Air Force Photos

Balikatan 2015
1st Lt. Andrew Stokes (left), a 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron (AACS) air weapons officer, speaks with Philippine Air Force Maj. Frederick Facia, the 581st Aircraft Control and Training Squadron commander, and other PAF air battle managers while onboard a 961st AACS E-3 Sentry AWACS during exercise Balikatan 2015 over the Philippines April 23, 2015. This exercise marks the first time in history that PAF air battle managers have controlled other aircraft while on board the AWACS. Since the exercise began, April 20, 2015, the 961st AACS has integrated 20 PAF weapons controllers during their missions in order to provide them with firsthand experience using the aircraft’s systems. The 961st AACS is stationed at Kadena Air Base, Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Maeson L. Elleman)