Marine F-35 personnel train to fight a nuclear conflict with North Korea

U.S. Marine pilots flying F-35s recently trained to fight a nuclear conflict with North Korea.

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron-121, station at Iwakuni, Japan trained to refuel their Lockheed Martin F-35B Joint Strike Fighters as they wore Mission Oriented Protective Posture (MOPP) level four gear.

“It’s important to practice in MOPP gear because the Marines don’t get many opportunities to wear this on a daily basis, so in the instance where they do have to wear MOPP gear in a real-life scenario, it’s not going to be a shock or surprise to them of how they are going to operate,” Staff Sgt. Martin Aldrete, a maintenance controller with VMFA-121, said in a U.S. Pacific Command release. [source]

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Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.

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