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An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the South Carolina Air National Guard’s 157th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron taxis on the flightline before takeoff July 27, 2016, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. Approximately 300 Airmen and 12 F-16s from the 169th Fighter Wing deployed to Osan in support of the U.S. Pacific Command Theater Security Package.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dillian Bamman) Power Projection: 157th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron showcases “Fight Tonight” readiness
Team Osan welcomed the South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing during their deployment as the 157th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron in support of the U.S. Pacific Command Theater Security Package. TSPs on the Korean Peninsula have been vital to the Pacific Air Forces force posture since March 2004, and the deployment of the 157th EFS is no exception. They arrived with over 300 Airmen and 12 F-16 Fighting Falcons, ready to demonstrate the commitment to always be ready to “fight tonight.”
0 8/02
2016
For the first time in 10 years, B-1B Lancer aircraft will replace the B-52 Stratofortress aircraft in support of U.S. Pacific Command's Continuous Bomber Presence mission. This forward deployed presence demonstrates continuing U.S. commitment to stability and security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo) Bomber swap: Lancers to replace B-52s during routine CBP rotation
The U.S. Air Force’s B-1B Lancers are scheduled to deploy to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug.6 for the first time since April 2006 in support of U.S. Pacific Command’s Continuous Bomber Presence mission.
0 7/28
2016
Airmen and F-16 Fighting Falcons with the 169th Fighter Wing from McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina, are set to deploy to Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, mid-July in support of U.S. Pacific Command's Theather Security Package.(U.S. Air National Guard Courtesy Photo/Released) South Carolina Air National Guard 169th Fighter Wing prepares for Osan deployment
Approximately 300 Airmen and 12 F-16 Fighting Falcons with the 169th Fighter Wing from McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina, are set to deploy mid-July to Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, as the 157th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron in support of the U.S. Pacific Command Theater Security Package.
0 7/06
2016
An HH-60G Pave Hawk assigned to the 33rd Helicopter Maintenance Unit takes off June 20, 2016, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 33rd HMU trained in preparation for Exercise Pacific Thunder, an exercise in the Indo-Asia Pacific theater which tests readiness for search and rescue operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lynette M. Rolen) 33rd RQS, HMU bring the thunder
The 718th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron conducted training for Exercise Pacific Thunder here June 20.
0 7/06
2016
A U.S Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bomber from Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, takes flight June 16, 2016, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The aircraft is deployed in support of U.S. Pacific Command’s Continuous Bomber Presence operations. This forward deployed presence demonstrates continuing U.S. commitment to stability and security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexa Ann Henderson/Released) Bombers span 5K miles, demonstrate capability during busy week of operations
Strategic bomber crews and support Airmen at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, demonstrated the flexibility and reach of airpower as they conducted eight joint and bi-lateral training sorties that spanned more than 5,000 miles across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, June 13 through 20. These missions were in support of U.S. Pacific Command’s continuous bomber presence mission, now in its twelfth year of existence.
0 6/24
2016
F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the Minnesota Air National Guard’s 148th Fighter Wing taxi off the runway after a training sortie, June 21, 2016, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. The Airmen and F-16s from the 148th FW deployed to Osan as part of a Theater Security Package for U.S. Pacific Command and Pacific Air Forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victor J. Caputo/Released) Bulldogs integrate with Mustangs
The Air National Guard is frequently called upon when U.S. Pacific Command needs additional assets to deliver rapid air capabilities in the Pacific region, and Airmen from the 148th Fighter Wing out of Duluth, Minnesota, are currently stepping up to that call.
0 6/23
2016
U.S. Air Force Capt. Keli Kaaekuahiwi, an A-10 pilot assigned to the 354th Fighter Squadron out of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., applies face paint while evading capture during a personnel recovery exercise at a training site in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, June 14, 2016, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 16-2. RF-A gives U.S. and partner nation forces an opportunity to sharpen combat skills like search and rescue in a realistic threat environment inside the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, which at more than 67,000 square miles, is the largest instrumented air, ground and electronic combat training range in the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Karen J. Tomasik/Released) Personnel recovery exercise brings rescue teams together for RF-A 16-2
The phrase, “So Others May Live to Return with Honor” expresses the overarching goal of those serving in the rescue community and it connects a myriad of career fields dedicated to fulfilling that mission. RED FLAG-Alaska 16-2 provided an opportunity to connect survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialists, rescue squadron personnel, combat search and rescue assets, and an A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot during an isolated personnel scenario June 14.
0 6/17
2016
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)
Red Air: Aggressors’ experience provides life-saving training
Uttered proudly in unison after a briefing before an air-to-air fight, “Have at you!” inspired by the 1975 film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” signifies being the enemy squadron who will defend its battlefield, regardless of the cost. Pilots from the 18th Aggressor Squadron take the role of “Red Air” during large scale exercises and train “Blue Air” pilots during RED FLAG-Alaska. Using a red star, overlaid by a target on the sleeves of their green flight suits and red flags with a hammer and sickle, they’re marked throughout the mission as experts in enemy tactics.
0 6/17
2016
Airman 1st Class Ryan Bateman, a 354th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron assistant dedicated crew chief, tops off the air in the tire of an F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft flown by the 18th Aggressor Squadron (18th AGRS) while working swing shift June 14, 2016, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 16-2 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The 18th AGRS supports RF-A by sharing its knowledge of flying to participating units and ensuring the U.S. and its allies receive the best air combat training possible. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel/Released) All night bright-maintenance increases operations
With the sun barely dropping below the horizon maintenance Airmen with the 354th Aircraft Maintenance Unit work around the clock in almost 24 hours of sunlight pushing normal limits to turn jets for the next day’s RED FLAG-Alaska sorties. RF-A 16-2, the largest exercise of it’s kind in six years, simulates the first 10 combat sorties during the initial stages of war or a surge operation, which pushes pilots to fly jets built in the 80s to their limits, creating a 185 percent usage compared to normal flying operations.
0 6/16
2016
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Nathan Mendoza, a 354th Maintenance Squadron aircraft armament systems craftsman, inspects a Captive AIM-9 missile after loading it onto an  F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft while working swing shift June 14, 2016, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 16-2 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Jets are flown almost double the normal hours during RF-A, increasing the need for maintenance, which provides training for support personnel in sustainment of large-force deployed air operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel/Released) 'AIM' high: Loading the Aggressors
Airmen with the 354th Maintenance Squadron at Eielson Air Force Base loaded Captive AIM-9 missiles to F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft June 14, 2016, during RED FLAG - Alaska 16-2. During the exercise, the 18th AGRS shares its knowledge with participating units and allies to ensure the best combat training possible. 
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