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Strengthening Ties with Bilateral Airlift Exchange

A Japan Air Self-Defense Force C-2 assigned to 3rd Tactical Airlift Wing, 403rd Squadron prepares for takeoff during a bilateral airlift exchange at Iruma Air Base, Japan, July 10, 2019.

A Japan Air Self-Defense Force C-2 assigned to 3rd Tactical Airlift Wing, 403rd Squadron prepares for takeoff during a bilateral airlift exchange at Iruma Air Base, Japan, July 10, 2019. 374th Airlift Wing and JASDF personnel conducted a two day tactics symposium for airlift operations. As part of the symposium, aircrews from 374 AW flew on C-2 and observed their training mission to see their capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

Capt. Benjamin Schimelfening, 36th Airlift Squadron C-130J instructor pilot and operation supervisor, converses with aircrew members from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force during a bilateral airlift exchange at Iruma Air Base, Japan, July 10, 2019.

Capt. Benjamin Schimelfening, 36th Airlift Squadron C-130J instructor pilot and operation supervisor, converses with aircrew members from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force during a bilateral airlift exchange at Iruma Air Base, Japan, July 10, 2019. The purpose of this event is to share tactics, techniques and procedures for airlift operation and learn from each other and build a stronger relationship between U.S. and Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

Members from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force put on their helmets during a bilateral airlift exchange over Chubu region, Japan, July 10, 2019.

Members from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force put on their helmets during a bilateral airlift exchange over Chubu region, Japan, July 10, 2019. 374th Airlift Wing and JASDF personnel conducted a two day tactics symposium for airlift operations. As part of the symposium, aircrews from 374 AW flew on Japan Air Self-Defense Force C-2 assigned to 3rd Tactical Airlift Wing, 403rd Squadron and observed their training mission to see their capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

Master Sgt. Michael McArty, 36th Airlift Squadron flight chief and C-130J evaluator, looks at a loadmaster station equipped with Japan Air Self-Defense Force C-2 assigned to 3rd Tactical Airlift Wing, 403rd Squadron, during a bilateral airlift exchange over Chubu region, Japan, July 10, 2019.

Master Sgt. Michael McArty, 36th Airlift Squadron flight chief and C-130J evaluator, looks at a loadmaster station equipped with Japan Air Self-Defense Force C-2 assigned to 3rd Tactical Airlift Wing, 403rd Squadron, during a bilateral airlift exchange over Chubu region, Japan, July 10, 2019. The purpose of this event is to share tactics, techniques and procedures for airlift operation and learn from each other and build a stronger relationship between U.S. and Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

A member of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force answers questions from Master Sgt. James Huntsman, 36th Airlift Squadron flight chief and C-130J instructor loadmaster, during a bilateral airlift exchange over Chubu region, Japan, July 10, 2019.

A member of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force answers questions from Master Sgt. James Huntsman, 36th Airlift Squadron flight chief and C-130J instructor loadmaster, during a bilateral airlift exchange over Chubu region, Japan, July 10, 2019. 374th Airlift Wing and JASDF personnel conducted a two day tactics symposium for airlift operations. As part of the symposium, aircrews from 374 AW flew on Japan Air Self-Defense Force C-2 assigned to 3rd Tactical Airlift Wing, 403rd Squadron and observed their training mission to see their capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

Master Sgt. Napoleon Ortiz, 374th Operations Support Squadron evaluator loadmaster, asks questions to a member of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force during a bilateral airlift exchange over Chubu region, Japan, July 10, 2019.

Master Sgt. Napoleon Ortiz, 374th Operations Support Squadron evaluator loadmaster, asks questions to a member of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force during a bilateral airlift exchange over Chubu region, Japan, July 10, 2019. The purpose of this event is to share tactics, techniques and procedures for airlift operation and learn from each other and build a stronger relationship between U.S. and Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

Capt. Terry Wu, 36th Airlift Squadron C-130J instructor pilot, looks out a window of a Japan Air Self- Defense Force C-2 during a bilateral airlift exchange over Chubu region, Japan, July 10, 2019.

Capt. Terry Wu, 36th Airlift Squadron C-130J instructor pilot, looks out a window of a Japan Air Self- Defense Force C-2 during a bilateral airlift exchange over Chubu region, Japan, July 10, 2019. 374th Airlift Wing and JASDF personnel conducted a two day tactics symposium for airlift operations. As part of the symposium, aircrews from 374 AW flew on Japan Air Self-Defense Force C-2 assigned to 3rd Tactical Airlift Wing, 403rd Squadron and observed their training mission to see their capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

A view from a window of a C-2 assigned to Japan Air Self-Defense Force, 3rd Tactical Airlift Wing, 403rd Squadron during a bilateral airlift exchange over Chubu region, Japan, July 10, 2019.

