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MAX THUNDER brings forces together, showcases aerial supremacy

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off during Exercise MAX THUNDER 17 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, April 27, 2017. Max Thunder is a regularly scheduled training exercise designed to enhance the readiness of U.S. and ROK forces to defend the Republic of Korea. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeff Andrejcik/Released)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off during Exercise MAX THUNDER 17 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, April 27, 2017. Max Thunder is a regularly scheduled training exercise designed to enhance the readiness of U.S. and ROK forces to defend the Republic of Korea. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeff Andrejcik/Released)

U.S. Marine Corp AV-8B Harriers with Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 311 prepare for takeoff during Exercise MAX THUNDER 17 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, April 27, 2017. In Max Thunder, U.S. and ROK air forces consistently train together to be ready around-the-clock to defend the Republic of Korea. The interoperability and trust developed between the allies in training is critical to ensure we are prepared for any challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeff Andrejcik/Released)

U.S. Marine Corp AV-8B Harriers with Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 311 prepare for takeoff during Exercise MAX THUNDER 17 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, April 27, 2017. In Max Thunder, U.S. and ROK air forces consistently train together to be ready around-the-clock to defend the Republic of Korea. The interoperability and trust developed between the allies in training is critical to ensure we are prepared for any challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeff Andrejcik/Released)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off during Exercise MAX THUNDER 17 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, April 27, 2017. Max Thunder is a regularly scheduled training exercise designed to enhance the readiness of U.S. and ROK forces to defend the Republic of Korea. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeff Andrejcik/Released)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off during Exercise MAX THUNDER 17 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, April 27, 2017. Max Thunder is a regularly scheduled training exercise designed to enhance the readiness of U.S. and ROK forces to defend the Republic of Korea. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeff Andrejcik/Released)

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Glenn Miltenberg, 35th Fighter Squadron pilot, and Airman 1st Class Austin Willey, 8th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, conduct a communications check during Exercise MAX THUNDER 17 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, April 27, 2017. Max Thunder is part of a continuous exercise program to enhance interoperability between U.S. and ROK forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeff Andrejcik/Released)

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Glenn Miltenberg, 35th Fighter Squadron pilot, and Airman 1st Class Austin Willey, 8th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, conduct a communications check during Exercise MAX THUNDER 17 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, April 27, 2017. Max Thunder is part of a continuous exercise program to enhance interoperability between U.S. and ROK forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeff Andrejcik/Released)

Airman 1st Class Austin Willey, 8th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, left, and U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Glenn Miltenberg, 35th Fighter Squadron pilot, conduct a pre-flight inspection on an F-16 Fighting Falcon during Exercise MAX THUNDER 17 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, April 27, 2017. Max Thunder is a regularly scheduled training exercise designed to enhance the readiness of U.S. and ROK forces to defend the Republic of Korea. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeff Andrejcik/Released)

Airman 1st Class Austin Willey, 8th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, left, and U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Glenn Miltenberg, 35th Fighter Squadron pilot, conduct a pre-flight inspection on an F-16 Fighting Falcon during Exercise MAX THUNDER 17 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, April 27, 2017. Max Thunder is a regularly scheduled training exercise designed to enhance the readiness of U.S. and ROK forces to defend the Republic of Korea. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeff Andrejcik/Released)

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Glenn Miltenberg, 35th Fighter Squadron pilot, buckles himself into the cockpit of an F-16 Fighting Falcon during Exercise MAX THUNDER 17 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, April 27, 2017. This large-scale employment exercise increases the U.S. and ROK’s ability to work together shoulder-to-shoulder and ultimately enhances the U.S. and ROK capability to maintain peace in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeff Andrejcik/Released)

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Glenn Miltenberg, 35th Fighter Squadron pilot, buckles himself into the cockpit of an F-16 Fighting Falcon during Exercise MAX THUNDER 17 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, April 27, 2017. This large-scale employment exercise increases the U.S. and ROK’s ability to work together shoulder-to-shoulder and ultimately enhances the U.S. and ROK capability to maintain peace in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeff Andrejcik/Released)

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Glenn Miltenberg, 35th Fighter Squadron pilot, conducts a pre-flight inspection on an F-16 Fighting Falcon during Exercise MAX THUNDER 17 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, April 27, 2017. Max Thunder is part of a continuous exercise program to enhance interoperability between U.S. and ROK forces. These exercises highlight the longstanding military partnership, commitment and enduring friendship between two nations, which help to ensure security on the Korean Peninsula, and reaffirm the U.S. commitment to stability in the Northeast Asia region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeff Andrejcik/Released)

