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Marine Corps mechanics prep Hornets for take-off during RF-A 21-1

U.S. Marine Corps aircraft mechanics assigned to the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 232 inspect an F/A-18 Hornet at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Oct. 20, 2020.

U.S. Marine Corps aircraft mechanics assigned to the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 232 inspect an F/A-18 Hornet at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Oct. 20, 2020. RED FLAG-Alaska is a premier exercise designed to provide joint offensive counter-air, interdiction, close-air support, and large force employment training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jose Miguel T. Tamondong)

U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Jason C. Alvarez, Sr. (left), the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 232 airframes division chief, and Pfc. Michael A. Flores, a VMFA-232 airframes mechanic, install a trailing edge flap servo on an F/A-18 Hornet during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 21-1 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Oct. 21, 2020.

U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Jason C. Alvarez, Sr. (left), the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 232 airframes division chief, and Pfc. Michael A. Flores, a VMFA-232 airframes mechanic, install a trailing edge flap servo on an F/A-18 Hornet during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 21-1 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Oct. 21, 2020. RF-A provides training for deployed maintenance and support personnel in sustainment of large-force deployed air operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jose Miguel T. Tamondong)

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Jeremy Waggoner, Jr., a Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 232 plane captain, stands by as a pilot prepares to taxi during RED FLAG-Alaska 21-1 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Oct 20, 2020.

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Jeremy Waggoner, Jr., a Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 232 plane captain, stands by as a pilot prepares to taxi during RED FLAG-Alaska 21-1 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Oct 20, 2020. The VMFA-232 was one of two U.S. Marine Corps units to participate in the first joint RF-A of the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jose Miguel T. Tamondong)

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Jeremy Waggoner, Jr., a Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 232 plane captain, stands by as a pilot prepares to taxi during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 21-1 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Oct 20, 2020.

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Jeremy Waggoner, Jr., a Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 232 plane captain, stands by as a pilot prepares to taxi during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 21-1 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Oct 20, 2020. More than 800 service members from the U.S. Marine Corps, Air Force, Navy and Army participated in RF-A 21-1 which is the final RED FLAG of the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jose Miguel T. Tamondong)

A U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet pilot assigned to the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 232 climbs into his aircraft at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Oct. 20, 2020.

A U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet pilot assigned to the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 232 climbs into his aircraft at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Oct. 20, 2020. RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) air operations take place in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, a training range approximately 77,000 square miles in size. Other aircraft participating in this iteration of RF-A included F-35A Lightning IIs, F-16 Fighting Falcons, KC-135 Stratotankers, and EA-18G Growlers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jose Miguel T. Tamondong)

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Jeremy Waggoner, Jr., a Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 232 plane captain, inspects the aircraft prior to take off during RED FLAG-Alaska 21-1 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Oct. 20, 2020.

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Jeremy Waggoner, Jr., a Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 232 plane captain, inspects the aircraft prior to take off during RED FLAG-Alaska 21-1 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Oct. 20, 2020. The VMFA-232 is the oldest active fighter squadron in the U.S. Marine Corps, established on Sept. 1, 1925 at Naval Air Station San Diego, California. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jose Miguel T. Tamondong)

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Jeremy Waggoner, Jr., a Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 232 plane captain, conducts pre-flight checks during RED FLAG-Alaska 21-1 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Oct. 20, 2020.

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Jeremy Waggoner, Jr., a Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 232 plane captain, conducts pre-flight checks during RED FLAG-Alaska 21-1 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Oct. 20, 2020. The VMFA-232, also known as the “Red Devils”, is based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jose Miguel T. Tamondong)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- U.S. Marine Corps aircraft mechanics assigned to the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 232 inspect an F/A-18 Hornet at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Oct. 20, 2020. RED FLAG-Alaska is a premier exercise designed to provide joint offensive counter-air, interdiction, close-air support, and large force employment training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jose Miguel T. Tamondong)