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320th STS, ready to fly anytime, anywhere320th STS, ready to fly anytime, anywhere
320th STS, ready to fly anytime, anywhere

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- Two team leads from the 320th Special Tactics Squadron from Kadena Air Base, Japan, discuss the upcoming mission before boarding an HH-60G Pave Hawk here March 15. The 320th STS has combat controllers, pararescuemen and special operations weather teams to go anywhere and set up forward operating locations and impromptu runways. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse)
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Posted: 3/18/2011

320th STS, ready to fly anytime, anywhere320th STS, ready to fly anytime, anywhere
320th STS, ready to fly anytime, anywhere

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- Members of the 320th Special Tactics Squadron from Kadena Air Base, Japan, load an HH-60G Pave Hawk here March 15. The 320th STS has combat controllers, pararescuemen and special operations weather teams to go anywhere and set up forward operating locations and impromptu runways. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse)
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320th STS, ready to fly anytime, anywhere320th STS, ready to fly anytime, anywhere
320th STS, ready to fly anytime, anywhere

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- A member of the 320th Special Tactics Squadron from Kadena Air Base, Japan, walks across the flightline to board an HH-60G Pave Hawk here March 15. The 320th STS has combat controllers, pararescuemen and special operations weather teams to go anywhere and set up forward operating locations and impromptu runways. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse)
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320th STS, ready to fly anytime, anywhere320th STS, ready to fly anytime, anywhere
320th STS, ready to fly anytime, anywhere

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- An HH-60G Pave Hawk flies over the Japanese countryside carrying members of the 320th Special Tactics Squadron from Kadena Air Base March 15. The 320th STS has combat controllers, pararescuemen and special operations weather teams to go anywhere and set up forward operating locations and impromptu runways. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse)
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320th STS, ready to fly anytime, anywhere320th STS, ready to fly anytime, anywhere
320th STS, ready to fly anytime, anywhere

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- Combat controllers with the 320th Special Tactics Squadron from Kadena Air Base, Japan, fly in an HH-60G Pave Hawk on their way to Sendai, Japan, March 15. The 320th STS has combat controllers, pararescuemen and special operations weather teams to go anywhere and set up forward operating locations and impromptu runways. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse)
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Posted: 3/18/2011

320th STS, ready to fly anytime, anywhere320th STS, ready to fly anytime, anywhere
320th STS, ready to fly anytime, anywhere

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- A pararescueman from the 320th Special Tactics Squadron from Kadena Air Base, Japan, looks out the window of an HH-60G Pave Hawk flying over the Japanese countryside March 15. The 320th STS has combat controllers, pararescuemen and special operations weather teams to go anywhere and set up forward operating locations and impromptu runways. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse)
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Posted: 3/18/2011

SOG Airmen open two strategic runways for relief operationsSOG Airmen open two strategic runways for relief operations
SOG Airmen open two strategic runways for relief operations

SENDAI AIRPORT, Japan -- Staff Sgt. Christopher Allen, a special operations weather specialist from the 320th Special Tactics Squadron, scans the airfield here prior to conducting a weather observation here March 16. Sudden snow and low visibility threatened to prevent aircraft from landing at the airfield. A team from the 320th Special Tactics Squadron out of Kadena Air Base, along with Japanese emergency management organizations, cleared a section of the runway and re-established the control tower to direct flights in and out of the airfield. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse)
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Posted: 3/17/2011

SOG Airmen open two strategic runways for relief operationsSOG Airmen open two strategic runways for relief operations
SOG Airmen open two strategic runways for relief operations

SENDAI AIRPORT, Japan -- Combat controllers from the 320th Special Tactics Squadron begin measuring the runway dimensions and conducting a detailed survey here March 16. A team of combat controllers from the 320th Special Tactics Squadron out of Kadena Air Base, along with Japanese emergency management organizations, cleared a section of the runway and re-established the control tower to direct flights in and out of the airfield. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse)
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Posted: 3/17/2011

A FARP is ready at Yamagata AirportA FARP is ready at Yamagata Airport
A FARP is ready at Yamagata Airport

