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    New Zealand, US drop zone officers expand combined capabilities [Image 10 of 12]

    New Zealand, US drop zone officers expand combined capabilities

    OHAKEA, NEW ZEALAND

    11.14.2013

    Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Denise Johnson 

    Pacific Air Forces

    United States Air Force Maj. Corey Akiyama GPS compares coordinates from the drop-zone survey report with his handheld GPS at a designated drop zone Nov. 14 at the New Zealand Defence Force Raumai Drop Zone near Ohakea, New Zealand. Akiyama is certifying Royal New Zealand Air Force Pilot Officer Emma Taylor as a U.S. drop zone control officer during the multilateral RNZAF-sponsored tactical airlift exercise, Kiwi Flag, comprising of air assets from the U.S. Air Force, RNZAF, Royal Australian Air Force, Republic Of Singapore Armed Forces and French Armed Forces of New Caledonia. Taylor's certification will enhance interoperability and unified responses when New Zealand and the United States both respond to a combined effort. Taylor, an air warfare officer, is assigned to 40 Squadron, RNZAF Base Auckland. Akiyama is deployed as the 517th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron air mobility liaison officer. He is also an AMLO for the 615th Contingency Operations Support Group at home station, Camp Henry, Korea. He hails from University Place, Wash. Kiwi Flag personnel are supporting Exercise Southern Katipo - held in New Zealand's South Island - by managing air operations and providing cargo and passenger airlift including tactical air drops to SK participants. SK hosts nine countries involved in air, land and maritime operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Denise Johnson/Released)

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    Date Taken: 11.14.2013
    Date Posted: 11.21.2013 16:25
    Photo ID: 1057806
    VIRIN: 131114-F-FB147-711
    Resolution: 3216x2136
    Size: 491.92 KB
    Location: OHAKEA, NZ
    Hometown: ORLANDO, FLORIDA, US
    Hometown: UNIVERSITY PLACE, WASHINGTON, US

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