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An MQ-9 Reaper at Exercise Agile Combat Employment Reaper flies a local sortie, Sept. 20, 2021, Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Exercise ACE Reaper is an opportunity to conduct training with joint partners in a maritime environment and in a different airspace. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)

An MQ-9 Reaper at Exercise Agile Combat Employment Reaper flies a local sortie, Sept. 20, 2021, Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Exercise ACE Reaper is an opportunity to conduct training with joint partners in a maritime environment and in a different airspace. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)

An MQ-9 Reaper at Exercise Agile Combat Employment Reaper flies a local sortie, Sept. 20, 2021, Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The purpose of this exercise is to demonstrate the MQ-9 assets and our Airmen’s ability to rapidly mobilize and integrate across multiple domains. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)

An MQ-9 Reaper at Exercise Agile Combat Employment Reaper flies a local sortie, Sept. 20, 2021, Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The purpose of this exercise is to demonstrate the MQ-9 assets and our Airmen’s ability to rapidly mobilize and integrate across multiple domains. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)

An MQ-9 Reaper from Exercise Agile Combat Employment Reaper prepares for takeoff, Sept. 20, 2021, Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Exercise ACE Reaper is an opportunity to conduct training with joint partners in a maritime environment and in a different airspace. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)

An MQ-9 Reaper from Exercise Agile Combat Employment Reaper prepares for takeoff, Sept. 20, 2021, Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Exercise ACE Reaper is an opportunity to conduct training with joint partners in a maritime environment and in a different airspace. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)

An MQ-9 Reaper takes off for the first sortie flight of Exercise Agile Combat Employment Reaper Sept. 15, 2021, on Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The purpose of this exercise is to demonstrate the MQ-9 assets and the ability to rapidly mobilize and integrate across multiple domains. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)

An MQ-9 Reaper takes off for the first sortie flight of Exercise Agile Combat Employment Reaper Sept. 15, 2021, on Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The purpose of this exercise is to demonstrate the MQ-9 assets and the ability to rapidly mobilize and integrate across multiple domains. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)

Senior Airman Jacob Way, 49th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron dedicated crew chief, conducts preflight operations checks Sept. 15, 2021, on Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Exercise Agile Combat Employment Reaper is an opportunity to conduct training with joint partners in a maritime environment and in a different airspace. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)

Senior Airman Jacob Way, 49th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron dedicated crew chief, conducts preflight operations checks Sept. 15, 2021, on Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Exercise Agile Combat Employment Reaper is an opportunity to conduct training with joint partners in a maritime environment and in a different airspace. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)

Staff Sgt. Aubree Kovalick, 49th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron avionics technician, and Airman 1st Class Brandon Navarrete, 49th AMXS special avionics technician, load GPS keys to an MQ-9 Reaper Sept. 15, 2021, on Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The purpose of Exercise Agile Combat Employment Reaper is to demonstrate the MQ-9 assets and the ability to rapidly mobilize and integrate across multiple domains. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)

Staff Sgt. Aubree Kovalick, 49th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron avionics technician, and Airman 1st Class Brandon Navarrete, 49th AMXS special avionics technician, load GPS keys to an MQ-9 Reaper Sept. 15, 2021, on Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The purpose of Exercise Agile Combat Employment Reaper is to demonstrate the MQ-9 assets and the ability to rapidly mobilize and integrate across multiple domains. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)

An MQ-9 Reaper from Creech Air Force Base, Nevada, sits on the flightline during Exercise Agile Combat Employment Reaper Sept. 13, 2021, on Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Agile combat employment leverages interoperability between the joint forces to maintain the strategic initiative, present lethal credible combat power with operational unpredictability and ultimately win. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)

An MQ-9 Reaper from Creech Air Force Base, Nevada, sits on the flightline during Exercise Agile Combat Employment Reaper Sept. 13, 2021, on Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Agile combat employment leverages interoperability between the joint forces to maintain the strategic initiative, present lethal credible combat power with operational unpredictability and ultimately win. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)

