Pilots, crews and support staff from 34th Fighter Squadron are preparing to embark early next month on a six-month rotation to Kadena Air Base, Japan. The deployment from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, will mark the first time the Air Force’s F-35A Lightning II fighters will take part in an operational deployment in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. The Marine Corps has been flying F-35B fighters from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, since January.