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Japan forces arrive in Guam for joint exercise

Japan Air Self Defense Force members offload from a C-130 after arriving Jan. 27 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. More than 60 JASDF members arrived in three C-130s to participate in Exercise Cope North 09-1, a regularly scheduled exercise scheduled for Feb. 2 through 13. Cope North is designed to enhance U.S. and Japanese air operations in defense of Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Ryan Whitney)

Japan Air Self Defense Force members offload from a C-130 after arriving Jan. 27 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. More than 60 JASDF members arrived in three C-130s to participate in Exercise Cope North 09-1, a regularly scheduled exercise scheduled for Feb. 2 through 13. Cope North is designed to enhance U.S. and Japanese air operations in defense of Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Ryan Whitney)

A Japan Air Self Defense Force C-130 pilot taxies on the flightline Jan. 27 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. More than 60 JASDF members arrived in three C-130s to participate in Exercise Cope North 09-1, a regularly scheduled exercise scheduled for Feb. 2 through 13. Cope North is designed to enhance U.S. and Japanese air operations in defense of Japan. This will be the 10th time the United States and Japan forces have held a Cope North exercise on Guam, and it will be the fourth time that the JASDF will use live ordinance. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Ryan Whitney)

A Japan Air Self Defense Force C-130 pilot taxies on the flightline Jan. 27 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. More than 60 JASDF members arrived in three C-130s to participate in Exercise Cope North 09-1, a regularly scheduled exercise scheduled for Feb. 2 through 13. Cope North is designed to enhance U.S. and Japanese air operations in defense of Japan. This will be the 10th time the United States and Japan forces have held a Cope North exercise on Guam, and it will be the fourth time that the JASDF will use live ordinance. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Ryan Whitney)

A Japan Air Self Defense Force member performs post flight maintenance on a JASDF C-130 after its arrival for participation in Exercise Cope North 09-1 Jan. 27 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. More than 60 JASDF members arrived in three C-130s to participate in the regularly scheduled exercise scheduled for Feb. 2 through 13. Cope North is designed to enhance U.S. and Japanese air operations in defense of Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald)

A Japan Air Self Defense Force member performs post flight maintenance on a JASDF C-130 after its arrival for participation in Exercise Cope North 09-1 Jan. 27 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. More than 60 JASDF members arrived in three C-130s to participate in the regularly scheduled exercise scheduled for Feb. 2 through 13. Cope North is designed to enhance U.S. and Japanese air operations in defense of Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald)

Japan Air Self Defense Force members wait outside of their C-130 after arriving Jan. 27 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. More than 60 JASDF members arrived in three C-130s to participate in Exercise Cope North 09-1, a regularly scheduled exercise scheduled for Feb. 2 through 13. Cope North is designed to enhance U.S. and Japanese air operations in defense of Japan. JASDF F-2s from Tsuiki Air Base, Japan, and E-2Cs from Misawa AB, Japan, will join forward deployed U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, B-52 Stratofortress' currently deployed to Andersen AFB, and Navy EA-6B from VAQ-136 Carrier Air Wing Five, Atsugi, Japan, will participate in this year's exercise with a focus on interoperability. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald)

Japan Air Self Defense Force members wait outside of their C-130 after arriving Jan. 27 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. More than 60 JASDF members arrived in three C-130s to participate in Exercise Cope North 09-1, a regularly scheduled exercise scheduled for Feb. 2 through 13. Cope North is designed to enhance U.S. and Japanese air operations in defense of Japan. JASDF F-2s from Tsuiki Air Base, Japan, and E-2Cs from Misawa AB, Japan, will join forward deployed U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, B-52 Stratofortress' currently deployed to Andersen AFB, and Navy EA-6B from VAQ-136 Carrier Air Wing Five, Atsugi, Japan, will participate in this year's exercise with a focus on interoperability. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald)

Japan Air Self Defense Force members wait outside of their C-130 after arriving Jan. 27 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. More than 60 JASDF members arrived in three C-130s to participate in Exercise Cope North 09-1, a regularly scheduled exercise scheduled for Feb. 2 through 13. Cope North is designed to enhance U.S. and Japanese air operations in defense of Japan. JASDF F-2s from Tsuiki Air Base, Japan, and E-2Cs from Misawa AB, Japan, will join forward deployed U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, B-52 Stratofortress' currently deployed to Andersen AFB, and Navy EA-6B from VAQ-136 Carrier Air Wing Five, Atsugi, Japan, will participate in this year's exercise with a focus on interoperability. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald)

Japan Air Self Defense Force members wait outside of their C-130 after arriving Jan. 27 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. More than 60 JASDF members arrived in three C-130s to participate in Exercise Cope North 09-1, a regularly scheduled exercise scheduled for Feb. 2 through 13. Cope North is designed to enhance U.S. and Japanese air operations in defense of Japan. JASDF F-2s from Tsuiki Air Base, Japan, and E-2Cs from Misawa AB, Japan, will join forward deployed U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, B-52 Stratofortress' currently deployed to Andersen AFB, and Navy EA-6B from VAQ-136 Carrier Air Wing Five, Atsugi, Japan, will participate in this year's exercise with a focus on interoperability. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald)

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