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Glenn Miltenberg, 35th Fighter Squadron pilot, conducts a pre-flight inspection on an F-16 Fighting Falcon during Exercise MAX THUNDER 17 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, April 27, 2017. Max Thunder is part of a continuous exercise program to enhance interoperability between U.S. and ROK forces. These exercises highlight the longstanding military partnership, commitment and enduring friendship between two nations, which help to ensure security on the Korean Peninsula, and reaffirm the U.S. commitment to stability in the Northeast Asia region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeff Andrejcik/Released)

A Republic of Korea Air Force F-15K Slam Eagles from the 11th Fighter Squadron, Daegu Air Base, ROK, takes off during Exercise MAX THUNDER 17 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, April 27, 2017. In Max Thunder, U.S. and ROK air forces consistently train together to be ready around-the-clock to defend the Republic of Korea. The interoperability and trust developed between the allies in training is critical to ensure U.S. and ROK are prepared for any challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colville McFee/Released)

A Republic of Korea Air Force F-15K Slam Eagles from the 11th Fighter Squadron, Daegu Air Base, ROK, takes off during Exercise MAX THUNDER 17 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, April 27, 2017. In Max Thunder, U.S. and ROK air forces consistently train together to be ready around-the-clock to defend the Republic of Korea. The interoperability and trust developed between the allies in training is critical to ensure U.S. and ROK are prepared for any challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colville McFee/Released)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 36th Fighter Squadron, Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, takes off during Exercise MAX THUNDER 17 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, April 27, 2017. In Max Thunder, U.S. and ROK air forces consistently train together to be ready around-the-clock to defend the Republic of Korea. The interoperability and trust developed between the allies in training is critical to ensure U.S. and ROK are prepared for any challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colville McFee/Released)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 36th Fighter Squadron, Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, takes off during Exercise MAX THUNDER 17 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, April 27, 2017. In Max Thunder, U.S. and ROK air forces consistently train together to be ready around-the-clock to defend the Republic of Korea. The interoperability and trust developed between the allies in training is critical to ensure U.S. and ROK are prepared for any challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colville McFee/Released)

U.S. Marine Corp AV-8B Harriers with Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 311 take off during Exercise MAX THUNDER 17 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, April 27, 2017. In Max Thunder, U.S. and ROK air forces consistently train together to be ready around-the-clock to defend the Republic of Korea. The interoperability and trust developed between the allies in training is critical to ensure U.S. and ROK are prepared for any challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colville McFee/Released)
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U.S. Marine Corp AV-8B Harriers with Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 311 take off during Exercise MAX THUNDER 17 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, April 27, 2017. In Max Thunder, U.S. and ROK air forces consistently train together to be ready around-the-clock to defend the Republic of Korea. The interoperability and trust developed between the allies in training is critical to ensure U.S. and ROK are prepared for any challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colville McFee/Released)

A Republic of Korea Air Force F-15K Slam Eagles from the 11th Fighter Squadron, Daegu Air Base, ROK, takes off during Exercise MAX THUNDER 17 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, April 27, 2017. In Max Thunder, U.S. and ROK air forces consistently train together to be ready around-the-clock to defend the Republic of Korea. The interoperability and trust developed between the allies in training is critical to ensure U.S and ROK are prepared for any challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colville McFee/Released)
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A Republic of Korea Air Force F-15K Slam Eagles from the 11th Fighter Squadron, Daegu Air Base, ROK, takes off during Exercise MAX THUNDER 17 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, April 27, 2017. In Max Thunder, U.S. and ROK air forces consistently train together to be ready around-the-clock to defend the Republic of Korea. The interoperability and trust developed between the allies in training is critical to ensure U.S and ROK are prepared for any challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colville McFee/Released)

KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- U.S. and ROK Air Forces conduct flight training during Exercise MAX THUNDER 17, which began April 17, 2017, at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea. Max Thunder is part of a continuous exercise program to enhance interoperability between U.S. and ROK forces. These exercises highlight the longstanding military partnership, commitment and enduring friendship between two nations, which help to ensure security on the Korean Peninsula, and reaffirm the U.S. commitment to stability in the Northeast Asia region.