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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Cameron Pinkerton, a 18th Civil Engineer Group pavement maintenance and heavy equipment operator, uses a sweeper to clear rocks from a simulated repaired runway at the munitions storage area of Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 3, 2017. The Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps worked side by side, trading different approaches to the same problems, bolstering the others ability to work with their sister services in any situation, planned or otherwise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nick Emerick/Released) More than one way to fill a hole
Heavy machinery lumbered around, piloted by U.S. Air Force Airmen, U.S. Navy Seabees, and U.S. Marine Corps combat engineers during an exercise which included the repair of a mock-up of an airfield in Kadena Air Base’s munitions storage area. The exercise took place March 2-3, allowing members of the three services to demonstrate their capabilities.
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Airmen from the 18th Component Maintenance Squadron research inspection information March 10, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. After a module has been on an engine for a certain amount of flight-time, that piece must be replaced. When a new part as major as a core engine module is installed, the entire unit goes through tests to “break-in” the new component. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quay Drawdy) Breaking in the core
Airmen from the 18th Component Maintenance Squadron research inspection information March 10, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. After a module has been on an engine for a certain amount of flight-time, that piece must be replaced. When a new part as major as a core engine module is installed, the entire unit goes through tests to “break-in” the new
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An HH-60 Pavehawk crewmember from the 33rd Rescue Squadron directs a helicopter onto a refueling station March 7, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Airmen from the 33rd RQS train night and day to provide support in disaster and rescue operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard) Gas and Go
An HH-60 Pavehawk crewmember from the 33rd Rescue Squadron directs a helicopter onto a refueling station March 7, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Airmen from the 33rd RQS train night and day to provide support in disaster and rescue operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard)
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Vincent Hassing, a 44th Aircraft Maintenance Unit maintainer, waits as an F-15 Eagle prepares to taxi to the runway, Feb. 14, 2017, on Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 44th AMU and members of the 44th Fighter Squadron participated in an exercise alongside members of the U.S. Navy 27th and 102nd Strike Fighter Squadrons from Naval Air Station Atsugi, Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nick Emerick/Released) Fixin’ to fly
Checking engine ports, ensuring high-tech equipment is always ready; the maintainers of the 44th Aircraft Maintenance Unit are an integral part of dominating the battle in the sky. The 44th AMU participated alongside pilots from the 44th Fighter Squadron during a weeklong exercise alongside sister-service members from the U.S. Navy 27th and 102nd Strike Fighter Squadrons from Naval Air Station Atsugi, Japan.
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U.S. Air Force Captains Marissa Strauss and Tyler Branyan, 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker pilots, conduct a preflight check prior to a sortie Feb. 27, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan.  The 909th ARS supported the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) with training and refueling operations during the carrier’s regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment with the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group as part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet-led initiative to extend the command and control functions of the U.S. 3rd Fleet in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Reft/Released) Kadena 909th ARS refuels USS Carl Vinson Super Hornets and Growlers
U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotankers from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron supported the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) with refueling support for fighter aircraft over the Philippine Sea throughout last week.
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Airmen from the 909th Aircraft Maintenance Unit dispose of leaves during a volunteer event at Yara Elementary School March 5, 2017, at Kadena Town, Japan. Airmen from the 909th AMU volunteer in Kadena Town to better their selves and build community relations with local Okinawans. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard/Released) Tigers in Kadena Town
Airmen from the 909th Aircraft Maintenance Unit volunteered with the Kadena Ryoku Ju Kai, to landscape Yura Elementary School March 15, 2017.
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Instructors and training managers from the 18th Maintenance Training Flight, provide hands on training on the flightline Feb. 28, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 18th Maintenance Training Flight introduced a new core task for new electrical and environmental maintainers station on Kadena. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard/Released) Starting off right
The aircraft maintainers of Kadena Air Base, Japan, work hard to fix and keep aircraft flying. With the busy operations tempo of the U.S. Air Force’s largest combat wing, it can be difficult to provide quality training to brand new Airmen while quickly readying an aircraft to fly again.
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U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Brock McGehee, 44th Fighter Squadron F-15 Eagle pilot, shows Kadena Middle School students the cockpit of an F-15C Eagle, March 3, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. KMS students learned about the 18th Operations Support Squadron during a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math tour. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard) Fighter Pilots teach STEM
More than 100 middle schoolers from Kadena Middle School toured the 18th Operations Support Squadron March 3 to learn how the U.S. Air Force's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math initiative relates to its work force.
