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A U.S. Air Force 67th Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagle and a 909th Aerial Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker prepare to conduct air-to-air refueling during a training exercise July 8, 2020, off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. Fighter squadrons from Kadena Air Base conducted a joint small force employment exercise to enhance fighter intercept strategies, bomber escort, and small force employment. U.S. Air Forces are postured and ready to respond to crises and contingencies throughout the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, contributing to regional stability and a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rebeckah Medeiros)

A U.S. Air Force 67th Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagle and a 909th Aerial Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker prepare to conduct air-to-air refueling during a training exercise July 8, 2020, off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. Fighter squadrons from Kadena Air Base conducted a joint small force employment exercise to enhance fighter intercept strategies, bomber escort, and small force employment. U.S. Air Forces are postured and ready to respond to crises and contingencies throughout the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, contributing to regional stability and a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rebeckah Medeiros)

A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Aerial Refueling Squadron takes off during a training exercise July 8, 2020, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 909th ARS conducted refueling support for the 67th Fighter Squadron. The U.S. Indo-Pacific Command has the capacity to conduct training and exercises focused on the full spectrum of military operations, from combat to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, anywhere throughout the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Reft)

A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Aerial Refueling Squadron takes off during a training exercise July 8, 2020, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 909th ARS conducted refueling support for the 67th Fighter Squadron. The U.S. Indo-Pacific Command has the capacity to conduct training and exercises focused on the full spectrum of military operations, from combat to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, anywhere throughout the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Reft)

A U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle assigned to the 67th Fighter Squadron takes off during a training sortie July 8, 2020, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Fighter squadrons from Kadena Air Base conducted a small force employment exercise to enhance fighter intercept strategies, bomber escort, and small force employment. The United States security presence, along with our allies and partners, underpins the peace and stability that has enabled the Indo-Pacific region to develop and prosper for more than seven decades. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Reft)

A U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle assigned to the 67th Fighter Squadron takes off during a training sortie July 8, 2020, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Fighter squadrons from Kadena Air Base conducted a small force employment exercise to enhance fighter intercept strategies, bomber escort, and small force employment. The United States security presence, along with our allies and partners, underpins the peace and stability that has enabled the Indo-Pacific region to develop and prosper for more than seven decades. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Reft)

A KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron conducts air-to-air refueling with a 67th Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagle during a training exercise July 8, 2020, off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. The 909th ARS is the premier force for air refueling U.S. and allied aircraft during contingencies and humanitarian missions throughout the U.S. Indo-Pacific Theater. USINDOPACOM has the capacity to conduct training and exercises focused on the full spectrum of military operations, from combat to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, anywhere throughout the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rebeckah Medeiros)

A KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron conducts air-to-air refueling with a 67th Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagle during a training exercise July 8, 2020, off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. The 909th ARS is the premier force for air refueling U.S. and allied aircraft during contingencies and humanitarian missions throughout the U.S. Indo-Pacific Theater. USINDOPACOM has the capacity to conduct training and exercises focused on the full spectrum of military operations, from combat to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, anywhere throughout the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rebeckah Medeiros)

A KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron conducts air-to-air refueling with a 67th Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagle during a training exercise July 8, 2020, off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. The 909th ARS is the premier force for air refueling U.S. and allied aircraft during contingencies and humanitarian missions throughout the U.S. Indo-Pacific Theater. USINDOPACOM has the capacity to conduct training and exercises focused on the full spectrum of military operations, from combat to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, anywhere throughout the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rebeckah Medeiros)

A KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron conducts air-to-air refueling with a 67th Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagle during a training exercise July 8, 2020, off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. The 909th ARS is the premier force for air refueling U.S. and allied aircraft during contingencies and humanitarian missions throughout the U.S. Indo-Pacific Theater. USINDOPACOM has the capacity to conduct training and exercises focused on the full spectrum of military operations, from combat to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, anywhere throughout the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rebeckah Medeiros)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Erica Lawson, 909th Aerial Refueling Squadron boom operator, conducts air-to-air refueling with a 67th Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagle during a training exercise July 8, 2020, off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. The 909th ARS is the premier force for air refueling U.S. and allied aircraft during contingencies and humanitarian missions throughout the U.S. Indo-Pacific Theater. USINDOPACOM has the capacity to conduct training and exercises focused on the full spectrum of military operations, from combat to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, anywhere throughout the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rebeckah Medeiros)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Erica Lawson, 909th Aerial Refueling Squadron boom operator, conducts air-to-air refueling with a 67th Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagle during a training exercise July 8, 2020, off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. The 909th ARS is the premier force for air refueling U.S. and allied aircraft during contingencies and humanitarian missions throughout the U.S. Indo-Pacific Theater. USINDOPACOM has the capacity to conduct training and exercises focused on the full spectrum of military operations, from combat to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, anywhere throughout the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rebeckah Medeiros)

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan --

A U.S. Air Force 67th Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagle and a 909th Aerial Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker conduct air-to-air refueling during a training exercise July 8, 2020, off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. The 67th FS conducted small force employment combat exercises to demonstrate how U.S. Indo-Pacific Command units can execute dynamic force employment while maintaining the capacity for agile combat operations. The United States security presence, along with our allies and partners, underpins the peace and stability that has enabled the Indo-Pacific region to develop and prosper for more than seven decades.