Staff Sgt. Christopher Herring, 556th Test and Evaluation Squadron operational suitability analyst, marshals an MQ-9 Reaper on the taxiway Sept. 13, 2021, on Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Exercise Agile Combat Employment Reaper is an opportunity to conduct training with joint partners in a maritime environment and in different airspaces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)

Staff Sgt. Christopher Herring, 556th Test and Evaluation Squadron operational suitability analyst, marshals an MQ-9 Reaper on the taxiway Sept. 13, 2021, on Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Exercise Agile Combat Employment Reaper is an opportunity to conduct training with joint partners in a maritime environment and in different airspaces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)

An MQ-9 Reaper from Creech Air Force Base, Nevada, approaches for an automatic landing Sept. 13, 2021, on Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Exercise Agile Combat Employment Reaper demonstrates our ability to rapidly mobilize MQ-9 assets and personnel, and integrate platforms across multiple domains anywhere in the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)

An MQ-9 Reaper from Creech Air Force Base, Nevada, approaches for an automatic landing Sept. 13, 2021, on Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Exercise Agile Combat Employment Reaper demonstrates our ability to rapidly mobilize MQ-9 assets and personnel, and integrate platforms across multiple domains anywhere in the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)

Col. Nicholas Pederson, 49th Wing vice wing commander (left), and Maj. Adam Smith, 16th Training Squadron director of MQ-9 Reaper rapid response operations, walk to the ground control station, Sept. 13, 2021, on Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Pederson visited MCBH to view the operations and how personnel integrated from different platforms - in an effort to continue defense and security of our nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)
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Col. Nicholas Pederson, 49th Wing vice wing commander (left), and Maj. Adam Smith, 16th Training Squadron director of MQ-9 Reaper rapid response operations, walk to the ground control station, Sept. 13, 2021, on Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Pederson visited MCBH to view the operations and how personnel integrated from different platforms - in an effort to continue defense and security of our nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)

Col. Nicholas Pederson, 49th Wing vice wing commander (left), and Maj. Adam Smith, 16th Training Squadron director of MQ-9 Reaper rapid response operations, walk to the ground control station, Sept. 13, 2021, on Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Pederson visited MCBH to view the operations and how personnel integrated from different platforms - in an effort to continue defense and security of our nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)
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Staff Sgt. Lucas Jesuit, 49th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron dedicated crew chief, fuels an aircraft Sept. 13, 2021, on Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Exercise Agile Combat Employment Reaper is an opportunity to conduct training with joint partners in a maritime environment and in a different airspace. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)

Col. Nicholas Pederson, 49th Wing vice wing commander (left), and Maj. Adam Smith, 16th Training Squadron director of MQ-9 Reaper rapid response operations, walk to the ground control station, Sept. 13, 2021, on Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Pederson visited MCBH to view the operations and how personnel integrated from different platforms - in an effort to continue defense and security of our nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)
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Airman 1st Class Brandon Navarrete, 49th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron special avionics technician, lifts an MQ-9 Reaper part Sept. 12, 2021, on Marine Corps Base Hawaii. This joint exercise is designed to sharpen combat readiness, increase strategic impact, and strengthen deterrence efforts by ensuring tactical proficiency of MQ-9 aircrews. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)

Staff Sgt. Lucas Jesuit, 49th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron dedicated crew chief, attaches a wing to an MQ-9 Reaper Sept. 12, 2021, on Marine Corps Base Hawaii. This joint exercise is designed to sharpen combat readiness, increase strategic impact, and strengthen deterrence efforts by ensuring tactical proficiency of MQ-9 aircrews. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)
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Staff Sgt. Lucas Jesuit, 49th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron dedicated crew chief, attaches a wing to an MQ-9 Reaper Sept. 12, 2021, on Marine Corps Base Hawaii. This joint exercise is designed to sharpen combat readiness, increase strategic impact, and strengthen deterrence efforts by ensuring tactical proficiency of MQ-9 aircrews. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)