YAMAGATA, Japan--Airmen 1st Class JT Mills, 17th Special Operations Squadron loadmaster, keeps in communication with the pilots and forward area refueling point (FARP) members while defueling a MC-130P Combat Shadow at Yamagata Airport March 17. The FARP members defueled the MC-130P and fueled four fuel bladders worth 36,000 pounds of JP-8 fuel. FARPs allow aircraft to operate at distances further from original airport that it took off by allowing the aircraft to stop and refuel where typically no fuel is at. The FARP team is capable of providing fuel to remote and austere locations. The fuel at Yamagata Airport will be used for American forces search and recovery teams during Japans earthquake and tsunami relief. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen)
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Posted: 3/17/2011

A FARP is ready at Yamagata AirportA FARP is ready at Yamagata Airport
A FARP is ready at Yamagata Airport

Yamagata, Japan--Staff Sgt. Nicholas Wisnoski, 17th Special Operations Squadron loadmaster, turns off a defueling pump an a MC-130P Combat Shadow March 17. The FARP members defueled the MC-130P and fueled four fuel bladders worth 36,000 pounds of JP-8 fuel. FARPs allow aircraft to operate at distances further from original airport that it took off by allowing the aircraft to stop and refuel where typically no fuel is at. The FARP team is capable of providing fuel to remote and austere locations. The fuel at Yamagata Airport will be used for American forces search and recovery teams during Japans earthquake and tsunami relief. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen)
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Posted: 3/17/2011

A FARP is ready at Yamagata AirportA FARP is ready at Yamagata Airport
A FARP is ready at Yamagata Airport

Yamagata, Japan--Tech. Sgt. Paul Hammer, 353rd Special Operations Group forward area refueling point (FARP) member, returns a fuel line to MC-130P Combat Shadow after defueling March 17. The FARP members defueled the MC-130P and fueled four fuel bladders worth 36,000 pounds of JP-8 fuel. FARPs allow aircraft to operate at distances further from original airport that it took off by allowing the aircraft to stop and refuel where typically no fuel is at. The FARP team is capable of providing fuel to remote and austere locations. The fuel at Yamagata Airport will be used for American forces search and recovery teams during Japans earthquake and tsunami relief. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen)
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A FARP is ready at Yamagata AirportA FARP is ready at Yamagata Airport
A FARP is ready at Yamagata Airport

YAMAGATA, Japan--Staff Sgt. Nicholas Wisnoski, 17th Special Operations Squadron loadmaster, and Tech. Sgt. Timothy Rodgers, 353rd Special Operations Group forward area refueling point (FARP) member, setup equipment to defuel an MC-130P Combat Shadow March 17. The FARP members defueled the MC-130P and fueled four fuel bladders for a total of 36,000 pounds of JP-8 fuel. FARPs allow aircraft to operate at further distances by allowing the aircraft to stop and refuel where typically no fuel exists. The FARP team is capable of providing fuel to remote and austere locations. The fuels at Yamagata Airport will be used for American forces search and recovery teams during Japans earthquake and tsunami relief. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen)
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Posted: 3/17/2011

A FARP is ready at Yamagata AirportA FARP is ready at Yamagata Airport
A FARP is ready at Yamagata Airport

YAMAGATA, Japan -- Tech. Sgt. Paul Hammer, 353rd Special Operations Group forward area refueling point (FARP) member, runs a fuel line to a MC-130P Combat Shadow March 17. The FARP members defueled the MC-130P and fueled four fuel bladders for a total of 36,000 pounds of JP-8 fuel. FARPs allow aircraft to operate at further distances by allowing the aircraft to stop and refuel where typically no fuel exists. The FARP team is capable of providing fuel to remote and austere locations. The fuels at Yamagata Airport will be used for American forces search and recovery teams during Japans earthquake and tsunami relief. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen)
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Posted: 3/17/2011

A FARP is ready at Yamagata AirportA FARP is ready at Yamagata Airport
A FARP is ready at Yamagata Airport

YAMAGATA, Japan -- Tech. Sgt. Dave Harwood, 17th Special Operations Squadron flight engineer, calculates the take off landing distance to Yamagata Airport to a establish forward area refueling point (FARP) March 17. The FARP members defueled the MC-130P and fueled four fuel bladders for a total of 36,000 pounds of JP-8 fuel. FARPs allow aircraft to operate at further distances by allowing the aircraft to stop and refuel where typically no fuel exists. The FARP team is capable of providing fuel to remote and austere locations. The fuels at Yamagata Airport will be used for American forces search and recovery teams during Japans earthquake and tsunami relief. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen)
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Posted: 3/17/2011

