US, Japanese, Australian forces train together during Pacific Defender 20-1

A member of the U.S. Air Force practices shooting the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) EF88 assault rifle during Pacific Defender 20-1 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 12, 2020. During the subject matter expert exchange, U.S. Air Force, Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force), and RAAF security forces personnel exchanged tactics, techniques, and procedures and gained hands-on experience with each others’ equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Zade Vadnais)
A member of the U.S. Air Force practices shooting the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) EF88 assault rifle during Pacific Defender 20-1 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 12, 2020. During the subject matter expert exchange, U.S. Air Force, Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force), and RAAF security forces personnel exchanged tactics, techniques, and procedures and gained hands-on experience with each others’ equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Zade Vadnais)

A member of the U.S. Air Force practices shooting the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) EF88 assault rifle during Pacific Defender 20-1 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 12, 2020. During the subject matter expert exchange, U.S. Air Force, Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force), and RAAF security forces personnel exchanged tactics, techniques, and procedures and gained hands-on experience with each others’ equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Zade Vadnais)

U.S. Air Force Military Working Dog (MWD) Pedro takes a break following a demonstration of his capabilities during Pacific Defender 20-1 at the Pacific Regional Training Center near Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 10, 2020. During Pacific Defender 20-1, MWD handlers from the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force), and Royal Australian Air Force had demonstrated their respective tactics, techniques, and procedures, and gained experience working together in a simulated contingency environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Zade Vadnais)
U.S. Air Force Military Working Dog (MWD) Pedro takes a break following a demonstration of his capabilities during Pacific Defender 20-1 at the Pacific Regional Training Center near Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 10, 2020. During Pacific Defender 20-1, MWD handlers from the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force), and Royal Australian Air Force had demonstrated their respective tactics, techniques, and procedures, and gained experience working together in a simulated contingency environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Zade Vadnais)

A member of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) prepares to shoot a U.S. Air Force M18 pistol during Pacific Defender 20-1 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 12, 2020. During the subject matter expert exchange, U.S. Air Force, Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force), and RAAF security forces personnel exchanged tactics, techniques, and procedures and gained hands-on experience with each others’ equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Zade Vadnais)

Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force) Staff Sgt. Hiroki Nishikawa and Staff Sgt. Shiji Miyahara, Base Defense Development Training squadron instructors, demonstrate combative maneuvers to Royal Australian Air Force, U.S. Air Force, and Koku Jietai (JASDF) personnel during Pacific Defender 20-1 at the Pacific Regional Training Center near Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 9, 2020. Pacific Defender 20-1 was a week-long exchange of various security forces tactics, techniques, and procedures including hand-to-hand combatives and Military Working Dog operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Zade Vadnais)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Okiem Nixon, 736th Security Forces Squadron Commando Warrior noncommissioned officer in charge of combat arms, fires at a simulated threat during Pacific Defender 20-1 at the Pacific Regional Training Center near Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 11, 2020. Pacific Defender is an annual series of security forces subject matter expert exchanges that bring together security forces personnel and key leaders from various Pacific nations to exchange knowledge through various demonstrations and hands-on drills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Zade Vadnais)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Brandon Schleis, 824th Base Defense Squadron fire team member, stands guard over a simulated forward operating base during the field application portion of Pacific Defender 20-1 at the Pacific Regional Training Center near Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 13, 2020. The week-long subject matter expert exchange culminated in a two-day field application where participants put their new skills and interoperability with personnel from other participating nations to the test. (U.S Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Zade Vadnais)

A member of the U.S. Air Force practices shooting the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) EF88 assault rifle during Pacific Defender 20-1 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 12, 2020. During the subject matter expert exchange, U.S. Air Force, Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force), and RAAF security forces personnel exchanged tactics, techniques, and procedures and gained hands-on experience with each others’ equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Zade Vadnais)

U.S. Air Force and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) personnel practice shooting the U.S. Air Force M4 assault rifle during Pacific Defender 20-1 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 12, 2020. During the subject matter expert exchange, U.S. Air Force, Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force), and RAAF security forces personnel exchanged tactics, techniques, and procedures and gained hands-on experience with each others’ equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Zade Vadnais)

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) personnel stand ready as RAAF Military Working Dog (MWD) Xara enters a building to neutralize a simulated threat during Pacific Defender 20-1 at the Pacific Regional Training Center near Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 11, 2020. MWD handlers from the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force), and RAAF were able to demonstrate the capabilities of their respective MWDs as well as learn each others’ tactics, techniques, and procedures in order to better integrate with each other should the need arise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Zade Vadnais)

Members of the Royal Australian Air Force, U.S. Air Force, and Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force) participate in a simulated live fire scenario during Pacific Defender 20-1 at the Pacific Regional Training Center near Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 11, 2020. During the scenario, participants were split into teams consisting of several members from each nation in order to test and enhance their interoperability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Zade Vadnais)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Rowdy Spears, 736th Security Forces Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of standards and evaluations, approaches a training scenario during Pacific Defender 20-1 at the Pacific Regional Training Center near Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 10, 2020. During Pacific Defender 20-1, participants from the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force), and Royal Australian Air Force gained experience working together in a contingency environment through various demonstrations and hands-on field applications. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Zade Vadnais)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Okiem Nixon, 736th Security Forces Squadron (SFS) Commando Warrior noncommissioned officer in charge of combat arms, and Staff Sgt. Sean Guillen, 736th SFS Commando Warrior instructor, demonstrate combative maneuvers to Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force), Royal Australian Air Force, and U.S. Air Force security forces personnel during Pacific Defender 20-1 at the Pacific Regional Training Center near Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 9, 2020. Pacific Defender is an annual series of subject matter expert exchanges providing an opportunity for security forces personnel from various nations to exchange tactics, techniques, and procedures through demonstrations and hands-on exercises. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Zade Vadnais)

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