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In route to the Australian International Airshow 2013, two F-16 Fighting Falcons, representing Misawa Air Base, Japan, demonstration team, and an F-22 Raptor, representing Langley Air Base, Virginia, demonstration team, fly over Australia behind a KC-135 Stratolifter, from Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan on Feb. 22, 2013. The AIA13, scheduled for Feb. 26 to March 3, is the largest biennial and international trade show in the Pacific. At the airshow, a cross-section of U.S. military aircraft and equipment are scheduled to be present through static displays and aerial demonstrations, including the United States Air Force’s F-22 Raptor, C-17 Globemaster III, F-16 Fighting Falcon, B-52 Stratofortress, and KC-135 Stratotanker. Approximately 220 U.S. service members are supporting the AIA13, which represents a unique opportunity for the United States to showcase its aviation prowess and promote strong military-to-military ties with its’ Pacific friends and allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenna Jackson)

In route to the Australian International Airshow 2013, two F-16 Fighting Falcons, representing Misawa Air Base, Japan, demonstration team, and an F-22 Raptor, representing Langley Air Base, Virginia, demonstration team, fly over Australia behind a KC-135 Stratolifter, from Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan on Feb. 22, 2013. The AIA13, scheduled for Feb. 26 to March 3, is the largest biennial and international trade show in the Pacific. At the airshow, a cross-section of U.S. military aircraft and equipment are scheduled to be present through static displays and aerial demonstrations, including the United States Air Force’s F-22 Raptor, C-17 Globemaster III, F-16 Fighting Falcon, B-52 Stratofortress, and KC-135 Stratotanker. Approximately 220 U.S. service members are supporting the AIA13, which represents a unique opportunity for the United States to showcase its aviation prowess and promote strong military-to-military ties with its’ Pacific friends and allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenna Jackson)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. James Laurent (front), 35th Fighter Wing command chief, and Col. Matthew Dana, 35th Fighter Wing vice commander, work together to remove more than 40 fairings from the major assembly low pressure turbine during the Dirty Jobs Program on Misawa Air Base, Japan, Feb. 13, 2013.  The Dirty Jobs Program was designed to give Airmen of multiple squadrons the opportunity share their dedication to their job and technical experiences with wing leadership.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. April Quintanilla)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. James Laurent (front), 35th Fighter Wing command chief, and Col. Matthew Dana, 35th Fighter Wing vice commander, work together to remove more than 40 fairings from the major assembly low pressure turbine during the Dirty Jobs Program on Misawa Air Base, Japan, Feb. 13, 2013. The Dirty Jobs Program was designed to give Airmen of multiple squadrons the opportunity share their dedication to their job and technical experiences with wing leadership. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. April Quintanilla)

F-22 Raptors, representing Langely Air Force Base, Viginia, demonstration team, tears through Australian skies as they make their way to Avalon Airport for the Feb. 26 to March 3, Australian International Airshow 2013 on Feb. 22, 2013. The AIA13, one of the largest, biennial international trade shows in the Pacific, is expected to draw over 350,000 visitors and features approximately 500 defense exhibitors from 35 countries. A cross-section of U.S. military aircraft and equipment are scheduled to be present through static displays and aerial demonstrations. Displayed aircraft include: United States Air Force F-22 Raptor, C-17 Globemaster III, F-16 Fighting Falcon, B-52 Stratofortress, and KC-135 Stratotanker. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenna Jackson)

