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Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion 1st Air Defense Artillery Regiment and 339 Battery, 8th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Group pose for a photo in front of a U.S. Patriot radar Nov. 6, 2016, at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan. Soldiers with Bravo Btry, 1st Bat., 1st ADAR, conducted the first U.S.-Japanese Air Defense Exercise at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni Nov. 5-10. (courtesy photo) Mission Success
Soldiers with Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery Regiment, conducted the first U.S.-Japanese Air Defense Exercise at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni Nov. 5-10.
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An 18th Civil Engineer Squadron Pierce Enforcer is ready for use Nov. 30, 2016, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Fire departments across the Air Force utilize the Pierce Enforcer because of its superior firefighting capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lynette M. Rolen/Released) Preventing the inferno
An 18th Civil Engineer Squadron Pierce Enforcer is ready for use Nov. 30, 2016, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Fire departments across the Air Force utilize the Pierce Enforcer because of its superior firefighting capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lynette M. Rolen/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 320th Special Tactics Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, parachute into the Pacific Ocean at dawn Nov. 22, 2016, off the western coast Okinawa, Japan. The 320th STS Airmen train to operate in adverse conditions at sea or overland to accomplish their mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard/Released) At The Break Of Dawn
U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 320th Special Tactics Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, parachute into the Pacific Ocean at dawn Nov. 22, 2016, off the western coast Okinawa, Japan. The 320th STS Airmen train to operate in adverse conditions at sea or overland to accomplish their mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari
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U.S. Air Force Col. Christopher Amrhein, 18th Wing vice commander, speaks to participants of the Green Dot Color Me Green Fun Run Nov. 21, 2016 at Kadena Air Base, Japan. More than 200 Team Kadena members participated in the run, showing support for the Green Dot program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lynette M. Rolen/Released) Color Me Green
U.S. Air Force Col. Christopher Amrhein, 18th Wing vice commander, speaks to participants of the Green Dot Color Me Green Fun Run Nov. 21, 2016 at Kadena Air Base, Japan. More than 200 Team Kadena members participated in the run, showing support for the Green Dot program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lynette M. Rolen/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Capt. David Nguyen, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron Readiness and Emergency flight commander, presents information at the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Exposition Nov. 17, 2016, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The CBRN Exposition is an opportunity for CBRN specialists from all branches of service to come together and discuss the future of training, readiness and equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lynette M. Rolen/Released) A Gathering of CBRN specialists
The 18th Civil Engineer Squadron’s Readiness and Emergency Management flight hosted an island-wide joint Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Exposition Nov. 17.
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Local residents watch the U.S. Consulate Allstars versus Okinawa Prefectural Government game Nov. 19, 2016, at a baseball field in  Naha, Japan. The Allstars, a team created by the U.S. Consulate General of Naha, plan to play multiple games against other teams on Okinawa building partnerships and spreading diplomacy through the common U.S.-Japan interest of baseball. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard/Released) A Home Run
The U.S. Consulate Allstars, a team made up of U.S. Consulate and senior military leaders stationed on Okinawa, took on members of the Okinawa Prefectural Government in a friendly game of baseball, Nov. 19, 2016, at. Although the Allstars lost the game 15-5, they were able to build on a partnership through baseball diplomacy.
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Caleb Berstler, 18th Operations Support Squadron airfield management operations coodrinator, looks for birds to scare off the runway Nov. 16, 2016, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Birds will sometimes fly into the path of oncoming aircaft and either be struck or sucked into the engines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Corey M. Pettis/Released) Two birds, One Pop
With the squeeze of a trigger, a small shell flies through the air and like the Fourth of July, a loud pop and a small puff of smoke fills the air. Startled, a flock of birds flutter away from the runway making it safe for aircraft to move through. In order to prevent damage to aircraft and ensure the safety of crew members as well as local wildlife, airfield operations members attempt to scare the birds away from the runway.
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Yasuyuki Arashiro, a construction worker with Kochi Construction during the replacement of sewer pipes on Nov. 16, 2016, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Due to the nature of the construction, parts of Kadena’s roads were dug up to replace pipelines below, leading to restricted travel routes for drivers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nick Emerick/Released) Can you dig it?
