21st SOS supports U.S. Marines and JGSDF in massive Resolute Dragon exercise

An MV-22B Osprey from the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (VMM-262) lands while U.S. Marines, 4th Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, and soldiers from the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force, 5th Infantry Regiment, prepare for air-to-ground maneuvers during exercise Resolute Dragon 21 at the Ojojihara Training Area, Japan, Dec. 9, 2021. The MV-22 and CV-22B Osprey are important assets in rapid air-to-ground operations for joint and allied forces in many environments, allowing rapid combat power projection and defense over vast distances. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Ryan Lackey)
An MV-22B Osprey from the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (VMM-262) lands while U.S. Marines, 4th Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, and soldiers from the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force, 5th Infantry Regiment, prepare for air-to-ground maneuvers during exercise Resolute Dragon 21 at the Ojojihara Training Area, Japan, Dec. 9, 2021. The MV-22 and CV-22B Osprey are important assets in rapid air-to-ground operations for joint and allied forces in many environments, allowing rapid combat power projection and defense over vast distances. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Ryan Lackey)

An MV-22B Osprey from the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (VMM-262) lands while U.S. Marines, 4th Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, and soldiers from the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force, 5th Infantry Regiment, prepare for air-to-ground maneuvers during exercise Resolute Dragon 21 at the Ojojihara Training Area, Japan, Dec. 9, 2021. The MV-22 and CV-22B Osprey are important assets in rapid air-to-ground operations for joint and allied forces in many environments, allowing rapid combat power projection and defense over vast distances. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Ryan Lackey)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Mychal Ford, 21st Special Operations Squadron special missions aviator, sits in the rear of a CV-22B Osprey as it departs to support exercise Resolute Dragon 21, over Yokota Air Base, Japan, Dec. 9, 2021. The 21st SOS is specialized in the use of the CV-22B Osprey in conducting long-range infiltration, exfiltration and resupply missions for special operations forces. The CV-22B is equipped with integrated threat countermeasures, terrain-following radar, infrared sensors and other advanced avionics that make it a formidable power projection tool in adverse conditions and contested environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Ryan Lackey)
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Mychal Ford, 21st Special Operations Squadron special missions aviator, sits in the rear of a CV-22B Osprey as it departs to support exercise Resolute Dragon 21, over Yokota Air Base, Japan, Dec. 9, 2021. The 21st SOS is specialized in the use of the CV-22B Osprey in conducting long-range infiltration, exfiltration and resupply missions for special operations forces. The CV-22B is equipped with integrated threat countermeasures, terrain-following radar, infrared sensors and other advanced avionics that make it a formidable power projection tool in adverse conditions and contested environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Ryan Lackey)

An MV-22B Osprey from the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (VMM-262) lands while U.S. Marines, 4th Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, and soldiers from the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force, 5th Infantry Regiment, prepare for air-to-ground maneuvers during exercise Resolute Dragon 21 at the Ojojihara Training Area, Japan, Dec. 9, 2021. The MV-22 and CV-22B Osprey are important assets in rapid air-to-ground operations for joint and allied forces in many environments, allowing rapid combat power projection and defense over vast distances. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Ryan Lackey)
An MV-22B Osprey from the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (VMM-262) lands while U.S. Marines, 4th Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, and soldiers from the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force, 5th Infantry Regiment, prepare for air-to-ground maneuvers during exercise Resolute Dragon 21 at the Ojojihara Training Area, Japan, Dec. 9, 2021. The MV-22 and CV-22B Osprey are important assets in rapid air-to-ground operations for joint and allied forces in many environments, allowing rapid combat power projection and defense over vast distances. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Ryan Lackey)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Quinn Lake, right, 21st Special Operations Squadron pilot, escorts U.S. Marines, 4th Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, onto a CV-22B Osprey while practicing medical evacuation drills during exercise Resolute Dragon 21 at the Ojojihara Training Area, Japan, Dec. 9, 2021. U.S. Marines operate in air-to-ground task forces, enabling tactical and operational maneuvers that include rapid infiltration and exfiltration in support of Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations. Allied integration is critical, but can be complex and requires regular, intensive training to maintain requisite skills to maintain mission readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Ryan Lackey)
U.S. Air Force Capt. Quinn Lake, right, 21st Special Operations Squadron pilot, escorts U.S. Marines, 4th Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, onto a CV-22B Osprey while practicing medical evacuation drills during exercise Resolute Dragon 21 at the Ojojihara Training Area, Japan, Dec. 9, 2021. U.S. Marines operate in air-to-ground task forces, enabling tactical and operational maneuvers that include rapid infiltration and exfiltration in support of Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations. Allied integration is critical, but can be complex and requires regular, intensive training to maintain requisite skills to maintain mission readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Ryan Lackey)

