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Panther pride, hard work shown during Komatsu ATR

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Peter Nguyen, a 13th Aircraft Maintenance Unit F-16 Fighting Falcon assistant dedicated crew chief, smiles while marshalling an F-16 during an aviation training relocation at Komatsu Air Base, Japan, Oct. 3, 2019. Capt. Phillip McCoy, a 13th Fighter Squadron F-16 pilot and Komatsu ATR detachment commander, described the ATR participants as hard working, consistent and dedicated to the mission of executing bilateral training sorties regardless of unexpected changes, such as inclement weather experienced during the week-long exercise. The 13th AMU and its Airmen are assigned to Misawa AB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Collette Brooks)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Peter Nguyen, a 13th Aircraft Maintenance Unit F-16 Fighting Falcon assistant dedicated crew chief, smiles while marshalling an F-16 during an aviation training relocation at Komatsu Air Base, Japan, Oct. 3, 2019. Capt. Phillip McCoy, a 13th Fighter Squadron F-16 pilot and Komatsu ATR detachment commander, described the ATR participants as hard-working, consistent and dedicated to the mission of executing bilateral training sorties regardless of unexpected changes, such as inclement weather experienced during the week-long exercise. The 13th AMU and its Airmen are assigned to Misawa AB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Collette Brooks)

An HH-60 Pavehawk helicopter flies over an F-16 Fighting Falcon during an aviation training relocation at Komatsu Air Base, Japan, Oct. 1, 2019. F-16 pilots trained with Japan Air Self-Defense Force members in visual range air-to-air combat increasing the strength and cohesion among the two nations. The F-16s are assigned to the 35th Fighter Wing at Misawa AB, Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Collette Brooks)

An HH-60 Pavehawk helicopter flies over an F-16 Fighting Falcon during an aviation training relocation at Komatsu Air Base, Japan, Oct. 1, 2019. F-16 pilots trained with Japan Air Self-Defense Force members in visual range air-to-air combat, increasing the strength and cohesion among the two forces. The F-16s are assigned to the 35th Fighter Wing at Misawa AB, Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Collette Brooks)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Phillip McCoy, a 13th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot and Komatsu aviation training relocation detachment commander, throws up the “panther paw” during an ATR at Komatsu Air Base, Japan, Oct. 1, 2019. Airmen with the 13th FS and Aircraft Maintenance Unit display the “panther paw” hand sign as homage to Eldridge, the 13th Tactical Fighter Squadron’s pet panther, in Vietnam now represented as the official mascot of the 13th FS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Collette Brooks)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Phillip McCoy, a 13th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot and Komatsu aviation training relocation detachment commander, throws up the “panther paw” during an ATR at Komatsu Air Base, Japan, Oct. 1, 2019. Airmen with the 13th FS and Aircraft Maintenance Unit display the “panther paw” hand sign as homage to Eldridge, the 13th Tactical Fighter Squadron’s pet panther, during the Vietnam War, now represented as the official mascot of the 13th FS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Collette Brooks)

Six U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons sit on the flight line during an aviation training relocation at Komatsu Air Base, Japan, Oct. 3, 2019. The ATR promoted cross training with host nation counterparts to minimize the gap of F-16 knowledge with Japan Air Self-Defense Force Airmen, while maximizing tactical strength, friendship and alliance. The F-16s are assigned to the 35th Fighter Wing at Misawa AB, Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Collette Brooks)

