Red Flag 16-2 tests combat readiness

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U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Kleinholz

Senior Airman Cameron Docksteader, Offensive Avionics technician assigned to the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., performs pre-flight checks on a B-1B Lancer prior to a Red Flag 16-2 training sortie March 3 at Nellis Air Force Base. Nev. Exhaustive efforts are made by ground crew members to ensure the operability of their assigned aircraft and in turn, the safety of the aircrew.
 

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

An Italian air force Eurofighter Typhoon from the 4th Fighter Wing, Grosseto, Italy, conducts pre-flight checks in preparation for take-off during Red Flag 16-2 March 3 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., for Red Flag 16-2, it is the first time the Eurofighter Typhoon from the Italian air force is participating.
 

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum

An F-15E Strike Eagle, assigned to the 757th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, prepares for takeoff during Red Flag 16-2 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. March 8. Red Flag involves a variety of attack, fighter, bomber, reconnaissance, electronic warfare, air lift support, and search and rescue aircraft.
 

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

Crew members from the 4th Fighter Wing, Grosseto, Italy, conducts pre-flight checks in preparation for take-off during Red Flag 16-2 March 3 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Red Flag provides an opportunity for aircrew and maintainers to enhance their tactical operational skills alongside military aircraft from coalition forces.
 

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Kleinholz

A B-1B Lancer from the 28th Bomb Wing, 34th Bomb Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., takes off to play its role in a Red Flag 16-2 training sortie March 3 at Nellis Air Force Base. Nev. Just northwest of Nellis AFB lies the 2.9 million-square-acre Nevada test and Training Range which provides a realistic arena for operational testing and training aircrews to improve combat readiness.
 

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum

An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., takes off during Red Flag 16-2 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. March 4. Red Flag involves a variety of attack, fighter, bomber, reconnaissance, electronic warfare, air lift support, and search and rescue aircraft.
 

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Kleinholz

Senior Airman Roger Stitt, Defensive Avionics technician assigned to the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., performs pre-flight checks on a B-1B Lancer prior to a Red Flag 16-2 training sortie March 3 at Nellis Air Force Base. Nev. Red Flag provides realistic combat training in a contested, degraded and operationally-limited environment, which provides aircrews with real-time war scenarios and helps ground crews test and improve their operational readiness.
 

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

A C-130H3 from the 700th Airlift Squadron, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., takes off from the flightline at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., during a training mission during Red Flag 16-2 Feb. 29. During the two week exercise, units from around the world work on integration to better themselves for future operations.

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