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U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles dual-role fighter aircraft assigned to the 336th Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., taxi for take off Aug. 5, 2016, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, during familiarization day of RED FLAG-Alaska 16-3. This exercise 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)
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A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle dual-role fighter aircraft assigned to the 336th Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., prepares to take off Aug. 5, 2016, from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, during familiarization day of RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 16-3. Originally operated under the name COPE THUNDER, the exercise moved to Eielson in 1992 from Clark Air Base, Philippines, after the eruption of Mount Pinatubo on June 15, 1991. COPE THUNDER was re-designated RF-A in 2006. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)
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Two Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornet aircraft pilots assigned to the 409th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake, Canada, walk from the Thunderdome, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 5, 2016, during the familiarization day of RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 16-3, while a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft assigned to the 35th Fighter Squadron, Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, taxis for take off. Free exchange of ideas between multilateral forces during RF-A enhances not just partners and sister-service relationships, but also their operational efficiency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)
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U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 8th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Kunsan Air Base, Republic of South Korea, show excitement while preparing an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft for take off Aug. 5, 2016, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, during the familiarization day of RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 16-3. 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 Airmen 1st Class Jordan Baker and Timothy Rich, both assigned to the 336th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., remove a cover from a U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle fighter aircraft Aug. 5, 2016, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, prior to the familiarization day of RED FLAG-Alaska 16-3. This exercise 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)
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Christian Garibay, a 336th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons loader assigned to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., removes a cover from electronic attack equipment on a U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft Aug. 5, 2016, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, prior to the familiarization day of RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 16-3.  RF-A training in Alaska signifies continued commitment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific area of responsibility and is vital to maintaining peace and stability in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)
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U.S. Air Force Maj. Jeremy Guinther, the 35th Fighter Squadron director of operations assigned to Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, prepares to launch an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft Aug. 5, 2016, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, prior to the familiarization day of RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 16-3. 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)
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Timothy Rich, an assistant dedicated crew chief assigned to the 336th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., is a crew chief for the U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle fighter aircraft. The highlight of RED FLAG-Alaska for him is similar to many outdoor enthusiasts. “I plan to catch fish. I don’t care what kind, but I want to get out and experience the outdoors of Alaska as much as I can.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)
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Fourteen U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles fighter aircraft assigned to the 336th Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., wait along with U.S. Navy EA-18G Growler aircraft assigned to the Electronic Attack Squadron 135, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash. as Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornet aircraft assigned to the 409th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake, Canada, in front of the Thunder Dome Aug. 5, 2016, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, prior to a familiarization sortie for RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 16-3. RF-A exercises provide U.S. and allied pilots, aircrews and operational support personnel the opportunity to train and improve their air combat skills in preparation for a myriad of worldwide contingencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)
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U.S. Air Force Maj. Brian Bragg, the 18th Aggressor Squadron assistant director of operations, reads maintenance continuity reports prior to take off as a “bad guy” for a sortie June 14, 2016, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 16-2 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. RF-A, a U.S. Pacific Air Forces commander-directed exercise, has helped train more than 150,000 aircrew members for combat in the past 40 years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Maj. Brian Bragg, the 18th Aggressor Squadron assistant director of operations, waits with his hand in a safe position while crew chiefs from the 354th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron prepare the F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft to take off as a “bad guy” for a sortie June 14, 2016, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 16-2 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The average Aggressor pilot has at least 1,000 fighter hours and hundreds of hours of studying to become experts in enemy tactics used to train U.S. Air Force, joint and coalition partners during the U.S. Pacific Air Forces commander-directed RF-A exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Maj. Brian Bragg, the 18th Aggressor Squadron assistant director of operations, uses hand signals to communicate with crew chiefs from the 354th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron while they prepare an F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft to take off as the “bad guy” for a sortie June 14, 2016, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 16-2 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. RF-A exercises keep fighters in the air through 10 simulated combat sorties flying over the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, a more than 67,000 square mile airspace that includes one conventional bombing range and two tactical bombing ranges containing 510 different types of targets and 45 threat simulators. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Micah Bell, the 354th Operations Support Squadron commander, fills out flight paperwork at the 18th Aggressor Squadron operations desk prior to a a sortie June 14, 2016, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 16-2 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Pilots from Eielson take on the role of Red Air “bad guys” during large scale exercises and train Blue Air pilots during RF-A. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Capt. Todd Possemato, an 18th Aggressor Squadron pilot, flies an F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft May 12, 2016, as a “bad guy” for a sortie during RED FLAG-Alaska 16-1 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The average Aggressor pilot has at least 1,000 fighter hours and hundreds of hours of studying to become experts in enemy tactics used to train U.S. Air Force, joint and coalition partners during U.S. Pacific Air Forces commander-directed RF-A exercises. (U.S. Air Force photo/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Demonte Outlaw, a 354th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment journeyman, maintains helmets used by pilots with the 18th Aggressor Squadron (AGRS), June 15, 2016, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 16-2 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The 18th AGRS use a red star on their helmets to mark the mission of being experts in enemy tactics in exercises such as RF-A, a U.S. Pacific Air Forces commander-directed exercise, which has helped train more than 150,000 aircrew members for combat in the past 40 years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Julio Rodriguez, the 18th Aggressor Squadron (AGRS) director of operations, explains the significance of Red Air during large scale exercises and training Blue Air pilots June 15, 2016, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 16-2 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The 18th AGRS use a red star, overlaid by a target on the sleeves of their green flight suits and red flags with the hammer and sickle of the former Soviet Union, to mark the mission of being experts in enemy tactics in exercises such as RF-A, a U.S. Pacific Air Forces commander-directed exercise, which has helped train more than 150,000 aircrew members for combat in the past 40 years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel/Released)
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