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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Zachary Hough, Tech. Sgt. Josean Arce and Staff Sgt. Ryan Anderson, 33rd Helicopter Maintenance Unit weapons section weapons load technicians, transport GAU-18 50-caliber machine gun toward an HH-60 Pave Hawk from the 33rd Rescue Squadron July 26, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The weapons section provides defensive-counter-air lethality to nine HH-60 Pave Hawks from the 33rd Rescue Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Zachary Hough, Tech. Sgt. Josean Arce and Staff Sgt. Ryan Anderson, 33rd Helicopter Maintenance Unit weapons section weapons load technicians, transport GAU-18 50-caliber machine gun toward an HH-60 Pave Hawk from the 33rd Rescue Squadron July 26, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The weapons section provides defensive-counter-air lethality to nine HH-60 Pave Hawks from the 33rd Rescue Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Zachary Hough and Staff Sgt. Ryan Anderson, 33rd Helicopter Maintenance Unit weapons section weapons load technicians, load a GAU-18 50-caliber machine gun onto an HH-60 Pave Hawk from the 33rd Rescue Squadron July 26, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. 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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Zachary Hough and Staff Sgt. Ryan Anderson, 33rd Helicopter Maintenance Unit weapons section weapons load technicians, load a GAU-18 50-caliber machine gun onto an HH-60 Pave Hawk from the 33rd Rescue Squadron July 26, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. 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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Zachary Hough, 33rd Helicopter Maintenance Unit weapons section weapons load crewmember, moves a cart of Gau-18 50-caliber machine guns July 26, 2017 at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Airmen in the weapons section maintain, install, remove and safeguard all armaments and items associated with the HH-60 gun mounting and ammunition handling systems for the 33rd Rescue Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Zachary Hough, 33rd Helicopter Maintenance Unit weapons section weapons load crewmember, moves a cart of Gau-18 50-caliber machine guns July 26, 2017 at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Airmen in the weapons section maintain, install, remove and safeguard all armaments and items associated with the HH-60 gun mounting and ammunition handling systems for the 33rd Rescue Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ryan Anderson and Tech. Sgt. Josean Arce, 33rd Helicopter Maintenance Unit weapons section weapons technicians, ready a GAU-18 50-caliber machine gun to be loaded onto an HH-60 Pave Hawk from the 33rd Rescue Squadron July 26, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. When mounted to an HH-60 Pave Hawk, the weapons are manned by special mission aviators for real-world and training operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ryan Anderson and Tech. Sgt. Josean Arce, 33rd Helicopter Maintenance Unit weapons section weapons technicians, ready a GAU-18 50-caliber machine gun to be loaded onto an HH-60 Pave Hawk from the 33rd Rescue Squadron July 26, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. When mounted to an HH-60 Pave Hawk, the weapons are manned by special mission aviators for real-world and training operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Zachary Hough and Staff Sgt. Ryan Anderson, 33rd Helicopter Maintenance Unit weapons section weapons load technicians, load a GAU-18 50-caliber machine gun onto an HH-60 Pave Hawk from the 33rd Rescue Squadron July 26, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The GAU-18’s mobile design allows it to be mounted on an HH-60 Pave Hawk and is capable of firing 650 to 750 rounds per-minute. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Zachary Hough and Staff Sgt. Ryan Anderson, 33rd Helicopter Maintenance Unit weapons section weapons load technicians, load a GAU-18 50-caliber machine gun onto an HH-60 Pave Hawk from the 33rd Rescue Squadron July 26, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The GAU-18’s mobile design allows it to be mounted on an HH-60 Pave Hawk and is capable of firing 650 to 750 rounds per-minute. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

A U.S. Air Force Airman from the 33rd Helicopter Maintenance Unit places a GAU-18 50-caliber machine gun on a cart July 26, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Armament Airmen work on the flightline and in the back-shop 24/7 in order to provide combat, counter-air capabilities to every HH-60 Pave Hawk in the 33rd Rescue Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

A U.S. Air Force Airman from the 33rd Helicopter Maintenance Unit places a GAU-18 50-caliber machine gun on a cart July 26, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Armament Airmen work on the flightline and in the back-shop 24/7 in order to provide combat, counter-air capabilities to every HH-60 Pave Hawk in the 33rd Rescue Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

U.S. Air Force weapons-load Airman from the 33rd Helicopter Maintenance Unit use aerospace ground equipment to perform system checks on an HH-60 Pave Hawk from the 33rd Rescue Squadron July 26, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. 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 photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

U.S. Air Force weapons-load Airman from the 33rd Helicopter Maintenance Unit use aerospace ground equipment to perform system checks on an HH-60 Pave Hawk from the 33rd Rescue Squadron July 26, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. 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 photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Josean Arce, 33rd Helicopter Maintenance Unit weapons section weapons expediter, dawns ear protection as his team arms an HH-60 Pave Hawk from the 33rd Rescue Squadron July 26, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. 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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Josean Arce, 33rd Helicopter Maintenance Unit weapons section weapons expediter, dawns ear protection as his team arms an HH-60 Pave Hawk from the 33rd Rescue Squadron July 26, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. 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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Josean Arce, 33rd Helicopter Maintenance Unit weapons section weapons expediter, performs a systems check on a GAU-18 50-caliber machine gun mounted to an HH-60 Pave Hawk from the 33rd Rescue Squadron July 26, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Airmen in the weapons section maintain, install, remove and safeguard all armaments and items associated with the HH-60 gun mounting and ammunition handling systems for the 33rd Rescue Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Josean Arce, 33rd Helicopter Maintenance Unit weapons section weapons expediter, performs a systems check on a GAU-18 50-caliber machine gun mounted to an HH-60 Pave Hawk from the 33rd Rescue Squadron July 26, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Airmen in the weapons section maintain, install, remove and safeguard all armaments and items associated with the HH-60 gun mounting and ammunition handling systems for the 33rd Rescue Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Zachary Hough, Tech. Sgt. Josean Arce and Staff Sgt. Ryan Anderson, 33rd Helicopter Maintenance Unit weapons section weapons load technicians, transport GAU-18 50-caliber machine gun toward an HH-60 Pave Hawk from the 33rd Rescue Squadron July 26, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The weapons section provides defensive-counter-air lethality to nine HH-60 Pave Hawks from the 33rd Rescue Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)