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A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron based out of Marine Corps Air Station MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, flies into position to receive fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan during a Large Scale Global Exercise 21 mission over the western Pacific Ocean, Aug. 18, 2021. The U.S. has the ability to operate from the sanctuary of bases across the region and projecting sustained combat power.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron based out of Marine Corps Air Station MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, flies into position to receive fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan during a Large Scale Global Exercise 21 mission over the western Pacific Ocean, Aug. 18, 2021. The U.S. has the ability to operate from the sanctuary of bases across the region and projecting sustained combat power. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II’s,  Marine Fighter Attack Squadron based out of Marine Corps Air Station MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, prepare to receive fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan during a Large Scale Global Exercise 21 mission over the western Pacific Ocean, Aug. 18, 2021. The U.S. has the ability to operate from the sanctuary of bases across the region and projecting sustained combat power. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II’s, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron based out of Marine Corps Air Station MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, prepare to receive fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan during a Large Scale Global Exercise 21 mission over the western Pacific Ocean, Aug. 18, 2021. The U.S. has the ability to operate from the sanctuary of bases across the region and projecting sustained combat power. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron based out of Marine Corps Air Station MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, breaks away after receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan during a Large Scale Global Exercise 21 mission over the western Pacific Ocean, Aug. 18, 2021. World events underscore the urgency to develop the multi-domain operating capability; especially in the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron based out of Marine Corps Air Station MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, breaks away after receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan during a Large Scale Global Exercise 21 mission over the western Pacific Ocean, Aug. 18, 2021. World events underscore the urgency to develop the multi-domain operating capability; especially in the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron based out of Marine Corps Air Station MCAS Iwakuni, Japan,  flies into position to receive fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan during a Large Scale Global Exercise 21 mission over the western Pacific Ocean, Aug. 18, 2021. U.S. joint forces is the most lethal, capable, and innovative fighting force operating today. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron based out of Marine Corps Air Station MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, flies into position to receive fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan during a Large Scale Global Exercise 21 mission over the western Pacific Ocean, Aug. 18, 2021. U.S. joint forces is the most lethal, capable, and innovative fighting force operating today. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron based out of Marine Corps Air Station MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, flies into position to receive fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan during a Large Scale Global Exercise 21 mission over the western Pacific Ocean, Aug. 18, 2021. The U.S. has the ability to operate from the sanctuary of bases across the region and projecting sustained combat power.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron based out of Marine Corps Air Station MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, flies into position to receive fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan during a Large Scale Global Exercise 21 mission over the western Pacific Ocean, Aug. 18, 2021. The U.S. has the ability to operate from the sanctuary of bases across the region and projecting sustained combat power. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dmitri McIntosh, 909th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, refuels a U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron based out of Marine Corps Air Station MCAS Iwakuni, Japan during a Large Scale Global Exercise 21 mission over the western Pacific Ocean, Aug. 18, 2021. LSGE21 participants have the opportunity to further enhance their capability and proficiency to respond to shared challenges as part of a joint or combined effort. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dmitri McIntosh, 909th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, refuels a U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron based out of Marine Corps Air Station MCAS Iwakuni, Japan during a Large Scale Global Exercise 21 mission over the western Pacific Ocean, Aug. 18, 2021. LSGE21 participants have the opportunity to further enhance their capability and proficiency to respond to shared challenges as part of a joint or combined effort. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron based out of Marine Corps Air Station MCAS Iwakuni, Japan breaks away after receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan during a Large Scale Global Exercise 21 mission over the western Pacific Ocean, Aug. 18, 2021. LSGE21 contributes to the security of strategic lines of communications in the Indo-Pacific region, which benefits nations across the globe.