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Joshua Tuckett, 18th Operations Support Squadron weather technician, is on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, to participate in annual Exercise Cope North. Tuckett is responsible for providing essential weather information to aircrew and mission planers before every flight. Members of Kadena Air Base, Japan, are among 2,700 U.S. Airmen, Sailors and Marines who are training alongside approximately 600 combined JASDF and Royal Australian Air Force service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier) Team Kadena: The faces of Cope North
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Justin Olivo, 909th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, is on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, to participate in annual Exercise Cope North. Olivo and other members of the 18th Wing are among 2,700 U.S. Airmen, Sailors and Marines who are training alongside approximately 600 combined JASDF and Royal Australian Air Force service
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Luke Story, 909th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, prepares to conduct aerial refueling while being observed by Japan Air Self-Defense Force 1st Lt. Yoshifumu Takase March 1, 2017, off the coast of Guam. The refueling was conducted for exercise Cope North, an annual gathering of Japanese, U.S. and Australian service members who train to increase combat readiness and interoperability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier) Takin’ allies for a ride
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Luke Story, 909th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, prepares to conduct aerial refueling while being observed by Japan Air Self-Defense Force 1st Lt. Yoshifumu Takase March 1, 2017, off the coast of Guam. The refueling was conducted for exercise Cope North, an annual gathering of Japanese, U.S. and Australian
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A 44th Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagle flies through the sky Mar. 2, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Pilots bear the responsibility of defending Okinawa and Japan from adversaries seeking to harm U.S. and allied partners within the Indo-Asian Pacific Theater. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard/Released) ‘Vampires’ can fly in daylight
A 44th Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagle flies through the sky Mar. 2, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Pilots bear the responsibility of defending Okinawa and Japan from adversaries seeking to harm U.S. and allied partners within the Indo-Asian Pacific Theater. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Austin Perry from the 962nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit prepares to marshal an E-3 Sentry from the 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron during annual exercise Cope North Feb. 23, 2017, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The exercise provides opportunities for Airmen from different units and nations to train and work with each other’s airframes. The Sentry has rotating radar that has a range of more than 250 miles, providing early warning and detection for missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier) Cope North on radar
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Austin Perry from the 962nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit prepares to marshal an E-3 Sentry from the 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron during annual exercise Cope North Feb. 23, 2017, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The exercise provides opportunities for Airmen from different units and nations to train and work with
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An F-15 Eagle pilot and maintainers from the 44th Fighter Squadron and Aircraft Maintenance Unit, test an Eagle prior to takeoff, Feb. 14, 2017, on Kadena Air Base, Japan. Members of the 44th FS and AMU conducted training as part of a multi-branch exercise with U.S. Navy pilots and maintainers from Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nick Emerick/Released) Teamwork makes the dream work
Members of the 44th Fighter Squadron on Kadena Air Base, Japan, hosted training as part of a multi-branch exercise with U.S. Navy pilots and maintainers from Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan. The exercise took place Feb. 13 – 17, and allowed members from both services to learn about the different types of operations conducted by each other, as well as the capabilities of the other’s aircrafts.
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U.S. Air Force 33rd Rescue Squadron has been station on the island of Okinawa, Japan, uninterrupted since 1971, they officially joined the 18th Wing in 1993. The 33rd RQS plays a vital part in maintaining peace and stability in the Pacific Region by providing forward power projection as well as search, rescue and recovery mission capabilities. The HH-60G Pave Hawk, which is capable of rescue missions in different environments, night or day, is used by the 33rd RQS. The 33rd RQS maintains readiness for mobilization, deployment and employment of helicopters and rescue of U.S. and allied military members, and civilians when necessary. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Senior Airman Nick Emerick/Released) Then and now
U.S. Air Force 33rd Rescue Squadron has been station on the island of Okinawa, Japan, uninterrupted since 1971, they officially joined the 18th Wing in 1993. The 33rd RQS plays a vital part in maintaining peace and stability in the Pacific Region by providing forward power projection as well as search, rescue and recovery mission capabilities. The
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U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 67th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron form up before conducting a foreign object debris walk Feb, 23, 2017 on the flightline of Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The 67th AMU flew from Kadena Air Base, Japan, to support one of the 22 flying units participating in annual exercise Cope North.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier) Weapons Airmen prep jets for combat
Weapons Airmen flew to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, to support 15 Eagles from the 67th Fighter Squadron for this year’s iteration of Cope North. The exercise includes a total of 22 flying units comprised of members from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, Royal Australian Air Force, U.S. Navy, Air force and Marine Corps.
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