Indonesian air force Col. Satriyo Utomo, 3rd Wing base commander, and U.S. Air Force Col. Paul Kirmis, 13th Air Expeditionary Group commander, provide remarks during the COPE West 19 opening ceremony at Sam Ratulangi International Airport, Indonesia, June 17, 2019. U.S. forces routinely conduct operations, exercises and training missions with other countries in the Indo-Pacific. These regional engagements are focused on improving interoperability and familiarization with allies and partners to safeguard the freedom of the seas and overflight in international airspace, deter conflict and coercion and promote regional stability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Hutto)
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