Exercise Agile Combat Employment Reaper Airmen assemble an MQ-9 Reaper wing Sept. 12, 2021, on Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The purpose of ACE Reaper is to build a more lethal, resilient and rapidly mobilizing force to meet the priorities of the National Defense Strategy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)
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Exercise Agile Combat Employment Reaper Airmen assemble an MQ-9 Reaper wing Sept. 12, 2021, on Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The purpose of ACE Reaper is to build a more lethal, resilient and rapidly mobilizing force to meet the priorities of the National Defense Strategy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)

Airman 1st Class Dylan Olive, 727th Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron avionics technician, from Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, builds an MQ-9 Reaper Sept. 11, 2021, on Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Multiple MQ-9s were disassembled and placed in a container for sealift transport to be used in Exercise Agile Combat Employment Reaper. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)
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Airman 1st Class Dylan Olive, 727th Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron avionics technician, from Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, builds an MQ-9 Reaper Sept. 11, 2021, on Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Multiple MQ-9s were disassembled and placed in a container for sealift transport to be used in Exercise Agile Combat Employment Reaper. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)

Master Sgt. Chance Cole, special mission aircraft program manager, builds an MQ-9 Reaper, Sept. 11, 2021, on Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Multiple MQ-9s were disassembled and placed in a “coffin” container for sealift transport to be used in Exercise Agile Combat Employment Reaper. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)
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Master Sgt. Chance Cole, special mission aircraft program manager, builds an MQ-9 Reaper, Sept. 11, 2021, on Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Multiple MQ-9s were disassembled and placed in a “coffin” container for sealift transport to be used in Exercise Agile Combat Employment Reaper. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)

Staff Sgt. Colton Neal, 49th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron MQ-9 ground control station supervisor, wires equipment to a generator, Sept. 11, 2021, on Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Generators were used to power a ground control station, a containerized dual control segment, and multiple ground data terminals. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)
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Staff Sgt. Colton Neal, 49th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron MQ-9 ground control station supervisor, wires equipment to a generator, Sept. 11, 2021, on Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Generators were used to power a ground control station, a containerized dual control segment, and multiple ground data terminals. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)

Exercise Agile Combat Employment Reaper Airmen put together a ground control station, Sept. 11, 2021, on Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The GCS was assembled and operational within 24 hours, demonstrating the unique capability and flexibility of the MQ-9 Reaper. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)
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Exercise Agile Combat Employment Reaper Airmen put together a ground control station, Sept. 11, 2021, on Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The GCS was assembled and operational within 24 hours, demonstrating the unique capability and flexibility of the MQ-9 Reaper. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)

Exercise Agile Combat Employment Reaper Airmen lift a ground control station Sept. 11, 2021, on Marine Corps Base Hawaii. During the two-week exercise, maintainers and aircrew will test the MQ-9 capabilities in a maritime environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)
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Exercise Agile Combat Employment Reaper Airmen lift a ground control station Sept. 11, 2021, on Marine Corps Base Hawaii. During the two-week exercise, maintainers and aircrew will test the MQ-9 capabilities in a maritime environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)

Staff Sgt. Lucas Jesuit, 49th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron dedicated crew chief, and Staff Sgt. Jordan Chandanais, 49th Logistics Readiness Squadron air transportation function supervisor, transport an MQ-9 Reaper during Exercise Agile Combat Employment Reaper Sept. 11, 2021, on Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The MQ-9 was disassembled at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, placed into a container called a coffin, and sealifted to Hawaii. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)
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Staff Sgt. Lucas Jesuit, 49th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron dedicated crew chief, and Staff Sgt. Jordan Chandanais, 49th Logistics Readiness Squadron air transportation function supervisor, transport an MQ-9 Reaper during Exercise Agile Combat Employment Reaper Sept. 11, 2021, on Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The MQ-9 was disassembled at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, placed into a container called a coffin, and sealifted to Hawaii. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar)

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