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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Blade Dirickson, an 18th Aircraft Maintenance Unit F-16 Fighting Falcon dedicated crew chief, inspects an F-16 before an elephant walk on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Dec. 18, 2020.


Eielson AFB team exercised rapid combat readiness, demonstrates arctic ability

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Blade Dirickson, an 18th Aircraft Maintenance Unit F-16 Fighting Falcon dedicated crew chief, inspects an F-16 before an elephant walk on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Dec. 18, 2020. More than two dozen fifth-and fourth-generation fighter aircraft and two KC-135 Stratotankers participated in the elephant walk demonstrating the 354th Fighter Wing and 168th Wing’s ability to rapidly mobilize aircraft in the harsh arctic conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)

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