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U.S., JASDF members complete Cope North 09-1

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam - Japan Air Self Defense Force Ammunition Squadron armament specialists transport M-117 ordnance to a JASDF F2 fighter during Cope North here Feb. 5. Cope North is a bilateral exercise designed to enhance U.S. and Japanese air operations in defense of Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nichelle Griffiths)

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam - Japan Air Self Defense Force Ammunition Squadron armament specialists transport M-117 ordnance to a JASDF F2 fighter during Cope North here Feb. 5. Cope North is a bilateral exercise designed to enhance U.S. and Japanese air operations in defense of Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nichelle Griffiths)

A Japan Air Self Defense Force aircraft maintainer inspects an E2-C aircraft Feb. 5 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam during Cope North 09-1 after a local area mission. JASDF F-2s from the 6th Squadron, Tsuiki Air Base and E-2Cs from the 601st Squadron, Misawa Air Base will join forward deployed USAF F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 18th Aggressor Squadron, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, B-52 Stratofortress' currently deployed to Andersen from the 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, 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.

A Japan Air Self Defense Force aircraft maintainer inspects an E2-C aircraft Feb. 5 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam during Cope North 09-1 after a local area mission. JASDF F-2s from the 6th Squadron, Tsuiki Air Base and E-2Cs from the 601st Squadron, Misawa Air Base will join forward deployed USAF F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 18th Aggressor Squadron, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, B-52 Stratofortress' currently deployed to Andersen from the 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, 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.

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam - Japan Air Self Defense Force air crew members direct  and watch as the  pilots extend the wings on a E-2C Hawkeye here after returning from an exercise during Cope North Feb. 5. The large 24ft diameter circular antenna radome above the rear fuselage is a radar system that is capable of tracking more than 2,000 targets and controlling the interception of 40 hostile targets. One radar sweep covers six million cubic miles. The radar's total radiation aperture control antenna reduces sidelobes and is robust against electronic countermeasures. It is capable of detecting aircraft at ranges greater than 550km. The E-2Cs are deployed to Guam  from the 601st Squadron, Misawa Air Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Courtney Witt)(released)

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam - Japan Air Self Defense Force air crew members direct and watch as the pilots extend the wings on a E-2C Hawkeye here after returning from an exercise during Cope North Feb. 5. The large 24ft diameter circular antenna radome above the rear fuselage is a radar system that is capable of tracking more than 2,000 targets and controlling the interception of 40 hostile targets. One radar sweep covers six million cubic miles. The radar's total radiation aperture control antenna reduces sidelobes and is robust against electronic countermeasures. It is capable of detecting aircraft at ranges greater than 550km. The E-2Cs are deployed to Guam from the 601st Squadron, Misawa Air Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Courtney Witt)(released)

(center) U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Anthony Bowman coordinates fuel off loads with E2-C Japanese Air Self Defense Force maintainers Feb. 5 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam during Cope North 09-1. Navy EA-6B Prowlers from VAQ-136 Carrier Air Wing Five, Atsugi, Japan along with Japan Air Self Defense Force F-2s  from the 6th Squadron, Tsuiki Air Base and E-2Cs fighter airborne control aircraft will join forward deployed USAF  F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 18th Aggressor Squadron, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, and B-52 Stratofortress' currently deployed to Andersen from the 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron to participate in this year's Cope North exercise Feb. 2-13. Sergeant Bowman is a fuels specialist, 36th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Andersen A.F.B.

(U.S. Air Force photo/ Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald) released

(center) U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Anthony Bowman coordinates fuel off loads with E2-C Japanese Air Self Defense Force maintainers Feb. 5 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam during Cope North 09-1. Navy EA-6B Prowlers from VAQ-136 Carrier Air Wing Five, Atsugi, Japan along with Japan Air Self Defense Force F-2s from the 6th Squadron, Tsuiki Air Base and E-2Cs fighter airborne control aircraft will join forward deployed USAF F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 18th Aggressor Squadron, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, and B-52 Stratofortress' currently deployed to Andersen from the 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron to participate in this year's Cope North exercise Feb. 2-13. Sergeant Bowman is a fuels specialist, 36th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Andersen A.F.B. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald) released

A B-52 Stratofortress currently deployed to Andersen AFB, Guam from the 23rd
Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, leads a formation Feb. 10 of Japanese Air Self Defense Force F-2s from the 6th Squadron, Tsuiki Air Base, USAF  F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 18th Aggressor Squadron, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, and Navy EA-6B Prowlers from VAQ-136 Carrier Air Wing Five, Atsugi, Japan over Guam during Cope North 09-1 at Andersen Air Force Base from Feb. 2-13 The Cope North exercise is one of the longest-running series of exercises in the Pacific theater.  Since the first Cope North exercise in 1978, thousands of American and Japanese personnel have honed skills that are vital to maintaining a high level of readiness. This will be the tenth time the United States and Japan have held a Cope North exercise on Guam, and it will be the fourth time that the JASDF will use live ordnance.

