Among the select airmen who specialize in training other airmen what to do should an enemy capture them is SSgt. Edmund Dawejko, who has been named the top Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) noncommissioned officer of 2006. Dawejko is assigned to the 18th Operations Support Squadron, at Kadena AB, Japan, on the island of Okinawa. After eight years on the job, the NCO says there is nothing he’d rather do, except perhaps be an Air Force pilot.
U.S. Air Force F-35s and F-22s regularly deploy deep into the Pacific region from Alaska, Utah, and Hawaii. In the future, though, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command would like to see the Air Force permanently station fifth-generation aircraft west of the international date line—closer to China.