Japan-based airlifters assisted the Malaysian air force with joint-service interoperability, airdrop tactics, and operational safety during an exercise at Subang AB, Malaysia. “Teak Mint has never failed to reach our goals and expectations of revolutionizing a potent combat air mobility force,” Royal Malaysian Air Force Maj. Azril Omree bin Dato’ Hasbullah said in a release. An MC-130J Commando II of the 17th Special Operations Squadron from Kadena AB, Japan, and a C-130H of the 36th Airlift Squadron from Yokota AB, Japan, flew alongside RMAF C-130s during the exercise May 26 to June 13. Air Force crews trained their RMAF counterparts on night-vision flying, as well as preparation and deployment of low-cost, low-altitude airdrop, according to the release. Airmen shared US operational risk management practices with RMAF safety officials and they” plan to include it in their day-to-day operations as a systematic and continuous process,” added 353rd Special Operation Group safety chief Maj. John Huntsman.
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.