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron based out of Marine Corps Air Station MCAS Iwakuni, Japan breaks away after receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan during a Large Scale Global Exercise 21 mission over the western Pacific Ocean, Aug. 18, 2021. LSGE21 contributes to the security of strategic lines of communications in the Indo-Pacific region, which benefits nations across the globe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II Marine Fighter Attack Squadron based out of Marine Corps Air Station MCAS Iwakuni, Japan receives fuel from a from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan during a Large Scale Global Exercise 21 mission over the western Pacific Ocean, Aug. 18, 2021. The U.S. has the ability to operate from the sanctuary of bases across the region and projecting sustained combat power.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II Marine Fighter Attack Squadron based out of Marine Corps Air Station MCAS Iwakuni, Japan receives fuel from a from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan during a Large Scale Global Exercise 21 mission over the western Pacific Ocean, Aug. 18, 2021. The U.S. has the ability to operate from the sanctuary of bases across the region and projecting sustained combat power. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II Marine Fighter Attack Squadron based out of Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Japan flies into position to receive fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan during a Large Scale Global Exercise 21 mission over the western Pacific Ocean, Aug. 18, 2021. U.S. joint forces is the most lethal, capable, and innovative fighting force operating today. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II Marine Fighter Attack Squadron based out of Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Japan flies into position to receive fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan during a Large Scale Global Exercise 21 mission over the western Pacific Ocean, Aug. 18, 2021. U.S. joint forces is the most lethal, capable, and innovative fighting force operating today. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Daniel Thomas (left), 909th Air Refueling Squadron pilot, and Maj. Elliott Sahli, 909th ARS instructor pilot, conduct a preflight check for a KC-135 Stratotanker at Kadena Air Base, Japan in support of Large Scale Global Exercise 21, Aug., 18, 2021. The U.S. joint forces remains ready to respond to the full spectrum of conflict and disaster. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)
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U.S. Air Force Capt. Daniel Thomas (left), 909th Air Refueling Squadron pilot, and Maj. Elliott Sahli, 909th ARS instructor pilot, conduct a preflight check for a KC-135 Stratotanker at Kadena Air Base, Japan in support of Large Scale Global Exercise 21, Aug., 18, 2021. The U.S. joint forces remains ready to respond to the full spectrum of conflict and disaster. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Destini Edmond(left), 909th Aircraft Maintenance Unit guidance and control craftsman, Maj. Elliott Sahli (center), 909th Air Refueling Squadron instructor pilot, and Capt. Daniel Thomas (right), 909th ARS pilot, remove an engine cover from a KC-135 Stratotanker at Kadena Air Base, Japan, in support of Large Scale Global Exercise 21, Aug. 18, 2021. LSGE21 participants have the opportunity to further enhance their capability and proficiency to respond to shared challenges as part of a joint or combined effort. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Destini Edmond(left), 909th Aircraft Maintenance Unit guidance and control craftsman, Maj. Elliott Sahli (center), 909th Air Refueling Squadron instructor pilot, and Capt. Daniel Thomas (right), 909th ARS pilot, remove an engine cover from a KC-135 Stratotanker at Kadena Air Base, Japan, in support of Large Scale Global Exercise 21, Aug. 18, 2021. LSGE21 participants have the opportunity to further enhance their capability and proficiency to respond to shared challenges as part of a joint or combined effort. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

Airmen from the 18th Wing conduct a preflight checklist for a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Refueling Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, in support of Large Scale Global Exercise 21, Aug. 18, 2021. LSGE21 contributes to the security of strategic lines of communications in the Indo-Pacific region, which benefits nations across the globe.(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)
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Airmen from the 18th Wing conduct a preflight checklist for a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Refueling Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, in support of Large Scale Global Exercise 21, Aug. 18, 2021. LSGE21 contributes to the security of strategic lines of communications in the Indo-Pacific region, which benefits nations across the globe.(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Daniel Thomas, 909th Air Refueling Squadron pilot, gives a preflight briefing at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 18, 2021. Kadena Air Base participated in Large Scale Global Exercise 21, which is a Department of Defense exercise sponsored by U.S. Indo-Pacific Command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)
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U.S. Air Force Capt. Daniel Thomas, 909th Air Refueling Squadron pilot, gives a preflight briefing at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 18, 2021. Kadena Air Base participated in Large Scale Global Exercise 21, which is a Department of Defense exercise sponsored by U.S. Indo-Pacific Command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii -- A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron based out of Marine Corps Air Station MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, flies into position to receive fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan during a Large Scale Global Exercise 21 mission over the western Pacific Ocean, Aug. 18, 2021. The U.S. has the ability to operate from the sanctuary of bases across the region and projecting sustained combat power. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)