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U.S. Air Force Capt. Todd Possemato, an 18th Aggressor Squadron pilot, refuels an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft behind a KC-135 Stratotanker deployed from Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., Oct. 12, 2016, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 17-1 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Pilots from both units augment RF-A exercises to help broaden their flying skill sets and to help train Department of Defense and partner nation pilots. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)
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U.S. Air Force Col. Brian Toth, the 354th Operations Group commander, refuels an F-16D Fighting Falcon aircraft behind a KC-135 Stratotanker deployed from Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., Oct. 12, 2016 during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 17-1 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. RF-A is a Pacific Air Forces command directed field training exercise for U.S. and allied forces, to provide joint offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support and large force employment training in a simulated combat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)
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A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft refuels behind a KC-135 Statotanker deployed from Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., Oct. 12, 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)
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U.S. Air Force Capt. Todd Possemato, an 18th Aggressor Squadron pilot, flies an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft Oct. 12, 2016, over the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex (JPARC), during RED FLAG-Alaska 17-1 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Sorties for RF-A are flown in the JPARC, an area of more than 67,000 square miles that provides a realistic training environment and allows commanders to train for full spectrum engagements, ranging from individual skills to complex, large-scale joint engagements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)
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The shadow of a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft is cast on a KC-135 Stratotanker deployed from Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., Oct. 12, 2016, over the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex (JPARC), during RED FLAG-Alaska 17-1 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Sorties for RF-A are flown in the JPARC, a more than 67,000 square mile area that provides a realistic training environment and allows commanders to train for full spectrum engagements, ranging from individual skills to complex, large-scale joint engagements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)
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A variety of units aircraft and personnel, including U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18C Hornet aircraft and personnel from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232 out of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., gather in their ramp space as a pair of U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft assigned to the 36th Fighter Squadron out of Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, prepare to land at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Oct. 10, 2016, after the first RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 17-1 combat training mission. Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercises like RF-A are vital to maintaining peace and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Karen J. Tomasik)
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A pilot assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232 out of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., taxis his F/A-18C Hornet aircraft down the Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, flight line as U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft wait in their ramp space in the background Oct. 10, 2016, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 17-1. The Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex provides more than 67,000 square miles of realistic training environment and allows commanders to train for full spectrum engagements, ranging from individual skills to complex, large-scale joint engagements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Karen J. Tomasik)
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A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 22nd Air Refueling Wing out of McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., returns to Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Oct. 10, 2016, after completing its first RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 17-1 mission. The Tanker Task Force provides a crucial aerial refueling capability for this Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercise, enabling missions conducted within the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, which provides more than 67,000 square miles of combat training airspace for U.S. and international partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Karen J. Tomasik)
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A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 92nd Air Refueling Wing out of Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., gains speed for takeoff from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Oct. 10, 2016, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 17-1. The Tanker Task Force provides a crucial aerial refueling capability for this Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercise, enabling missions conducted within the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, which provides more than 67,000 square miles of combat training airspace for U.S. and international partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Karen J. Tomasik)
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U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aerial refueling aircraft assigned to the 92nd Air Refueling Wing out of Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., and McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., take off from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Oct. 10, 2016, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 17-1. As part of the Tanker Task Force, these aircraft provide crucial aerial refueling capability for this Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercise, enabling combat training missions for U.S. and international partners conducted within the more than 67,000 square mile Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Karen J. Tomasik)
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U.S. Air Force Capt. Karan Bansal, a KC-135 Stratotanker pilot assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, directs his attention to an Indian Air Force airman, May 12, 2016, over the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex. As part of RED FLAG-Alaska 16-1, the 67th Fighter Squadron, 80th FS and the 909th ARS conducted an in-flight refueling exercise to demonstrate how tanker support can extend and prolong flight operations for U.S. and coalition aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Steven R. Doty)
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An F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft with the 80th Fighter Squadron, Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, lines up to receive fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, to begin an inflight refueling procedure May 12, 2016, inside the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex. In September of 1981, the 80th became the first unit stationed overseas to convert to the F-16 Fighting Falcon and on Jan. 31, 1992, the 80th Tactical Fighter Squadron was redesignated 80 FS. The 80th FS continues to support the United States Contingent in Korea with the same pride and excellence instilled in the squadron from the pilots of the past. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Steven R. Doty)
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Three F-16 Fighting Falcon’s with the 80th Fighter Squadron, Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, fly alongside a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, May 12, 2016, inside the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex. The JPARC provides a realistic training environment and allows commanders to train for full spectrum engagements, ranging from individual skills to complex, large-scale joint engagements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Steven R. Doty)
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An F-15C Eagle aircraft with the 67th Fighter Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, parallels alongside a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, to begin an inflight refueling procedure May 12, 2016, inside the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex. More than 75 aircraft and 1,400 participants took part in RED FLAG-Alaska which was mostly exercised throughout the JPARC. RF-A is a series of Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercises for U.S. and partner nation forces, enabling joint and international units to exchange tactics, techniques and procedures while improving interoperability in a realistic threat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Steven R. Doty)
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U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Doug Palmisano, KC-135 Stratotanker boom operator assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, conducts refueling operations May 12, 2016, over the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex. Boom operators on a KC-135 have the ability to pump thousands of pounds of fuel to any capable aircraft, thousands of feet above the ground, flying at 200 knots (230 miles per hour), all while only 47 feet from the receiving aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Steven R. Doty)
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An F-15C Eagle aircraft with the 67th Fighter Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, May 12, 2016, inside the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex. The KC-135 provides the core aerial refueling capability for the United States Air Force and has excelled in this role for more than 50 years working to accomplish its primary mission of global reach. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Steven R. Doty)
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