F-22 Raptors, representing Langely Air Force Base, Viginia, demonstration team, tears through Australian skies as they make their way to Avalon Airport for the Feb. 26 to March 3, Australian International Airshow 2013 on Feb. 22, 2013. The AIA13, one of the largest, biennial international trade shows in the Pacific, is expected to draw over 350,000 visitors and features approximately 500 defense exhibitors from 35 countries. A cross-section of U.S. military aircraft and equipment are scheduled to be present through static displays and aerial demonstrations. Displayed aircraft include: United States Air Force F-22 Raptor, C-17 Globemaster III, F-16 Fighting Falcon, B-52 Stratofortress, and KC-135 Stratotanker. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenna Jackson)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Courtney Maleport, 35th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment technician, makes adjustments to Capt. Christopher Nations’, 13th Fighter Squadron pilot, helmet at Misawa Air Base, Japan, March 14, 2013. AFE airmen are responsible for function checking helmets, parachutes, floatation devices, and other emergency protective equipment. Not only do they test every piece of equipment pilots use during flight or in an emergency scenario, they maintain and inspect them regularly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenna Jackson)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Courtney Maleport, 35th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment technician, makes adjustments to Capt. Christopher Nations’, 13th Fighter Squadron pilot, helmet at Misawa Air Base, Japan, March 14, 2013. AFE airmen are responsible for function checking helmets, parachutes, floatation devices, and other emergency protective equipment. Not only do they test every piece of equipment pilots use during flight or in an emergency scenario, they maintain and inspect them regularly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenna Jackson)

Musicians from the Yanada Shinko perform Koto music during the 26th Annual Japan Day at Misawa Air Base, Japan, April 6, 2013. The Koto is the national instrument of Japan that has 13 strings, which are strung over 13 movable bridges along the width of the instrument.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Kee)

Musicians from the Yanada Shinko perform Koto music during the 26th Annual Japan Day at Misawa Air Base, Japan, April 6, 2013. The Koto is the national instrument of Japan that has 13 strings, which are strung over 13 movable bridges along the width of the instrument. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Kee)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Montez Lee, 35th Maintenance Squadron fabrication flight aircraft structural maintenance craftsman, drills out rivets at Misawa Air Base, Japan, March 27, 2013. Fabrication flights are capable of creating parts out of composites, fiberglass, tubing and sheet metal, making them an important part of aircraft maintenance. Not only does aircraft maintenance move faster, but recycled use of materials saves the Air Force approximately $1.5 to 2 million annually.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kia Atkins)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Montez Lee, 35th Maintenance Squadron fabrication flight aircraft structural maintenance craftsman, drills out rivets at Misawa Air Base, Japan, March 27, 2013. Fabrication flights are capable of creating parts out of composites, fiberglass, tubing and sheet metal, making them an important part of aircraft maintenance. Not only does aircraft maintenance move faster, but recycled use of materials saves the Air Force approximately $1.5 to 2 million annually. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kia Atkins)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Bradley Baker, 35th Civil Engineer Squadron fire protection operator, stands outside the 35 CES fire station at Misawa Air Base, Japan, April 18, 2013. Baker was recently named the recipient of the Pacific Air Forces Scouting Salutes the Military Award, and has collectively served 20 years with the Boy Scouts of America where he currently volunteers as an assistant scout master. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Derek VanHorn)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Bradley Baker, 35th Civil Engineer Squadron fire protection operator, stands outside the 35 CES fire station at Misawa Air Base, Japan, April 18, 2013. Baker was recently named the recipient of the Pacific Air Forces Scouting Salutes the Military Award, and has collectively served 20 years with the Boy Scouts of America where he currently volunteers as an assistant scout master. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Derek VanHorn)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jacob Gonzalez, 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, works on the main landing gear door of a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon during an Operational Readiness Exercise at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 12, 2013. Gonzalez, a 5-year Air Force veteran, said he takes pride in playing a behind-the-scenes role of the 35th Fighter Wing mission, which is the suppression of enemy air defenses. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Derek VanHorn)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jacob Gonzalez, 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, works on the main landing gear door of a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon during an Operational Readiness Exercise at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 12, 2013. Gonzalez, a 5-year Air Force veteran, said he takes pride in playing a behind-the-scenes role of the 35th Fighter Wing mission, which is the suppression of enemy air defenses. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Derek VanHorn)

Members of the 35th Civil Engineer Squadron fire department prepare the ropes and brake bar for rappel training at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 10, 2013. Members of the 35 CES fire department complete rappel training to become certified to perform rope and high-angle rescue techniques. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Kee)

