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Fully armed Aircraft from the 18th Wing conduct an elephant walk during a no-notice exercise April 12, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 18th Wing operates combat ready fleets of HH-60 Pave Hawks, F-15 Eagles, E-3 Sentries and KC-135 Stratotankers, making it the largest combat-ready wing in the U.S. Air Force. Kadena AB provides leading-edge counter air, command and control, air refueling and combat search and rescue operations, enabling theater commanders of joint and allied partners to project and enhance lethal, persistent and flexible combat power in response to adversaries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

Fully armed Aircraft from the 18th Wing conduct an elephant walk during a no-notice exercise April 12, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 18th Wing operates combat ready fleets of HH-60 Pave Hawks, F-15 Eagles, E-3 Sentries and KC-135 Stratotankers, making it the largest combat-ready wing in the U.S. Air Force. Kadena AB provides leading-edge counter air, command and control, air refueling and combat search and rescue operations, enabling theater commanders of joint and allied partners to project and enhance lethal, persistent and flexible combat power in response to adversaries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

U.S. Air Force 44th and 67th Fighter Squadron F-15 Eagles and 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron E-3 Sentries taxi down the runway during a no-notice exercise April 12, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The elephant walk showcased Team Kadena's ability to quickly generate combat air power in the event of an attack on Okinawa. Operating from the largest U.S. military installation in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, the 18th Wing defends U.S. and Japanese mutual interests by providing a forward power projection platform with fully integrated, deployable combat power. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

U.S. Air Force 44th and 67th Fighter Squadron F-15 Eagles and 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron E-3 Sentries taxi down the runway during a no-notice exercise April 12, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The elephant walk showcased Team Kadena's ability to quickly generate combat air power in the event of an attack on Okinawa. Operating from the largest U.S. military installation in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, the 18th Wing defends U.S. and Japanese mutual interests by providing a forward power projection platform with fully integrated, deployable combat power. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

F-15 Eagles from the 67th Fighter Squadron perform an elephant walk during a no-notice readiness exercise April 12, 2017, at Kaden Air Base, Japan. Exercises like this keep members of Team Kadena ready for any situation and to demonstrate their capability to rapidly generate the Wing's full combat capability in the event of an attack on Okinawa or on allies throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific Theater. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

F-15 Eagles from the 67th Fighter Squadron perform an elephant walk during a no-notice readiness exercise April 12, 2017, at Kaden Air Base, Japan. Exercises like this keep members of Team Kadena ready for any situation and to demonstrate their capability to rapidly generate the Wing's full combat capability in the event of an attack on Okinawa or on allies throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific Theater. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

A 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker joins an elephant walk during a no-notice readiness 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 threat in the region. The 909th ARS enables joint and allied forces to extend air operations range and times on station, enhancing their ability to deter and respond to possible threats throughout the Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

A 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker joins an elephant walk during a no-notice readiness 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 threat in the region. The 909th ARS enables joint and allied forces to extend air operations range and times on station, enhancing their ability to deter and respond to possible threats throughout the Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

A 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron E-3 Sentry taxis down the runway during an elephant walk for a no-notice readiness exercise April 12, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. These training exercises ensure Airmen are ready to perform any operational task at a moment’s notice. The 18th Wing and its associate units are responsible for providing forward power projection with integrated, deployable combat power, to maintain peace and stability as the Pacific theater's premier joint platform for threat deterrence. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

A 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron E-3 Sentry taxis down the runway during an elephant walk for a no-notice readiness exercise April 12, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. These training exercises ensure Airmen are ready to perform any operational task at a moment’s notice. The 18th Wing and its associate units are responsible for providing forward power projection with integrated, deployable combat power, to maintain peace and stability as the Pacific theater's premier joint platform for threat deterrence. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

F-15 Eagles from the 67th Fighter Squadron perform an elephant walk during a no-notice readiness exercise April 12, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The exercise demonstrated Team Kadena's ability to rapidly respond to and generate air combat power against a simulated attack on Okinawa. Operating from the largest U.S. installation in the Asia-Pacific region, the 18th Wing defends U.S. and Japanese mutual interests by providing a forward power projection platform with fully integrated, deployable, combat power. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

