Joint Freefall Operations

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 14th Fighter Squadron at Misawa Air Base approaches a 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker to receive fuel during Exercise PACIFIC WEASEL (PAC WEASEL) over the Pacific Ocean Jan. 21, 2022. The goal of PAC WEASEL is to enhance the defensive capabilities of U.S. Forces Japan and Japanese allies. The 909th ARS refueled fighter jets during the exercise, supporting the U.S.’ commitment to defending a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cesar J. Navarro)
A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 14th Fighter Squadron at Misawa Air Base approaches a 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker to receive fuel during Exercise PACIFIC WEASEL (PAC WEASEL) over the Pacific Ocean Jan. 21, 2022. The goal of PAC WEASEL is to enhance the defensive capabilities of U.S. Forces Japan and Japanese allies. The 909th ARS refueled fighter jets during the exercise, supporting the U.S.’ commitment to defending a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cesar J. Navarro)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 14th Fighter Squadron at Misawa Air Base approaches a 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker to receive fuel during Exercise PACIFIC WEASEL (PAC WEASEL) over the Pacific Ocean Jan. 21, 2022. The goal of PAC WEASEL is to enhance the defensive capabilities of U.S. Forces Japan and Japanese allies. The 909th ARS refueled fighter jets during the exercise, supporting the U.S.’ commitment to defending a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cesar J. Navarro)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Christopher Guzman, 909th Air Refueling Squadron pilot, taxis on the runway before takeoff in support of Exercise PACIFIC WEASEL (PAC WEASEL) at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 21, 2022. The goal of PAC WEASEL is to enhance the defensive capabilities of U.S. Forces Japan and Japanese allies. The 909th ARS refueled fighter jets during the exercise, supporting the U.S.’s commitment to defending a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cesar J. Navarro)
U.S. Air Force Capt. Christopher Guzman, 909th Air Refueling Squadron pilot, taxis on the runway before takeoff in support of Exercise PACIFIC WEASEL (PAC WEASEL) at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 21, 2022. The goal of PAC WEASEL is to enhance the defensive capabilities of U.S. Forces Japan and Japanese allies. The 909th ARS refueled fighter jets during the exercise, supporting the U.S.’s commitment to defending a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cesar J. Navarro)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Christopher Guzman, 909th Air Refueling Squadron pilot, flies over the coast of Japan in support of Exercise PACIFIC WEASEL Jan. 21, 2022. The joint and bilateral exercise directly enhanced U.S. Forces Japan’s ability to detect, deter and potentially defend Japan from adversaries, while empowering service members to be innovative and diversify their approach to any given obstacle. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cesar J. Navarro)
U.S. Air Force Capt. Christopher Guzman, 909th Air Refueling Squadron pilot, flies over the coast of Japan in support of Exercise PACIFIC WEASEL Jan. 21, 2022. The joint and bilateral exercise directly enhanced U.S. Forces Japan’s ability to detect, deter and potentially defend Japan from adversaries, while empowering service members to be innovative and diversify their approach to any given obstacle. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cesar J. Navarro)

Airman 1st Class Ethan Parker, 909th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, prepares for a refueling in support of Exercise PACIFIC WEASEL (PAC WEASEL) over the Pacific Ocean Jan 21, 2022. The goal of PAC WEASEL is to enhance the defensive capabilities of U.S. Forces Japan and Japanese allies. The 909th ARS refueled fighter jets during the exercise, supporting the U.S.’ commitment to defending a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cesar J. Navarro)
Airman 1st Class Ethan Parker, 909th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, prepares for a refueling in support of Exercise PACIFIC WEASEL (PAC WEASEL) over the Pacific Ocean Jan 21, 2022. The goal of PAC WEASEL is to enhance the defensive capabilities of U.S. Forces Japan and Japanese allies. The 909th ARS refueled fighter jets during the exercise, supporting the U.S.’ commitment to defending a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cesar J. Navarro)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 14th Fighter Squadron at Misawa Air Base approaches a 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker to receive fuel during Exercise PACIFIC WEASEL (PAC WEASEL) over the Pacific Ocean Jan. 21, 2022. The goal of PAC WEASEL is to enhance the defensive capabilities of U.S. Forces Japan and Japanese allies. The 909th ARS refueled fighter jets during the exercise, supporting the U.S.’ commitment to defending a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cesar J. Navarro)
A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 14th Fighter Squadron at Misawa Air Base approaches a 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker to receive fuel during Exercise PACIFIC WEASEL (PAC WEASEL) over the Pacific Ocean Jan. 21, 2022. The goal of PAC WEASEL is to enhance the defensive capabilities of U.S. Forces Japan and Japanese allies. The 909th ARS refueled fighter jets during the exercise, supporting the U.S.’ commitment to defending a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cesar J. Navarro)

