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A 33rd Rescue Squadron HH-60 Pave Hawk hovers on the flight line during training sortie April 11, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 18th Wing and partner units on Kadena AB are an air operations epicenter of the Indo-Asia Pacific region, lending strength to allies and functioning as a full-spectrum forward combat air power production platform. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

A 33rd Rescue Squadron HH-60 Pave Hawk hovers on the flight line during training sortie April 11, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 18th Wing and partner units on Kadena AB are an air operations epicenter of the Indo-Asia Pacific region, lending strength to allies and functioning as a full-spectrum forward combat air power production platform. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

A U.S. Air Force 33rd Rescue Squadron HH-60 Pave Hawk lands on the flightline during no-notice exercise April 12, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. No-notice exercises keep members of Team Kadena ready for any situation and capable of deploying combat ready assets at a moment’s notice in the defense of Okinawa and allies throughout Pacific Theater. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

A U.S. Air Force 33rd Rescue Squadron HH-60 Pave Hawk lands on the flightline during no-notice exercise April 12, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. No-notice exercises keep members of Team Kadena ready for any situation and capable of deploying combat ready assets at a moment’s notice in the defense of Okinawa and allies throughout Pacific Theater. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

A U.S. Air Force 33rd Rescue Squadron HH-60 Pave Hawk takes off for a sortie during a no-notice training exercise April 12, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Team Kadena conducts exercises to maintain a well-trained force which provides around the clock operational support to enhance peace and security in the Pacific and the mutual defense of Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

A U.S. Air Force 33rd Rescue Squadron HH-60 Pave Hawk takes off for a sortie during a no-notice training exercise April 12, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Team Kadena conducts exercises to maintain a well-trained force which provides around the clock operational support to enhance peace and security in the Pacific and the mutual defense of Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

33rd Rescue Squadron HH-60 Pave Hawks take off during a training exercise April 12, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Kadena’s size and location makes it ideal as a staging platform for disaster relief and other security operations throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific Theater. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

33rd Rescue Squadron HH-60 Pave Hawks take off during a training exercise April 12, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Kadena’s size and location makes it ideal as a staging platform for disaster relief and other security operations throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific Theater. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

An 33rd Rescue Squadron HH-60 Pave Hawk lands on the flightline during a wing-wide training exercise April 11, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 33rd RQS specializes in water survival, search and rescue, close air support and maritime defense, interdiction and humanitarian aid. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

An 33rd Rescue Squadron HH-60 Pave Hawk lands on the flightline during a wing-wide training exercise April 11, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 33rd RQS specializes in water survival, search and rescue, close air support and maritime defense, interdiction and humanitarian aid. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

An U.S. Air Force Airman with the 33rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit generates a helicopter sortie during a training exercise April 11, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Airmen at every level are empowered to lead decisively, especially during times of crisis and are trained to seamlessly integrate joint and allied forces into Kadena's air operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

An U.S. Air Force Airman with the 33rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit generates a helicopter sortie during a training exercise April 11, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Airmen at every level are empowered to lead decisively, especially during times of crisis and are trained to seamlessly integrate joint and allied forces into Kadena's air operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

A U.S. Air Force 33rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit Airman signals to the pilot of an HH-60 Pave Hawk outside the 33rd Rescue Squadron maintenance hangar during a training sortie April 11, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The dedicated members of Team Kadena work around the clock to provide constant operational support of mission directives in the Pacific theater for joint and allied partners to enhance peace and stability in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

A U.S. Air Force 33rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit Airman signals to the pilot of an HH-60 Pave Hawk outside the 33rd Rescue Squadron maintenance hangar during a training sortie April 11, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The dedicated members of Team Kadena work around the clock to provide constant operational support of mission directives in the Pacific theater for joint and allied partners to enhance peace and stability in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

A U.S. Air Force Airman runs through pre-flight procedures of a 33rd Rescue Squadron HH-60 Pave Hawk during a training exercise April 12, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Maintaining operational readiness is essential for the 18th Wing to be able to respond to any natural disaster or adversarial threat in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

A U.S. Air Force Airman runs through pre-flight procedures of a 33rd Rescue Squadron HH-60 Pave Hawk during a training exercise April 12, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Maintaining operational readiness is essential for the 18th Wing to be able to respond to any natural disaster or adversarial threat in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

U.S. Air Force HH-60 Pave Hawk pilots with the 33rd Rescue Squadron wait for takeoff clearance during a training exercise April 12, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Training exercises ensure Airmen are ready to perform any operational task at a moment’s notice to deter threats and provide logistical, tactical, and combat support for joint and allied partners throughout the Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

U.S. Air Force HH-60 Pave Hawk pilots with the 33rd Rescue Squadron wait for takeoff clearance during a training exercise April 12, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Training exercises ensure Airmen are ready to perform any operational task at a moment’s notice to deter threats and provide logistical, tactical, and combat support for joint and allied partners throughout the Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

A U.S. Air Force Airman with the 33rd Rescue Squadron inspects a log during a training exercise April 12, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Exercises keep members of Team Kadena ready for any situation in the defense of Japan and U.S. interests throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific Theater. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)
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A U.S. Air Force Airman with the 33rd Rescue Squadron inspects a log during a training exercise April 12, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Exercises keep members of Team Kadena ready for any situation in the defense of Japan and U.S. interests throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific Theater. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

A 33rd Rescue Squadron HH-60 Pave Hawk takes off to conduct training operations during a no-notice exercise April 12, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 18th Wing is capable of rapidly generating combat ready aircraft and support at a moment’s notice, and exercises keep members of Team Kadena ready around the clock to defend Okinawa from threats. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)
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A 33rd Rescue Squadron HH-60 Pave Hawk takes off to conduct training operations during a no-notice exercise April 12, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 18th Wing is capable of rapidly generating combat ready aircraft and support at a moment’s notice, and exercises keep members of Team Kadena ready around the clock to defend Okinawa from threats. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

A pilot with the 33rd Rescue Squadron buckles into an HH-60 Pave Hawk during a training sortie April 11, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 18th Wing maintains constant mission readiness, to enhance peace and security in the Pacific and defense of U.S. and allied and interests throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific Theater. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)
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A pilot with the 33rd Rescue Squadron buckles into an HH-60 Pave Hawk during a training sortie April 11, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 18th Wing maintains constant mission readiness, to enhance peace and security in the Pacific and defense of U.S. and allied and interests throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific Theater. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

A U.S. Air Force 33rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit Airman marshals a 33rd Rescue Squadron HH-60 Pave Hawk onto the flightline during a training sortie April 11, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 18th Wing and tenant units operate as the largest U.S. installation in the Indo-Asia-Pacific Theater to defend Japan and other allies in the region with fully integrated, deployable combat power. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)
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A U.S. Air Force 33rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit Airman marshals a 33rd Rescue Squadron HH-60 Pave Hawk onto the flightline during a training sortie April 11, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 18th Wing and tenant units operate as the largest U.S. installation in the Indo-Asia-Pacific Theater to defend Japan and other allies in the region with fully integrated, deployable combat power. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

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