Triple Nickle participates in Green Flag 16-8

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SrA. Manuel Jimenez, 555th Fighter Squadron crew chief, Aviano Air Base, Italy, prepares the cockpit of an F-16 Fighting Falcon for take-off at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 2, 2016. The 555th FS flew to Fort Irwin, Calif. to participate in Green Flag 16-8.

F-16s assigned to the 555th Fighter Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, operated out of the flightline at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 2, 2016, while participating in Green Flag 16-8.
 
Green Flag-West is a realistic air-land integration combat training exercise involving the air forces of the United States and its allies that is primarily conducted in conjunction with U.S. Army Combat Training Center exercises at Fort Irwin, Calif.

Capt. Awal Iselin, 555th Fighter Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, pilot, performs a walk around of an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., August 2, 2016, before it participation in Green Flag 16-8. On average, all four military services, including the guard and reserve components, participate in two Green Flag exercises each year.

The exercise provides invaluable combat training to joint and coalition war fighters in the art of air-land integration and the joint employment of airpower. 

Green Flag exercises provide critical joint training for approximately 75,000 joint and coalition personnel per year, including 3,000 sorties, 6,000 flight hours, and the expenditure of over 700,000 pounds of live and training ordnance.
 

SSgt. Sonethasinh Sayaseng, 31st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, avionics journeyman, marshals an F-16 for take-off at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., August 2, 2016, to participate in Green Flag 16-8. A typical Green Flag exercise involves two multi-role fighter and/or bomber squadrons, unmanned aircraft, electronic warfare aircraft, and aerial refueling aircraft.

 

Capt. Awal Iselin, 555th Fighter Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, pilot, salutes as he taxis before take-off at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 2, 2016. The 555th FS is participating in Green Flag 16-8, a large scale air-to-ground combat exercise.

 

An F-16, assigned to the 555th Fighter Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, accelerates down the runway during take-off at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., August 2, 2016, before participation in Green Flag 16-8. Green Flag exercises provide critical joint training for approximately 75,000 joint and coalition personnel per year, including 3,000 sorties, 6,000 flight hours, and the expenditure of over 700,000 pounds of live and training ordnance.

 

An F-16, assigned to the 555th Fighter Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, takes off at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 2, 2016. Green Flag, in support of the U.S. Army’s National Training Center, provides invaluable combat training to Joint and Coalition war fighters in the art of air-land integration and the joint employment of airpower.