320th STS takes on challenge, opens airport to fixed-wing traffic320th STS takes on challenge, opens airport to fixed-wing traffic
320th STS takes on challenge, opens airport to fixed-wing traffic

SENDAI AIRPORT, Japan -- Combat controllers from the 320th Special Tactics Squadron set up flightline markers to inform pilots of the useable space on the runway here March 16. Members of the 320th STS, stationed out of Kadena Air Base, deployed to Sendai Airport to help clear the runway and make it ready for fixed-wing aircraft traffic. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse)
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Posted: 3/16/2011

320th STS takes on challenge, opens airport to fixed-wing traffic320th STS takes on challenge, opens airport to fixed-wing traffic
320th STS takes on challenge, opens airport to fixed-wing traffic

SENDAI AIRPORT, Japan -- Airmen from the 320th Special Tactics Squadron assess debris on the runway here March 16. Members of the 320th STS, stationed out of Kadena Air Base, deployed to Sendai Airport to help clear the runway and make it ready for fixed-wing aircraft traffic. (U.S. Air Force photo / Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse)
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320th STS takes on challenge, opens airport to fixed-wing traffic320th STS takes on challenge, opens airport to fixed-wing traffic
320th STS takes on challenge, opens airport to fixed-wing traffic

SENDAI AIRPORT, Japan -- A combat controller with the 320th Special Tactics Squadron marshals an MC-130H Combat Talon II after a successful landing here March 16. Members of the 320th STS, stationed out of Kadena Air Base, deployed to Sendai Airport to help clear the runway and make it ready for fixed-wing aircraft traffic. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse)
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320th STS takes on challenge, opens airport to fixed-wing traffic320th STS takes on challenge, opens airport to fixed-wing traffic
320th STS takes on challenge, opens airport to fixed-wing traffic

SENDAI AIRPORT, Japan -- Staff Sgt. Chris Allen, 320th Special Tactics Squadron special operations weather team, checks the windspeed and temperature here March 16. Sudden snow and low visibility threatened to prevent aircraft from landing at the airfield. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse)
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320th STS takes on challenge, opens airport to fixed-wing traffic320th STS takes on challenge, opens airport to fixed-wing traffic
320th STS takes on challenge, opens airport to fixed-wing traffic

SENDAI AIRPORT, Japan -- A pararescueman from the 320th Special Tactics Squadron looks for trapped survivors here March 16. Members of the 320th STS, stationed out of Kadena Air Base, deployed to Sendai Airport to help clear the runway and make it ready for fixed-wing aircraft traffic. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse)
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320th STS takes on challenge, opens airport to fixed-wing traffic320th STS takes on challenge, opens airport to fixed-wing traffic
320th STS takes on challenge, opens airport to fixed-wing traffic

SENDAI AIRPORT, Japan -- Senior Airman Steven Nizbet, 320th Special Tactics Squadron pararescueman, looks for trapped survivors here March 16. Members of the 320th STS, stationed out of Kadena Air Base, deployed to Sendai Airport to help clear the runway and make it ready for fixed-wing aircraft traffic. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse)
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320th STS takes on challenge, opens airport to fixed-wing traffic320th STS takes on challenge, opens airport to fixed-wing traffic
320th STS takes on challenge, opens airport to fixed-wing traffic

MIYAGI PREFECTURE, Japan -- A humvee carrying Airmen from the 320th Special Tactics Squadron travels down a Japanese highway towards Sendai Airport here March 16. Members of the 320th STS, stationed out of Kadena Air Base, deployed to Sendai Airport to help clear the runway and make it ready for fixed-wing aircraft traffic. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse)
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320th STS takes on challenge, opens airport to fixed-wing traffic320th STS takes on challenge, opens airport to fixed-wing traffic
320th STS takes on challenge, opens airport to fixed-wing traffic

MATSUSHIMA AIR BASE, Japan -- Airmen from the 320th Special Tactics Squadron exit an MC-130P Combat Shadow on their way to Sendai Airport here March 16. Members of the 320th STS, stationed out of Kadena Air Base, deployed to Sendai Airport to help clear the runway and make it ready for fixed-wing aircraft traffic. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse)
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320th STS takes on challenge, opens airport to fixed-wing traffic320th STS takes on challenge, opens airport to fixed-wing traffic
320th STS takes on challenge, opens airport to fixed-wing traffic

