The remaining members of the Japanese Air Self Defense Force recovery group departed from an air base in Southwest Asia, Feb. 10, 2009. Their departure formally ended the Japanese presence at the air base that began in 2004 when the JASDF began an airlift mission to aid the coalition and UN in Iraqi reconstruction efforts. Here a JASDF C-130 taxies on the runway that day for its flight back home to Japan.
Air Force photo by SrA. Courtney Richardson
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