Members of the 35th Civil Engineer Squadron fire department prepare the ropes and brake bar for rappel training at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 10, 2013. Members of the 35 CES fire department complete rappel training to become certified to perform rope and high-angle rescue techniques. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Kee)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Cunningham, 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron electrical and environmental specialist, twists a screw into place on a F-16 Fighting Falcon during an operational readiness exercise at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 17, 2013. During the second phase of the ORE, Airmen are evaluated in their ability to set up a base and employ air power in a high alert combat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenna Jackson)
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Cunningham, 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron electrical and environmental specialist, twists a screw into place on a F-16 Fighting Falcon during an operational readiness exercise at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 17, 2013. During the second phase of the ORE, Airmen are evaluated in their ability to set up a base and employ air power in a high alert combat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenna Jackson)

Firefighters from the 35th Civil Engineer Squadron cleared smoke from a Hardened Aircraft Shelter by opening the main doors during an Operational Readiness Exercise at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 18, 2013. A four-man team put out a simulated fire and rescued an unconscious pilot from a smoke filled cockpit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nathan Lipscomb)
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Firefighters from the 35th Civil Engineer Squadron cleared smoke from a Hardened Aircraft Shelter by opening the main doors during an Operational Readiness Exercise at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 18, 2013. A four-man team put out a simulated fire and rescued an unconscious pilot from a smoke filled cockpit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nathan Lipscomb)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Cameron Dungey, 35th Dental Squadron dental lab technician, grinds a dental stone impression of a patient's teeth at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 27, 2013. The dental lab receives approximately 20 impressions each day. Each impression is cast into a mold to use as an accurate base when making crowns and night-guards. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kaleb Snay)
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Cameron Dungey, 35th Dental Squadron dental lab technician, grinds a dental stone impression of a patient's teeth at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 27, 2013. The dental lab receives approximately 20 impressions each day. Each impression is cast into a mold to use as an accurate base when making crowns and night-guards. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kaleb Snay)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Curtis King, 35th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintenance apprentice, performs maintenance on a pick-up truck at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 27, 2013. The Vehicle Management Flight is responsible for inspecting, repairing, modifying and accounting for all government-owned vehicles on base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Kee)
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Curtis King, 35th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintenance apprentice, performs maintenance on a pick-up truck at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 27, 2013. The Vehicle Management Flight is responsible for inspecting, repairing, modifying and accounting for all government-owned vehicles on base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Kee)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 35th Fighter Wing takes off at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 28, 2013. Pilots from the 35th Fighter Wing flew to Draughon Range to test their efficiency on engaging ground targets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nathan Lipscomb)
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An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 35th Fighter Wing takes off at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 28, 2013. Pilots from the 35th Fighter Wing flew to Draughon Range to test their efficiency on engaging ground targets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nathan Lipscomb)

Gary Sinise shakes hands with Airmen of the 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron during a recent visit to Misawa Air Base, Japan, July 2, 2013. The visit was part of a United Service Organizations tour, which was orchestrated to support morale for service members and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Marie Brown)
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Gary Sinise shakes hands with Airmen of the 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron during a recent visit to Misawa Air Base, Japan, July 2, 2013. The visit was part of a United Service Organizations tour, which was orchestrated to support morale for service members and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Marie Brown)

Two U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons rest on the flight line at Chitose Air Base, Japan, July 8, 2013. Airmen assigned to the 35th Fighter Wing at Misawa AB, Japan, executed a short-notice Aviation Training Relocation mission that transported thousands of pounds of gear and nearly 100 Airmen for the weeklong training alongside members of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Derek VanHorn)
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Two U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons rest on the flight line at Chitose Air Base, Japan, July 8, 2013. Airmen assigned to the 35th Fighter Wing at Misawa AB, Japan, executed a short-notice Aviation Training Relocation mission that transported thousands of pounds of gear and nearly 100 Airmen for the weeklong training alongside members of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Derek VanHorn)

