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Airfield Exercise Boosts US-JPN Alliance

Bilateral RADR exercise

Airmen from the U.S. Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force huddle up prior to a rapid airfield damage repair exercise Aug. 30, 2019, at Naha Air Base, Japan. The exercise was part of a week-long bilateral partnership-building program, enhancing interoperability and preparedness between the two nations to jointly respond to contingencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Reft)

Bilateral RADR exercise

Airmen from the U.S. Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force stand in formation prior to a rapid airfield damage repair exercise Aug. 30, 2019, at Naha Air Base, Japan. The exercise was part of a week-long bilateral partnership-building program, enhancing interoperability and preparedness between the two nations to jointly respond to contingencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Reft)

Bilateral RADR exercise

Japan Air Self-Defense Force Airman 3rd Class Uechi from the Southwestern Civil Engineer Group and U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jared Renyhart, water and fuel system maintenance craftsman from the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron, mount a front loader during a rapid airfield damage repair exercise Aug. 30, 2019, at Naha Air Base, Japan. Uechi and Renyhart worked together to better understand each other’s component service procedures and standards for contingency operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Reft)

Bilateral RADR exercise

U.S. Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force service members conduct a rapid airfield damage repair exercise Aug. 30, 2019, at Naha Air Base, Japan. The week-long bilateral training program involving the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron and the Southwestern Civil Engineering Group enabled members of both air forces to integrate training, tactics and procedures to enhance partnerships and interoperability for effective joint response in the event of attacks on airfields. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Reft)

Bilateral RADR exercise

Japan Air Self-Defense Force Southwestern Civil Engineering Group Airman 1st Class Ishihara and Staff Sgt. Karasuyama lay concrete during rapid airfield damage repair exercise Aug. 30, 2019, at Naha Air Base, Japan. Ishihara and Karasuyama trained with U.S. Airmen from the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron as part of a regular bilateral partnership-building program to enhance interoperability and joint execution of airfield repair in the event of aerial attacks on either service’s airfields. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Reft)

Bilateral RADR exercise

U.S. Air Force 18th Civil Engineer Squadron and Japan Air Self-Defense Force Southwestern Civil Engineering Group service members conduct a rapid airfield damage repair exercise Aug. 30, 2019, at Naha Air Base, Japan. The bilateral exercise enables USAF and JASDF engineers to more effectively coordinate combined, large-scale contingency response in the event of attacks on military airfields on Okinawa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Reft)

Bilateral RADR exercise

Japan Air Self-Defense Force Airman 1st Class Matsusaka, from the Southwestern Civil Engineering Group, shovels materials for concrete production during a rapid airfield damage repair exercise Aug. 30, 2019, at Naha Air Base, Japan. The week-long bilateral exercise, which occurs twice a year, involves a variety of engineering mission sets, to include aircraft barrier arresting systems, water purification, and airfield repair operations. By regularly training together U.S. and Japanese airmen can more effectively execute large-scale engineering responses to contingencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Reft)

Bilateral RADR exercise

U.S. Air Force 18th Civil Engineer Squadron and Japan Air Self-Defense Force Southwestern Civil Engineering Group service members prepare a site for concrete pouring during a rapid airfield damage repair exercise Aug. 30, 2019, at Naha Air Base, Japan. The week-long bilateral exercise, which occurs twice a year, involves a variety of engineering mission sets, to include aircraft barrier arresting systems, water purification, and airfield repair operations. By regularly training together U.S. and Japanese airmen can more effectively execute large-scale engineering responses to contingencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Reft)

Bilateral RADR exercise

Airmen from the U.S. Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force huddle up prior to a rapid airfield damage repair exercise Aug. 30, 2019, at Naha Air Base, Japan. The 18th Civil Engineer Squadron and Southwestern Civil Engineering Group conducted the week-long exercise as part of a bilateral partnership-building program, enhancing interoperability and preparedness between the two nations to jointly respond to contingencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Reft)

Bilateral RADR exercise
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U.S. Air Force 18th Civil Engineer Squadron and Japan Air Self-Defense Force Southwestern Civil Engineering Group service members conduct a rapid airfield damage repair exercise Aug. 30, 2019, at Naha Air Base, Japan. The bilateral exercise program occurs twice a year and enhances the two partners to better integrate forces in response to airfield damage which may result from adversarial attacks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Reft)

Bilateral RADR exercise
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U.S. Air Force 18th Civil Engineer Squadron and Japan Air Self-Defense Force Southwestern Civil Engineering Group service members conduct a rapid airfield damage repair exercise Aug. 30, 2019, at Naha Air Base, Japan. The bilateral exercise program occurs twice a year and enhances the two partners to better integrate forces in response to airfield damage which may result from adversarial attacks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Reft)

Bilateral RADR exercise
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Japan Air Self-Defense Force Master Sgt. Shimoji, from the Southwestern Civil Engineering Group, directs construction equipment operators during a rapid airfield damage repair exercise Aug. 30, 2019, at Naha Air Base, Japan. The exercise enabled U.S. and Japanese partners to reinforce and develop better training, tactics and procedures for bilateral large-scale responses for any event that causes damage to airfields. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Reft)

Bilateral RADR exercise
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U.S. Air Force 18th Civil Engineer Squadron and Japan Air Self-Defense Force Southwestern Civil Engineering Group service members conclude a rapid airfield damage repair exercise Aug. 30, 2019, at Naha Air Base, Japan. The bilateral training event, which occurs twice a year, enhances the partnership between the two allies so they may more efficiently respond to events and contingencies that may cause damage to military airfields. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Reft)

Bilateral RADR exercise
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U.S. Air Force 18th Civil Engineer Squadron and Japan Air Self-Defense Force Southwestern Civil Engineering Group service members conclude a rapid airfield damage repair exercise Aug. 30, 2019, at Naha Air Base, Japan. The bilateral training event, which occurs twice a year, enhances the partnership between the two allies so they may more efficiently respond to events and contingencies that may cause damage to military airfields. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Reft)

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Airmen from the U.S. Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force huddle up prior to a rapid airfield damage repair exercise Aug. 30, 2019, at Naha Air Base, Japan. The exercise was part of a week-long bilateral partnership-building program, enhancing interoperability and preparedness between the two nations to jointly respond to contingencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Reft)