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- Tech. Sgt. Ray Decker, 320th Special Tactics Squadron, prepares his rucksack prior to boarding an MC-130P Combat Shadow here March 16. Members of the 320th STS, stationed out of Kadena Air Base, Japan, deployed to Sendai Airport to help clear the runway and make it ready for fixed-wing aircraft traffic. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse)
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353rd SOG reestablishes Sendai Airport 353rd SOG reestablishes Sendai Airport
353rd SOG reestablishes Sendai Airport

SENDAI, Japan -- Members from the 320th Special Tactics Squadron download and upload new gear at Sendai Airport March 16. The crew brought water, food, fuel and other general supplies to the members of the 353rd Special Operations Group at Sendai for search and rescue missions. The 353rd Special Operations Group is establishing a usable runway at Sendai Airport to help with Japan's earthquake and tsunami relief. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen)
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353rd SOG reestablishes Sendai Airport 353rd SOG reestablishes Sendai Airport
353rd SOG reestablishes Sendai Airport

SENDAI, Japan -- Senior Airman Ramon Mortensen, 17th Special Operations Squadron, backs up a pallet of fuel at Sendai Airport March 16. The crew brought water, food, fuel and other general supplies to the members of the 353rd Special Operations Group at Sendai for search and rescue missions. The 353rd Special Operations Group is establishing a usable runway at Sendai Airport to help with Japan's earthquake and tsunami relief. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen)
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353rd SOG reestablishes Sendai Airport 353rd SOG reestablishes Sendai Airport
353rd SOG reestablishes Sendai Airport

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- Maj. Kerry Redman, 17th Special Operations Squadron, flies toward Sendai Airport to drop off supplies March 16. The crew brought water, food, fuel and other general supplies to the members of the 353rd Special Operations Group at Sendai for search and rescue missions. The 353rd Special Operations Group is establishing a usable runway at Sendai Airport to help with Japan's earthquake and tsunami relief. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen)
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353rd SOG reestablishes Sendai Airport 353rd SOG reestablishes Sendai Airport
353rd SOG reestablishes Sendai Airport

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- Senior Airman Ramon Mortensen, 17th Special Operations Squadron, communicates with pilot about start up procedures before heading out to Sendai Airport March 16. The crew brought water, food, fuel and other general supplies to the members of the 353rd Special Operations Group at Sendai for search and rescue missions. The 353rd Special Operations Group is establishing a usable runway at Sendai Airport to help with Japan's earthquake and tsunami relief. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen)
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353rd SOG reestablishes Sendai Airport 353rd SOG reestablishes Sendai Airport
353rd SOG reestablishes Sendai Airport

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- Senior Airman Ramon Mortensen, 17th Special Operations Squadron, converses with pilot about preflight checklist before heading out to Sendai Airport March 16. The crew brought water, food, fuel and other general supplies to the members of the 353rd Special Operations Group at Sendai for search and rescue missions. The 353rd Special Operations Group is establishing a usable runway at Sendai Airport to help with Japan's earthquake and tsunami relief. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen)
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353rd SOG reestablishes Sendai Airport 353rd SOG reestablishes Sendai Airport
353rd SOG reestablishes Sendai Airport

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- Master Sgt. Mike Milich and Senior Airman Ramon Mortensen both from the 17th Special Operations Squadron, pull supplies on board a MC-130P prior to heading out to Sendai Airport March 16. The crew brought water, food, fuel and other general supplies to the members of the 353rd Special Operations Group at Sendai for search and rescue missions. The 353rd Special Operations Group is establishing a usable runway at Sendai Airport to help with Japan's earthquake and tsunami relief. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen)
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353rd SOG reestablishes Sendai Airport 353rd SOG reestablishes Sendai Airport
353rd SOG reestablishes Sendai Airport

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- Supplies of water, fuel and food are loaded onto a MC-130P for transport to Sendai Airport March 16. The supplies were delivered to sustain members of the 353rd Special Operations Group during search and rescue missions. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen)
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353rd SOG reestablishes Sendai Airport 353rd SOG reestablishes Sendai Airport
353rd SOG reestablishes Sendai Airport

