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February 7, 2014

Maintainers keep Red Flag flying

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz

Senior Airmen Oren Hemphill, an F-15E Strike Eagle crew chief, from the 366th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron from Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, performs pre-flight checks before his assigned aircraft heads out for a night training mission during Red Flag 14-1 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 30. Flying units from around the Department of Defense deploy to Nellis AFB to participate in Red Flag exercises that are typically held three times a year and organized by the 414th Combat Training Squadron.

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brett Clashman

Senior Airman Oren Hemphill, 366th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, salutes an F-15E Strike Eagle crew as he taxies out before his mission during Red Flag 14-1 Jan. 30 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. This exercise gives Airmen an opportunity to experience realistic combat scenarios to prepare and train them for future conflicts or war.

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jason Couillard

Leading Aircraftman Randall Costello, No. 77 Squadron armament technician, from Royal Australian Air Force Base Williamtown, Australia, conducts a pre-flight inspection during Red Flag 14-1, Jan. 31 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Red Flag gives aircrews and air support operations service members from various airframes, military services and allied countries an opportunity to integrate and practice combat operations.

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jason Couillard

Airman 1st Class Travis Beckwich, 366th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, assigned to Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, conducts pre-flight inspections during Red Flag 14-1 Jan. 31 at Nellis AFB, Nev. Former Tactical Air Command Gen. Robert Dixon established Red Flag in 1975 to better prepare airmen for combat missions.

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz

Staff Sgt. Jake Perez, an F-15E Strike Eagle crew chief, from the 366th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron from Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, performs pre-flight checks before his assigned aircraft heads out for a night training mission during Red Flag 14-1 at Nellis AFB, Nev., Jan. 30. The introduction of low-visibility conditions presents aircrews with a number of challenges that test their ability to perform the mission at any time; day or night.

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brett Clashman

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Eric Swenson, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 4 point checker, inspects underneath the wing of an EA-6B Prowler during Red Flag 14-1 Jan. 30 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Red Flag gives aircrews and air support operations members from various airframes, military services and allied countries an opportunity to integrate and practice combat operations.




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