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“Port Dawg” Challenge Training

JASDF member watches as USAF members operate a forklift to place cargo on a truck.

A Japan Air Self-Defense Force member, watches U.S Airmen from the 35th Logistics Readiness Squadron Ground Transportation demonstrate how to load cargo onto a truck using a forklift during training at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 5, 2021. Airmen from the 35th LRS Ground Transportation helped prepare and train JASDF members on forklift operations, procedures and exercises in preparation for the 2021 Hickam Air Force Base “Port Dawg” Challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leon Redfern)

JASDF members operate a forklift to lift cargo onto truck.

Japan Air Self-Defense Force members practice loading cargo onto a truck using a forklift during training for the upcoming 2021 Hickam Air Force Base “Port Dawg” Challenge at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 5, 2021. During the challenge, 5th Air Force air transportation specialists, or “Port Dawgs”, will test their technical expertise, while fostering teamwork and camaraderie within the aerial port career field. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leon Redfern)

USAF member operates a forklift to pick up wooden pallets off of the ground.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Michael Frederick, 35th Logistics Readiness Squadron Ground Transportation trainer, operates a forklift to pick up a wooden pallet during training at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 5, 2021. During the training for the upcoming 2021 Hickam Air Force Base “Port Dawg” Challenge, U.S. and Japan Air Self-Defense Force airmen competed in a friendly race through multiple obstacles to assess their abilities on how quickly and properly they can operate a forklift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leon Redfern)

JASDF members watches as USAF members display different parts and actions of a forklift.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jesse Fickle, 35th Logistics Readiness Squadron Ground Transportation NCOIC of training validation and operation, displays how to operate a forklift to Japan Air Self-Defense Force members during training at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 5, 2021. The upcoming 2021 Hickam Air Force Base “Port Dawg” Challenge is held by Air Force Reserve Command every two years to competitively train aerial port squadrons and foster esprit de corps. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leon Redfern)

JASDF member operates a forklift to stack wooden pallets on the ground.

A Japan Air Self-Defense Force member operates a forklift to stack wooden pallets during training for the upcoming 2021 Hickam Air Force Base “Port Dawg” Challenge at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 5, 2021. “Port Dawgs”, also known as air transportation specialists or aerial porters, are responsible for all management and movement of cargo and passengers transported to and from aerial ports. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leon Redfern)

JASDF members watch as USAF members display different parts and actions of a forklift.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jesse Fickle, 35th Logistics Readiness Squadron Ground Transportation NCOIC of training validation and operation, showcases and explains different parts of a forklift to Japan Air Self-Defense Force members during training at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 5, 2021. The upcoming 2021 Hickam Air Force Base “Port Dawg” Challenge is an aerial port competition created to promote professionalism, demonstrate global mission capabilities, and help identify best practices to improve wartime readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leon Redfern)

USAF member watches as JASDF members operate a forklift to place cargo on a truck.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Tyler Oravits, 35th Logistics Readiness Squadron Ground Transportation support operator, watches Japan Air Self-Defense Force members practice unloading cargo off a truck using a forklift during training at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 5, 2021. Though the training focused on preparation for JASDF members participation in the upcoming 2021 Hickam Air Force Base “Port Dawg” Challenge, the lessons learned during the training apply to future exercises and deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leon Redfern)

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