Yasuyuki Arashiro, a construction worker with Kochi Construction during the replacement of sewer pipes on Nov. 16, 2016, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Due to the nature of the construction, parts of Kadena’s roads were dug up to replace pipelines below, leading to restricted travel routes for drivers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nick
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U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 31st Rescue Squadron and Japan Air Self-Defense Force pararescuemen prepare for Exercise Keen Sword 17 Nov. 10, 2016, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. During Keen Sword, the 31st Rescue Squadron and JASDF work together during exercises such as a mass casualty exercise and coordinating rescue efforts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lynette M. Rolen/Released) HALOs of the sun
Pararescuemen from the 31st Rescue Squadron and Japan Air Self-Defense Force participated in a mass casualty exercise as part of Exercise Keen Sword 17, Nov. 10, 2016, off the coast of Okinawa.
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A U.S. Air Force F-15 from the 67th Fighter Squadron Eagle takes off Nov. 16, 2016, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The F-15 Eagle is an all-weather, extremely maneuverable, tactical fighter designed to permit the Air Force to gain and maintain air supremacy over the battlefield. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Corey M. Pettis/Released) Kadena’s Steel Eagles
A U.S. Air Force F-15 from the 67th Fighter Squadron Eagle takes off Nov. 16, 2016, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The F-15 Eagle is an all-weather, extremely maneuverable, tactical fighter designed to permit the Air Force to gain and maintain air supremacy over the battlefield. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Corey M. Pettis/Released)
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U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Melvin Faust, Golden Swordsman Patrol Squadron (VP-47) aviation machinist’s mate, guides a propeller onto the turbine on a P-3 Orion Nov. 8, 2016, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. VP-47 is currently deployed to Kadena Air Base in support of the U.S. Pacific Fleet.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard) Maintaining the fleet
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Melvin Faust, Golden Swordsman Patrol Squadron (VP-47) aviation machinist’s mate, guides a propeller onto the turbine on a P-3 Orion Nov. 8, 2016, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. VP-47 is currently deployed to Kadena Air Base in support of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard)
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U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 31st Rescue Squadron and Japan Air Self-Defense Force pararescuemen prepare for Exercise Keen Sword 17 Nov. 10, 2016, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The U.S.-Japan relationship is vital for smooth operations during exercises such as Keen Sword. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lynette M. Rolen/Released) Stronger together
U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 31st Rescue Squadron and Japan Air Self-Defense Force pararescuemen prepare for Exercise Keen Sword 17 Nov. 10, 2016, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The U.S.-Japan relationship is vital for smooth operations during exercises such as Keen Sword. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lynette M. Rolen/Released)
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An MC-130H Combat Talon II from the 1st Special Operations Squadron refuels an HH-60 Pave Hawk from the 943rd Rescue Group during Exercise Keen Sword 17 Nov. 7, 2016, near Okinawa, Japan. U.S. forces will conduct training with their Japan Self-Defense Force counterparts at military installations throughout mainland Japan, Okinawa and in the waters surrounding Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Corey M. Pettis) Keen Sword 17
U.S. and Japan Air Self-Defense Force Rescue Squadrons participated in Exercise Keen Sword 17, which started Oct. 30. Keen Sword is the largest joint, bilateral field training exercise between the U.S. military and the Japan Self-Defense Force and involves U.S. forces and the JSDF from all components of both militaries.
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U.S. Air Force Col. Robert Grainger, 18th Civil Engineer Group commander, speaks during the Society of American Military Engineers Japan Post symposium Nov. 7, 2016, in Okinawa, Japan. The Society of American Military Engineers is an organization dedicated to bringing engineers, both military and local citizens, together for mutual learning. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lynette M. Rolen/Released) Building relationships
The Society of American Military Engineers, Japan Post held a symposium at the Aeon Mall Nov. 7-8.
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U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, looks out the back of an MC-130J Commando II during an island tour of Okinawa, Japan, Nov. 7, 2016. Webb flew on the MC-130J as a part of his visit to the 353rd Special Operations Group. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait) AFSOC commander visits the 353rd SOG
Command leadership flew half-way around the globe this week to see how Pacific-based Air Commandos provide specialized aviation for our nation’s no-fail mission.As a part of their first tour to the Pacific since taking command, Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, and AFSOC Command Chief Master Sgt. Gregory Smith,
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