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ANG brings the boom to RED FLAG-Alaska

RF-A is the Pacific Air Force’s premier simulated combat airpower employment exercise.

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. James W. Hudnall, a boom operator assigned to the 168th Air Refueling Squadron, operates the boom of a KC-135 Stratotanker in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex Oct. 8, 2018, during RED FLAG-Alaska 19-1. The crew refueled eight U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft during the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Aaron Guerrisky)

RF-A is the Pacific Air Force’s premier simulated combat airpower employment exercise.

A U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon pilot assigned to the 18th Aggressor Squadron flies near the boom of a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 168th Air Refueling Squadron in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex (JPARC) Oct. 8, 2018, during RED FLAG-Alaska 19-1. RF-A takes place in the JPARC which has an airspace of more than 67,000 square miles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Aaron Guerrisky)

RF-A is the Pacific Air Force’s premier simulated combat airpower employment exercise.

A U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon assigned to the 18th Aggressor Squadron (AGRS) flies beside the wing of a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 168th Air Refueling Squadron in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex Oct. 8, 2018, during RED FLAG-Alaska 19-1. The 18th AGRS plays the role of the opposing force in RF-A, providing training for other units participating in the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Aaron Guerrisky)

RF-A is the Pacific Air Force’s premier simulated combat airpower employment exercise.

A U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon pilot assigned to the 18th Aggressor Squadron prepare to refuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 168th Air Refueling Squadron in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex Oct. 8, 2018, during RED FLAG-Alaska 19-1. RF-A is the Pacific Air Force’s premier simulated combat airpower employment exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Aaron Guerrisky)

RF-A is the Pacific Air Force’s premier simulated combat airpower employment exercise.

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. James W. Hudnall, a boom operator assigned to the 168th Air Refueling Squadron (ARS), looks out the window of a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 168th ARS in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex Oct. 8, 2018, during RED FLAG-Alaska 19-1. The 168th ARS utilized 44,400 pounds of fuel to refuel U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft assigned to the 18th Aggressor Squadron during the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Aaron Guerrisky)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. James W. Hudnall, a boom operator assigned to the 168th Air Refueling Squadron, operates the boom of a KC-135 Stratotanker in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex Oct. 8, 2018, during RED FLAG-Alaska 19-1. The crew refueled eight U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft during the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Aaron Guerrisky)