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Humanitarian relief supplies arrive at Sendai AirportHumanitarian relief supplies arrive at Sendai Airport
Humanitarian relief supplies arrive at Sendai Airport

SENDAI AIRPORT, Japan -- Members of the 353rd Special Operations Group from Kadena Air Base, Japan, unload the first pallet of humanitarian aid from the first C-17 Globemaster II here March 20. Members of the 320th Special Tactics Squadron from Kadena Air Base, Japan, reopened the runway to fixed-wing aircraft March 16 and cleared the rest of the runway to accommodate larger aircraft such as the C-17, enabling larger shipments of humanitarian aid to help those affected by the earthquake and tsunami of March 11. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse)
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Posted: 3/20/2011

MC-130P combat shadow performs four successful aerial refueling missionsMC-130P combat shadow performs four successful aerial refueling missions
MC-130P combat shadow performs four successful aerial refueling missions

PACIFIC OCEAN -- An MC-130P Combat Shadow from the 17th Special Operations Squadron refuels a HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter from the 33rd Rescue Squadron March 18. The refueling missions are in support of humanitarian relief operations after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and following tsunami that rocked Northeastern Japan March 11. (U.S. Air Force photo/Osakabe Yasuo)
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Posted: 3/18/2011

MC-130P combat shadow performs four successful aerial refueling missionsMC-130P combat shadow performs four successful aerial refueling missions
MC-130P combat shadow performs four successful aerial refueling missions

PACIFIC OCEAN -- An MC-130P Combat Shadow from the 17th Special Operations Squadron refuels a HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter from the 33rd Rescue Squadron March 18. The refueling missions are in support of humanitarian relief operations after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and following tsunami that rocked Northeastern Japan March 11. (U.S. Air Force photo/Osakabe Yasuo)
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Posted: 3/18/2011

MC-130P combat shadow performs four successful aerial refueling missionsMC-130P combat shadow performs four successful aerial refueling missions
MC-130P combat shadow performs four successful aerial refueling missions

PACIFIC OCEAN -- An MC-130P Combat Shadow from the 17th Special Operations Squadron refuels two HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters from the 33rd Rescue Squadron March 18. The refueling missions are in support of humanitarian relief operations after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and following tsunami that rocked Northeastern Japan March 11. (U.S. Air Force photo/Osakabe Yasuo)
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Posted: 3/18/2011

MC-130P combat shadow performs four successful aerial refueling missionsMC-130P combat shadow performs four successful aerial refueling missions
MC-130P combat shadow performs four successful aerial refueling missions

PACIFIC OCEAN -- Senior Airman Ramon Mortensen, a 17th Special Operations Squadron loadmaster, observes an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter from the 33rd Rescue Squadron during an aerial refueling March 18. The refueling missions are in support of humanitarian relief operations after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and following tsunami that rocked Northeastern Japan March 11. (U.S. Air Force photo/Osakabe Yasuo)
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Posted: 3/18/2011

MC-130P combat shadow performs four successful aerial refueling missionsMC-130P combat shadow performs four successful aerial refueling missions
MC-130P combat shadow performs four successful aerial refueling missions

PACIFIC OCEAN -- An MC-130P Combat Shadow from the 17th Special Operations Squadron refuels a HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter from the 33rd Rescue Squadron March 18. The refueling missions are in support of humanitarian relief operations after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and following tsunami that rocked Northeastern Japan March 11. (U.S. Air Force photo/Osakabe Yasuo)
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Posted: 3/18/2011

MC-130P combat shadow performs four successful aerial refueling missionsMC-130P combat shadow performs four successful aerial refueling missions
MC-130P combat shadow performs four successful aerial refueling missions

PACIFIC OCEAN -- Master Sgt. Michael Milich, a 17th Special Operations Squadron loadmaster, observes an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter from the 33rd Rescue Squadron during an aerial refueling March 18. The refueling missions are in support of humanitarian relief operations after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and following tsunami that rocked Northeastern Japan March 11. (U.S. Air Force photo/Osakabe Yasuo)
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Posted: 3/18/2011

MC-130P combat shadow performs four successful aerial refueling missionsMC-130P combat shadow performs four successful aerial refueling missions
MC-130P combat shadow performs four successful aerial refueling missions

PACIFIC OCEAN -- An MC-130P Combat Shadow from the 17th Special Operations Squadron refuels two HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters from the 33rd Rescue Squadron March 18. The refueling missions are in support of humanitarian relief operations after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and following tsunami that rocked Northeastern Japan March 11. (U.S. Air Force photo/Osakabe Yasuo)
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Posted: 3/18/2011

MC-130P combat shadow performs four successful aerial refueling missionsMC-130P combat shadow performs four successful aerial refueling missions
MC-130P combat shadow performs four successful aerial refueling missions

MATSUSHIMA AIR BASE, Japan -- Senior Airman Ramon Mortensen, a 17th Special Operations Squadron loadmaster, looks at damaged F-2 fighters after landing here March 18 to drop of relief supplies. The aircraft were damaged after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and following tsunami that rocked Northeastern Japan March 11. (U.S. Air Force photo/Osakabe Yasuo)
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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 -- 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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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 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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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 -- 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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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 -- 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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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, 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

    

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