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U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Kathleen McCool, the 5th Air Force command chief, and Chief Master Sgt. Joey R. Meininger, the 35th Fighter Wing command chief, operate a lift during the "Snow Rodeo" at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Nov. 24, 2020. The Snow Rodeo allows Airmen to participate in a friendly competition in snow clearing operations. With an average snowfall of 150 inches per year over the last several years, civil engineers stay busy with 24-hour operations during the snow season, ensuring the airfield is open regardless of weather conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leon Redfern)
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U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Leonard J. Kosinski, the 5th Air Force vice commander of, operates a snow plow during the "Snow Rodeo" at Misawa Air Base, Japan, on Nov. 24, 2020. Misawa is about 40 miles from Aomori, one of the snowiest cities in the world. The highest recorded snowfall was 240 inches in 1984. In order for the mission to go on civil engineers stay busy during the snow season to ensure the airfield is open regardless of weather conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leon Redfern)
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U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Leonard J. Kosinski, the 5th Air Force vice commander, enters a snow plow during the "Snow Rodeo" at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Nov. 24, 2020. The Snow Rodeo allows Airmen to participate in a friendly competition in snow clearing operations. Misawa has a strong lead on keeping the title of the snowiest air force base in the world. This keeps civil engineers busy with 24-hour operations during the snow season, ensuring the airfield is open regardless of weather conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leon Redfern)
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U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Leonard J. Kosinski, the 5th Air Force vice commander, receives a briefing on aircrew flight equipment, or AFE, at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Nov. 23, 2020. In order to carry out the mission, every plane and pilot must be equipped and ready for any situation. AFE is one of the many units that ensure the safety and success of flying missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)
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U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Leonard J. Kosinski, the 5th Air Force vice commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Kathleen McCool, 5th AF command chief, prepare to walk into the 14th Fighter Squadron at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Nov. 23, 2020. During their two-day visit, Kosinski and McCool received mission briefs from various 35th Fighter Wing units and agencies, had the opportunity to meet and interact with Airmen, and learn about the various roles Team Misawa members play to keep their community safe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)
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A U.S. Airman with the 1st Special Operations Squadron from Kadena Air Base, Japan, puts equipment away during a forward area refueling point training at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Nov. 18, 2020. This concept allows fighter aircraft to land, replenish fuel or rearm before returning to air-battle operations within a short period of time in harsh territories. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)
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A U.S. Airman with the 1st Special Operations Squadron from Kadena Air Base, Japan, holds a fuel hose steady during a forward area refueling point (FARP) training at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Nov. 18, 2020. With FARP support, any accessible airfield or island can be used to replenish aircraft and get them back to the fight, delivering airpower lethality. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)
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A U.S. Airman with the 1st Special Operations Squadron from Kadena Air Base, Japan, rolls up a fuel hose during a forward area refueling point (FARP) training at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Nov. 18, 2020. FARP ensures the rapid transfer of fuel from one aircraft to another. In this case, an MC-130J and two F-16 Fighting Falcons. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)
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A U.S. Airman with the 1st Special Operations Squadron from Kadena Air Base, Japan, drains the gas from a fuel hose during a forward area refueling point (FARP) training at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Nov. 18, 2020. FARP, a specialty within the petroleum, oils and lubrication career field, trains Airmen to effectively refuel aircraft in remote locations when air-to-air refueling is not possible or when fueling stations are not accessible. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)
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A U.S. Airman with the 1st Special Operations Squadron from Kadena Air Base, Japan, unhooks the fuel hose during a forward area refueling point (FARP) training at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Nov. 18, 2020. FARP plays a role in the U.S. military’s adaptive basing abilities to deliver airpower and lethality more efficiently anywhere in the world by being able to provide a mobile refueling point anywhere an aircraft can land. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)
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A U.S. Airman with the 1st Special Operations Squadron from Kadena Air Base, Japan, observes forward area refueling point (FARP) training from inside a U.S. Air Force MC-130J at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Nov. 18, 2020. When a fighter squadron has FARP support, options are vastly increased, as any accessible airfield or island can be used to replenish fighters and send them back to the fight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)
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A U.S. Airman with the 35th Air Maintenance Squadron directs an F-16 Fighting Falcon during a forward area refueling point training (FARP) exercise at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Nov. 18, 2020. FARP is the rapid transfer of fuel from one aircraft to another. This capability makes it possible for fighter aircraft to land, replenish fuel and return to air-battle operations within a short timeframe in austere environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)
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A U.S. Air Force MC-130J Commando II refuels an F-16 Fighting Falcon with its engines on during a forward area refueling point training (FARP) exercise at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Nov. 18, 2020. Without FARP capabilities, U.S. Air Force aircraft are limited to air-to-air refueling and permanently-installed bases for their refueling needs. However, when a fighter squadron has FARP support, options are vastly increased, as any accessible airfield or island can be used to replenish fighters and send them back to the fight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)
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A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon flies over a U.S. Navy Boeing EA-18G during a PAC Weasel exercise at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 19, 2020. This exercise allows 35th Operations Group intelligence Airmen, and the U.S. Navy Electronic Attack Squadron 209 (VAQ-209) to integrate at a classified level. This coordination and sharing of training and operational tactics techniques and procedures (TTPs) is extremely helpful. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)
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A U.S. Navy Boeing EA-18G takes off down the runway during a PAC Weasel exercise at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 19, 2020. During PAC Weasel, pilots practiced flying SEAD missions, escort missions, strike missions as well as anti-surface warfare. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)
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Eight U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons sit on the flightline during a PAC Weasel exercise at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 19, 2020. The F-16s were dedicated to opposition forces, strike missions, SEAD missions and escort missions. Meanwhile, the Growlers focused on the SEAD mission and the P-8 practiced anti-surface warfare, providing radar coverage, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)
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