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Initial certification training gains Airmen capabilities

U.S. Air Force Airman Staff Sgt. Jeremy Devlin, 44th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew chief, loads an AIM-120 advanced medium-range air-to-air missile onto an MJ-1C lift truck during initial certification training at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 11, 2019. The 18th Maintenance Group provides training for more than 2,000 aircraft maintainers and munitions handlers. The group also provides maintenance support and facilities for all other forces assigned to or transiting to Kadena AB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Naoto Anazawa)

U.S. Air Force Airman Staff Sgt. Jeremy Devlin, 44th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew chief, loads an AIM-120 advanced medium-range air-to-air missile onto an MJ-1C lift truck during initial certification training at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 11, 2019. The 18th Maintenance Group provides training for more than 2,000 aircraft maintainers and munitions handlers. The group also provides maintenance support and facilities for all other forces assigned to or transiting to Kadena AB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Naoto Anazawa)

Members from the 44th Aircraft Maintenance Unit load an AIM-120 advanced medium-range air-to-air missile onto an F-15 Eagle during initial certification training at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 11, 2019. The 18th Maintenance Group conducts weapon load training monthly to exercise teamwork skills, proficiency and more core combat company for real-world operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Naoto Anazawa)

Members from the 44th Aircraft Maintenance Unit load an AIM-120 advanced medium-range air-to-air missile onto an F-15 Eagle during initial certification training at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 11, 2019. The 18th Maintenance Group conducts weapon load training monthly to exercise teamwork skills, proficiency and more core combat company for real-world operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Naoto Anazawa)

U.S. Air Force Airman Staff Sgt. Marcus Brun (right), 18th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons lead crew chief, instructs 44th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew members during initial certification training at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 11, 2019. The 18th Maintenance Group is composed of six squadrons and maintains combat-ready aircraft to support air operations directed by the Pacific Air Forces commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Naoto Anazawa)

U.S. Air Force Airman Staff Sgt. Marcus Brun (right), 18th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons lead crew chief, instructs 44th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew members during initial certification training at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 11, 2019. The 18th Maintenance Group is composed of six squadrons and maintains combat-ready aircraft to support air operations directed by the Pacific Air Forces commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Naoto Anazawa)

U.S. Air Force Airman Staff Sgt. Jeremy Devlin, 44th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew chief, adjusts an MJ-1C lift truck lever during initial certification training at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 11, 2019. The training allows Airmen to gain experience in quickly loading weapons onto an aircarft, increasing their capabilities in support of contingency operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Naoto Anazawa)

U.S. Air Force Airman Staff Sgt. Jeremy Devlin, 44th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew chief, adjusts an MJ-1C lift truck lever during initial certification training at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 11, 2019. The training allows Airmen to gain experience in quickly loading weapons onto an aircarft, increasing their capabilities in support of contingency operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Naoto Anazawa)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Gavin Gonzalez, 44th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew member, operates an MJ-1C lift truck during initial certification training at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 11, 2019. The 18th Maintenance Group prepares each aircraft for flight to ensure safety and reliability in support of the training mission here at Kadena AB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Naoto Anazawa)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Gavin Gonzalez, 44th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew member, operates an MJ-1C lift truck during initial certification training at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 11, 2019. The 18th Maintenance Group prepares each aircraft for flight to ensure safety and reliability in support of the training mission here at Kadena AB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Naoto Anazawa)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Toni Webber, 44th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew member, prepares an F-15 Eagle for missile attachment during initial certification training at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 11, 2019. The 18th Maintenance Group prepares each aircraft for flight to ensure safety and reliability in support of the training mission here at Kadena AB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Naoto Anazawa)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Toni Webber, 44th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew member, prepares an F-15 Eagle for missile attachment during initial certification training at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 11, 2019. The 18th Maintenance Group prepares each aircraft for flight to ensure safety and reliability in support of the training mission here at Kadena AB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Naoto Anazawa)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Toni Webber, 44th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew member, prepares an F-15 Eagle for missile attachment during initial certification training at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 11, 2019. The 18th Maintenance Group prepares each aircraft for flight to ensure safety and reliability in support of the training mission here at Kadena AB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Naoto Anazawa)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Toni Webber, 44th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew member, prepares an F-15 Eagle for missile attachment during initial certification training at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 11, 2019. The 18th Maintenance Group prepares each aircraft for flight to ensure safety and reliability in support of the training mission here at Kadena AB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Naoto Anazawa)

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan --