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Security police personnel, carrying M-16 rifles equipped with MILES gear (multiple independent laser engagement system), exit a UH-1 Iroquois helicopter onto an open field during exercise Olympic Flag 93-3. The exercise brings security police together with missileers, maintainers, and civil engineers to help the nations' ICBM force increase comb at readiness

SGT. Messer, an F-16 weapons specialist, inspects an Aim 9 air-to-air missile cannon plug prior to weapons uploading on a 526th Fighter Squadron F-16. F-16 aircraft maintainers from the 526th Fighter Squadron perform routine tasks preparing aircraft for training flights scheduled for the afternoon

SGT. Blanding and F-16 weapons specialists, cleans an F-16 gatling gun blast diffuser prior to its November 18th training flight from Germany. F-16 aircraft maintainers from the 526th Fighter Squadron perform routine tasks preparing aircraft for training flights

SGT. Messer, F-16 Weapons specialist, selects proper cable assembly for pre-fligth weapons functional checks on aircraft tail number 85450. F-16 aircraft maintainers from the 526th Fighter Squadron perform routine tasks preparing aircraft for training flights scheduled for the afternoon.

Brigadier General Stephen B. Plummer, 56th Fighter Wing commander, greets pilots and maintainers from the 550th Fighter Squadron, "Silver Eagles," prior to the departure of the last three F-15E Strike Eagles from Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, enroute to Seymour-Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina

MASTER SGT. Reeves, production supervisor for the 429th Electronic Combat Squadron maintainers, repairs an anti-collision light on an EF-111A Raven aircraft on the flightline. The ground crew is preparing the aircraft for a NATO airstrike against the Bosnian Serbs in support of the operation. MASTER SGT. Reeves is deployed to Aviano from the 27th Fighter Wing, Cannon Air Force Base, NM

While being inspected, maintainers prepare Dyess AFB C-130 Hercules for take off

Maintainers from the 315th Air Generation Squadron, Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina, make a quick but complete repair to the hydraulics on a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft

A C-130 Hercules from Dyess Air Force Base sits on the runway in the snow and ice. Dyess maintainers were not accustomed to the magnitude of the snow and ice

Deicer truck #4 deices the wing of a C-130 Hercules. Snow and ice prove to be a challenge to maintainers as well as to the crews. Deicing is an everyday task during the 39th Airlift Squadron's rotation from October through December

Maintainers from the 429th Electronic Combat Squadron, 27th Fighter Wing, prepare to launch an EF-111A "Raven" at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. The Raven's the Air Force's premier electronic combat aircraft, which jams enemy radar signals and provides a protective electronic shield for attacking aircraft

Shot of the tail of a C-5 Galaxy from Travis AFB, California lands at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia in support of Operation SWA Buildup. The C-5 carries maintainers and equipment from the 437th Aircraft Generation Squadron, Charleston AFB, South Carolina. It also carries support equipment for the deployed Tanker Airlift Control Element

Unidentified USAF Munitions Maintainers load bombs onto a trailer for transport to awaiting aircraft (Aircraft not shown). This image is from the January 1999 edition of AIRMAN Magazine highlighting the Expeditionary Aerospace Force

With some of the oldest F-15 Eagles in the US Air Force Inventory, the 114th Fighter Squadron, 173rd Fighter Wing, Kingsley Field Air National Guard Base, Klamath Falls, Oregon, maintainers are busy keeping their aircraft ready to fly

US Air Force and contract maintainers with the F-22 Raptor Combined Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base, California, stand by as a F-22 pilot prepares for a test flight on March 1ST, 1999

US Air Force KC-135 Extender maintainers and crews await the arrival of more tankers while deployed to Moron Air Base, Spain. This mission is in direct support of Joint Task Force Noble Anvil

Flightline operations continue around the clock at Operation Shining Hope and NATO Operation Allied Force. Maintainers (not shown) continually clean the taxiway from debris and mud falling from vehicles, which also use it. Shown in the frame is a rear view of a US Air Force C-17 Globemaster III, in the background. In the foreground is a right side view of the nose section on a US Army UH-1N Huey helicopter. In the center of the frame are several vehicles to include a M998 High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV) and five-ton trucks

Flightline operations continue around the clock at Operation Shining Hope and NATO Operation Allied Force. Maintainers (not shown) continually clean the taxiway from debris and mud falling from vehicles, which also use it. Shown in the frame is a rear view of a US Air Force C-17 Globemaster III, in the background, right. In the foreground is a right side view of two US Army UH-1N Huey helicopters. Behind theC-17 are several vehicles to include a M998 High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV) and five-ton trucks. Flight line personnel mill about. In the background, center, is a straight in view of a US Air Force C-9A Nightingale

Flightline operations continue around the clock at Operation Shining Hope and NATO Operation Allied Force. Maintainers continually clean the taxiway from debris and mud falling from vehicles (not shown), which also use it

The Honorable Phillip Lader, U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom, talks with B-52H maintainers at Royal Air Force Fairford, England, April 25. B-52H, B-1B and KC-135R aircraft and support personnel (not shown) are forward deployed to RAF Fairford in support of NATO Operation Allied Force

GEN Wesley Clark, Supreme Allied Commander of Europe, visits the Navy and Marine maintainers of the of the EA-6B Prowlers (not shown), deployed to Aviano Air Base, Italy, on May 9, 1999, in support of NATO Operation Allied Force

GEN Wesley Clark, Supreme Allied Commander of Europe, visits the Navy and Marine maintainers of the of the EA-6B Prowlers (aircraft not shown), deployed to Aviano Air Base, Italy, on May 9, 1999, in support of NATO Operation Allied Force

Interior shot inside the cargo bay of a USAF C-17A Globemaster III, looking from the back towards the front of the cargo section. Personnel from the 721st Air Mobility Squadron at McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey, maintainers from Dover Air Force Base, Delaware and cargo loading equipment are bound for Operation Atlas Response. This is a mission to assist in search and rescue and also with the distribution of relief supplies to the area of Mozambique in southeastern Africa

C-17A Globemaster III cargo bay interior shot as personnel from the 721st Air Mobility Squadron, at McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey, maintainers from Dover Air Force Base, and cargo loading equipment are bound for "Operation Atlas Response." The C-17A Globemaster III aircraft, will take them to Hoedspruit AFB, South Africa, and will be the first of several flights that will arrive throughout the following weeks bringing helicopters (not shown) and military personnel to assist with search and rescue and with the distribution of relief supplies in Mozambique

Left side front view medium shot of as personnel (equipment and personnel not shown) from the 721st Air Mobility Squadron at McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey, and maintainers from Dover Air Force Base, board a C-17A Globmaster III, bound for "Operation Atlas Response." The C-17A Globemaster III aircraft, will take them to Hoedspruit AFB, South Africa, and will be the first of several flights that will arrive throughout the following weeks bringing helicopters and military personnel to assist with search and rescue and with the distribution of relief supplies in Mozambique

Rear view long shot as Personnel (equipment and personnel not shown) from the 721st Air Mobility Squadron at McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey, and maintainers from Dover Air Force Base, arrive at Hoedspruit AFB, South Africa, to take part in "Operation Atlas Response." They are the first of several flights that will arrive throughout the following weeks bringing helicopters and military personnel to assist with search and rescue and with the distribution of relief supplies in Mozambique

Straight on medium shot as personnel from the 721st Air Mobility Squadron at McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey, and maintainers from Dover Air Force Base, wait outside the mobility operations center at Hoedspruit AFB, South Africa, after arriving from the United States to take part in "Operation Atlas Response." They are the first of several flights that will arrive throughout the following weeks bringing helicopters and military personnel (equipment and personnel not shown) to assist with search and rescue and with the distribution of relief supplies in Mozambique

Medium long shot. Maintainers from the 352nd Maintenance Squadron, Royal Air Force, Mildenhall, move the gear box of an MH-53M Pave Low IV helicopter to its transpot box so it will fit on a C-5 for re-deployment from Air Force Base Hoedspruit, South Africa. The 352nd is deployed here in support of Operation Atlas Response, a humanitarian relief mission in southern Africa

Medium shot. Maintainers from the 352nd Maintenance Squadron, Royal Air Force, Mildenhall, move the gear box of an MH-53M Pave Low IV helicopter to its transpot box so it will fit on a C-5 for re-deployment from Air Force Base Hoedspruit, South Africa. The 352nd is deployed here in support of Operation Atlas Response, a humanitarian relief mission in southern Africa

Medium long shot. Maintainers from the 352nd Maintenance Squadron, Royal Air Force Mildenhall, move the gear box of an MH-53M Pave Low IV helicopter to its transpot box so it will fit on a C-5 for re-deployment from Air Force Base Hoedspruit, South Africa. The 352nd is deployed here in support of Operation Atlas Response, a humanitarian relief mission in southern Africa

Medium shot, high angle, rear view, Alert aircrew members from the 319th Air Refueling Wing, Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Darkota, scramble to the vehicles which will take them to their awaiting KC-135 Stratotankers (not shown) on April 11, 2000. The base is going through an Operational Readiness Inspection with alert aircrews and maintainers on the Alpha ramp playing the biggest roles

Left side front view medium shot as Turkish maintenance troops of the T-22 Maintenance Group prepare a Turkish F-16C for launch. Pilots and maintainers from Balikesir, Turkey are deployed to Aviano in support of the NATO operation Joint Forge

Straight on medium group shot as Turkish Air Force F-16C Pilots and maintainers from Balikesir, Turkey are deployed to Aviano in support of the NATO operation Joint Forge

Several US Air Force members of the 353rd Special Operations Group aircraft maintainers, deployed to Taegu Air Base, Korea, from Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, take cover in a simulated bunker near their MC-130H Combat Talon II aircraft during exercise FOAL EAGLE 2000 on October 26th, 2000. FOAL EAGLE is held annually in South Korea to demonstrate U.S. and South Korean military cooperation and is the U.S. Militarys largest Joint-Service, Multi-National field training drill. This year's drill involves about 25,000 active duty, Reserve, and National Guard troops from the United States and bases throughout the Pacific Command

Several US Air Force members of the 353rd Special Operations Group aircraft maintainers, deployed to Taegu Air Base, Korea, from Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, take cover in a simulated bunker near a USAF MH-53H Pave Low III helicopter during exercise FOAL EAGLE 2000 on October 26th, 2000. FOAL EAGLE is held annually in South Korea to demonstrate U.S. and South Korean military cooperation and is the U.S. Militarys largest Joint-Service, Multi-National field training drill. This year's drill involves about 25,000 active duty, Reserve, and National Guard troops from the United States and bases throughout the Pacific Command

In the rain, (left to right) AIRMAN First Class (A1C) Daniel Galloway, USAF, SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Rob Kaylor, USAF, SRA Joshua Boyer, USAF, (crew chief) and SRA Cesar Alzaga, USAF, 494th Fighter Squadron, 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom, install a multi-purpose display programmer on a "red ball." "Red balls" are called when a pilot needs a repair done before flight when he first powers up the systems and finds a fault. Maintainers respond with whatever parts or assistance is required to make the aircraft mission ready

In the rain, (left to right) AIRMAN First Class (A1C) Daniel Galloway, USAF, SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Rob Kaylor, USAF, SRA Joshua Boyer, USAF, (crew chief) and SRA Cesar Alzaga, USAF, 494th Fighter Squadron, 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom, install a multi-purpose display programmer on a "red ball." "Red balls" are called when a pilot needs a repair done before flight when he first powers up the systems and finds a fault. Maintainers respond with whatever parts or assistance is required to make the aircraft mission ready

12th Fighter Squadron maintainers remain vigilant after a simulated chemical attack on Elmendorf Air Force Base, Arkansas, during a Combat Employment Readiness Exercise. Members are in Mission-Oriented Protective Posture level four (MOPP 4). MOPP 4 provides the highest degree of chemical protection; personnel don the battledress overgarment, chemical protective footware covers, protective mask and hood, and NBC rubber gloves with cotten liners. The MCU-2/P Chemical-Biological Mask is used by ground crews

The hands of STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Jeffrey Cliff, USAF, crewchief, 437th Aircraft Generation Squadron (AGS), Charleston AFB, South Carolina, as he reviews an aircrafts Landing Aircraft Maintenance Record prior to its flight, on the ramp at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy. SSGT Cliff and fellow maintainers are deployed to ensures that aircraft carrying troops and cargo to forward locations, spend minimal ground time re-loading and refueling, and in some cases repaired, to continue their missions in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Jeffrey Cliff, USAF, crewchief, 437th Aircraft Generation Squadron (AGS), Charleston AFB, South Carolina, reviews a C-17A Globemaster IIIs Landing Aircraft Maintenance Record prior to its flight, on the ramp at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy. SSGT Cliff and fellow maintainers are deployed to ensures that aircraft carrying troops and cargo to forward locations, spend minimal ground time re-loading and refueling, and in some cases repaired, to continue their missions in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Jeffrey Cliff, USAF, crewchief, 437th Aircraft Generation Squadron (AGS), Charleston AFB, South Carolina, reviews a C-17A Globemaster IIIs Landing Aircraft Maintenance Record prior to its flight, on the ramp at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy. SSGT Cliff and fellow maintainers are deployed to ensures that aircraft carrying troops and cargo to forward locations, spend minimal ground time re-loading and refueling, and in some cases repaired, to continue their missions in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

Arriving at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, only days before, F-15E Strike Eagles from the 366th Air Expeditionary Wing, 391st Fighter Squadron, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, are readied, as maintainers standby, to fly their first bombing missions into Afghanistan, in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. The 366th AEW is one of the Air Force's "on-call 911" fighter wings, ready to deploy at a moments notice

Maintainers watch as F-15E Strike Eagles, 366th Air Expeditionary Wing, 391st Fighter Squadron, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, prepare to taxi out at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. The F-15s prepares to fly its first bombing mission into Afghanistan, in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. They are equipped with the LANTRIN Navigation and Targeting System pod and carries two racks of GBU-12 500-pound bombs with CCG MAU-169 guidance system, an AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) and AIM-9 Sidewinders

Maintainers watch as the aircraft prepare to taxi out at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar

Maintainers and crewchiefs "salute" a departing F-15E Strike Eagle, 366th Air Expeditionary Wing, 391st Fighter Squadron, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, as it heads out for its first bombing mission into Afghanistan, in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM from Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. It is equipped with the LANTRIN Navigation and Targeting System pod and carries two racks of GBU-12 500-pound bombs with CCG MAU-169 guidance system, AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) and AIM-9 Sidewinders, and 600-gallon drop tanks

With the engine cart raised into position deployed aircraft maintainers, begin to work on removing the Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-7 turbofan engine on a C-141 on the ramp at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Sicily, during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. In the background a C-5A Galaxy sits on its parking stop. In response to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 at the New York World Trade Center and the Pentagon, President George W. Bush initiated Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in support of the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT), fighting terrorism abroad

Deployed aircraft maintainers, position an engine cart under the Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-7 turbofan engine as they prepare to swap engines on a C-141 Starlifter on the ramp at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Sicily, during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. In response to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 at the New York World Trade Center and the Pentagon, President George W. Bush initiated Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in support of the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT), fighting terrorism abroad

Deployed aircraft maintainers, raise into position an engine cart before swapping engines on a C-141 Starlifter on the ramp at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Sicily, during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. In response to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 at the New York World Trade Center and the Pentagon, President George W. Bush initiated Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in support of the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT), fighting terrorism abroad

Deployed maintainers wait as Technical Sergeant Carl Helbin, USAF, loadmaster, 15th Airlift Squadron, Charleston AFB, South Carolina, to exit the aircraft after another mission in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, from Naval Air Station Sigonella, Sicily

Major (MAJ) Jay Johnson, USAF, pilot, 157th Fighter Squadron (FS), gets "settled-in" for his long flight to Moron AB, Spain. Members of the South Carolina Air National Guard (SCANG) deploy in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. The SCANG personnel are the first Air National Guard personnel from South Carolina to deploy to forward locations in support of the "War on Terrorism". The SCANG sent F-16D, Block 52 aircraft and pilots from the 157th Fighter Squadron as well as maintainers and other support personnel from the 169th Fighter Wing

In the dark at the McEntire Air National Guard Station flightline an F-16C, Block 52, Fighting Falcon, 157th Fighter Squadron (FS), is guided out of its parking space by a 169th Aircraft Generations Squadron (AGS) member, as it prepares for its long flight to Moron AB, Spain. Members of the South Carolina Air National Guard (SCANG) deploy in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. The SCANG personnel are the first Air National Guard personnel from South Carolina to deploy to forward locations in support of the "War on Terrorism". The SCANG sent F-16C/D, Block 52 aircraft and pilots from the 157th FS as well as maintainers and other support personnel from the 169th Fighter Wing (FW)

In the dark an F-16C, Block 52, Fighting Falcon, 157th Fighter Squadron (FS), taxies out to the McEntire Air National Guard Station flightline, for its long flight to Moron AB, Spain. Members of the South Carolina Air National Guard (SCANG) deploy in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. The SCANG personnel are the first Air National Guard personnel from South Carolina to deploy to forward locations in support of the "War on Terrorism". The SCANG sent F-16C/D, Block 52 aircraft and pilots from the 157th FS as well as maintainers and other support personnel from the 169th Fighter Wing (FW)

In the dark an F-16C, Block 52, Fighting Falcon, 157th Fighter Squadron (FS), taxies out to the McEntire Air National Guard Station flightline, for its long flight to Moron AB, Spain. Members of the South Carolina Air National Guard (SCANG) deploy in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. The SCANG personnel are the first Air National Guard personnel from South Carolina to deploy to forward locations in support of the "War on Terrorism". The SCANG sent F-16C/D, Block 52 aircraft and pilots from the 157th FS as well as maintainers and other support personnel from the 169th Fighter Wing (FW)

Major (MAJ) John Bushe, USAF, pilot, 157th Fighter Squadron (FS), accomplishes an instruments check before take off on his long flight to Moron AB, Spain. Members of the South Carolina Air National Guard (SCANG) deploy in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. The SCANG personnel are the first Air National Guard personnel from South Carolina to deploy to forward locations in support of the "War on Terrorism." The SCANG sent F-16D, Block 52 aircraft and pilots from the 157th FS as well as maintainers and other support personnel from the 169th Fighter Wing

Family and friends, send-off Major Jay Johnson, USAF, pilot, 157th Fighter Squadron (FS), as he steps for the flightline. Members of the South Carolina Air National Guard (SCANG) deploy in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. The SCANG personnel are the first Air National Guard personnel from South Carolina to deploy to forward locations in support of the "War on Terrorism". The SCANG sent F-16C/D, Block 52 aircraft and pilots from the 157th FS as well as maintainers and other support personnel from the 169th Fighter Wing (FW)

On the McEntire Air National Guard Station flightline, a crewchief loads the travel pod of an F-16D, 157th Fighter Squadron (FS), South Carolina Air National Guard (SCANG), as it is prepared for departure to a forward location during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. The SCANG personnel are the first Air National Guard personnel from South Carolina to deploy to forward locations in support of the "War on Terrorism". The SCANG sent F-16D, Block 52 aircraft and pilots from the 157th FS as well as maintainers and other support personnel from the 169th Fighter Wing