(U.S. Air Force photo/ Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald) released

A B-52 Stratofortress currently deployed to Andersen AFB, Guam from the 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, leads a formation Feb. 10 of Japanese Air Self Defense Force F-2s from the 6th Squadron, Tsuiki Air Base, USAF F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 18th Aggressor Squadron, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, and Navy EA-6B Prowlers from VAQ-136 Carrier Air Wing Five, Atsugi, Japan over Guam during Cope North 09-1 at Andersen Air Force Base from Feb. 2-13 The Cope North exercise is one of the longest-running series of exercises in the Pacific theater. Since the first Cope North exercise in 1978, thousands of American and Japanese personnel have honed skills that are vital to maintaining a high level of readiness. This will be the tenth time the United States and Japan have held a Cope North exercise on Guam, and it will be the fourth time that the JASDF will use live ordnance. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald) released

(left) Petty Officer 3rd class Curtis Chambers aviation technician, 
(center) Airman 1st Class Charles Robar, fuels specialist 36th Logistics Readiness Squadron and Petty Officer 3rd Jason Chadderton, aviation machinist mate remove a fuel hose Feb. 3 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam prior to a EA-6B Prowler local area mission during exercise Cope North 09-1. Prowlers from VAQ-136 Carrier Air Wing Five, Atsugi, Japan along with Japan Air Self Defense Force F-2s from the 6th Squadron, Tsuiki Air Base and E-2Cs from the 601st Squadron, Misawa Air Base will join forward deployed USAF  F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 18th Aggressor Squadron, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, B-52 Stratofortress' currently deployed to Andersen AFB, Guam from the 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron will participate in this year's Cope North exercise Feb. 2-13. Cope North 09-1 is the first iteration of a regularly scheduled joint and bilateral exercise and is part of the on-going series of exercises designed to enhance air operations in defense of Japan. 
 
(U.S. Air Force photo/ Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald)

(left) Petty Officer 3rd class Curtis Chambers aviation technician, (center) Airman 1st Class Charles Robar, fuels specialist 36th Logistics Readiness Squadron and Petty Officer 3rd Jason Chadderton, aviation machinist mate remove a fuel hose Feb. 3 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam prior to a EA-6B Prowler local area mission during exercise Cope North 09-1. Prowlers from VAQ-136 Carrier Air Wing Five, Atsugi, Japan along with Japan Air Self Defense Force F-2s from the 6th Squadron, Tsuiki Air Base and E-2Cs from the 601st Squadron, Misawa Air Base will join forward deployed USAF F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 18th Aggressor Squadron, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, B-52 Stratofortress' currently deployed to Andersen AFB, Guam from the 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron will participate in this year's Cope North exercise Feb. 2-13. Cope North 09-1 is the first iteration of a regularly scheduled joint and bilateral exercise and is part of the on-going series of exercises designed to enhance air operations in defense of Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald)

Senior Airman Sydney Reynolds, crew chief  performs post flight maintenance on an F-16 Fighting Falcon, 18th Aggressor Squadron, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, after landing Jan. 31, at Andersen AFB, Guam for exercise Cope North 09-1. The Cope North exercise is one of the longest-running series of exercises in the Pacific theater.  Since the first Cope North exercise in 1978, thousands of American and Japanese personnel have honed skills that are vital to maintaining a high level of readiness.  The exercise has been in the planning stages for several months and bears no connection to any real world events.  This will be the tenth time the United States and Japan have held a Cope North exercise on Guam, and it will be the fourth time that the JASDF will use live ordnance. Airman Reynolds is assigned to the 354th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Eielson AFB Alaska. 

