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Behind the scenes of RF-A
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Republic of Korea Air Force, U.S. Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force members begin mission planning during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 17-2, June 12, 2017, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. RF-A is a two-week, multilateral large force exercise with many other nations, including Denmark, Finland and Israel, who participate to better overall tactics as one cohesive unit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert)
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U.S. Air Force Maj. Rex Bassett, the 51st Fighter Wing assistant director of operations out of Osan Air Base, Korea, discusses plans with pilots during RED FLAG-Alaska 17-2, June 12, 2017, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Before flight, pilots gather to discuss the objectives, roles and flight tactics for a mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert)
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Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) Capt. Yeo Myeonghwan, center left, the 20th Tactical Fighter Wing (TFW) escort flight leader out of Seosan Air Base, Korea, speaks with Capt. Lee Min Kyu, center right, a 20th TFW pilot, about their roles in the mission during RED FLAG-Alaska 17-2, June 12, 2017, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. ROKAF's role included playing as an escort for bombers during training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert)
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U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Misha Ignacio, a 35th Operations Group intelligence officer out of Misawa Air Base, Japan, reviews an intelligence summary page during RED FLAG-Alaska 17-2, June 12, 2017, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The summary page includes air tasking orders as well as air operations directives used during mission planning. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert)
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Christopher Tidline, a 354th Maintenance Squadron aircrew egress technician who volunteered to be cross-utilized in a crew chief’s role for the 354th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, looks into an exhaust nozzle while preparing an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft for a sortie Aug. 17, 2016, during RED FLAG-Alaska 16-3 at Eielson Air force Base, Alaska. 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 Senior Airman Christopher Tidline, a 354th Maintenance Squadron aircrew egress technician, peels a decal from an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft while cross-utilizing his time to supplement a crew chief’s position with the 354th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Aug. 17, 2016, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Tidline will work more than 100 hours with the sister squadron who maintains 18th Aggressor Squadron aircraft in support of RED-FLAG-Alaska 16-3, so pilots can share their knowledge of flying with participating units in the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Christopher Tidline, a 354th Maintenance Squadron aircrew egress technician, works in a crew chief’s role preparing a pilot for a sortie Aug. 17, 2016, during RED FLAG-Alaska 16-3 at Eielson Air force Base, Alaska. Tidline qualified in more than 15 additional tasks to perform the roles he volunteered for, which alleviates manning issues in the 354th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Christopher Tidline, a 354th Maintenance Squadron aircrew egress technician who is cross-utilized as a crew chief with the 354th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, prepares Royal Canadian Air Force Capt. Michael Walker, an 18th Aggressor Squadron pilot, for a sortie Aug. 17, 2016, during RED FLAG-Alaska 16-3 at Eielson Air force Base, Alaska. 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 Christopher Tidline, a 354th Maintenance Squadron aircrew egress technician who is cross-utilized as a crew chief for the 354th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, conducts a foreign object and debris check while preparing an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft for a sortie Aug. 17, 2016, during RED FLAG-Alaska 16-3 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Airmen sharpen their combat skills by working in the exercise, which is aimed at creating a realistic threat environment at simulated forward operating bases. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Christopher Tidline, a 354th Maintenance Squadron aircrew egress technician who volunteered to be cross-utilized in a crew chief’s role for the 354th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, looks into an exhaust nozzle while preparing an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft for a sortie Aug. 17, 2016, during RED FLAG-Alaska 16-3 at Eielson Air force Base, Alaska. 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 Senior Airman Christopher Tidline, a 354th Maintenance Squadron aircrew egress technician who is cross-utilized in a crew chief’s role for the 354th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, jumps to inspect the top of an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft wing while preparing the jet for a sortie Aug. 17, 2016, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 16-3 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. RF-A enables joint and international maintenance units to sharpen their skills by preparing jets to fly 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 Senior Airman Christopher Tidline, a 354th Maintenance Squadron aircrew egress technician who is cross-utilized as a crew chief for the 354th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, salutes Royal Canadian Air Force Capt. Michael Walker, an 18th Aggressor Squadron pilot, as he leaves for a sortie Aug. 17, 2016, during RED FLAG-Alaska 16-3 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. 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 Airman 1st Class Nicholas Proia, an avionics technician assigned to the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., marshals a U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle dual-role fighter aircraft into the test cell to ensure weapons and electronic warfare equipment work properly prior to a sortie at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 15, 2016, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 16-3. RF-A enables joint and international maintenance units to sharpen their skills by preparing jets to fly 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 Nicholas Proia, an avionics technician assigned to the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., marshals fighter jets through the test cell to ensure weapons and electronic warfare equipment operate properly prior to a sortie at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 15, 2016, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 16-3. RF-A provides realistic combat training essential to the success of air and space operations while providing 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 F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft assigned to the 35th Fighter Squadron from Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, taxi into the test cell to ensure weapons and electronic warfare equipment work properly for a sortie at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 15, 2016, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 16-3. RF-A is conducted in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, which provides more than 67,000 square miles of airspace, including one conventional bombing range and two tactical bombing ranges containing 510 different types of targets and 45 threat simulators, both manned and unmanned. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)
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