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Two U.S. Navy assets perform a pre-flight check on a Boeing EA-18G 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. Escort missions consist of escorting the strikers into the target area in order to drop bombs while taking out the OPFOR (opposition forces). The pilots on strike missions focused on dropping bombs within the target area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)
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A Boeing P-8 Poseidon taxis down the runway during a PAC Weasel exercise at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 19, 2020. Integrating different airframes into our training helps us improve on each other’s capabilities, enhancing our inter-operability. This training provides us with knowledge that would help us if there were ever a real world situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)
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A U.S. Navy Boeing EA-18Gs taxis down the runway during a PAC Weasel exercise at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 19, 2020. During PAC Weasel, the desired learning objectives are created by the tactical experts within all the participating units and because of the mission planning activities, execution and debrief produce more tactical and beneficial lessons learned. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)
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Five U.S. Navy Boeing EA-18Gs sit on the flightline during a PAC Weasel exercise at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 19, 2020. The objective of this exercise was to integrate U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force assets to simulate the suppression of enemy air defenses as one cohesive unit, which consisted of 21 aircraft, 16 F-16 Fighting Falcons, four Boeing EA-18G Growlers and a Boeing P-8 Poseidon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)
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U.S. Air Force Maj. Daniel House, left, the 35th Operations Support Squadron assistant director of operations, talks to Lt. Gen. Kevin B. Schneider, right, the U.S. Forces Japan and Fifth Air Force commander, at Draughon Range near Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 20, 2020. Draughon Range is the premier air-to-ground training site located in Japan, focusing on suppression of enemy air defense air operations. Members of the 35th Fighter Wing and other units throughout the Western Pacific train at the range to focus on SEAD and munition employment, combat search and rescue, and survival, evasion, resistance, and escape, ultimately enhancing the readiness and lethality of U.S. forces in this region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)
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A view from the tower at Draughon Range near Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 20, 2020. Draughon Range is the premier training site in Japan, used to enhance the lethality of U.S. aircraft to include the F-16 Fighting Falcons, C-130J Super Hercules and B-1 Lancer, among many others. These aircraft also train alongside Japan Air Self-Defense Force members, increasing joint and bilateral readiness  in order to maintain the defense of Japan. Draughon Range also provides the opportunity for explosive ordnance disposal and survival, evasion, resistance, and escape teams to train and enhance their capabilities by practicing their normal day-to-day operations as well as executing specialty training events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)
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U.S. Air Force Col. Kristopher W. Struve, left, the 35th Fighter Wing commander, showcases Draughon Range to Lt. Gen. Kevin B. Schneider, right, the U.S. Forces Japan and Fifth Air Force commander, at Draughon Range near Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 20, 2020. Draughon range is the premier training site where Misawa’s F-16 Fighting Falcons employ inert munitions and defend against simulated surface-to-air threats. The range is also utilized by many other USFJ units, providing critical training to combat search and rescue, mobility and fighter units throughout Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)
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U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. John Alsvig, the 35th Fighter Wing command chief, looks into a M2A2 aiming scope at Draughon Range near Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 20, 2020. The M2A2 aiming scope is the back-up scoring system for air-to-ground weapons employment for aircraft such as the F-16 Fighting Falcon and Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-35. These jets use the range to enhance the training and readiness of Misawa’s fighter pilots, ensuring Team Misawa maintains its combat readiness and continues its mission of defending Japan and protecting U.S. interests in the Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)
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The view inside a M2A2 aiming scope at Draughon Range near Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 20, 2020. The image depicts the F-16 Fighting Falcon’s impact point when dropping inert munitions. This premier range allows military forces to safely employ inert munitions, enhancing the readiness of Misawa’s F-16 Fight Falcon pilots and other U.S. personnel to maintain the defense of Japan. Draughon Range provides realistic training for pilots by simulating enemy detection and attacks with threat emitters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)
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U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Rick Winegardner Jr., left, the U.S. Forces Japan senior enlisted leader, and Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick, right, the Fifth Air Force command chief, observe the range from a tower at Draughon Range near Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 20, 2020. Winegardner and Kruzelnick noted the capabilities of the range and the role it plays in the training of the suppression of enemy air defense mission to Misawa aviators, specifically. The SEAD mission requires a pilot’s ability to put bombs on target and defend against surface-to-air missiles to ensure the protection of U.S. assets and personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)
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Misawa Air Base defenders stand in formation during the final guard mount ceremony at Misawa AB, Japan, May 15, 2020. This ceremony is held to honor the law enforcement personnel who died in the line of duty at home and abroad by calling out their names as the flight sergeant conducts roll call. Fallen Airmen included names such as Airman First Class Elizabeth Jacobson, who died while providing escort security for a convoy of service members in the Middle East during Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)
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Misawa Air Base defenders sit through roll call during the final guard mount ceremony at Misawa AB, Japan, May 15, 2020. The final guard mount is a ceremony that pays homage to fallen military police officers, honoring the past and present law enforcement. The 35th Security Forces members show pride as defenders commemorate efforts of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)
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Misawa Air Base defenders participate in the 2020 Police Week 5K ruck march at Misawa AB, Japan, May 11, 2020. Security forces are responsible for protecting the U.S. Air Force’s most valuable assets–the lives of their fellow Airmen, aircraft and installations around the world. Police Week pays special recognition to those who lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Thanh Nguyen, a 35th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, gives water to her MWD, Laky, before the 2020 Police Week 5K ruck march at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 11, 2020. The 2020 Police Week consisted of events that reflect what police officers do every day and commemorate those who have fallen which included a ruck march and a final guard mount. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Juan Humenez, a unit tactical aircraft maintainer, marshals an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Misawa Air Base, Japan, March 30, 2020. Tactical aircraft maintenance specialists ensure every component of the aircraft is maintained to the standards. They ensure the aircraft are ready to fly at a moment’s notice so pilots can safely and effectively complete their mission. Even amidst current policy restrictions due to COVID-19, the 35th Fighter Wing’s mission of projecting combat air power and defending the U.S. and Japan is still moving forward. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Kyle Greyshock, a 13th Fighter Squadron avionics systems journeyman, speaks into a radio headset at Misawa Air Base, Japan, March 30, 2020. Avionics specialists require attention to detail since proper maintenance can mean the difference between mission success and failure. Part of their job consists of helping make quick fixes to jets to ensure they are available for flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)
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