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F-16s train at Draughon Range, showcase readiness to 600

Look over there

Attendees watch as a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon flies above them at Draughon Range during Range Day near Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 12, 2018. The purpose of the event is to demonstrate the combat capability of the 13th and 14th Fighter Squadrons which displayed the many uses of Draughon Range to personnel and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

Boom boom pow

A combination of energetic materials, known as a ‘Hollywood shot,’ explodes at Draughon Range during Range Day near Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 12, 2018. The shot simulates explosions seen from cinematic movies. Range Day is a yearly event, coordinated by the 35th Operations Support Squadron, allowing Misawa personnel and families to view F-16 Fighting Falcons as they drop bombs and strafe targets in the area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

Teaching the youth

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Eddie Renteria, a 35th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal journeyman, shows an attendee how to operate an explosive ordnance disposal device at Draughon Range during Range Day near Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 12, 2018. Various shops including security forces, the fire department, aircrew flight equipment, weather, the 610th Air Control Flight, survival evasion resistance and escape and EOD displayed tools used to accomplish their respective mission sets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

Flying high

An F-16 Fighting Falcon soars through the sky at Draughon Range during Range Day near Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 12, 2018. The F-16 is a compact, multi-role fighter aircraft that has proven itself in air-to-air and air-to-surface attacks. The range provides a vast plot of land to train an array of Team Misawa personnel, along with the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, increasing joint and bilateral readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

Warrior face painting

An attendee gets their face painted in camouflage at Draughon Range during Range Day near Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 12, 2018. Over 600 people attended this year's Range Day, including 260 students from Sollars Elementary School.

Trying it on

An attendee tries on a joint mounted cueing system helmet at Draughon Range during Range Day near Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 12, 2018. Airmen with the 35th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment ensure all equipment worn by pilots, including the joint mounted cueing system helmet, is in operational order and hosted one of the booths on display during the event. The unit booths showcased what each job does and the type of equipment used. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

Beep beep

A C-130J Super Hercules with the 36th Airlift Squadron from Yokota Air Base performs airdrops at Draughon Range as part of their training during Range Day near Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 12, 2018. During their training exercise, they executed two airdrops to practice transporting supplies and equipment to remote or hostile areas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

Dancing in the crowd

A spectator dances to music at Draughon Range during Range Day near Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 12, 2018. During the event, Sollars Elementary School students arrived for a field trip and got to participate in dance competitions with each other. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

Dropping bombs

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon deploys two 2,000-pound inert bombs at Draughon Range during Range Day near Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 12, 2018. During the F-16 training exercise, the pilots executed low-angle strafe runs and various general ballistic bombing techniques. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

Driving the limit
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A spectator pauses for a photo in a 35th Civil Engineer Squadron firetruck during Range Day near Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 12, 2018. The 35th CES showcased booths for the fire department and explosive ordnance disposal team. Guests could tour fire trucks and view demonstrations on firefighting equipment. EOD also demonstrated the use of equipment used to clear unexploded ordinances. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

DRAUGHON RANGE, Japan -- More than 600 attendees looked to the sky as F-16 Fighting Falcons performed strafing and air-to-ground maneuvers and C-130J Super Hercules conducted airdrops during Range Day at Draughon Range here Oct. 12.

Range Day is a yearly event coordinated by the 35th Operations Support Squadron, allowing Misawa personnel and families to view F-16 Fighting Falcons as they drop bombs and strafe targets in the area as part of their training and get a closer look at other operational units such as the fire department and explosive ordnance disposal team.

Not only is the land used by the 35th Fighter Wing, but the Japan Air Self-Defense Force uses the location to train their pilots and explosive ordnance disposal teams, too. This is the only range located on mainland Japan allowing military forces to safely deploy inert munitions for training purposes, making it a critical asset in the mutual defense of Japan.