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KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Alex Trebek, host of the Jeopardy game show, greets members of Kadena's 18th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron and the 909th Air Refueling Squadron March 31 during a Jeopardy game show USO tour of Japan.  During a two-day trip to Kadena, Mr. Trebek and Jeopardy show staff also toured an F-22 stealth fighter, a KC-135 stratotanker, an E-3 AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System), an F-15C fighter, and an HH-60 helicopter.  The F-22 is temporarily based at Kadena on its first overseas deployment from Langley Air Force Base, Va. Kadena residents were allowed to try-out to be contestants on Jeopardy, as well.  (Air Force/Senior Airman Nestor Cruz)

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Alex Trebek, host of the Jeopardy game show, greets members of Kadena's 18th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron and the 909th Air Refueling Squadron March 31 during a Jeopardy game show USO tour of Japan. During a two-day trip to Kadena, Mr. Trebek and Jeopardy show staff also toured an F-22 stealth fighter, a KC-135 stratotanker, an E-3 AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System), an F-15C fighter, and an HH-60 helicopter. The F-22 is temporarily based at Kadena on its first overseas deployment from Langley Air Force Base, Va. Kadena residents were allowed to try-out to be contestants on Jeopardy, as well. (Air Force/Senior Airman Nestor Cruz)

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Alex Trebek, host of the Jeopardy game show, listens as U.S. Air Force Capt. Dallas Weills explains how Kadena's KC-135 aerial refueling aircraft can fly critical-care patients to hospitals in the United States.  Captain Weills is an instructor flight nurse with the 18th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron.  During a two-day Jeopardy USO tour to Kadena March 30-31, Mr. Trebek and Jeopardy show staff also toured an F-22 stealth fighter, a KC-135 stratotanker, an E-3 AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System), an F-15C fighter, and an HH-60 helicopter.  The F-22 is temporarily based at Kadena on its first overseas deployment from Langley Air Force Base, Va.  Kadena residents were allowed to try-out to be contestants on Jeopardy, as well.  (Air Force/Senior Airman Nestor Cruz)

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Alex Trebek, host of the Jeopardy game show, listens as U.S. Air Force Capt. Dallas Weills explains how Kadena's KC-135 aerial refueling aircraft can fly critical-care patients to hospitals in the United States. Captain Weills is an instructor flight nurse with the 18th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron. During a two-day Jeopardy USO tour to Kadena March 30-31, Mr. Trebek and Jeopardy show staff also toured an F-22 stealth fighter, a KC-135 stratotanker, an E-3 AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System), an F-15C fighter, and an HH-60 helicopter. The F-22 is temporarily based at Kadena on its first overseas deployment from Langley Air Force Base, Va. Kadena residents were allowed to try-out to be contestants on Jeopardy, as well. (Air Force/Senior Airman Nestor Cruz)

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Alex Trebek, host of the Jeopardy game show, talks with Air Force Tech. Sgt. Mark Langer March 31 during a Jeopardy game show USO tour of Japan.  Sergeant Langer is deployed here with the 27th Fighter Squadron from Langley Air Force, Va., on the F-22 stealth fighter's first overseas deployment. During a two-day trip to Kadena, Mr. Trebek and Jeopardy show staff also toured an F-22, a KC-135 stratotanker, an E-3 AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System), an F-15C fighter, and an HH-60 helicopter.  The F-22 is temporarily based at Kadena on its first overseas deployment from Langley Air Force Base.  Kadena residents were allowed to try-out to be contestants on Jeopardy, as well.  (Air Force/Senior Master Sgt. Kenneth Fidler)

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Alex Trebek, host of the Jeopardy game show, talks with Air Force Tech. Sgt. Mark Langer March 31 during a Jeopardy game show USO tour of Japan. Sergeant Langer is deployed here with the 27th Fighter Squadron from Langley Air Force, Va., on the F-22 stealth fighter's first overseas deployment. During a two-day trip to Kadena, Mr. Trebek and Jeopardy show staff also toured an F-22, a KC-135 stratotanker, an E-3 AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System), an F-15C fighter, and an HH-60 helicopter. The F-22 is temporarily based at Kadena on its first overseas deployment from Langley Air Force Base. Kadena residents were allowed to try-out to be contestants on Jeopardy, as well. (Air Force/Senior Master Sgt. Kenneth Fidler)

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Alex Trebek, host of the Jeopardy game show, poses for a photo with Airman Jake Froehly (right) and Airman Adam Flores March 31 during a Jeopardy game show USO tour of Japan.  Both Airmen are with Kadena's 18th Security Forces Squadron.  During a two-day trip to Kadena March 30-31, Mr. Trebek and Jeopardy show staff also toured an F-22 stealth fighter, a KC-135 stratotanker, an E-3 AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System), an F-15C fighter, and an HH-60 helicopter.  The F-22 is temporarily based at Kadena on its first overseas deployment from Langley Air Force Base, Va.  Kadena residents were allowed to try-out to be contestants on Jeopardy, as well.  (Air Force/Senior Master Sgt. Kenneth Fidler)

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Alex Trebek, host of the Jeopardy game show, poses for a photo with Airman Jake Froehly (right) and Airman Adam Flores March 31 during a Jeopardy game show USO tour of Japan. Both Airmen are with Kadena's 18th Security Forces Squadron. During a two-day trip to Kadena March 30-31, Mr. Trebek and Jeopardy show staff also toured an F-22 stealth fighter, a KC-135 stratotanker, an E-3 AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System), an F-15C fighter, and an HH-60 helicopter. The F-22 is temporarily based at Kadena on its first overseas deployment from Langley Air Force Base, Va. Kadena residents were allowed to try-out to be contestants on Jeopardy, as well. (Air Force/Senior Master Sgt. Kenneth Fidler)

