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MANADO, Indonesia - Sgt. Matthew Dailey, right, and Sgt. Zachary Wilde, left, ordnance technicians with Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA (AW)) 225, disarm an F/A-18D Hornet with VMFA(AW) 225, upon its arrival at Sam Ratulangi International Airport, Indonesia, in preparation of exercise Cope West 17, Oct. 27, 2016. This fighter-focused, bilateral exercise between the U.S. Marine Corps and Indonesian Air Force is designed to enhance the readiness of combined interoperability between the two nations. The squadron plans to complete their unit air-to-air training requirements, which focuses on basic fighter maneuvering, section engaged maneuvering, offensive anti-air warfare and active air defense versus the Indonesian Air Force to increase situational readiness, interoperability, knowledge and partnership between the U.S. and Indonesia.


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