A view from a window of a C-2 assigned to Japan Air Self-Defense Force, 3rd Tactical Airlift Wing, 403rd Squadron during a bilateral airlift exchange over Chubu region, Japan, July 10, 2019. 374th Airlift Wing and JASDF personnel conducted a two day tactics symposium for airlift operations. As part of the symposium, aircrews from 374 AW flew on Japan Air Self-Defense Force C-2 assigned to 3rd Tactical Airlift Wing, 403rd Squadron and observed their training mission to see their capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

The view from the inside of a C-2 assigned to Japan Air Self-Defense Force, 3rd Tactical Airlift Wing, 403rd Squadron, as it flies over Sado island, Japan, during a bilateral airlift exchange July 10, 2019.

The view from the inside of a C-2 assigned to Japan Air Self-Defense Force, 3rd Tactical Airlift Wing, 403rd Squadron, as it flies over Sado island, Japan, during a bilateral airlift exchange July 10, 2019. 374th Airlift Wing and JASDF personnel conducted a two day tactics symposium for airlift operations. As part of the symposium, aircrews from 374 AW flew on Japan Air Self-Defense Force C-2 and observed their training mission to see their capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

A members from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force answer questions from Master Sgt. Michael McArty, 36th Airlift Squadron flight chief and C-130J evaluator, during a bilateral airlift exchange over Chubu region, Japan, July 10, 2019.
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A members from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force answer questions from Master Sgt. Michael McArty, 36th Airlift Squadron flight chief and C-130J evaluator, during a bilateral airlift exchange over Chubu region, Japan, July 10, 2019. The purpose of this event is to share tactics, techniques and procedures for airlift operation and learn from each other and build a stronger relationship between U.S. and Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

Master Sgt. James Huntsman, 36th Airlift Squadron flight chief and C-130J instructor loadmaster, converses with aircrew members from Japan Air Self-Defense Force during a bilateral airlift exchange over Chubu region, Japan, July 10, 2019.
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Master Sgt. James Huntsman, 36th Airlift Squadron flight chief and C-130J instructor loadmaster, converses with aircrew members from Japan Air Self-Defense Force during a bilateral airlift exchange over Chubu region, Japan, July 10, 2019. The purpose of this event is to share tactics, techniques and procedures for airlift operation and learn from each other and build a stronger relationship between U.S. and Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

Major Christopher Wolff, 36th Airlift Squadron assistant director of operations, and a member of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force pose for a photo after trading patches during a bilateral airlift exchange at Iruma Air Base, Japan, July 10, 2019.
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Major Christopher Wolff, 36th Airlift Squadron assistant director of operations, and a member of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force pose for a photo after trading patches during a bilateral airlift exchange at Iruma Air Base, Japan, July 10, 2019. 374th Airlift Wing and JASDF personnel conducted a two day tactics symposium for airlift operations. As part of the symposium, aircrews from 374 AW flew on Japan Air Self-Defense Force C-2 assigned to 3rd Tactical Airlift Wing, 403rd Squadron and observed their training mission to see their capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

U.S. Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force members pose for a photo after landing at Iruma Air Base, Japan, July 10, 2019.
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U.S. Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force members pose for a photo after landing at Iruma Air Base, Japan, July 10, 2019. 374th Airlift Wing and JASDF personnel conducted a two day tactics symposium for airlift operations. As part of the symposium, aircrews from 374 AW flew on Japan Air Self-Defense Force C-2 assigned to 3rd Tactical Airlift Wing, 403rd Squadron and observed their training mission to see their capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

Major Christopher Wolff, 36th Airlift Squadron assistant director of operations, briefs members of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force during a bilateral airlift exchange at Iruma Air Base, Japan, July 10, 2019.
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Major Christopher Wolff, 36th Airlift Squadron assistant director of operations, briefs members of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force during a bilateral airlift exchange at Iruma Air Base, Japan, July 10, 2019. The briefing was shared with JASDF members on specific tactics and procedures the 374th Airlift Wing uses to employ tactical airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

A members from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force listens to a brief during a bilateral airlift exchange at Iruma Air Base, Japan, July 10, 2019.
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A members from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force listens to a brief during a bilateral airlift exchange at Iruma Air Base, Japan, July 10, 2019. The briefing was shared with JASDF members on specific tactics and procedures the 374th Airlift Wing uses to employ tactical airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

Capt. Terry Wu, 36th Airlift Squadron C-130J instructor pilot, answers a question from a member of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force after the briefing during a bilateral airlift exchange at Iruma Air Base, Japan, July 10, 2019
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Capt. Terry Wu, 36th Airlift Squadron C-130J instructor pilot, answers a question from a member of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force after the briefing during a bilateral airlift exchange at Iruma Air Base, Japan, July 10, 2019. The purpose of this event is to share tactics, techniques and procedures for airlift operation and learn from each other and build a stronger relationship between U.S. and Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

A member from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force makes a note during a briefing by members from 374th Airlift Wing at Iruma Air Base, Japan, July 10, 2019
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A member from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force makes a note during a briefing by members from 374th Airlift Wing at Iruma Air Base, Japan, July 10, 2019. The briefing was shared with JASDF members on specific tactics and procedures the 374th Airlift Wing uses to employ tactical airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

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