U.S. Marines participate in a pre-training safety briefing with soldiers from the Japan Ground Self Defense Force, 5th Infantry Regiment, during exercise Resolute Dragon 21 at the Ojojihara Training Area, Japan, Dec. 9, 2021. U.S. and Japanese forces have worked together for more than 60 years; training together to increase operational cohesion and readiness in the pursuit of maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific region. Allied partners derive value from each opportunity to learn from one another while maintaining the readiness, proficiency, and lethality of our armed forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Ryan Lackey)
U.S. Marines participate in a pre-training safety briefing with soldiers from the Japan Ground Self Defense Force, 5th Infantry Regiment, during exercise Resolute Dragon 21 at the Ojojihara Training Area, Japan, Dec. 9, 2021. U.S. and Japanese forces have worked together for more than 60 years; training together to increase operational cohesion and readiness in the pursuit of maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific region. Allied partners derive value from each opportunity to learn from one another while maintaining the readiness, proficiency, and lethality of our armed forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Ryan Lackey)

U.S. Marines, 4th Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, and soldiers from the Japan Ground Self Defense Force, 5th Infantry Regiment, practice medical evacuation drills on a U.S. Air Force CV-22B Osprey during exercise Resolute Dragon 21 at the Ojojihara Training Area, Japan, Dec. 9, 2021. RD21 is the largest bilateral field training exercise between Japan Self Defense Forces, U.S. Marines, and the U.S. Air Force. The U.S. and Japanese forces have a long history of training together, and exercises provide opportunities to learn from one another while maintaining the readiness, proficiency, and lethality of allied armed forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Ryan Lackey)
U.S. Marines, 4th Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, work with soldiers from the Japan Ground Self Defense Force, 5th Infantry Regiment, loading simulated casualties onto a CV-22B Osprey from the 21st Special Operations Squadron, during exercise Resolute Dragon 21 at the Ojojihara Training Area, Japan, Dec. 9, 2021. U.S. Marines operate in air-to-ground task forces, enabling tactical and operational maneuvers that include rapid infiltration and exfiltration in support of Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations. Allied integration is critical, but can be complex and requires regular, intensive training to maintain requisite skills to maintain mission readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Ryan Lackey)

U.S. Marines, 4th Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, and soldiers from the Japan Ground Self Defense Force, 5th Infantry Regiment, practice medical evacuation drills on a U.S. Air Force CV-22B Osprey during exercise Resolute Dragon 21 at the Ojojihara Training Area, Japan, Dec. 9, 2021. RD21 is the largest bilateral field training exercise between Japan Self Defense Forces, U.S. Marines, and the U.S. Air Force. The U.S. and Japanese forces have a long history of training together, and exercises provide opportunities to learn from one another while maintaining the readiness, proficiency, and lethality of allied armed forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Ryan Lackey)
U.S. Marines, 4th Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, and soldiers from the Japan Ground Self Defense Force, 5th Infantry Regiment, practice medical evacuation drills on a U.S. Air Force CV-22B Osprey during exercise Resolute Dragon 21 at the Ojojihara Training Area, Japan, Dec. 9, 2021. RD21 is the largest bilateral field training exercise between Japan Self Defense Forces, U.S. Marines, and the U.S. Air Force. The U.S. and Japanese forces have a long history of training together, and exercises provide opportunities to learn from one another while maintaining the readiness, proficiency, and lethality of allied armed forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Ryan Lackey)

