354th AEW integrates with VMFA-242 during Operation Iron Dagger

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  • By Airman 1st Class Jose Miguel Tamondong
  • Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Karlos Melendez, left, a 354th Air Expeditionary Wing crew chief, and U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Dylan Chavez, a Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 242 powerline mechanic, stand by during a pre-flight inspection for Operation IRON DAGGER on Marine Corps Air Station, Iwakuni, Japan, Dec. 6, 2021. During the deployment, the U.S. Air Force integrated with the U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning IIs from III Marine Expeditionary Force to strengthen partnerships and enhance joint capabilities, ensuring a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jose Miguel T. Tamondong)