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Alex Trebek, host of the Jeopardy game show, gets a close-up look at the controls of an F-22 stealth fighter March 31 during a Jeopardy USO tour to Japan.  Explaining the finer points of the F-22 are Staff Sgt. Michael Mauriello (left) and Tech. Sgt. Chris McEwan.  They are both deployed here with the 27th Fighter Squadron from Langley Air Force Base, Va., on the F-22's first overseas deployment.  During the Jeopardy show's two-day trip to Kadena, Mr. Trebek and show staff also toured a KC-135 Stratotanker, an E-3 AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System), an F-15C fighter, and an HH-60 helicopter. Kadena residents were allowed to try-out to be contestants on Jeopardy, as well.  (Air Force/Senior Master Sgt. Kenneth Fidler)

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Alex Trebek, host of the Jeopardy game show, gets a close-up look at the controls of an F-22 stealth fighter March 31 during a Jeopardy USO tour to Japan. Explaining the finer points of the F-22 are Staff Sgt. Michael Mauriello (left) and Tech. Sgt. Chris McEwan. They are both deployed here with the 27th Fighter Squadron from Langley Air Force Base, Va., on the F-22's first overseas deployment. During the Jeopardy show's two-day trip to Kadena, Mr. Trebek and show staff also toured a KC-135 Stratotanker, an E-3 AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System), an F-15C fighter, and an HH-60 helicopter. Kadena residents were allowed to try-out to be contestants on Jeopardy, as well. (Air Force/Senior Master Sgt. Kenneth Fidler)

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Alex Trebek, host of the Jeopardy game show, talks to U.S. Air Force fighter pilots at Kadena March 31 during a Jeopardy game show USO tour of Japan.  Speaking with Mr. Trebek are (from left) Capt. Phil Colomy, F-22 pilot with the 27th Fighter Squadron, Langley Air Force Base, Va.; Capt. Kirby Enser, F-15 pilot with the 67th Fighter Squadron, Kadena Air Base; and Capt. Jonathan Airhart, also an F-22 pilot with the 27th Fighter Squadron.  The two Langley pilots are here on the F-22 stealth fighter's first overseas deployment.  During the Jeopardy show's two-day trip to Kadena, Mr. Trebek and show staff also toured an F-22, a KC-135 Stratotanker, an E-3 AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System), an F-15C fighter, and an HH-60 helicopter.  The F-22 is temporarily based at Kadena on its first overseas deployment from Langley Air Force Base, Va.  Kadena residents were allowed to try-out to be contestants on Jeopardy, as well.  (Air Force/Senior Master Sgt. Kenneth Fidler)

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Alex Trebek, host of the Jeopardy game show, talks to U.S. Air Force fighter pilots at Kadena March 31 during a Jeopardy game show USO tour of Japan. Speaking with Mr. Trebek are (from left) Capt. Phil Colomy, F-22 pilot with the 27th Fighter Squadron, Langley Air Force Base, Va.; Capt. Kirby Enser, F-15 pilot with the 67th Fighter Squadron, Kadena Air Base; and Capt. Jonathan Airhart, also an F-22 pilot with the 27th Fighter Squadron. The two Langley pilots are here on the F-22 stealth fighter's first overseas deployment. During the Jeopardy show's two-day trip to Kadena, Mr. Trebek and show staff also toured an F-22, a KC-135 Stratotanker, an E-3 AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System), an F-15C fighter, and an HH-60 helicopter. The F-22 is temporarily based at Kadena on its first overseas deployment from Langley Air Force Base, Va. Kadena residents were allowed to try-out to be contestants on Jeopardy, as well. (Air Force/Senior Master Sgt. Kenneth Fidler)

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Alex Trebek, host of the "Jeopardy" television game show, visited Kadena March 31 to search for future contestants as part of a USO-sponsored tour of military bases in the Pacific region. 

"There are military members stationed all around the world and some of them are on long deployments," Mr. Trebek said. "As a result, they don't have the opportunity to come to us in the States and try out for the show. It's tough being far away from home, so we bring home to you and that's what the USO is all about." 

More than 300 active-duty military members, family members and civilian employees took the 10-question pre-test. More than 70 passed the test, the highest pass rate on the tour, and went on to take a 50-question qualifying test at Camp Kinser on Sunday, hoping to be selected for the show. 

"I've been trying to get on Jeopardy since I was in high school," said Capt. Jason Greenleaf, 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron. 

Monica Parada, Kadena Information Tickets and Tours travel agent, said she only came out to get Mr. Trebek's autograph for herself and a friend. 

"I'm a big fan of the show and I even had the Jeopardy game for the original Nintendo game system," she said. 

Mr. Trebek said that he's been hosting Jeopardy longer than many Airmen have been alive -- 23 years. He added he's done almost as much traveling as an active-duty military member. 

During his tour of the Pacific region, his 12th USO tour, Mr. Trebek also visited Korea, the Philippines and mainland Japan. 

The game show started offering military members stationed overseas a chance to try out for the show nearly 16 years ago. 

"We realize many people back home in the States are not aware of what our military members do in these foreign locations," the Jeopardy host said. "We know about what's happening in Iraq and Afghanistan, but outside of that, most people are unaware of the mission in the Pacific and the sacrifices members make to fulfill that mission. We want to show our military members that we haven't forgotten about them and we appreciate the sacrifices they're making on our behalf. America supports them and so do the folks at Jeopardy."