A U.S. Marine MV-22B flight engineer, from the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (VMM-262), checks ground clearance while bringing a MV-22 Osprey in for a landing during exercise Resolute Dragon 21 at the Ojojihara Training Area, Japan, Dec. 9, 2021. U.S. Marines operate in air-to-ground task forces, enabling tactical and operational maneuvers that include rapid infiltration and exfiltration in support of Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations. Allied integration is critical, but can be complex and requires regular, intensive training to maintain requisite skills to maintain mission readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Ryan Lackey)
A U.S. Marine MV-22B flight engineer, from the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (VMM-262), checks ground clearance while bringing a MV-22 Osprey in for a landing during exercise Resolute Dragon 21 at the Ojojihara Training Area, Japan, Dec. 9, 2021. U.S. Marines operate in air-to-ground task forces, enabling tactical and operational maneuvers that include rapid infiltration and exfiltration in support of Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations. Allied integration is critical, but can be complex and requires regular, intensive training to maintain requisite skills to maintain mission readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Ryan Lackey)

U.S. Marines, 4th Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, practice securing an aircraft perimeter alongside soldiers from the Japan Ground Self Defense Force, 5th Infantry Regiment, during exercise Resolute Dragon 21 at the Ojojihara Training Area, Japan, Dec. 9, 2021. U.S. and Japanese forces have worked together for more than 60 years; training together to increase operational cohesion and readiness in the pursuit of maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific region. Allied partners derive value from each opportunity to learn from one another while maintaining the readiness, proficiency, and lethality of our armed forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Ryan Lackey)
U.S. Marines, 4th Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, practice securing an aircraft perimeter alongside soldiers from the Japan Ground Self Defense Force, 5th Infantry Regiment, during exercise Resolute Dragon 21 at the Ojojihara Training Area, Japan, Dec. 9, 2021. U.S. and Japanese forces have worked together for more than 60 years; training together to increase operational cohesion and readiness in the pursuit of maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific region. Allied partners derive value from each opportunity to learn from one another while maintaining the readiness, proficiency, and lethality of our armed forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Ryan Lackey)

U.S. Marine Capt. Mariel Gulyes, left, 4th Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, and soldiers from the Japan Ground Self Defense Force, 5th Infantry Regiment, perform medical evacuation drills with a CV-22B Osprey from the 21st Special Operations Squadron, during exercise Resolute Dragon 21 at the Ojojihara Training Area, Japan, Dec. 9, 2021. U.S. and allied partner forces train like they fight, working together to promote all aspects of battlefield readiness. The MV-22 and the CV-22B Osprey are important assets in rapid air-to-ground operations for joint and allied forces in many environments, allowing rapid combat power projection and defense over vast distances. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Ryan Lackey)
U.S. Marine Capt. Mariel Gulyes, left, 4th Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, and soldiers from the Japan Ground Self Defense Force, 5th Infantry Regiment, perform medical evacuation drills with a CV-22B Osprey from the 21st Special Operations Squadron, during exercise Resolute Dragon 21 at the Ojojihara Training Area, Japan, Dec. 9, 2021. U.S. and allied partner forces train like they fight, working together to promote all aspects of battlefield readiness. The MV-22 and the CV-22B Osprey are important assets in rapid air-to-ground operations for joint and allied forces in many environments, allowing rapid combat power projection and defense over vast distances. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Ryan Lackey)

U.S. Marines, 4th Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, brace against the downwash from the props of a CV-22B Osprey from the 21st Special Operations Squadron, during exercise Resolute Dragon 21 at the Ojojihara Training Area, Japan, Dec. 9, 2021. U.S. Marines operate in air-to-ground task forces, enabling tactical and operational maneuvers that include rapid infiltration and exfiltration in support of Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations. Allied integration is critical, but can be complex and requires regular, intensive training to maintain requisite skills to maintain mission readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Ryan Lackey)
U.S. Marines, 4th Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, brace against the downwash from the props of a CV-22B Osprey from the 21st Special Operations Squadron, during exercise Resolute Dragon 21 at the Ojojihara Training Area, Japan, Dec. 9, 2021. U.S. Marines operate in air-to-ground task forces, enabling tactical and operational maneuvers that include rapid infiltration and exfiltration in support of Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations. Allied integration is critical, but can be complex and requires regular, intensive training to maintain requisite skills to maintain mission readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Ryan Lackey)

