Air Force

February 14, 2014

Red Flag 14-1 stays on target

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

U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Michael Lyons, Joint Tactical Communications Office communications operator from Fort Sam Houston, Texas, looks through information on a workstation inside the Combined Air and Space Operations Center-Nellis during Red Flag 14-1 Feb. 5 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. This is the first exercise that truly integrates advanced operational and tactical air, space and cyber training in a live, virtual, constructive environment.

U.S. Air Force photo by Lorenz Crespo

Staff Sgt. Bradley Schuster, 57th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Viper Aircraft Maintenance Unit dedicated crew chief, assists Maj. Ryan Howland, 64th Aggressor Squadron F-16 pilot, into the cockpit prior to a Red Flag 14-1 training mission Feb. 6 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Red Flag provides Airmen an opportunity to experience contested, degraded and operationally limited combat situations in a controlled environment to increase their ability to complete missions and safely return home.

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

Royal Australian Air Force Flight Sgt. Sean Bedford (left), Australian Space Operations Centre space duty technician, New Norcia, Australia, and U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Frederick Riggans-Huguley, 603rd Air and Space Operations Center space duty technician, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, analyze air missile defense systems inside the Combined Air and Space Operations Center-Nellis during Red Flag 14-1 Feb. 5 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Space duty technicians direct air missile ballistic warnings and provide communication to combat search and rescue teams.

U.S. Air Force photo by Lorenz Crespo

Airman 1st Class Jonathon Sitsis, 57th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Viper Aircraft Maintenance Unit dedicated crew chief, and Maj. Scott Jewell, 64th Aggressor Squadron pilot, perform a pre-flight inspection on the F-16 Fighting Falcon during Red Flag 14-1 Feb. 6 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. During Red Flag, the 64th AGRS replicate threats joint and allied combat air forces might face anywhere in the world.

U.S. Air Force photo by Lorenz Crespo

Airman 1st Class Colby Alexander, 57th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Viper Aircraft Maintenance Unit avionics apprentice, reviews technical data on a 64th Aggressor Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon prior to a Red Flag 14-1 training mission Feb. 6 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Tactics the 64th AGRS use during Red Flag are designed to train pilots for a higher survivability rate within their first 10 sorties in combat situations.

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler

Senior Airman Joshua Ortega, 92nd Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, prepares a mid-air re-fuel during Red Flag 14-1 over the Nevada Test and Training Range Feb. 4. Mid-air re-fueling is vital to a combat mission because it allows fighters, bombers, and other aircraft essential to the fight to refuel without having to waste valuable time refueling on the ground. The more these re-fueling operations are practiced in a controlled environment the smoother they will run in a real-world combat environment. Red Flag is hosted at Nellis AFB, Nev., and provides realistic combat training in a contested, degraded and operationally limited environment.

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler

Senior Airman Dustin Childs, 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., finishes cleaning the landing gear doors of a B-2 Spirit during Red Flag 14-1 Feb. 10 at Nellis AFB, Nev. The B-2 is a low-observable bomber aircraft capable of releasing conventional and nuclear ordinances. Red Flag is an exercise that gives air and ground crews from various squadrons, branches and allied nations the chance to come together and practice various combat scenarios in a controlled environment.




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