F-15 Eagles from the 67th Fighter Squadron perform an elephant walk during a no-notice readiness exercise April 12, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The exercise demonstrated Team Kadena's ability to rapidly respond to and generate air combat power against a simulated attack on Okinawa. Operating from the largest U.S. installation in the Asia-Pacific region, the 18th Wing defends U.S. and Japanese mutual interests by providing a forward power projection platform with fully integrated, deployable, combat power. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Barry Cornish, 18th Wing commander, rides in a 33rd Rescue Squadron HH-60 Pave Hawk during an elephant walk show of force April 12, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Operating from the largest U.S. installation in the Asia-Pacific region, the 18th Wing defends U.S. and Japanese interests by providing a forward power projection platform with integrated, deployable combat power.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Barry Cornish, 18th Wing commander, rides in a 33rd Rescue Squadron HH-60 Pave Hawk during an elephant walk show of force April 12, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Operating from the largest U.S. installation in the Asia-Pacific region, the 18th Wing defends U.S. and Japanese interests by providing a forward power projection platform with integrated, deployable combat power. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Michael Ditore, 18th Wing command chief, observes the flightline during a training exercise April 12, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Ditore observed the execution of a flightline elephant walk displaying the aircraft of the 18th Wing. Because of the changing nature of warfare, Airmen of the 18th Wing can fight from anywhere, at any time, and exercises like this ensure they are ready to execute the mission.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Michael Ditore, 18th Wing command chief, observes the flightline during a training exercise April 12, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Ditore observed the execution of a flightline elephant walk displaying the aircraft of the 18th Wing. Because of the changing nature of warfare, Airmen of the 18th Wing can fight from anywhere, at any time, and exercises like this ensure they are ready to execute the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Barry Cornish, 18th Wing Commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Michael Ditore, 18th Wing command chief, ride in a 33rd Rescue Squadron HH-60 Pave Hawk to monitor an elephant walk during a no-notice exercise April 12, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The exercise demonstrated Team Kadena's ability to generate full air combat power in a short amount of time. The 18th Wing operates a fleet of more than 80 combat-ready aircraft to perform air superiority, aerial refueling, airborne warning and control, and combat search and rescue to enhance peace and security throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific Theater. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Barry Cornish, 18th Wing Commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Michael Ditore, 18th Wing command chief, ride in a 33rd Rescue Squadron HH-60 Pave Hawk to monitor an elephant walk during a no-notice exercise April 12, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The exercise demonstrated Team Kadena's ability to generate full air combat power in a short amount of time. The 18th Wing operates a fleet of more than 80 combat-ready aircraft to perform air superiority, aerial refueling, airborne warning and control, and combat search and rescue to enhance peace and security throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific Theater. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

Aircraft from the 18th Wing perform an elephant walk during a no-notice readiness exercise April 12, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Aircraft from the 33rd Rescue Squadron, 44th and 67th Fighter Squadrons, 909th Air Refueling Squadron,and the 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron generated simultaneously for the elephant walk to demonstrate Kadena's ability to sortie all combat aircraft assets in a short amount of time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)
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Aircraft from the 18th Wing perform an elephant walk during a no-notice readiness exercise April 12, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Aircraft from the 33rd Rescue Squadron, 44th and 67th Fighter Squadrons, 909th Air Refueling Squadron,and the 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron generated simultaneously for the elephant walk to demonstrate Kadena's ability to sortie all combat aircraft assets in a short amount of time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jacob Zernikel, 33rd Helicopter Maintenance Unit engine mechanic, calls anend exercise command over a radio on behalf of Brig. Gen. Barry Cornish, 18th Wing commander, during a no-notice training exercise April 12, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Airmen at every level are empowered and trained to lead decisively during times of crisis. The exercise demonstrated Team Kadena's ability to withstand simulated air attack and maintain mission posture for continuously generating air combat power. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jacob Zernikel, 33rd Helicopter Maintenance Unit engine mechanic, calls anend exercise command over a radio on behalf of Brig. Gen. Barry Cornish, 18th Wing commander, during a no-notice training exercise April 12, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Airmen at every level are empowered and trained to lead decisively during times of crisis. The exercise demonstrated Team Kadena's ability to withstand simulated air attack and maintain mission posture for continuously generating air combat power. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Fully armed Aircraft from the 18th Wing conduct an elephant walk during a no-notice exercise April 12, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 18th Wing operates combat ready fleets of HH-60 Pave Hawks, F-15 Eagles, E-3 Sentries and KC-135 Stratotankers, making it the largest combat-ready wing in the U.S. Air Force. Kadena AB provides leading-edge counter air, command and control, air refueling and combat search and rescue operations, enabling theater commanders of joint and allied partners to project and enhance lethal, persistent and flexible combat power in response to adversaries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)