Pacific Stars And Stripes Newspaper Archives Sep 11 1983, Page 30

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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - September 11, 1983, Tokyo, JapanPacific stars and stripes8 Cope North exercise conducted by 1st it. Kevin Krejcarek . Air Force Komatsu a the morning beckoned wit the arrival of the first direct rays of sunlight glistening off the Silvery pools of Rainwater which collected from the Early morning drenching. The first of the f-15 eagles was being tugged onto the apron by maintenance Crews and readied for the Day s flying. Beads of sweat formed on their foreheads As the humidity saturated their uniforms. The six f-15s from the 12th tactical fighter Squadron 18th tactical fighter Wing at Kadena a travelled North from their Home base to participate in dissimilar air combat tactics last North 83-4, a combined exercise Between Japan air self defense Force and . Air Force aircraft and their pilots was about to begin its first of four Days of training at Japan s Komatsu on the West coast of the main japanese Island of Honshu the f-15s would perform and tactics together with the Jasd pilots Over the sea of Japan in the Golf training area. The skilled pilots and their sleek prove Craft were composed of f-4ej phantom ii fighters from Jasd s 301st and 305th fighter squadrons of the 7th air Wing from Hyakuji a and the 303rd and 306th fighter squadrons of Komatsu s 6th air Wing in addition to the Usan f exactly eight in the morning on aug. 22, two . Air Force eagles took to the skies an banked left for the exercise area. A dozen minutes earlier two f-4ejs had lifted off and soon after these first two pairs of aerodynamically designed Craft were airborne two More f-4ejs were to follow. From this Point the exercise became a participants Only ballgame since ground person Nel Back at Komatsu could Only sit restlessly at the Edge of a chair listening to the action on tactical radio receivers. Okinawa sunday september 11, 1983 Kadena based f-15 eagles participated in the mock air Battles. Usan the training scenario called for Aerial Man Euver ing and engagements after Redland invaded a disputed Section of Bueland territory. During the exercise various two versus two or two versus four aircraft would switch roles from defender to aggressor forces each hoping to become the Victor of the Jasd on scene exercise director col. Tatsuo Suzuki director of operations at Japan scentral air defense sector told the Cope North participants before the exercise began there Are three main objectives of Cope North. These Are safety for a Good engagement Security and that of partnership. Without partnership there is no the partnership that Suzuki refer red to was on going As the nearly 120 airmen and people became deeply involved in learning fro their japanese counterparts. During the mass briefing a Pilot from both the participating aircraft briefed on their respective Birds. The f-4ej pilots joked with the f-15 Pilot that they must always be Alert As the two Crew members of the f-4ej Means twice As Many Eye Sand twice As Many talents As that of the single seat f-15. Likewise the Jasd pilots let out their unbelieving gasps when told of the climbing Power of the f-15s.on the first Day the f-15s received airborne and warning control from a Kadena based e-3a air borne warning and control systems aircraft in. As did the japanese self defense Force s f-4ej phantom ii. Addition to the control Given throughout the exercise from a Distant ground radar site. Weather had remained Clear for most of the four Day exercise except for the third Day when Clouds Topping Over 38,000 feet moved into the training area and All flying among Jasd and Usan pilots was is the first time that Komatsu a was used for a combined Cope North exercise which is conducted four times each to the Usan on scene exercise director col. Dwight f. Wilson who is assistant Deputy chief of staff for operations at 5th air Force Yokota Abas the exercise progressed All unit sharpened their skills in dissimilar air combat tactics. All the objectives of the exercise were met and exceeded my the 19th Cope North exercise came quickly for Wilson since his arrival at Yokota Only four weeks before. The Unsung heroes of the exercise were the maintenance Crews who kept the aircraft at top performance. All the f-15s slated for flying took off As planned. According to the chief of maintenance at Cope North 1st it. Pete Illing assigned tothe 12th aircraft maintenance unit at Kadena there were no major breakdowns. This translates to Good pre flight inspections and Basic Post flying inspections and Good servicing. It was a Tea Effort. People did t worry what their jobs were they All just chipped in and did it and we receive excellent support from the in All 84 sorties were logged by the f-4ejs while the f-15sflew 42. It was the team Effort that made Cope North 83-4the Success it was and the hard work earned the Mutual respect of japanese the exercise Jasd and Usan people were exchanging patches insignia an ideas. In several instances neither spoke the other s language but a smile a gesture and similar Job background conveyed the message As Good As any translator could have done. Friendship and an understanding of another culture is what added to most of the Good memories of the men an women participating in this exercise. As last goodbyes were being said pens met papers new friends exchanged addresses moments before boarding c-130 Hercules transports for the ride Back Home and thoughts of another Cope North. To assist in the monitoring of the operation Kadena supplied e-3a airborne warning and control system Azacs aircraft

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