While you were sleeping

Shine bright like a diamond

U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons idle in preparation for a night flight at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 18, 2017. Part of a pilot’s tactical training is maintaining proficiency in nighttime operations. Pilots are required to be combat-ready for rapid deployment and employment in order to meet the challenges of peacetime air sovereignty and wartime air defense. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Hutto)

Preparation

U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons sit on the flight line for a pre-flight inspection before a night operations flight at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 18, 2017. Night operations are performed to ensure skill levels are sharp and familiarity with night flying is maintained. This ensures the pilots are comfortable with flying at any time of day in order to always be ready for combat operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Hutto)

Direct traffic

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Charles Bolles, a 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron dedicated crew chief, marshals an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 18, 2017. Marshalling is important because pilots have limited vision of the aircraft and ground obstacles from the cockpit. The marshaller guides the pilot to the parking position in a safe manner using visual communication through body signals. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Xiomara M. Martinez)

Night vision

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Doyle Pompa, the 35th Operations Group deputy commander, ensures a pair of night vision goggles are ready for use at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 17, 2017. Night vision goggles are light image devices that use both visible light and infrared light to provide pilots a clearer image of their surroundings. Pilots have to ensure familiarity with the equipment is maintained for night operations in order to always be ready for combat operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Xiomara M. Martinez)

Dim light

U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons wait for takeoff during a night flight at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 18, 2017. To ensure pilots can fly in all environments and conditions, night flying operations are conducted frequently. Pilots are required to be combat-ready for rapid deployment and employment in order to meet the challenges of wartime air defense. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Xiomara M. Martinez)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- The 13th and 14th Fighter Squadrons performed night flying operations at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 16-19.

Night operations are part of Misawa’s tactical training program to maintain flying proficiency no matter the hour.

“The 'Fight Tonight' motto is the mentality we bring to this training,” said Capt. Dave Abel the 14th Fighter Squadron assistant director of operations. “We know our enemies can’t execute as well we can and that’s why we train the way we do. We get in these repetitions, so we are sharp as possible. We expect to fight 24/7, executing our mission effectively and safely today to keep us fighting tomorrow.”

Night operations take place about once every two months for a week or two, depending on training requirements.