Maj. Jason Mascetta, 13th Fighter Squadron assistant director of operations, fields question from Japanese media members on the flight line at Chitose Air Base, Japan, July 8, 2013. More than 50 members of local city councils and press gathered to gain a better understanding of the training taking place between Airmen from 35th Fighter Wing and the Japan Air Self-Defense Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Derek VanHorn)
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Maj. Jason Mascetta, 13th Fighter Squadron assistant director of operations, fields question from Japanese media members on the flight line at Chitose Air Base, Japan, July 8, 2013. More than 50 members of local city councils and press gathered to gain a better understanding of the training taking place between Airmen from 35th Fighter Wing and the Japan Air Self-Defense Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Derek VanHorn)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Adrian Isom, 35th Security Forces Squadron basic force protection, simulates using a Lidar to measure how fast cars are going at Misawa Air Base, Japan, July 11, 2013. If caught speeding the police take points from your license as a penalty. 33 kilometers per hour -and over the speed limit you lose 6 points and get your license revoked for a year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenna Jackson)
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Adrian Isom, 35th Security Forces Squadron basic force protection, simulates using a Lidar to measure how fast cars are going at Misawa Air Base, Japan, July 11, 2013. If caught speeding the police take points from your license as a penalty. 33 kilometers per hour -and over the speed limit you lose 6 points and get your license revoked for a year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenna Jackson)

Capt. Hila Levy, 35th Operations Support Squadron, poses with her triathlon racing bike in the Pacific Ocean at Miss Veedol Beach, Japan, July 25, 2013. Levy qualified to compete in the 2013 Ironman World Championships on Oct. 12 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii – a grueling triathlon made up of a 2.4-mile rough water swim, 112 miles of bike racing and a 26.2-mile marathon. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Derek VanHorn)
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Capt. Hila Levy, 35th Operations Support Squadron, poses with her triathlon racing bike in the Pacific Ocean at Miss Veedol Beach, Japan, July 25, 2013. Levy qualified to compete in the 2013 Ironman World Championships on Oct. 12 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii – a grueling triathlon made up of a 2.4-mile rough water swim, 112 miles of bike racing and a 26.2-mile marathon. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Derek VanHorn)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Christian Coleman, Misawa Combatives instructor, and Airman 1st Class Michael Jones, Misawa Combatives participant, grapple at the Misawa Combatives class at Misawa Air Base, Japan, July 30, 2013. Seventeen Airmen moved on to Level 2 of the Misawa Combatives Program, which is organized and led by Coleman. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Kee)
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Christian Coleman, Misawa Combatives instructor, and Airman 1st Class Michael Jones, Misawa Combatives participant, grapple at the Misawa Combatives class at Misawa Air Base, Japan, July 30, 2013. Seventeen Airmen moved on to Level 2 of the Misawa Combatives Program, which is organized and led by Coleman. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Kee)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jonathan Brown, 35th Maintenance Squadron, welds parts of an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 8, 2013. Brown is a metals technologist who specializes in machine welding and part fabrication. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Derek VanHorn)
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jonathan Brown, 35th Maintenance Squadron, welds parts of an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 8, 2013. Brown is a metals technologist who specializes in machine welding and part fabrication. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Derek VanHorn)

From left: U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Marie Brown, 35th Fighter Wing Public Affairs NCO in charge of U.S. media relations, her daughter, Amane Nakamura and Nanase Abe, students from Tanohata Junior High School, cook breakfast together during a weekend Homestay event at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 4, 2013. Along with showing continued national support following the earthquake and tsunami disaster in 2011, the Homestay program, sponsored by the Misawa International Club, allows local national students to experience American culture with a weekend stay with families at Misawa Air Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kia Atkins)
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From left: U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Marie Brown, 35th Fighter Wing Public Affairs NCO in charge of U.S. media relations, her daughter, Amane Nakamura and Nanase Abe, students from Tanohata Junior High School, cook breakfast together during a weekend Homestay event at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 4, 2013. Along with showing continued national support following the earthquake and tsunami disaster in 2011, the Homestay program, sponsored by the Misawa International Club, allows local national students to experience American culture with a weekend stay with families at Misawa Air Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kia Atkins)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jonathan Brown, 35th Maintenance Squadron, uses a blowtorch to cut through steel used on F-16 Fighting Falcons at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 8, 2013. Brown is a metals technologist who specializes in machine welding and aircraft part fabrication. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Derek VanHorn)
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jonathan Brown, 35th Maintenance Squadron, uses a blowtorch to cut through steel used on F-16 Fighting Falcons at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 8, 2013. Brown is a metals technologist who specializes in machine welding and aircraft part fabrication. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Derek VanHorn)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Ben Staples, 35th Maintenance Squadron munitions crew chief, loads 20mm rounds on to a Universal Ammunition Loading System at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 14, 2013. Munitions Airmen provide and prepare ammo for gun systems on F-16 Fighting Falcons.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kia Atkins)
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Ben Staples, 35th Maintenance Squadron munitions crew chief, loads 20mm rounds on to a Universal Ammunition Loading System at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 14, 2013. Munitions Airmen provide and prepare ammo for gun systems on F-16 Fighting Falcons. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kia Atkins)