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- Master Sgt. Mike Milich, 17th Special Operations Squadron, tests the emergency oxygen systems on board MC-130P prior to flying supplies to Sendai Airport March 16. The crew brought water, food, fuel and other general supplies to the members of the 353rd Special Operations Group at Sendai for search and rescue missions. The 353rd Special Operations Group is establishing a usable runway at Sendai Airport to help with Japan's earthquake and tsunami relief. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen)
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353rd SOG reestablishes Sendai Airport 353rd SOG reestablishes Sendai Airport
353rd SOG reestablishes Sendai Airport

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- Staff Sgt. Curtis Hornbeak, 17th Special Operations Squadron, reviews a flight operations guide prior to departing for Sendai Airport March 16. The crew brought water, food, fuel and other general supplies to the members of the 353rd Special Operations Group at Sendai for search and rescue missions. The 353rd Special Operations Group is establishing a usable runway at Sendai Airport to help with Japan's earthquake and tsunami relief. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen)
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First fixed-wing aircraft since quake lands at Sendai AirportFirst fixed-wing aircraft since quake lands at Sendai Airport
First fixed-wing aircraft since quake lands at Sendai Airport

SENDAI AIRPORT, Japan -- A U.S. Air Force MC-130H Combat Talon II lands here March 16. This is the first fixed-wing aircraft to land at the airport since an earthquake and tsunami crippled much of the Japanese eastern seaboard March 11. A team of combat controllers from the 320th Special Tactics Squadron out of Kadena Air Base, along with Japanese emergency management organizations, cleared a section of the runway and re-established the control tower to direct flights in and out of the airfield. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse)
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First fixed-wing aircraft since quake lands at Sendai AirportFirst fixed-wing aircraft since quake lands at Sendai Airport
First fixed-wing aircraft since quake lands at Sendai Airport

SENDAI AIRPORT, Japan -- Airmen unload supplies and a forklift from a MC-130H Combat Talon II here March 16. This is the first fixed-wing aircraft to land at the airport since an earthquake and tsunami crippled much of the Japanese eastern seaboard March 11. The opening of this runway to fixed-wing aircraft by the 320th Special Tactics Squadron and Japanese emergency management organizations provides a critical means of transporting fuel, equipment, food and other supplies to areas affected by the earthquake and tsunami. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse)
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Posted: 3/16/2011

PJs plan for possible rescue missionPJs plan for possible rescue mission
PJs plan for possible rescue mission

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- Pararescuemen from the 320th Special Tactics Squadron organize before a possible rescue mission here March 14. The Airmen are part of the 353rd Special Operations Group deployed force supporting the Japanese government with relief efforts in the wake of an earthquake measuring 8.9 in magnitude and the following tsunamis that rocked Japan March 11. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Patricia D. Lockhart)
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Posted: 3/14/2011

Airmen and Marines carry out survey missionAirmen and Marines carry out survey mission
Airmen and Marines carry out survey mission

YAMAGATA, Japan -- Maj. Tom Gilley (left), Maj. John Traxler (center) and Lt. Col. Steve Goodman discuss the possibility of using Yamagata Airfield as a fuel staging area here March 13. The area would be used to refuel aircraft assisting with Japan's earthquake and tsunami recovery efforts. The joint team is part of the American disaster relief forces here to assist with Japan's earthquake and tsunami recovery effort. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse)
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Posted: 3/14/2011

Airmen and Marines carry out survey mission
Airmen and Marines carry out survey mission
Airmen and Marines carry out survey mission

NATORI, Japan -- Maj. John Traxler (center), 320th Special Tactics Squadron commander, and a joint team of U.S. Air Force and Marine search and rescue specialists photograph the disastrous aftermath near the Sendai Airport here March 13. The images will help them plan future search and rescue missions. The joint team is part of the American disaster relief forces here to assist with Japan's earthquake and tsunami recovery effort. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse)
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Posted: 3/14/2011

BATCATS deploy additional humanitarian supportBATCATS deploy additional humanitarian support
BATCATS deploy additional humanitarian support

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- A fully-loaded MC-130H Combat Talon II from the 1st Special Operations Squadron takes off here March 14 to deliver additional equipment and support forces for the 353rd Special Operations Group forces deployed supporting humanitarian relief efforts at Yokota Air Base. The 353rd SOG now has about 115 Airmen and three aircraft deployed to support the Japanese government in the wake of an earthquake measuring 8.9 in magnitude and the following tsunamis that rocked Japan March 11. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Cram)
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Posted: 3/14/2011

BATCATS deploy additional humanitarian supportBATCATS deploy additional humanitarian support
BATCATS deploy additional humanitarian support

