(top) Sgt. Masatsugo Yamaguchi and Sgt. Kohichi Swirakata both Japanese Air Self Defense Force maintainers place intake covers on an E2-C Feb. 5 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam during Cope North 09-1 after a local area mission. 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, B-52 Stratofortress' currently deployed to Andersen from the 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron will participate in this year's Cope North exercise Feb. 2-13. This 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
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