A CV-22B Osprey from the 21st Special Operations Squadron flies low over the trees as it prepares to land during exercise Resolute Dragon 21 at the Ojojihara Training Area, Japan, Dec. 9, 2021. The 21st SOS is specialized in the use of the CV-22B Osprey in conducting long-range infiltration, exfiltration and resupply missions for special operations forces. The CV-22B is equipped with integrated threat countermeasures, terrain-following radar, infrared sensors and other advanced avionics that make it a formidable power projection tool in adverse conditions and contested environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Ryan Lackey)
A CV-22B Osprey from the 21st Special Operations Squadron flies low over the trees as it prepares to land during exercise Resolute Dragon 21 at the Ojojihara Training Area, Japan, Dec. 9, 2021. The 21st SOS is specialized in the use of the CV-22B Osprey in conducting long-range infiltration, exfiltration and resupply missions for special operations forces. The CV-22B is equipped with integrated threat countermeasures, terrain-following radar, infrared sensors and other advanced avionics that make it a formidable power projection tool in adverse conditions and contested environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Ryan Lackey)

A CV-22B Osprey from the 21st Special Operations Squadron (left), alongside two MV-22B Ospreys from the Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262, and a CH-53E Super Stallion, from Heavy Helicopter Squadron 466, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, take turns practicing take-offs and landings during exercise Resolute Dragon 21 at the Ojojihara Training Area, Japan, Dec. 9, 2021. The MV-22, the CV-22B Osprey, and the CH-53E Super Stallion are important assets in rapid air-to-ground operations for joint and allied forces in many environments, allowing rapid combat power projection over vast distances. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Ryan Lackey)
A CV-22B Osprey from the 21st Special Operations Squadron (left), alongside two MV-22B Ospreys from the Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262, and a CH-53E Super Stallion, from Heavy Helicopter Squadron 466, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, take turns practicing take-offs and landings during exercise Resolute Dragon 21 at the Ojojihara Training Area, Japan, Dec. 9, 2021. The MV-22, the CV-22B Osprey, and the CH-53E Super Stallion are important assets in rapid air-to-ground operations for joint and allied forces in many environments, allowing rapid combat power projection over vast distances. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Ryan Lackey)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Mychal Ford (right), 21st Special Operations Squadron special missions aviator, observes CV-22B Osprey medical evacuation training alongside a captain from the  Japan Ground Self Defense Force, 5th Infantry Regiment, during exercise Resolute Dragon 21 at the Ojojihara Training Area, Japan, Dec. 9, 2021. U.S. and Japanese forces have worked together for more than 60 years; training together to increase operational cohesion and readiness in the pursuit of maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific region. Allied partners derive value from each opportunity to learn from one another while maintaining the readiness, proficiency, and lethality of our armed forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Ryan Lackey)
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Mychal Ford (right), 21st Special Operations Squadron special missions aviator, observes CV-22B Osprey medical evacuation training alongside a captain from the Japan Ground Self Defense Force, 5th Infantry Regiment, during exercise Resolute Dragon 21 at the Ojojihara Training Area, Japan, Dec. 9, 2021. U.S. and Japanese forces have worked together for more than 60 years; training together to increase operational cohesion and readiness in the pursuit of maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific region. Allied partners derive value from each opportunity to learn from one another while maintaining the readiness, proficiency, and lethality of our armed forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Ryan Lackey)

