Flying to get familiar; maintainer gains new perspective of mission

U.S. Air Force Maj. Michael Kuzmuk, an 18th Aggressor Squadron pilot, and Airman 1st Class Victoria Ortaleza, a 354th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron electronic and environmental systems journeyman, walk to the F-16D Fighting Falcon aircraft they will fly in at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, May 4, 2016 during a RED FLAG-Alaska 16-1 sortie. With more than 500 tactical flying hours logged during each RF-A, maintainers work around the clock on various systems, each requiring a specialized Airman like Ortaleza who is responsible for working on the environmental control systems, which controls pressurization, heating and cooling throughout the equipment and cockpit, as well as oxygen systems. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel/Released)

PHOTO BY: Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel
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