(U.S. Air Force photo/ Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald) released

Senior Airman Sydney Reynolds, crew chief performs post flight maintenance on an F-16 Fighting Falcon, 18th Aggressor Squadron, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, after landing Jan. 31, at Andersen AFB, Guam for exercise Cope North 09-1. The Cope North exercise is one of the longest-running series of exercises in the Pacific theater. Since the first Cope North exercise in 1978, thousands of American and Japanese personnel have honed skills that are vital to maintaining a high level of readiness. The exercise has been in the planning stages for several months and bears no connection to any real world events. This will be the tenth time the United States and Japan have held a Cope North exercise on Guam, and it will be the fourth time that the JASDF will use live ordnance. Airman Reynolds is assigned to the 354th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Eielson AFB Alaska. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald) released

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- Members of the Japan Air Self Defense Force offload after arriving here in a JASDF C-130 Hercules Jan 27.  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.2-13.  Cope North is designed to enhance U.S. and Japanese air operations in defense of Japan.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Whitney)

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- Members of the Japan Air Self Defense Force offload after arriving here in a JASDF C-130 Hercules Jan 27. 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.2-13. Cope North is designed to enhance U.S. and Japanese air operations in defense of Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Whitney)

A 3-ship of F-16 Fighting Falcons, 18th Aggressor Squadron, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, fly in formation over Guam for exercise Cope North 09-1, Feb. 10. Units from the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and the Japan Air Self Defense Force are participating in exercise Cope North at Andersen AFB, Guam from Feb. 2-13. Cope North 09-1 is the first iteration of a regularly scheduled joint and bilateral exercise and is part of the on-going series of exercises designed to enhance air operations in defense of Japan. 

(U.S. Air Force photo/ Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald) released

A 3-ship of F-16 Fighting Falcons, 18th Aggressor Squadron, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, fly in formation over Guam for exercise Cope North 09-1, Feb. 10. Units from the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and the Japan Air Self Defense Force are participating in exercise Cope North at Andersen AFB, Guam from Feb. 2-13. Cope North 09-1 is the first iteration of a regularly scheduled joint and bilateral exercise and is part of the on-going series of exercises designed to enhance air operations in defense of Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald) released

Maj. Ethan Myers taxis pst Japan Air Self Defense Force F-2s after arriving at Andersen Air Force Base for Cope North 09-1 Jan. 31.  10 F-16 Aggressors from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska,  arrvied at Andersen Air Force Base, to participate in Exercise Cope North 09-1, a regularly scheduled exercise scheduled for Feb.2-13.  Cope North is designed to enhance U.S. and Japanese air operations in defense of Japan.(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Whitney)
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Maj. Ethan Myers taxis pst Japan Air Self Defense Force F-2s after arriving at Andersen Air Force Base for Cope North 09-1 Jan. 31. 10 F-16 Aggressors from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, arrvied at Andersen Air Force Base, to participate in Exercise Cope North 09-1, a regularly scheduled exercise scheduled for Feb.2-13. Cope North is designed to enhance U.S. and Japanese air operations in defense of Japan.(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Whitney)

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam - Japan Air Self Defense Force maintainer Staff Sgt. Teraya Miho inspects the vertical stabilizer of an JASDF F-2 fighter after the aircraft arrived here Jan. 30 for participation in Cope North. This is the tenth time the United States and Japan have held a Cope North exercise on Guam, and it will be the fourth time that the JASDF will use live ordnance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Courtney Witt)
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ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam - Japan Air Self Defense Force maintainer Staff Sgt. Teraya Miho inspects the vertical stabilizer of an JASDF F-2 fighter after the aircraft arrived here Jan. 30 for participation in Cope North. This is the tenth time the United States and Japan have held a Cope North exercise on Guam, and it will be the fourth time that the JASDF will use live ordnance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Courtney Witt)

Petty Officer1st class Christopher Baker, U.S. Navy aviation electricians mate takes a final look over of an EA-6B Prowler, Feb. 3 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam prior to a local area mission during exercise Cope North 09-1. Navy EA-6B Prowlers from VAQ-136 Carrier Air Wing Five, Atsugi, Japan along with Japan Air Self Defense Force F-2s  from the 6th Squadron, Tsuiki Air Base and E-2Cs from the 601st Squadron, Misawa Air Base will join forward deployed USAF  F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 18th Aggressor Squadron, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, B-52 Stratofortress' currently deployed to Andersen AFB, Guam from the 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron will participate in this year's Cope North exercise Feb. 2-13, with a focus on interoperability. 

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Petty Officer1st class Christopher Baker, U.S. Navy aviation electricians mate takes a final look over of an EA-6B Prowler, Feb. 3 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam prior to a local area mission during exercise Cope North 09-1. Navy EA-6B Prowlers from VAQ-136 Carrier Air Wing Five, Atsugi, Japan along with Japan Air Self Defense Force F-2s from the 6th Squadron, Tsuiki Air Base and E-2Cs from the 601st Squadron, Misawa Air Base will join forward deployed USAF F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 18th Aggressor Squadron, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, B-52 Stratofortress' currently deployed to Andersen AFB, Guam from the 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron will participate in this year's Cope North exercise Feb. 2-13, with a focus on interoperability. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald) released

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- U.S. and Japanese forces completed an annual two-week bilateral exercise Feb. 13, that was designed to increase interoperability between the two nations.

