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RURK training empowers Japanese partners

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A Japan Ground Self-Defense Force airman cuts a simulated fuel line with a pipe cutter during Rapid Utility repair Kit training at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Nov. 12, 2020. The training went over the various fuel line repairs American and Japanese partners may encounter, ranging from punctures to more severe issues such as total fuel line failure requiring extensive attention. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Grace Nichols)

Individuals in uniform perform training outside

A simulated fuel line is cut using a pipe cutter during Rapid Utility Repair Kit training at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Nov. 12, 2020. The training, involving 11 U.S Air Force and 10 Japan Air Self-Defense Force members, covered the fundamentals of quickly repairing ruptured or damaged aviation fuel lines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Grace Nichols)

Individuals in uniform perform training outside

A gasket is placed on a simulate fuel line during Rapid Utility Repair Kit training at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Nov. 12, 2020. The exchange of knowledge keeps our Airmen and partners ready for several circumstances surrounding fuel line repair during contingency and in garrison operations, providing continuity for future endeavors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Grace Nichols)

Individuals in uniform perform training outside

A Japan Air Self-Defense Force airman observes Rapid Utility Repair Kit training at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Nov. 12, 2020. The training went over the various fuel line repairs American and Japanese partners may encounter, ranging from punctures to more severe issues such as total fuel line failure requiring extensive attention. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Grace Nichols)

Individuals in uniform perform training outside

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Christian Castaneda-Magana, the 35th Civil Engineer Water and Fuel Systems Maintenance Flight craftsmen and the primary Rapid Utility Repair (RURK) trainer, briefs Japan Air Self-Defense Force airmen at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Nov. 12, 2020. The exchange of knowledge keeps our Airmen and partners ready for several circumstances surrounding fuel line repair during contingency and in garrison operations, providing continuity for future endeavors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Grace Nichols)

Individuals in uniform perform training outside

U.S. Air Force 35th Civil Engineer Squadron Water and Fuel Systems Maintenance Flight Airmen prepare for Rapid Utility Repair Kit training at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Nov. 12, 2020. The training, involving 11 U.S Air Force and 10 Japan Air Self-Defense Force members, covered the fundamentals of quickly repairing ruptured or damaged aviation fuel lines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Grace Nichols)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan --

The 35th Civil Engineer Squadron Water and Fuel Systems Maintenance Flight conducted Rapid Utility Repair Kit (RURK) training with Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) airmen, teaching them to make repairs to fuel lines in an emergency Nov. 12.

The training, involving 11 U.S Air Force and 10 JASDF members, covered the fundamentals of quickly repairing ruptured or damaged aviation fuel lines.

The training went over the various fuel line repairs American and Japanese partners may encounter, ranging from punctures to more severe issues such as total fuel line failure requiring extensive attention. This is the first bilateral RURK training with JASDF partners at Misawa Air Base, opening the gateway to exchanging information, innovative ideas and valuable training.

The cohesion of Japanese and U.S. forces during training exercises like this aids in enhancing in the 50-year-old plus security alliance maintained by the two nations, competition against near-peer adversaries, the joint team, and our international partners.

“Training our Japanese partners is important because we may need to call upon them to help make repairs during contingency operations,” said Staff Sgt. Christian Castaneda-Magana, the 35th CES Water and Fuel Systems Maintenance Flight primary RURK trainer. “They practice on the actual equipment used to make repairs, placing them in the mindset of asking questions and thinking of innovative ways to repair their own fuel lines.”

The exchange of knowledge keeps our Airmen and partners ready for several circumstances surrounding fuel line repair during contingency and in garrison operations, providing continuity for future endeavors.

“This training strengthens U.S. and Japanese relations in order to lend each other our strengths,” said Airman 1st Class Riley Jarrett, a 35th CES Water and Fuel Systems Maintenance Flight journeyman. “Our Japanese partners may have a different solution to problems than we have, and having a strong diplomatic relation with our host nation helps us to progress and grow together.”

Valuing the alliance with Japan, Misawa Air Base continues conducting bilateral training, bolstering knowledge and unity to ensure regional stability and security.