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  • U.S. and Japanese forces deliver air superiority to exercise Keen Sword

    U.S. and Japan Self-Defense Force service members across air, land and sea concluded one of the largest and most complex bilateral field training exercises, operating more than 200 bilateral and joint aircraft, which flew over 1,100 missions and integrated with more than 25 naval ships, Nov. 8, 2018.
  • Keen Sword 19: Historic first JGSDF jump from USAF C-130Js in Japan

    The U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules aircraft from the 36th Airlift Squadron became the first U.S. aircraft to drop Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers on Hiju-dai drop zone, Oita prefecture, Japan, Nov. 4, 2018, during Keen Sword 2019.
  • 374 CES Train on Rapid Airfield Damage Repair

    Airmen with the 374th Civil Engineer Squadron conduct Rapid Airfield Damage Repair (RADR) during Exercise Beverly Morning 18-04, at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Nov. 2, 2018. RADR is a multi-staged process that quickly and effectively repairs airfields, allowing for operations to continue operations in combat situations.
  • 36th Airlift Squadron Provides Typhoon Yutu Relief Efforts

    Members of Team Yokota provide Typhoon Yutu Relief Efforts, Oct. 26, 2018, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. Service members from Joint Region Marianas and Indo-Pacific Command are providing Department of Defense support to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ civil and local officials as part of the FEMA-supported Typhoon Yutu recovery efforts.
  • 18 EMS crash recovery train with JASDF counterparts

    Getting a flat tire is never convenient for anyone, but chances are they weren't on an airfield runway the last time it happened to them. Airmen from the 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron hosted members of the Japanese Air Self Defense Force 9th Air Wing, Maintenance Operating Group, October 22, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan, to share techniques and procedures on how both organizations do their job – clearing disabled aircraft off of what can be very busy runways and taxiways. The two organizations came together to conduct Crash Damaged and Disabled Aircraft Recovery training to learn how they each approach two of their most common scenarios: a blown tire and an aircraft going off the improved surface of a runway or taxiway and into soft ground.
  • COMPACAF highlights Misawa’s Japanese partners as strength in competitive region

    Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., U.S. Pacific Air Forces commander, visited Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 24-25, 2018, to familiarize himself with the installation’s mission and bilateral partners, present expectations from PACAF and emphasize the importance of Airmen’s vital role in ensuring regional security and stability.
  • Fifth Air Force hosts bilateral contingency response exchange

    Fifth Air Force hosted the 36th Contingency Response Group and Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self Defense Force) for a contingency response subject matter expert exchange, Oct. 11-12, 2018, here.
  • USFJ Command Chief shares leadership perspectives with 35th FW

    The Command Chief Master Sergeant for United States Forces Japan and Fifth Air Force visited Misawa Airmen alongside Lt. Gen. Jerry Martinez, the USFJ and 5th AF commander, here Oct. 10 and 11.