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F-35 Stealth Fighter Touted as the Tie that Binds Pacific Alliance

Stars and Stripes // March 16, 2017

Pacific Air Forces brought more than 100 pilots and allied military officials together this week to discuss how to best operate and manage the newest fighter aircraft in the United States arsenal.

The two-day symposium on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter served as the first loop in a knot “to more quickly mature the airplane” among Pacific allies, said Air Force Brig. Gen. Craig Wills, director of strategy, plans and programs for U.S. Pacific Command, on Tuesday.

“What everyone needs to remember is that we are not alone in the Pacific,” Wills said. “Look at our incredible alliance with Japan, with the Republic of Korea, with Australia. When their combat capability increases, our combat capability increases. It’s that simple.”

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