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Laura Fowler, center, 21st Special Operations Squadron pilot, directs soldiers from the Japan Ground Self Defense Force, 5th Infantry Regiment, on how to egress from a CV-22B Osprey while practicing medical evacuation drills during exercise Resolute Dragon 21 at the Ojojihara Training Area, Japan, Dec. 9, 2021. Allied partners training together is essential to the coordination of forces between countries, helping to ensure the continuation of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. Regular combined training opportunities incorporating the Japan Self Defense Forces, the U.S. Marines, and the U.S. Air Force, has proven to be effective in increasing the mutual understanding of military tactics, techniques, and procedures that help ensure both forces can fight successfully as a cohesive unit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Ryan Lackey)
U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Laura Fowler, center, 21st Special Operations Squadron pilot, directs soldiers from the Japan Ground Self Defense Force, 5th Infantry Regiment, on how to egress from a CV-22B Osprey while practicing medical evacuation drills during exercise Resolute Dragon 21 at the Ojojihara Training Area, Japan, Dec. 9, 2021. Allied partners training together is essential to the coordination of forces between countries, helping to ensure the continuation of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. Regular combined training opportunities incorporating the Japan Self Defense Forces, the U.S. Marines, and the U.S. Air Force, has proven to be effective in increasing the mutual understanding of military tactics, techniques, and procedures that help ensure both forces can fight successfully as a cohesive unit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Ryan Lackey)

CV-22B Osprey pilots from the 21st Special Operations Squadron, catch a glimpse of Mt. Fuji while returning from air-to-ground support operations during exercise Resolute Dragon 21 near Camp Fuji, Japan, Dec. 9, 2021. The 21st SOS is specialized in the use of the CV-22B Osprey in conducting long-range infiltration, exfiltration and resupply missions for special operations forces. The CV-22B is equipped with integrated threat countermeasures, terrain-following radar, infrared sensors and other advanced avionics that make it a formidable power projection tool in adverse conditions and contested environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Ryan Lackey)
CV-22B Osprey pilots from the 21st Special Operations Squadron, catch a glimpse of Mt. Fuji while returning from air-to-ground support operations during exercise Resolute Dragon 21 near Camp Fuji, Japan, Dec. 9, 2021. The 21st SOS is specialized in the use of the CV-22B Osprey in conducting long-range infiltration, exfiltration and resupply missions for special operations forces. The CV-22B is equipped with integrated threat countermeasures, terrain-following radar, infrared sensors and other advanced avionics that make it a formidable power projection tool in adverse conditions and contested environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Ryan Lackey)

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 21st Special Operations Squadron, U.S. Marines from 4th Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, and soldiers from the Japan Ground Self Defense Force, 5th Infantry Regiment, pose for a group photo during exercise Resolute Dragon 21 at the Ojojihara Training Area, Japan, Dec. 9, 2021. U.S. and Japanese forces have worked together for more than 60 years; training together to increase operational cohesion and readiness in the pursuit of maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific region. Allied partners derive value from each opportunity to learn from one another while maintaining the readiness, proficiency, and lethality of our armed forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Ryan Lackey)
U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 21st Special Operations Squadron, U.S. Marines from 4th Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, and soldiers from the Japan Ground Self Defense Force, 5th Infantry Regiment, pose for a group photo during exercise Resolute Dragon 21 at the Ojojihara Training Area, Japan, Dec. 9, 2021. U.S. and Japanese forces have worked together for more than 60 years; training together to increase operational cohesion and readiness in the pursuit of maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific region. Allied partners derive value from each opportunity to learn from one another while maintaining the readiness, proficiency, and lethality of our armed forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Ryan Lackey)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Mychal Ford, left, 21st Special Operations Squadron special missions aviator, high-fives a U.S. Marine from the 4th Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, during exercise Resolute Dragon 21 at the Ojojihara Training Area, Japan, Dec. 9, 2021. U.S. and Japanese forces have worked together for more than 60 years; training together to increase operational cohesion and readiness in the pursuit of maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific region. Allied partners derive value from each opportunity to learn from one another while maintaining the readiness, proficiency, and lethality of our armed forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Ryan Lackey)
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Mychal Ford, left, 21st Special Operations Squadron special missions aviator, high-fives a U.S. Marine from the 4th Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, during exercise Resolute Dragon 21 at the Ojojihara Training Area, Japan, Dec. 9, 2021. U.S. and Japanese forces have worked together for more than 60 years; training together to increase operational cohesion and readiness in the pursuit of maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific region. Allied partners derive value from each opportunity to learn from one another while maintaining the readiness, proficiency, and lethality of our armed forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Ryan Lackey)

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