Alaska ANG feels the heat at Red Flag 16-1

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U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jake Carter

Airman 1st Class David Hayes, 210th Rescue Squadron member, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, looks out the side of an HH-60 helicopter before taking off during Red Flag 16-1 Feb. 11 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Being from Alaska, the 210th RQS participates in Red Flag exercises held at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, where they provide combat search and rescue.
 

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathan Byrnes

Airman 1st Class David Hayes, 210th Rescue Squadron special missions aviator assigned to Joint Base Elmendorf- Richardson, Alaska, mans the GAU-18.50 caliber machinegun of an HH-60 Pave Hawk at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Feb. 11. The HH-60 is a vertical take-off and landing aircraft that is deployable and capable of main base and austere location operations for worldwide search and rescue and joint personnel recovery missions.
 

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathan Byrnes

Airman 1st Class David Hayes, 210th Rescue Squadron special missions aviator assigned to Joint Base Elmendorf- Richardson, Alaska, performs preflight checks on a GAU-18.50 caliber machinegun at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Feb. 11. The HH-60 Pave Hawk core mission is recovery of personnel under stressful conditions, including search and rescue.
 

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathan Byrnes

Master Sgt. Bishop Bailey, 176th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons section chief from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, sprays lubricant on a GAU-18.50 machine during preflight inspections at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Feb. 16. The HH-60 Pave Hawk provides the capability of independent rescue operations in combat areas up to and including medium-threat environments.
 

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jake Carter

A special mission aviator from the 210th Rescue Squadron, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, conducts pre-flight checks in preparation for take-off during Red Flag 16-1 Feb. 11 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Special mission aviators are responsible for conducting pre-flight inspections for engine and aircraft systems as well as operating airborne weapon systems.
 

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jake Carter

Airman 1st Class David Hayes, 210th Rescue Squadron special mission aviator, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, inspects a GAU-18.50 caliber machine gun in preparation for a sortie during Red Flag 16-1 Feb. 11 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. During the exercise, members of the 210th RQS worked hand in hand with pilots and ground units to provide combat search and rescue.
 

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jake Carter

Master Sgt. Bishop Bailey, 176th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons section chief from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, straps down ammunition canisters during pre-flight procedures for a sortie during Red Flag 16-1 Feb. 11 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. During Red Flag, the 210th Rescue Squadron is responsible for providing combat search and rescue and air support for ground units.