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A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, taxis for take-off at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 7, 2017. The F-35A is deployed under U.S. Pacific Command’s theater security package program, which has been in operation since 2004. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard)

A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, taxis for take-off at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 7, 2017. The F-35A is deployed under U.S. Pacific Command’s theater security package program, which has been in operation since 2004. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard)

A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II pilot from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, taxis for take-off at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 7, 2017. The theater security package program is designed to demonstrate the continuing U.S. commitment to stability and security in the region.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard)

A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II pilot from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, taxis for take-off at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 7, 2017. The theater security package program is designed to demonstrate the continuing U.S. commitment to stability and security in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Zachary Kasperek, 34th Aircraft Maintenance Unit F-35A Lightning II crewchief, watches an F-35A  taxi for take-off at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 7, 2017. Approximately 300 Airmen and 12 F-35As from Hill Air Force Base, Utah’s 388th and 419th Fighter Wings are deployed to Kadena AB for a six-month planned rotation.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Zachary Kasperek, 34th Aircraft Maintenance Unit F-35A Lightning II crewchief, watches an F-35A taxi for take-off at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 7, 2017. Approximately 300 Airmen and 12 F-35As from Hill Air Force Base, Utah’s 388th and 419th Fighter Wings are deployed to Kadena AB for a six-month planned rotation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard)

A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II pilot from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, prepares his fighter jet for the first F-35A take-off from Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 7, 2017. The F-35A gives global precision attack capability against current and emerging threats while complementing the air superiority of the aircraft fleets around them. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard)

A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II pilot from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, prepares his fighter jet for the first F-35A take-off from Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 7, 2017. The F-35A gives global precision attack capability against current and emerging threats while complementing the air superiority of the aircraft fleets around them. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard)

U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning IIs from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, taxi for take-off at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 7, 2017. The F-35s deployment offers unique opportunities to integrate various forces into joint, coalition and bilateral training across many different environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard)

U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning IIs from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, taxi for take-off at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 7, 2017. The F-35s deployment offers unique opportunities to integrate various forces into joint, coalition and bilateral training across many different environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard)

A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, takes off from the runway at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 7, 2017. F-35 Lightning II is a 5th-generation stealth fighter developed to safely penetrate areas without enemy radar seeing it. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard)

A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, takes off from the runway at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 7, 2017. F-35 Lightning II is a 5th-generation stealth fighter developed to safely penetrate areas without enemy radar seeing it. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard)

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