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U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Rafael Avelar
Cmdr. Tommy McDonald

Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 51 Change of Command Ceremony at NAF Atsugi

Cmdr. Tommy McDonald salutes during a change of command ceremony held onboard Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan Dec. 7, 2023.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Scott Aubuchon
Sgt. Miguel Vega

Stand-in Force Exercise 24 at Camp Fuji, Japan

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Miguel Vega sights in with a command launch unit for a Javelin shoulder-fired anti-tank missile while prepare for an ambush during Stand-in Force Exercise 24 at Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji, Japan, Dec. 5, 2023.

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Rick Dean, assigned to U.S. Army Aviation Battalion–Japan, is doused in champagne by his co-workers after completing his final flight at Camp Zama's Kastner Airfield in Japan, Dec. 1, 2023. Dean served 26 years in the Army, much of them as a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter pilot. (Photo Credit: Esther Dacanay, U.S. Army Japan Public Affairs)
Sgt. 1st Class Rick Dean

Camp Zama Black Hawk pilot eyes unique trade after flying career

As two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters approached to rescue his battle buddies, then-Sgt. 1st Class Rick Dean was impressed by how closely they circled above before landing together in a tight space.

U.S. Army Photo by Pfc. Elijah Magaña
Lt. Gen. Xavier T. Brunson and Lt. Gen. Ryoji Takemoto

Yama Sakura 85 opening ceremony held in Camp Asaka, Saitama, Japan

U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Xavier T. Brunson, the commanding general of America’s First Corps, shakes the hand of Lt. Gen. Ryoji Takemoto, the commanding general of the Japanese Ground Component Command, following the opening ceremony for Yama Sakura 85 in Camp Asaka, Saitama, Japan, Dec. 4, 2023

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