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459th AS sharpens thier SAR capabilities

Maj. Matthew Sims

Maj. Matthew Sims, 459th Airlift Squadron director of operation, conducts a pre-flight inspection prior to each flight to ensure there are no mechanical faults in the aircraft at Yokota Air Base, Japan, June 4, 2019. The 459 AS regularly conducts training missions to keep their skills proficient. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

Maj. Matthew Sims

Maj. Matthew Sims inspects the rotor on a UH-1N Iroquois June 4, 2019, on Yokota Air Base, Japan. Sims completes a preflight inspection prior to each flight to ensure there are no mechanical faults in the aircraft. Sims is a 459th Airlift Squadron director of operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

Maj. Andrew Sims

Maj. Andrew Sims inspects the rear rotor on a UH-1N Iroquois June 4, 2019, on Yokota Air Base, Japan. Sims completes a preflight inspection prior to each flight to ensure there are no mechanical faults in the aircraft. Sims is a 459th Airlift Squadron director of operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

An Air Force UH-1N Iroquois

An Air Force UH-1N Iroquois assigned to the 459th Airlift Squadron takes off at Yokota Air Base, Japan, June 4, 2019, during a night training mission. The 459th AS regularly conducts training missions to keep their skills proficient. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

Tech. Sgt. Nicholas Poe

Tech. Sgt. Nicholas Poe, 459th Airlift Squadron special missions aviator, keeps watch out the port window of his aircraft with night vision goggles over the Kanto Plain during a night training mission, June. 4, 2019. The 459th AS regularly conducts training missions to keep their skills proficient. Special mission aviators are the enlisted backbone to the three-person aircrew on a helicopter, and their legacy is steeped in flight mechanics and physics. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

Maj. Matthew Sims

Maj. Matthew Sims, 459th Airlift Squadron UH-1N co-pilot, conducts a visual confirmation with night vision goggles on Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji, Japan, June 4, 2019. Crewmembers with the 459th AS regularly practice their airlift capabilities in order to respond to regional contingencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe/Released)

Tech. Sgt. Nicholas Poe

Tech. Sgt. Nicholas Poe, 459th Airlift Squadron special missions aviator, communicates with his crewmembers during a search and rescue training mission at Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji, Japan, June 4, 2019. During the training, members of the 459th AS performed hoist training with night vision goggles. The special mission aviator acts as the rescue hoist operator and is in charge of the cabin compartment by securing people and cargo; he routinely runs each checklist so the pilot can focus full attention on the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

An Air Force UH-1N Iroquois

An Air Force UH-1N Iroquois assigned to the 459th Airlift Squadron conducts search and rescue training over Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji, Japan, June 4, 2019. During the training, members of the 459th AS performed hoist training with night vision goggles. The 459th AS regularly conducts training missions to keep their skills proficient. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

An Air Force UH-1N Iroquois

An Air Force UH-1N Iroquois assigned to the 459th Airlift Squadron hovers over Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji, Japan, June 4, 2019. The purpose of the flight was to perform search and rescue training maneuvers. The 459th AS frequently trains on a multitude of scenarios in order to stay prepared for potential real-world contingencies and operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

1st Lt. Daniel Carr
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1st Lt. Daniel Carr, 459th Airlift Squadron UN-1N co-pilot, performs a visual check before conducting hoist training at Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji, Japan, June 4, 2019. The purpose of the flight was to perform search and rescue training maneuvers. The 459th AS frequently trains on a multitude of scenarios in order to stay prepared for potential real-world contingencies and operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

Lt. Daniel Carr
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Lt. Daniel Carr, 459th Airlift Squadron UH-1N co-pilot, gets hoisted to an Air Force UH-1N Iroquois at Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji, June 4, 2019, during a night training mission. The 459th AS frequently trains on a multitude of scenarios in order to stay prepared for potential real-world contingencies and operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

Tech. Sgt. Nicholas Poe
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Tech. Sgt. Nicholas Poe, 459th Airlift Squadron special missions aviator, performs a visual confirmation with night vision goggles before taking off from a landing zone at Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji, Japan, June 4, 2019. The 459th AS frequently trains on a multitude of scenarios in order to stay prepared for potential real-world contingencies and operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

An Air Force UH-1N Iroquois
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An Air Force UH-1N Iroquois assigned to the 459th Airlift Squadron takes off from a landing zone, Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji, Japan, June 4, 2019. The purpose of the flight was to perform search and rescue training maneuvers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

Capt. David Shadoin
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Capt. David Shadoin, 459th Airlift Squadron UH-1N pilot, performs a visual conformation using night vision goggles during a night training over the Kanto Plain, June 4, 2019. The purpose of the flight was to perform search and rescue training maneuvers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

An aerial view
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An aerial view of Tokyo from a UH-1N Iroquois assigned to the 459th Airlift Squadron, June 4, 2019, during a night training mission. The purpose of the flight was to perform search and rescue hoist training maneuvers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- The 459th Airlift Squadron trains on a multitude of scenarios in order to stay prepared for potential real-world contingencies and operations. The purpose of the flight was to perform search and rescue training maneuvers.