'Total force' at RED FLAG-Alaska

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- Airman First Class Brandon Hopkins, a dedicated crew chief with the 63rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit, Luke AFB, Ariz., does one final Foreign Object Damage check before one of Luke's  F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots starts the engine here May 2, 2006 during RED FLAG-Alaska 06-2. Luke AFB has six F-16s playing "Red Air" alongside the first dedicated Aggressor Squadron from Nellis AFB, Nev., to participate in the exercise formerly called Cope Thunder. (Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sara Hilmoe)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- Airman First Class Brandon Hopkins, a dedicated crew chief with the 63rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit, Luke AFB, Ariz., does one final Foreign Object Damage check before one of Luke's F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots starts the engine here May 2, 2006 during RED FLAG-Alaska 06-2. Luke AFB has six F-16s playing "Red Air" alongside the first dedicated Aggressor Squadron from Nellis AFB, Nev., to participate in the exercise formerly called Cope Thunder. (Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sara Hilmoe)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- Crew chiefs from the 175th Fighter Squadron, South Dakota Air National Guard, look on while 2nd Lt. Travis Boltjes, 175th FS pilot, goes through his final checks in his F-16 Fighting Falcon here during RED FLAG-Alaska 06-2 May 2, 2006. (Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sara Hilmoe)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- Crew chiefs from the 175th Fighter Squadron, South Dakota Air National Guard, look on while 2nd Lt. Travis Boltjes, 175th FS pilot, goes through his final checks in his F-16 Fighting Falcon here during RED FLAG-Alaska 06-2 May 2, 2006. (Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sara Hilmoe)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- Tech. Sgt. Rick Vandenhoek, weapons loader with the 175th Fighter Squadron, South Dakota Air National Guard, does a final check on the F-16 Fighting Falcon here May 2, 2006 during RED FLAG-Alaska 06-2. Eight ANG F-16s from South Dakota are here for the exercise. (Air Force photo Tech. Sgt. Sara Hilmoe)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- Tech. Sgt. Rick Vandenhoek, weapons loader with the 175th Fighter Squadron, South Dakota Air National Guard, does a final check on the F-16 Fighting Falcon here May 2, 2006 during RED FLAG-Alaska 06-2. Eight ANG F-16s from South Dakota are here for the exercise. (Air Force photo Tech. Sgt. Sara Hilmoe)