Six U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons sit on the flightline during an aviation training relocation at Komatsu Air Base, Japan, Oct. 3, 2019. The ATR promoted cross training with host nation counterparts to minimize the gap of F-16 knowledge with Japan Air Self-Defense Force Airmen, while maximizing tactical strength, friendship and alliance. The F-16s are assigned to the 35th Fighter Wing at Misawa AB, Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Collette Brooks)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Devlin Hamsher, a 13th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, holds angle of attack sensor covers during an aviation training relocation at Komatsu Air Base, Japan, Oct. 2, 2019. Airmen relocated from Misawa AB to Komatsu AB enhancing their communication skills, training abilities and bilateral relations with host nation members. Hamsher and the 13th AMU are assigned to Misawa AB, Japan.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Collette Brooks)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Devlin Hamsher, a 13th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, holds angle of attack sensor covers during an aviation training relocation at Komatsu Air Base, Japan, Oct. 2, 2019. Airmen relocated from Misawa AB to Komatsu AB, enhancing their communication skills, training abilities and bilateral relations with host nation members. Hamsher and the 13th AMU are assigned to Misawa AB, Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Collette Brooks)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Taylor Simmons, a 35th Maintenance Squadron lead inspector section team member, marshalls an F-16 Fighting Falcon during an aviation training relocation at Komatsu Air Base, Japan, Oct. 2, 2019. Misawa Airmen paired with Japan Air Self-Defense Force members during the launch and recovery of jets to increase their knowledge of receiving and sending off F-16s properly and efficiently during the bilateral training. Simmons and the 35th MXS are assigned to Misawa AB, Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Collette Brooks)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Taylor Simmons, a 35th Maintenance Squadron lead inspector section team member, marshalls an F-16 Fighting Falcon during an aviation training relocation at Komatsu Air Base, Japan, Oct. 2, 2019. Misawa Airmen paired with Japan Air Self-Defense Force members during the launch and recovery of jets to increase their knowledge of receiving and sending off F-16s properly and efficiently during the bilateral training. Simmons and the 35th MXS are assigned to Misawa AB, Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Collette Brooks)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Kyle Dunn, the 13th Aircraft Maintenance Unit F-16 Fighting Falcon production superintendent, smiles while speaking with his fellow Airmen during an aviation training relocation at Komatsu Air Base, Japan, Sept. 30, 2019. Approximately 90 Misawa Airmen and six U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons traveled to Komatsu AB in support of facilitating bilateral training sorties while enhancing tactical skillsets, friendships and alliances with their host nation partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Collette Brooks)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Kyle Dunn, the 13th Aircraft Maintenance Unit F-16 Fighting Falcon production superintendent, smiles while speaking with his fellow Airmen during an aviation training relocation at Komatsu Air Base, Japan, Sept. 30, 2019. Approximately 90 Misawa Airmen and six U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons traveled to Komatsu AB in support of facilitating bilateral training sorties while enhancing tactical skillsets, friendships and alliances with their host nation partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Collette Brooks)

Airmen with the 13th Aircraft Maintenance Unit perform a foreign object and debris inspection on the flight line during an aviation training relocation at Komatsu Air Base, Japan, Oct. 3, 2019. Approximately 15 35th Fighter Wing Airmen traveled up and down the Komatsu runway to locate and remove any debris items, such as bolts, screws, rocks or plastic, to ensure the safety of the aircrafts participating in the bilateral training exercise. The 35th Fighter Wing is assigned to Misawa AB, Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Collette Brooks)

Airmen with the 13th Aircraft Maintenance Unit perform a foreign object and debris inspection on the flightline during an aviation training relocation at Komatsu Air Base, Japan, Oct. 3, 2019. Approximately 15 35th Fighter Wing Airmen traveled up and down the Komatsu runway to locate and remove any debris items, such as bolts, screws, rocks or plastic, to ensure the safety of the aircraft participating in the bilateral training exercise. The 35th Fighter Wing is assigned to Misawa AB, Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Collette Brooks)

Local Komatsu media outlets take photos of various U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons during an aviation training relocation at Komatsu Air Base, Japan, Oct. 1, 2019. Mainichi, Hokuriku Chunichi, Hokko Ku and other local press representatives attended the bilateral training to photograph and film incoming F-16s increasing the visibility and knowledge of the week-long exercise. The F-16s are assigned to the 35th Aircraft Maintenance Unit at Misawa AB, Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Collette Brooks)

Local Komatsu media outlets take photos of U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons during an aviation training relocation at Komatsu Air Base, Japan, Oct. 1, 2019. Mainichi, Hokuriku Chunichi, Hokko Ku and other local press representatives attended the bilateral training to photograph and film incoming F-16s, increasing the visibility and knowledge of the week-long exercise. The F-16s are assigned to the 35th Aircraft Maintenance Unit at Misawa AB, Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Collette Brooks)

KOMATSU AIR BASE, Japan --

Airmen with the 13th Aircraft Maintenance Unit conducted an aviation training relocation at Komatsu Air Base, Japan, Sept. 30 to Oct. 4.  

Approximately 90 Team Misawa members and six U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons traveled to Komatsu AB in support of facilitating bilateral training sorties. The 28 sorties executed during the ATR gave Wild Weasels the ability to learn, train and integrate with their host nation partners while identifying successes and shortfalls.