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Staff Sgt. Jason Lemke, a 1st Special Operations Squadron loadmaster, finalizes load plans on a fully-loaded MC-130H Combat Talon II here March 14. The aircraft is delivering additional equipment and support forces for the 353rd Special Operations Group forces deployed supporting humanitarian relief efforts at Yokota Air Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Cram)
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Posted: 3/14/2011

Airmen and Marines carry out survey missionAirmen and Marines carry out survey mission
Airmen and Marines carry out survey mission

YAMAGATA, Japan -- Maj. John Traxler, 320th Special Tactics Squadron commander and members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force discuss the possibility of using Yamagata as a fuel staging area here March 13. The area would be used to refuel aircraft assisting with Japan's earthquake and tsunami recovery efforts. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse)
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Posted: 3/13/2011

Airmen and Marines carry out survey missionAirmen and Marines carry out survey mission
Airmen and Marines carry out survey mission

NATORI, Japan -- A joint team of U.S. Air Force and Marine search and rescue look over the disastrous after-math of Sendai Airport here March 13. They are part of the American disaster relief forces here to assist with Japan's earthquake and tsunami recovery effort. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse)
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Posted: 3/13/2011

Airmen and Marines carry out survey missionAirmen and Marines carry out survey mission
Airmen and Marines carry out survey mission

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- Airlift leadership and a joint team of U.S. Air Force and Marine search and rescue members, prepare to board an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter from the 33rd Rescue Squadron here March 13. Yokota is receiving personnel, aircraft and supplies to support search and rescue efforts as requested by the government of Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse)
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Posted: 3/13/2011

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Staging relief

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- An MC-130P carrying U.S. Air Force personnel arrives here March 13. The flight was part of the first wave of American disaster relief forces to assist the earthquake and tsunami recovery effort. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Andrea Salazar)
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Posted: 3/12/2011

Squadron marks 30 years of honoring fallen comradesSquadron marks 30 years of honoring fallen comrades
Squadron marks 30 years of honoring fallen comrades

NEAR CAPONES ISLAND, Philippines -- Tech Sgt. Christopher Hughes (left) and Senior Master Sgt. Randy Perreault, both loadmasters with the 1st Special Operations Squadron, prepare to release a wreath in memorial of STRAY 59 while on aboard an MC-130H Combat Talon II Feb. 26. The flight was to honor fallen brethren that were lost 30 years ago when a 1st SOS MC-130E, call sign STRAY 59, crashed during an exercise killing eight crew members and 15 passengers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen)
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Posted: 2/28/2011

Air Commandos honor fallen comrades with memorial flightAir Commandos honor fallen comrades with memorial flight
Air Commandos honor fallen comrades with memorial flight

NEAR CAPONES ISLAND, Philippines -- Capt. James Demis (left) and Maj. Darin Wheeler, both pilots with the1st Special Operations Squadron, fly a MC-130H Combat Talon II in route to release a wreath for STRAY 59 Feb. 26. The flight was to honor fallen brethren that were lost 30 years ago when a 1st SOS MC-130E, call sign STRAY 59, crashed during an exercise killing eight crew members and 15 passengers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen)
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Posted: 2/28/2011

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STS hosts NCOA students

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Staff Sgt. Frank Gonzales, a combat arms instructor with the 320th Special Tactics Squadron, shows students from the Erwin Professional Military Education Center's NCO Academy Class 11-2 how to fire an AT-4 here Feb. 14. The students visited the 320th STS as part of the Erwin PME Center's new program to go to work centers across Kadena and give the students an up-close look at missions performed across the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Cram)
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KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Staff Sgt. Jeremy King, a combat controller with the 320th Special Tactics Squadron, shows students from the Erwin Professional Military Education Center's NCO Academy Class 11-2 a laser target designator here Feb. 14. The students visited the 320th STS as part of the Erwin PME Center's new program to go to work centers across Kadena and give the students an up-close look at missions performed across the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Cram)
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KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Senior Airman David Craig, a pararescueman with the 320th Special Tactics Squadron, shows an oxygen mask used during high-altitude rescues to students from the Erwin Professional Military Education Center's NCO Academy Class 11-2 here Feb. 14. The students visited the 320th STS as part of the Erwin PME Center's new program to go to work centers across Kadena and give the students an up-close look at missions performed across the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Cram)
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