The 14th Fighter Squadron at Misawa AB, Japan, recently joined with the 67th Fighter Squadron from Kadena AB, Japan, on the island of Okinawa, and elements of the Japan Air Self Defense Force for four days of aerial combat in an exercise dubbed “Seikan War,” reports SSgt. Vann Miller. The event gave the Misawa F-16 and Kadena F-15 pilots and maintainers a chance to train and share tactics with JASDF airmen. The conclusion of Col. Doug Carney, an F-15 pilot from Kadena: “We should do this more often. Even though we fly the same or similar airplanes, we have different methods of employing and executing.”
The Air Force overall reduced its size by 120 aircraft in fiscal year 2021, but kept about the same number of fighter, bomber and attack aircraft, according to data supplied by the service. The F-35 fleet saw the biggest increase while the B-1B bomber fleet saw the largest decline.