31 Oct '17, 5am

The fighters will be joined by approximately 300 airmen from Hill Air Force Base

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The first two of a dozen F-35A Lightning II stealth fighters arrived on Okinawa this week for a six-month deployment that’s part of Pacific Command’s “theater security” program. The jets — America’s newest and most advanced stealth fighters — landed at Kadena Air Base on Monday afternoon, an Okinawa Defense Bureau spokesman said. They will be joined by 10 others from Utah’s 34th Fighter Squadron to help “demonstrate the continuing U.S. commitment to stability and security in the region,” the Air Force said. The fighters will be joined by approximately 300 airmen from Hill Air Force Base. The jets’ arrival marks the first time the F-35A has deployed to the region after its debut at the Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition earlier this month, the Air Force said last week. Air Force officials have lauded the Lightning II for its “unprece...

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