A 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker crew finishes preflight inspections before taking off in support of Exercise PACIFIC WEASEL (PAC WEASEL) at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 21, 2022. The goal of PAC WEASEL is to enhance the defensive capabilities of U.S. Forces Japan and Japanese allies. The 909th ARS refueled fighter jets, supporting the U.S.’s commitment to defending a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cesar J. Navarro)
A 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker crew finishes preflight inspections before taking off in support of Exercise PACIFIC WEASEL (PAC WEASEL) at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 21, 2022. The goal of PAC WEASEL is to enhance the defensive capabilities of U.S. Forces Japan and Japanese allies. The 909th ARS refueled fighter jets, supporting the U.S.’s commitment to defending a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cesar J. Navarro)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Matthew Valenzuela, 909th Air Refueling Squadron pilot, finishes his preflight checks as he prepares to takeoff in support of Exercise PACIFIC WEASEL at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 21, 2022. The joint and bilateral exercise directly enhanced U.S. Forces Japan’s ability to detect, deter and potentially defend Japan from adversaries, while empowering service members to be innovative and diversify their approach to any given obstacle. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cesar J. Navarro)
U.S. Air Force Capt. Matthew Valenzuela, 909th Air Refueling Squadron pilot, finishes his preflight checks as he prepares to takeoff in support of Exercise PACIFIC WEASEL at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 21, 2022. The joint and bilateral exercise directly enhanced U.S. Forces Japan’s ability to detect, deter and potentially defend Japan from adversaries, while empowering service members to be innovative and diversify their approach to any given obstacle. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cesar J. Navarro)

U.S. Airmen from the 18th Wing conduct preflight checks on a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron in preparation for Exercise PACIFIC WEASEL at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 21, 2022. The joint and bilateral exercise directly enhanced U.S. Forces Japan’s ability to detect, deter and potentially defend Japan from adversaries, while empowering service members to be innovative and diversify their approach to any given obstacle. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cesar J. Navarro)
U.S. Airmen from the 18th Wing conduct preflight checks on a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron in preparation for Exercise PACIFIC WEASEL at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 21, 2022. The joint and bilateral exercise directly enhanced U.S. Forces Japan’s ability to detect, deter and potentially defend Japan from adversaries, while empowering service members to be innovative and diversify their approach to any given obstacle. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cesar J. Navarro)

