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Reserve unit sends 'A-team' to RIMPAC 2018
A 154th Wing Hawaii Air National Guard F-22 Raptor pilot prepares to approach the refueling boom of a 434th Air Refueling Wing KC-135 Stratotanker from Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana, while in-flight near Hawaii during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise July 17. Twenty-five nations, 46 ships, five submarines, and about 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 27 to Aug. 2 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity while fostering and sustaining cooperative relationships among participants critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security of the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2018 is the 26th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Samantha Mathison)

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Photo by: Tech. Sgt. Samantha Mathison |  VIRIN: 180717-F-FS041-0252.JPG