U.S., Indonesian air forces wrap up Cope West ‘19

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Ryan Okahara, the Hawaii Air National Guard commander and Indonesia Air Force Air First Marshal Widyargo Ikoputra, the Iswahjudi Air Force Base commander, receives a brief from F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots from both nations prior to the Cope West 19 closing ceremony at Sam Ratulangi International Airport, Manado, Indonesia, June 28. Over the course of the two-week exercise, the two services flew a combined total of 130 sorties, affording both countries the opportunity to exchange knowledge and tactical consideration in modern air combat warfare during close air support training and air-to-air fighter training. Simultaneously, eight subject-matter expert exchanges occurred across various career fields. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie Hutto)

Cope West is designed to advance interoperability and build upon already-established partnerships between U.S. military forces and Indonesian air forces, with the end goal of enhancing both sides’ combat capabilities and unit readiness.

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