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    Air Force Moves F-16s from Europe to Japan as Ukraine War Lingers and Pacific Tensions Simmer

    Air Force Moves F-16s from Europe to Japan as Ukraine War Lingers and Pacific Tensions Simmer

    The is temporarily moving fighter jets from Germany to Okinawa, Japan, after the Pentagon announced it was pulling older F-15 Eagles from Kadena Air Base in an attempt to bring more modern aircraft to the Pacific.

    F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, arrived at Kadena on Monday, even as the installation continues to slowly return its fleet of F-15C/D fighters to the United States.

    The decision to move the fighter jets out of Europe comes as 's war in Ukraine continues.

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    David Ochmanek, a senior international and defense researcher at the nonprofit Rand Corp., told Military.com in an interview Tuesday that moving the F-16s out of Germany shouldn't meaningfully diminish the Air Force's presence around Ukraine.

    “Although F-16s are going from Europe to Kadena, it doesn't mean there will be less U.S. combat airpower deployed in Europe,” Ochmanek said. “The Air Force has been rotationally deploying squadrons to Europe since the outbreak of war in Ukraine, and I think that's likely to continue for quite some time.”

    Last week in a meeting with Japan's ministers for foreign affairs and defense, the Pentagon and State Department announced a renewed alliance with the country; the U.S. and Japanese officials also reiterated their fears about 's military expansion in the Pacific.

    Those…

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