Two U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 14th Fighter Squadron at Misawa Air Base take turns receiving fuel from a 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker during Exercise PACIFIC WEASEL (PAC WEASEL) over the Pacific Ocean Jan. 21, 2022. The goal of PAC WEASEL is to enhance the defensive capabilities of U.S. Forces Japan and Japanese allies. The 909th ARS refueled fighter jets during the exercise, supporting the U.S.’s commitment to defending a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cesar J. Navarro)
Two U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 14th Fighter Squadron at Misawa Air Base take turns receiving fuel from a 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker during Exercise PACIFIC WEASEL (PAC WEASEL) over the Pacific Ocean Jan. 21, 2022. The goal of PAC WEASEL is to enhance the defensive capabilities of U.S. Forces Japan and Japanese allies. The 909th ARS refueled fighter jets during the exercise, supporting the U.S.’s commitment to defending a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cesar J. Navarro)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 14th Fighter Squadron at Misawa Air Base approaches a 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker to receive fuel during Exercise PACIFIC WEASEL (PAC WEASEL) over the Pacific Ocean Jan. 21, 2022. The goal of PAC WEASEL is to enhance the defensive capabilities of U.S. Forces Japan and Japanese allies. The 909th ARS refueled fighter jets during the exercise, supporting the U.S.’ commitment to defending a free and open Indo-Pacific region.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cesar J. Navarro)
A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 14th Fighter Squadron at Misawa Air Base waits to receive fuel from a 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker during Exercise PACIFIC WEASEL over the Pacific Ocean Jan. 21, 2022. The joint and bilateral exercise directly enhanced U.S. Forces Japan’s ability to detect, deter and potentially defend Japan from adversaries, while empowering service members to be innovative and diversify their approach to any given obstacle. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cesar J. Navarro)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 14th Fighter Squadron at Misawa Air Base approaches a 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker to receive fuel during Exercise PACIFIC WEASEL (PAC WEASEL) over the Pacific Ocean Jan. 21, 2022. The goal of PAC WEASEL is to enhance the defensive capabilities of U.S. Forces Japan and Japanese allies. The 909th ARS refueled fighter jets during the exercise, supporting the U.S.’ commitment to defending a free and open Indo-Pacific region.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cesar J. Navarro)
A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 14th Fighter Squadron at Misawa Air Base approaches a 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker to receive fuel during Exercise PACIFIC WEASEL (PAC WEASEL) over the Pacific Ocean Jan. 21, 2022. The goal of PAC WEASEL is to enhance the defensive capabilities of U.S. Forces Japan and Japanese allies. The 909th ARS refueled fighter jets during the exercise, supporting the U.S.’ commitment to defending a free and open Indo-Pacific region.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cesar J. Navarro)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 14th Fighter Squadron at Misawa Air Base receives fuel from a 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker during Exercise PACIFIC WEASEL (PAC WEASEL) over the Pacific Ocean Jan. 21, 2022. The goal of PAC WEASEL is to enhance the defensive capabilities of U.S. Forces Japan and Japanese allies. The 909th ARS refueled fighter jets during the exercise, supporting the U.S.’ commitment to defending a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cesar J. Navarro)
A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 14th Fighter Squadron at Misawa Air Base receives fuel from a 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker during Exercise PACIFIC WEASEL (PAC WEASEL) over the Pacific Ocean Jan. 21, 2022. The goal of PAC WEASEL is to enhance the defensive capabilities of U.S. Forces Japan and Japanese allies. The 909th ARS refueled fighter jets during the exercise, supporting the U.S.’ commitment to defending a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cesar J. Navarro)

Three U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 14th Fighter Squadron at Misawa Air Base fly alongside a 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker during Exercise PACIFIC WEASEL over the Pacific Ocean Jan. 21, 2022. The joint and bilateral exercise directly enhanced U.S. Forces Japan’s ability to detect, deter and potentially defend Japan from adversaries, while empowering service members to be innovative and diversify their approach to any given obstacle. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cesar J. Navarro)
Three U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 14th Fighter Squadron at Misawa Air Base fly alongside a 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker during Exercise PACIFIC WEASEL over the Pacific Ocean Jan. 21, 2022. The joint and bilateral exercise directly enhanced U.S. Forces Japan’s ability to detect, deter and potentially defend Japan from adversaries, while empowering service members to be innovative and diversify their approach to any given obstacle. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cesar J. Navarro)

Four U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 14th Fighter Squadron at Misawa Air Base fly alongside a 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker during Exercise PACIFIC WEASEL (PAC WEASEL) over the Pacific Ocean Jan. 21, 2022. The goal of PAC WEASEL is to enhance the defensive capabilities of U.S. Forces Japan and Japanese allies. The 909th ARS refueled fighter jets during the exercise, supporting the U.S.’ commitment to defending a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cesar J. Navarro)
Four U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 14th Fighter Squadron at Misawa Air Base fly alongside a 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker during Exercise PACIFIC WEASEL (PAC WEASEL) over the Pacific Ocean Jan. 21, 2022. The goal of PAC WEASEL is to enhance the defensive capabilities of U.S. Forces Japan and Japanese allies. The 909th ARS refueled fighter jets during the exercise, supporting the U.S.’ commitment to defending a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cesar J. Navarro)

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