Khaleem Shabazz, Edgren High School sophomore quarterback, attempts a pass as he scrambles to his right during a scrimmage against the Tohoku Gakuin University football team at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug.18, 2013. Shabazz led the Eagles to a 14-14 tie while throwing for two touchdown passes, with one coming in the closing seconds of the game. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Kee)
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Khaleem Shabazz, Edgren High School sophomore quarterback, attempts a pass as he scrambles to his right during a scrimmage against the Tohoku Gakuin University football team at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug.18, 2013. Shabazz led the Eagles to a 14-14 tie while throwing for two touchdown passes, with one coming in the closing seconds of the game. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Kee)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman James Lord, 35th Surgical Operations Squadron diagnostic imaging technologist, starts a CT scan at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 27, 2013. With this monitor, technologists can start and control a scan without being in the same room as the patient or machine. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Kee)
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman James Lord, 35th Surgical Operations Squadron diagnostic imaging technologist, starts a CT scan at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 27, 2013. With this monitor, technologists can start and control a scan without being in the same room as the patient or machine. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Kee)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III is greeted by Lt. Gen. Tetsuo Morimoto, Northern Air Defense Force commander, upon his arrival to Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 28, 2013.  During Welsh’s visit, his first to Misawa as the CSAF, he toured various locations on base and met with hundreds of Misawa Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. April Quintanilla)
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Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III is greeted by Lt. Gen. Tetsuo Morimoto, Northern Air Defense Force commander, upon his arrival to Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 28, 2013. During Welsh’s visit, his first to Misawa as the CSAF, he toured various locations on base and met with hundreds of Misawa Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. April Quintanilla)

Airman Kevin O'Brien, 35th Civil Engineer Squadron, uses a geodimeter at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 18, 2013. Engineers at Misawa use these GPS devices to help U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons identify and move location points on airfields. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Derek VanHorn)
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Airman Kevin O'Brien, 35th Civil Engineer Squadron, uses a geodimeter at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 18, 2013. Engineers at Misawa use these GPS devices to help U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons identify and move location points on airfields. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Derek VanHorn)

Capt. Peter Pedalino, 35th Dental Squadron periodontist, removes tissue from a patient’s mouth during surgery at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sep. 4, 2013. As a periodontist, Pedalino focuses on the supporting structures of the teeth, conditions and diseases that affect them. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Derek VanHorn)
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Capt. Peter Pedalino, 35th Dental Squadron periodontist, removes tissue from a patient’s mouth during surgery at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sep. 4, 2013. As a periodontist, Pedalino focuses on the supporting structures of the teeth, conditions and diseases that affect them. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Derek VanHorn)

F-16 Fighting Falcons line up at the end of the runway during exercise Iron Spear at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sep. 5, 2013. The exercise is a semi-annual event that simulates pitting U.S. F-16 Fighting Falcons and Japanese Defense Forces Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) systems against each other. It gives both forces a chance to train against another capable and professional force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kaleb Snay)
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F-16 Fighting Falcons line up at the end of the runway during exercise Iron Spear at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sep. 5, 2013. The exercise is a semi-annual event that simulates pitting U.S. F-16 Fighting Falcons and Japanese Defense Forces Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) systems against each other. It gives both forces a chance to train against another capable and professional force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kaleb Snay)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon prepares for a night flight from Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 9, 2013. Pilots from the 35th Fighter Wing participated in a two-week exercise called Iron Spear 13-2, where they fought the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force's surface-to-air missile sites in simulated combat. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nathan Lipscomb)
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A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon prepares for a night flight from Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 9, 2013. Pilots from the 35th Fighter Wing participated in a two-week exercise called Iron Spear 13-2, where they fought the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force's surface-to-air missile sites in simulated combat. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nathan Lipscomb)

