Home : Media : News : News Article View

Rapid Utility Repair Kit Training Empowers Japanese Partners

By Staff Sgt. Grace Nichols | 35th Fighter Wing | Nov. 20, 2020

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- The 35th Civil Engineer Squadron Water and Fuels Systems Maintenance Flight, commonly known as the Dirt Boyz, conducted Rapid Utility Repair Kit (RURK) training with Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) airmen, teaching them to make repairs to fuel lines in an emergency Nov. 12.

The training, involving 11 U.S Air Force and 10 JASDF members, covered the fundamentals of quickly repairing ruptured or damaged aviation fuel lines.

The training went over the various fuel line repairs American and Japanese partners may encounter, ranging from punctures to more severe issues such as total fuel line failure requiring extensive attention. This is the first bilateral RURK training with JASDF partners at Misawa Air Base, opening the gateway to exchanging information, innovative ideas and valuable training.

The cohesion of Japanese and U.S. forces during training exercises like this aids in enhancing in the 50-year-old plus security alliance maintained by the two nations, competition against near-peer adversaries, the joint team, and our international partners.

“Training our Japanese partners is important because we may need to call upon them to help make repairs during contingency operations,” said Staff Sgt. Christian Castaneda-Magana, the 35th CES Water and Fuel Systems Maintenance Flight primary RURK trainer. “They practice on the actual equipment used to make repairs, placing them in the mindset of asking questions and thinking of innovative ways to repair their own fuel lines.”

The exchange of knowledge keeps our Airmen and partners ready for several circumstances surrounding fuel line repair during contingency and in garrison operations, providing continuity for future endeavors.

“This training strengthens U.S. and Japanese relations in order to lend each other our strengths,” said Airman 1st Class Riley Jarrett, a 35th CES Water and Fuel Systems Maintenance Flight journeyman. “Our Japanese partners may have a different solution to problems than we have, and having a strong diplomatic relation with our host nation helps us to progress and grow together.”

Valuing the alliance with Japan, Misawa Air Base continues conducting bilateral training, bolstering knowledge and unity to ensure regional stability and security.


Like Us
Follow Us



Office of Special Investigations Hosts Subject Matter Expert Exchange with Federated States of Micronesia Police
Special Agent Andrew Cox, Office of Special Investigations 6th Field Investigation Region, utilizes online resources to communicate with members of the Federated States of Micronesia National Police and Pohnpei State Police during a virtual subject matter expert exchange on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam Nov. 17, 2020. OSI and FSM police shared best practices to promote the success of processing drug related cases throughout the Oceania law enforcement community.
Nov. 20, 2020 - ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- The Office of Special Investigations (OSI) 6th Field Investigations

Space Force to Remain 'Lean, Agile, Fast'
A Falcon 9 Starlink L-14 rocket successfully launches from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., October 24, 2020. This was the fifteenth batch of satellites to be launched as part of the Starlink broadband network, which is scheduled to provide internet access across the world.
Nov. 19, 2020 - WASHINGTON -- Space Force Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, chief of space operations, spoke today about

U.S. Forces Korea and United Nations Command Emphasize Commitment to ROK-US Alliance
United States Forces Korea and United Nations Command host several members of South Korea's National Assembly Defense Committee with roundtable discussions, a base tour and a luncheon with service members from each command at USAG Humphreys on Nov. 17, 2020.
Nov. 19, 2020 - USAG HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea -- United States Forces Korea and United Nations Command hosted

Guarding Cyberspace
Nov. 19, 2020 - JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii --Security is important on a military installation, from

Spartan Paratroopers Recognized for Saving a Life
Staff Sgt. Joseph Kellogg, left, and Sgt. Cody Grant pose after receiving the U.S. Army's Safety Guardian Award at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Nov. 12, 2020. Grant and Kellogg were riding dirt bikes when they encountered an unconscious boy after he crashed on his ATV. They provided first aid and were able to contact emergency responders to get the child evacuated.  (U.S. Army photograph by Staff Sgt. Alex Skripnichuk)
Nov. 19, 2020 - ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Two paratroopers with the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th