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Kadena's Young Tigers Fuel Bilateral Training

8 F-2 and F/A-18C aircraft fly in formation behind a KC-135R Stratotanker.

U.S. Marine Corps F-18C Hornets and Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-2As fly side by side over Northern Japan during a simulated maritime strike operation, Dec. 15, 2021. The simulated maritime strike was coordinated by U.S. Marines and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Soldiers, operating a Bilateral Ground Tactical Coordination Center as part of a bilateral rehearsal of Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Raymond Geoffroy)

Airmen go over a pre-flight checklist before boarding the KC-135 aircraft.

A flight crew assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron conduct preflight checks in preparation for a KC-135R Stratotanker mission at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Dec. 15, 2021. The crew provided refueling support to a simulated maritime strike coordinated by U.S. Marines and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Soldiers operating a Bilateral Ground Tactical Coordination Center as part of a bilateral rehearsal of Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Raymond Geoffroy)

A pilot conducts a pre-flight inspection in the cockpit.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Adam Crane, a KC-135R Stratotanker pilot and chief of the 18th Wing Safety Office, flies over Southern Japan, Dec. 15, 2021. Crane and his crewmates provided refueling support to a simulated maritime strike, coordinated by U.S. Marines and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Soldiers, operating a Bilateral Ground Tactical Coordination Center as part of a bilateral rehearsal of Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Raymond Geoffroy)

Two F/A-18C Hornets fly next to a KC-135R after refueling.

U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18C Hornets fly off the wing of a KC-135 Stratotanker from Kadena Air Base’s 909th Air Refueling Squadron over Northern Japan during a simulated maritime strike, Dec. 15, 2021. The simulated maritime strike was coordinated by U.S. Marines and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Soldiers operating a Bilateral Ground Tactical Coordination Center as part of a bilateral rehearsal of Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Moses Taylor)

An F/A-18C Hornet flies behind a KC-135R as it is being refueled.

A U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18C Hornet receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker from Kadena Air Base’s 909th Air Refueling Squadron over Northern Japan during a simulated maritime strike, Dec. 15, 2021. The simulated maritime strike was coordinated by U.S. Marines and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Soldiers operating a Bilateral Ground Tactical Coordination Center as part of a bilateral rehearsal of Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Moses Taylor)

Pilot performs pre-flight inspection in the cockpit.

U.S. Air Force Capt. JohnLewis Elliot, 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135R pilot, performs preflight checks in preparation for a simulated maritime strike at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Dec. 15, 2021. Elliot and his crewmates provided refueling support during the simulated maritime strike, coordinated by U.S. Marines and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Soldiers operating a Bilateral Ground Tactical Coordination Center as part of a bilateral rehearsal of Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Moses Taylor)

Pilot performs a pre-flight inspection in the cockpit

U.S. Air Force Capt. Audrey Springer, 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135R aircraft commander, performs preflight checks in preparation for a simulated maritime strike at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Dec. 15, 2021. Springer’s crew provided refueling support to the simulated maritime strike, coordinated by U.S. Marines and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Soldiers operating a Bilateral Ground Tactical Coordination Center as part of a bilateral rehearsal of Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Moses Taylor)

Two F-2 aircraft fly near the wing of a KC-135R Stratotanker.

Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-2As fly alongside a U.S. Air Force KC-135R Stratotanker from Kadena Air Base’s 909th Air Refueling Squadron while participating in a simulated maritime strike mission, Dec. 15, 2021. The simulated maritime strike was coordinated by U.S. Marines and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Soldiers, operating a Bilateral Ground Tactical Coordination Center as part of a bilateral rehearsal of Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Raymond Geoffroy)

F-2 fighter aircraft receives fuel from a KC-135R Stratotanker.

A Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-2A aircraft receives fuel from a U.S. Air Force KC-135R Stratotanker from Kadena Air Base’s 909th Air Refueling Squadron alongside USMC F/A-18C Hornets while participating in a simulated maritime strike mission, Dec. 15, 2021. The simulated maritime strike was coordinated by U.S. Marines and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Soldiers, operating a Bilateral Ground Tactical Coordination Center as part of a bilateral rehearsal of Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Raymond Geoffroy)

An F/A-18C Hornet flies next to a KC-135R after refueling.
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A U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18C Hornet flies over Northern Japan during a simulated maritime strike, Dec. 15, 2021. The simulated maritime strike was coordinated by U.S. Marines and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Soldiers operating a Bilateral Ground Tactical Coordination Center as part of a bilateral rehearsal of Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Moses Taylor)

A boom operator looks out the back window as he fuels an aircraft
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Brandon Divins, a KC-135R Stratotanker boom operator assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, refuels Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-2As over Northern Japan during a simulated maritime strike mission, Dec. 15, 2021. Divins and his crew provided refueling support to a simulated maritime strike, coordinated by U.S. Marines and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Soldiers, operating a Bilateral Ground Tactical Coordination Center as part of a bilateral rehearsal of Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Raymond Geoffroy)

F-2 fighter aircraft receives fuel from a KC-135R Stratotanker.
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A Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-2A aircraft receives fuel from a U.S. Air Force KC-135R Stratotanker from Kadena Air Base’s 909th Air Refueling Squadron alongside USMC F/A-18C Hornets while participating in a simulated maritime strike mission, Dec. 15, 2021. The simulated maritime strike was coordinated by U.S. Marines and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Soldiers, operating a Bilateral Ground Tactical Coordination Center as part of a bilateral rehearsal of Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Raymond Geoffroy)

A pilot conducts a pre-flight inspection in the cockpit.
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U.S. Air Force Maj. Myles Berthold, a KC-135R Stratotanker pilot assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, perform preflight checks in preparation for a mission at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Dec. 15, 2021. Berthold and his crew provided refueling support to a simulated maritime strike, coordinated by U.S. Marines and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Soldiers, operating a Bilateral Ground Tactical Coordination Center as part of a bilateral rehearsal of Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Raymond Geoffroy)

F-2 fighter aircraft receives fuel from a KC-135R Stratotanker.
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A Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-2A aircraft receives fuel from a U.S. Air Force KC-135R Stratotanker from Kadena Air Base’s 909th Air Refueling Squadron alongside USMC F/A-18C Hornets while participating in a simulated maritime strike mission, Dec. 15, 2021. The simulated maritime strike was coordinated by U.S. Marines and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Soldiers, operating a Bilateral Ground Tactical Coordination Center as part of a bilateral rehearsal of Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Raymond Geoffroy)

F-2 fighter aircraft receives fuel from a KC-135R Stratotanker.
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A Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-2A aircraft receives fuel from a U.S. Air Force KC-135R Stratotanker from Kadena Air Base’s 909th Air Refueling Squadron alongside USMC F/A-18C Hornets while participating in a simulated maritime strike mission, Dec. 15, 2021. The simulated maritime strike was coordinated by U.S. Marines and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Soldiers, operating a Bilateral Ground Tactical Coordination Center as part of a bilateral rehearsal of Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Raymond Geoffroy)

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