First responders from the 35th Civil Engineer Squadron, 35th Security Forces Squadron and the 35th Medical Group salute during the Patriot Day Retreat Ceremony at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 11, 2013. The ceremony served as a time to honor and pay respect to the victims and first responders who lost their lives in the 9/11 terrorist attacks that happened 12 years ago. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Kee)
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First responders from the 35th Civil Engineer Squadron, 35th Security Forces Squadron and the 35th Medical Group salute during the Patriot Day Retreat Ceremony at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 11, 2013. The ceremony served as a time to honor and pay respect to the victims and first responders who lost their lives in the 9/11 terrorist attacks that happened 12 years ago. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Kee)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Christopher Charron, 14th Fighter Squadron, prepares for a night flight from Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 9, 2013. Pilots from the 35th Fighter Wing totaled more than 300 flying hours during Iron Spear 13-2, an exercise that tested the F-16’s abilities against the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s surface-to-air missile sites. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nathan Lipscomb)
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U.S. Air Force Capt. Christopher Charron, 14th Fighter Squadron, prepares for a night flight from Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 9, 2013. Pilots from the 35th Fighter Wing totaled more than 300 flying hours during Iron Spear 13-2, an exercise that tested the F-16’s abilities against the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s surface-to-air missile sites. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nathan Lipscomb)

The Japan Air Self-Defense Force's demonstration team, Blue Impulse, performs an aerial maneuver during a practice over Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 14, 2013. The team visited the area as part of the base’s annual air festival, which welcomed more than 80,000. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nathan Lipscomb)
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The Japan Air Self-Defense Force's demonstration team, Blue Impulse, performs an aerial maneuver during a practice over Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 14, 2013. The team visited the area as part of the base’s annual air festival, which welcomed more than 80,000. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nathan Lipscomb)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jade Derksen, Misawa Honor Guard member, helps fold the U.S. flag during the Patriot Day Retreat Ceremony at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 11, 2013. The ceremony was held to remember the nearly 3,000 who perished in the 9/11 terrorist attacks 12 years ago. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nathan Lipscomb)
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jade Derksen, Misawa Honor Guard member, helps fold the U.S. flag during the Patriot Day Retreat Ceremony at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 11, 2013. The ceremony was held to remember the nearly 3,000 who perished in the 9/11 terrorist attacks 12 years ago. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nathan Lipscomb)

The Japan Air Self-Defense Force's demonstration team, Blue Impulse, flies over Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 14, 2013. The team visited the area in conjunction with the annual air festival, which thousands of visitors attend to photograph and learn about military aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nathan Lipscomb)
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The Japan Air Self-Defense Force's demonstration team, Blue Impulse, flies over Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 14, 2013. The team visited the area in conjunction with the annual air festival, which thousands of visitors attend to photograph and learn about military aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nathan Lipscomb)

Reflections of visitors of the 2013 Air Festival are cast onto the flightline at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 15, 2013. Due to rainy weather, many of the demonstrations scheduled for the day were cancelled; however, more than 80,000 people still attended the Air Fest that featured the Japan Air Self-Defense Force premier demonstration team, Blue Impulse. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Kee)
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Reflections of visitors of the 2013 Air Festival are cast onto the flightline at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 15, 2013. Due to rainy weather, many of the demonstrations scheduled for the day were cancelled; however, more than 80,000 people still attended the Air Fest that featured the Japan Air Self-Defense Force premier demonstration team, Blue Impulse. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Kee)

