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354th FW Commander leads the fight

U.S. Air Force Col. David Mineau, the 354th Fighter Wing commander, prepares to take off in an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft after finishing end of runway checks Oct. 10, 2016, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 17-1 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. RF-A simulates the first 10 combat sorties of an initial surge during a conflict, enabling pilots to better understand the stresses of the environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)

U.S. Air Force Col. David Mineau, the 354th Fighter Wing commander, prepares to take off in an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft after finishing end of runway checks Oct. 10, 2016, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 17-1 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. RF-A simulates the first 10 combat sorties of an initial surge during a conflict, enabling pilots to better understand the stresses of the environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)

U.S. Air Force Col. David Mineau, the 354th Fighter Wing commander, conducts a last-minute check on an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft, in preparation for a mission Oct. 10, 2016, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 17-1 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. RF-A provides unique opportunities to integrate various forces into joint, coalition and multilateral training from simulated forward operating bases. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)

U.S. Air Force Col. David Mineau, the 354th Fighter Wing commander, conducts a last-minute check on an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft, in preparation for a mission Oct. 10, 2016, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 17-1 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. RF-A provides unique opportunities to integrate various forces into joint, coalition and multilateral training from simulated forward operating bases. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)

U.S. Air Force Col. David Mineau, the 354th Fighter Wing commander, prepares to take off in an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft Oct. 10, 2016, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 17-1 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. RF-A simulates the first 10 combat sorties of an initial surge during a conflict, enabling pilots to better understand the stresses of the environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)

U.S. Air Force Col. David Mineau, the 354th Fighter Wing commander, prepares to take off in an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft Oct. 10, 2016, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 17-1 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. RF-A simulates the first 10 combat sorties of an initial surge during a conflict, enabling pilots to better understand the stresses of the environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Spencer Hall, a 354th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, briefs Col. David Mineau, the 354th Fighter Wing commander, on the maintenance records of the F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft he prepares to fly for a sortie Oct. 10, 2016, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 17-1 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a compact multi-role fighter aircraft, which the 18th Aggressor Squadron uses to simulate adversaries during RF-A. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Spencer Hall, a 354th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, briefs Col. David Mineau, the 354th Fighter Wing commander, on the maintenance records of the F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft he prepares to fly for a sortie Oct. 10, 2016, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 17-1 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a compact multi-role fighter aircraft, which the 18th Aggressor Squadron uses to simulate adversaries during RF-A. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Spencer Hall, a 354th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, conducts last checks on an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft, while Col. David Mineau, the 354th Fighter Wing commander, prepares to fly for a sortie Oct. 10, 2016, for RED FLAG-Alaska at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. More than 60 aircraft and hundreds of participants from partnering units around the world will participate in the Pacific Air Forces commander-directed exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Spencer Hall, a 354th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, conducts last checks on an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft, while Col. David Mineau, the 354th Fighter Wing commander, prepares to fly for a sortie Oct. 10, 2016, for RED FLAG-Alaska at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. More than 60 aircraft and hundreds of participants from partnering units around the world will participate in the Pacific Air Forces commander-directed exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Spencer Hall, a 354th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, bids farewell to Col. David Mineau, the 354th Fighter Wing commander, in an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft, prior to a sortie Oct. 10, 2016, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 17-1 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. RF-A enables joint and international units to sharpen their combat skills by flying simulated combat sorties in a realistic threat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Spencer Hall, a 354th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, bids farewell to Col. David Mineau, the 354th Fighter Wing commander, in an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft, prior to a sortie Oct. 10, 2016, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 17-1 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. RF-A enables joint and international units to sharpen their combat skills by flying simulated combat sorties in a realistic threat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)

U.S. Air Force Col. David Mineau, the 354th Fighter Wing commander, dresses for a mission Oct. 10, 2016, during RED FLAG-Alaska 17-1 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. This Pacific Air Forces commander-directed exercise is vital to maintaining peace and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)

U.S. Air Force Col. David Mineau, the 354th Fighter Wing commander, dresses for a mission Oct. 10, 2016, during RED FLAG-Alaska 17-1 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. This Pacific Air Forces commander-directed exercise is vital to maintaining peace and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)

Pilots from the 18th Aggressor Squadron prepare to take off in F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft after finishing end of runway checks Oct. 10, 2016, during RED FLAG-Alaska 17-1 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Exercise scenarios occur within the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, a more than 67,000 square mile airspace with minimal impact on the environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)

Pilots from the 18th Aggressor Squadron prepare to take off in F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft after finishing end of runway checks Oct. 10, 2016, during RED FLAG-Alaska 17-1 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Exercise scenarios occur within the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, a more than 67,000 square mile airspace with minimal impact on the environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- U.S. Air Force Col. David Mineau, the 354th Fighter Wing commander, prepares to take off in an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft after finishing end of runway checks Oct. 10, 2016, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 17-1 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. RF-A simulates the first 10 combat sorties of an initial surge during a conflict, enabling pilots to better understand the stresses of the environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)