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An F-15C Eagle takes off from Kadena Air Base, Japan.

An F-15C Eagle takes off from Kadena Air Base, Japan, April 28, 2020, headed for the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. Members of the 18th Wing deployed to CENTCOM to defend U.S. and partner nation interests in the region and preserve the international rules-based order. While the 44th Fighter Squadron and support personnel contribute to the CENTCOM mission, the full spectrum of capability at Kadena Air Base stands ready to support a safe and secure Indo-Pacific and the defense of Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Sutton)

An F-15 C Eagle from Kadena Air Base, Japan, takes off.

An F-15C Eagle takes off from Kadena Air Base, Japan, April 28, 2020. Members of 18th Wing forward-deployed to U.S. Central Command to defend U.S. and partner nation interests in the region and preserve the international rules-based order. Upon their return, 18th Wing Airmen will be able to share new tactics, techniques and procedures learned in combat with our joint partners and allies in the Japan Self-Defense Forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Sutton)

A KC-135 Stratotaker takes off.

A KC-135 Stratotanker from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron takes off from Kadena Air Base, Japan, April 28, 2020. The 909th ARS provided an air bridge for the 44th Fighter Squadron as the F-15C Eagles transitioned from the U.S. Indo-Pacific area of responsibility to the U.S. Central Command theater. More than 300 Airmen assigned to the 18th Operations and Maintenance Groups deployed to the CENTCOM theater to defend U.S. and partner nation interests, while creating logistical flexibility. Like the Indo-Pacific, stability in the CENTCOM area of responsibility demands a credible, capable, and dynamic defense posture to compete, deter, and win against state and non-state actors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Sutton)

Pilot checks his mask pressure seal.

A pilot from Kadena Air Base, Japan, checks his mask pressure seal before a deployment April 28, 2020. Airmen from the 18th Operations and Maintenance Groups deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility in support of ongoing operations to maintain air superiority, defend forces on the ground, enhance regional partnerships, and demonstrate a continued commitment to regional security and stability. While our expeditionary Airmen support CENTCOM requirements, the full spectrum of capability at Kadena Air Base stands ready to ensure a safe and secure Indo-Pacific and the defense of Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rhett Isbell)

An F-15C Eagle takes off.

An F-15C Eagle assigned to the 44th Fighter Squadron takes off from Kadena Air Base, Japan, April 28, 2020. Aircraft and more than 300 Airmen from the 18th Wing deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility in support of ongoing operations. Like the Indo-Pacific, stability in the CENTCOM area of responsibility demands a credible, capable, and dynamic defense posture to compete, deter, and win against state and non-state actors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rhett Isbell)

An F-15C Eagle takes off.

An F-15C Eagle takes off for Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, from Kadena Air Base, Japan, April 28, 2020. Airmen assigned to the 18th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 18th Component Maintenance Squadron, 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, 18th Munitions Squadron, 18th Maintenance Operations Flight, and 18th Operations Support Squadron along with the 44th Fighter Squadron deployed in support of ongoing operations to maintain air superiority, defend forces on the ground, enhance regional partnerships, and demonstrate a continued commitment to regional security and stability in the U.S. Central Command theater. While supporting U.S. Central Command, the 18th Wing at Kadena stands ready to support a safe and secure Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rhett Isbell)

Pilots prepare for a flight.

Pilots from the 44th Fighter Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, get suited up for flight April 28, 2020. Airmen from the 18th Operations and Maintenance Groups deployed to the U.S. Central Command theater to defend U.S. and partner nation interests while strengthening coalition and regional partnerships in the region. Like the Indo-Pacific, stability in the CENTCOM area of responsibility demands a credible, capable, and dynamic defense posture to compete, deter, and win against state and non-state actors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rhett Isbell)

Airmen board an aircraft.

More than 300 Airmen from the 18th Wing at Kadena Air Base, Japan, board an aircraft for a deployment to U.S. Central Command April 27, 2020. Like the Indo-Pacific, stability in the CENTCOM area of responsibility demands a credible, capable, and dynamic defense posture to compete, deter, and win against state and non-state actors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rhett Isbell)

Airmen board an aircraft for a deployment.

More than 300 Airmen from the 18th Wing at Kadena Air Base, Japan, wait to board an aircraft for a deployment to Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, April 27, 2020. During their deployment, 18th Wing Airmen will support ongoing operations to maintain air superiority, defend forces on the ground, enhance regional partnerships, and demonstrate a continued commitment to regional security and stability. While the 44th Fighter Squadron and support personnel contribute to the CENTCOM mission, the full spectrum of capability at Kadena Air Base stands ready to support a safe and secure Indo-Pacific and the defense of Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rhett Isbell)

Airmen board an aircraft.
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More than 300 Airmen from the 18th Wing at Kadena Air Base, Japan, wait to board an aircraft for a deployment to Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, April 27, 2020. During their deployment, Airmen assigned to 18th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 18th Component Maintenance Squadron, 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, 18th Munitions Squadron, 18th Maintenance Operations Flight, and 18th Operations Support Squadron along with the 44th Fighter Squadron are supporting ongoing operations to maintain air superiority, defend forces on the ground, enhance regional partnerships, and demonstrate a continued commitment to regional security and stability in the U.S. Central Command theater. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rhett Isbell)

F-15C Eagles taxi along the flightline.
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F-15C Eagles taxi along the flight line April 28, 2020, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Members of 18th Wing deployed to the U.S. Central Command theater to defend U.S. and partner nation interests in the region and preserve the international rules-based order. While the 44th Fighter Squadron and support personnel contribute to the CENTCOM mission, the full spectrum of capability at Kadena Air Base stands ready to support a safe and secure Indo-Pacific and the defense of Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Sutton)

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- An F-15C Eagle takes off from Kadena Air Base, Japan, April 28, 2020, headed for the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. Members of the 18th Wing deployed to CENTCOM to defend U.S. and partner nation interests in the region and preserve the international rules-based order. While the 44th Fighter Squadron and support personnel contribute to the CENTCOM mission, the full spectrum of capability at Kadena Air Base stands ready to support a safe and secure Indo-Pacific and the defense of Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Sutton)