The Japan Air Self-Defense Force's demonstration team, Blue Impulse, lines up after performing aerial maneuvers during a practice at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 14, 2013. The team performed multiple flybys during a practice before the annual air festival which more than 80,000 visitors attended. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nathan Lipscomb)
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The Japan Air Self-Defense Force's demonstration team, Blue Impulse, lines up after performing aerial maneuvers during a practice at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 14, 2013. The team performed multiple flybys during a practice before the annual air festival which more than 80,000 visitors attended. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nathan Lipscomb)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Mitchell Thaxton, 35th Civil Engineer Squadron Damage Assessment Response Team member, reviews a base map while Staff Sgt. Leslie Weidner radios in an exercise inject at Misawa Air Base, Japan. Airmen of the 35th Fighter Wing were tested on their ability to operate in a simulated combat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Kee)
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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Mitchell Thaxton, 35th Civil Engineer Squadron Damage Assessment Response Team member, reviews a base map while Staff Sgt. Leslie Weidner radios in an exercise inject at Misawa Air Base, Japan. Airmen of the 35th Fighter Wing were tested on their ability to operate in a simulated combat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Kee)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Tyree Porter, 35th Security Forces Squadron special reaction team member, pulls out his pistol to fire at a simulated enemy target during SRT tryouts at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 25, 2013. The mission of the 35 SFS SRT is to preserve life in high-risk situations through the use of specialized training, equipment and tactics. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Kee)
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Tyree Porter, 35th Security Forces Squadron special reaction team member, pulls out his pistol to fire at a simulated enemy target during SRT tryouts at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 25, 2013. The mission of the 35 SFS SRT is to preserve life in high-risk situations through the use of specialized training, equipment and tactics. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Kee)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Leslie Weidner, 35th Civil Engineer Squadron Damage Assessment Response Team member, radios in an inject during an Operational Readiness Exercise at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 7, 2013. The purpose of DART is to monitor and assess damage to critical infrastructure during the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Kee)
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Leslie Weidner, 35th Civil Engineer Squadron Damage Assessment Response Team member, radios in an inject during an Operational Readiness Exercise at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 7, 2013. The purpose of DART is to monitor and assess damage to critical infrastructure during the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Kee)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. James Greuel, 35th Security Forces Squadron special reaction team member, carries 1st Lt. Matthew Owens, 35 SFS SRT officer in-charge, during a buddy carry race at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 25, 2013. The race was a part of the 35 SFS SRT tryouts, which tested members in the water and during a hands-on portion at the 35 SFS training site, Camp Defender. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Kee)
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. James Greuel, 35th Security Forces Squadron special reaction team member, carries 1st Lt. Matthew Owens, 35 SFS SRT officer in-charge, during a buddy carry race at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 25, 2013. The race was a part of the 35 SFS SRT tryouts, which tested members in the water and during a hands-on portion at the 35 SFS training site, Camp Defender. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Kee)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan – An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 14th Fighter Squadron takes off during Operational Readiness Exercise at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 7, 2013. On average, more than 40 aircraft take off daily during the ORE to practice suppression of enemy air defenses and to provide a quick reaction capability to the Pacific Command theater. (U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Tong Duong/ Released)
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MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan – An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 14th Fighter Squadron takes off during Operational Readiness Exercise at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 7, 2013. On average, more than 40 aircraft take off daily during the ORE to practice suppression of enemy air defenses and to provide a quick reaction capability to the Pacific Command theater. (U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Tong Duong/ Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Gregorio Luis, 14th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew member, tightens a bolt after loading a AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile during a Load Crew of the Quarter competition at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 18, 2013. Two three-man load teams from the 13th and 14th Aircraft Maintenance Units battled in the competition to see who would earn the title “load crew of the quarter.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Kee)
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Gregorio Luis, 14th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew member, tightens a bolt after loading a AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile during a Load Crew of the Quarter competition at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 18, 2013. Two three-man load teams from the 13th and 14th Aircraft Maintenance Units battled in the competition to see who would earn the title “load crew of the quarter.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Kee)