Cope North 09-1 is a Pacific-Command sponsored exercise that was designed and developed by 13th Air Force, Detachment 1, to increase combat readiness and interoperability between the U.S. Air Force, Navy, and the Japan Air Self Defense Force countries in defense of Japan. This is the ninth time this exercise has been conducted at Andersen.

An experience that has proven to build valuable relationships with allies of the U.S. "Cope North allows us to continue to build the trust and confidence in each other as military forces that will enable us to do a whole range of things as we move forward together as alliance partners," said Lt. Gen. Edward Rice, commander of U.S. Air Forces in Japan and the 5th Air Force.

"We plan on strengthening these alliances by working with our Navy and JASDF counterparts to better integrate our forces, and help each other gain a better understanding of how each force deploys their assets," said Maj. August Marquardt, an exercise coordinator from 13th AF/Det. 1.

More than 400 U.S. and JASDF members, and more than 20 aircraft, including JASDF F-2's, JASDF E-2C Hawkeyes, U.S. Navy EA-6B Prowlers participated in the exercise. For the first time in the Cope North exercise, B-52 Stratofortress' from the 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed to Andersen from Minot, N.D., and F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 18th Aggressor Squadron, Eielson participate.

The exercise was broken into two phases.

Phase One, which ran from Feb. 2-7, provided participants two days of local area orientation flights and four days of air to ground strikes. During the ATG missions, the Japanese pilots successfully deployed all 20 of the M-82 bombs they brought from Tsuiki Air Base.

"This was the fourth time that the JASDF team has had the experience of using live weapons at Cope North," said Col. Larry Bowers, 13th AF/Det 1 commander. "The live ordnance that they deployed here provided our allies with experience they can't get back home."

Since there is no live bombing range in Japan, JASDF pilots do not get many opportunities to train using live weapons.

"Because of the restrictions in [Japan], we do not get to use live bombs," said Col. Yutako Masuko, JASDF exercise commander. "The experience we are getting flying with U.S. pilots here on Guam is wonderful."

The second phase of the exercise was from Feb. 9-13. It was comprised of three days of dissimilar air combat training, followed two days of large force exercises.

The DACT portion consisted of simulated air to air warfare between the red and blue forces, or aggressor and friendly forces, respectively. The DACT portion started with two blue air members vs. two red air members, and gradually growing in participants to four vs. two, then four vs. four.

After DACT, aircrews participated in the large force exercise, which culminated all of the information they learned throughout the exercise. In the LFE scenario, blue forces, or friendly forces, conducted both bomber escort missions, and interception of a capable red force attacking and bombing Japan.

Throughout the exercise, the 18th Aggressor Squadron played as red air. This is one of three specially trained units in the Air Force, whose members have been trained to mirror the way enemy forces maneuver and operate.

"To provide the most realistic experience to participants, for the first time in Cope North, Aggressors from Eielson have come here to play the red forces," Major Marquardt said. "These pilots are specially trained in adversarial tactics, and their job is to simulate the best bad guy possible. Flying against the aggressors provides an invaluable experience that is as close as it gets to being at war."

This was also the first time B-52s participated, helping aircrews learn the capabilities the bombers bring to the Pacific theater. The bombers from the 23rd EBS are here in support of Andersen's Global Deterrence mission.

"It's a really great [experience] to participate in this Cope North Guam exercise," said Maj. Masataka Oguro, a JASDF F-2 pilot. "Flying with U.S. Air Force [pilots] and training with them is really wonderful."

While the exercise offers invaluable experience to JASDF and U.S. pilots alike, it wouldn't be possible without the support of Andersen and Guam, General Rice said. There are many aspects to Andersen that make this an ideal location. From the live bomb ranges and favorable weather to the positive relationships with the people of Guam, Andersen provides an experience like no other.

"We have a good relationship with the people of Guam who facilitate this exercise without any real restrictions on us," said General Rice. Andersen really replicates the types of environments that we would fight in [in a conflict] and provides a great experience for participants."

"I would like to thank the 36th Wing, and the citizens of Guam, for the hospitality that they have shown since our arrival. Without their support, the interaction and interoperability we experience with Japan in this exercise would not be possible," said Major Marquardt.

This exercise does not reflect any real world events.