment and training gear. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior
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A U.S. Air Force combat control Airman from the 320th Special Tactics Squadron communicates with a U.S. Navy HH-60 Sea Hawk from the Helicopter Sea Combat Unit 12 during a training exercise March 10, 2017, at the Irisuna Jima Training Range, Okinawa, Japan. Combat controllers execute complex air-to-ground missions that integrate ground-based radio operations with fixed and rotary wing aircraft in combat environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier) Air-to-ground attacks coordinated by 320 STS, 5th ANGLICO
A U.S. Air Force combat control Airman from the 320th Special Tactics Squadron communicates with a U.S. Navy HH-60 Sea Hawk from the Helicopter Sea Combat Unit 12 during a training exercise March 10, 2017, at the Irisuna Jima Training Range, Okinawa, Japan. Combat controllers execute complex air-to-ground missions that integrate ground-based radio
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A U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle from the 67th Fighter Squadron receives an inflight refuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron March 6, 2017, en route to Kadena Air Base, Japan. Both Squadrons returned to Kadena after spending three weeks training with Australian and Japanese partners for exercise Cope North at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. During the exercise, the 909th ARS flew 23 sorties and offloaded more than 1.1 million pounds of fuel to 180 receivers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier) Cope North: Mission accomplished
KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -Airmen and aircraft from Kadena's 67th Fighter Squadron, 909th Air Refueling Squadron, 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron, and 18th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron returned to Kadena after participating in the 88th iteration of Exercise Cope North. The exercise was held at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.
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A damaged hydraulic hose was removed from a dump truck March 13, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Scuffs, scratches and continues rubbing, paired with incredibly high pressure per square inch, can lead to dangerous hydraulic line failure. The 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron takes care to ensure that these machines are not out of service long, keeping the Kadena mission moving forward. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quay Drawdy) Fixing any and all: vehicle maintenance
A damaged hydraulic hose was removed from a dump truck March 13, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Scuffs, scratches and continues rubbing, paired with incredibly high pressure per square inch, can lead to dangerous hydraulic line failure. The 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron takes care to ensure that these machines are not out of service long,
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An F-15 Eagle from the 67th Fighter Squadron taxis across the flightline Feb. 7, 2017, on Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 67th FS is one of two squadrons of F-15 Eagles stationed on Kadena alongside the 44th Fighter Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nick Emerick/Released) Steel Eagles
An F-15 Eagle from the 67th Fighter Squadron taxis across the flightline Feb. 7, 2017, on Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 67th FS is one of two squadrons of F-15 Eagles stationed on Kadena alongside the 44th Fighter Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nick Emerick/Released)
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