Master Sgt. Cary Gibson, 35th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal flight chief, takes a moment to mentor 17-year-old Jonah Skrove at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Nov. 6, 2013. After being diagnosed with osteosarcoma, Jonah was granted a wish by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Instead of wishing to meet a famous actor or sports player, Jonah wished to see his brother who is stationed here. Members of several base agencies, like EOD, took time out of their schedule to share their mission with the Skrove family. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alyssa C. Wallace/released)
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Master Sgt. Cary Gibson, 35th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal flight chief, takes a moment to mentor 17-year-old Jonah Skrove at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Nov. 6, 2013. After being diagnosed with osteosarcoma, Jonah was granted a wish by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Instead of wishing to meet a famous actor or sports player, Jonah wished to see his brother who is stationed here. Members of several base agencies, like EOD, took time out of their schedule to share their mission with the Skrove family. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alyssa C. Wallace/released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ryan Baldwin, 13th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load team chief, unloads an AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-air Missile to be put on an F-16 Fighting Falcon during the Load Crew of the Quarter competition at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 18, 2013. The three-man crew teams loaded an AGM-88 High-speed Anti-radiation Missile, an AIM-120 AMRAAM, and an AIM-9 Sidewinder, a short-range air-to-air missile. (U. S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Derek VanHorn)
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ryan Baldwin, 13th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load team chief, unloads an AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-air Missile to be put on an F-16 Fighting Falcon during the Load Crew of the Quarter competition at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 18, 2013. The three-man crew teams loaded an AGM-88 High-speed Anti-radiation Missile, an AIM-120 AMRAAM, and an AIM-9 Sidewinder, a short-range air-to-air missile. (U. S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Derek VanHorn)

Lt. Col. Hall Sebren, 35th Maintenance Group deputy commander, performs handstand pushups at the fitness center at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Nov. 5, 2013. Sebren leads daily early morning workouts for Misawa Airmen, civilians and their dependents. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Derek VanHorn)
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Lt. Col. Hall Sebren, 35th Maintenance Group deputy commander, performs handstand pushups at the fitness center at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Nov. 5, 2013. Sebren leads daily early morning workouts for Misawa Airmen, civilians and their dependents. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Derek VanHorn)

From left: Airman 1st Class Mekai Stewart, Senior Airman Ryan Skarin and Senior Airman James Miller, 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons systems technicians, remove a center line pylon to replace cover panels on an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 6, 2013. The center line pylon connects fuel tanks, bombs and pods to the jet, and is routinely checked for maintenance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Derek VanHorn)
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From left: Airman 1st Class Mekai Stewart, Senior Airman Ryan Skarin and Senior Airman James Miller, 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons systems technicians, remove a center line pylon to replace cover panels on an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 6, 2013. The center line pylon connects fuel tanks, bombs and pods to the jet, and is routinely checked for maintenance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Derek VanHorn)

Daniel Hershey, 35th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, performs a one-arm kettle bell exercise at the fitness center at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Nov. 13, 2013. Hershey is an exercise physiologist at the base’s Health and Wellness Center where he works with Airman and their fitness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Kee)
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Daniel Hershey, 35th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, performs a one-arm kettle bell exercise at the fitness center at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Nov. 13, 2013. Hershey is an exercise physiologist at the base’s Health and Wellness Center where he works with Airman and their fitness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Kee)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan – U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Thomas Larson, 14th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, illuminates a magnetic chip detector while inspecting his assigned F-16 Fighting Falcon at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 10, 2013. The MCD detects traces of metal particles in the oil system of the aircraft, which helps Larson to determine if the jet is performing at its peak capability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tong Duong)
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MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan – U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Thomas Larson, 14th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, illuminates a magnetic chip detector while inspecting his assigned F-16 Fighting Falcon at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 10, 2013. The MCD detects traces of metal particles in the oil system of the aircraft, which helps Larson to determine if the jet is performing at its peak capability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tong Duong)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- As 2013 comes to a close and we hit the final day of the year, let's take a look at the year's best Misawa photos and events that made 2013 a successful year for the 35th Fighter Wing. From Dirty Jobs with the 35 FW commander and command chief, to the Pacific Air Forces demonstration team's performance in Australia we recap it with fifty of Misawa's top photos of the year.