South Carolina Air National Guard (SCANG) families watch as their loved-ones aircraft takes off to an undisclosed location in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. The SCANG personnel are the first Air National Guard personnel from South Carolina to deploy to forward locations in support of the "War on Terrorism." The SCANG sent F-16C/D, Block 52 aircraft and pilots from the 157th Fighter Squadron (FS) as well as maintainers and other support personnel from the 169th Fighter Wing (FW)

US Air Force (USAF) Maintainers assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing (FW) perform a post flight inspection on a F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft on the flight line at 4 Wing, Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada, during Exercise MAPLE FLAG 2002

Two Canadian Forces Air Command Maintainers, assigned to 4 Wing, Canadian Forces Base (CFB), Cold Lake, Canada, walk out to their CF-188B Multi-Role Fighter, part of the Canadian Air Demonstration Team, during Exercise MAPLE FLAG 2002

US Air Force (USAF) Maintainers from the 79th Fighter Squadron (FS), Shaw Air Force Base (AFB), South Carolina (SC), conduct at Foreign Object Damage (FOD) walk on the flight line at Nellis Air Force Base (AFB), Nevada (NV), during Exercise Combat Hammer, a Weapon System Evaluation Program conducted at Hill Air Force Base (AFB), Utah (UT)

US Army (USA) Bravo Company 158/Aviation Regiment maintainers and civilian Raytheon Aerospace helicopter mechanics perform corrosion, safety hazards and security checks during a 500-hour Black hawk phase inspection

US Air Force (USAF) maintainers from the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing (AEW), at Bagram Air Base (AB), Afghanistan, perform engine maintenance on an A-10 Thunderbolt

US Air Force (USAF) Maintainers preflight a USAF MC-53M Pave Low IV on the flightline of Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) Maintainers with the 605th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (AMXS), McGuire Air Force Base (AFB), New Jersey (NJ), deice a KC-10A Extender with a pair of Global GL-1800AP deicing/anti-icing vehicles. McGuire AFB experienced a six-to-eight inch cover during this February snowstorm

Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) Maintainers look on as US Air Force (USAF) ground crews launch F-15C Eagle aircraft on the flight line at Korat, Royal Thai Air Force Base (RTAFB), Thailand, during Exercise COPE TIGER 2003. Cope Tiger is an annual multinational exercise in the Asia-Pacific region that promotes closer relations and enables air force units in the region to sharpen air combat skill and practice interoperability with US Forces

Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) Maintainers assigned to Wing 1 Military Air Base, prepare an L-39 Albatross aircraft for flight, at Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base (RTAFB), Thailand, during Exercise COPE TIGER 2003. Cope Tiger is an annual multinational exercise in the Asia-Pacific region that promotes closer relations and enables air force units in the region to sharpen air combat skill and practice interoperability with US Forces

Two Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Maintainers push a liquid nitrogen cart across the flight line at Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base (RTAFB), Thailand, during Exercise COPE TIGER 2003. Several RSAF F-16A and B model Fighting Falcon aircraft are parked in the background. Cope Tiger is an annual multinational exercise in the Asia-Pacific region that promotes closer relations and enables air force units in the region to sharpen air combat skill and practice interoperability with US Forces

Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) Maintainers assigned to Wing 1 Military Air Base, gather on the flight line before a group photo opportunity at Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base (RTAFB), Thailand, during Exercise COPE TIGER 2003. Cope Tiger is an annual multinational exercise in the Asia-Pacific region that promotes closer relations and enables air force units in the region to sharpen air combat skill and practice interoperability with US Forces

Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) Maintainers assigned at Wing 1 Military Air Base, watch as US Marine Corps (USMC) Aviation Mechanics assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron Two One Two (VMFA-212), ready their F/A-18 Hornet aircraft for a mission, on the flight line, at Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base (RTAFB), Thailand, during Exercise COPE TIGER 2003. Cope Tiger is an annual multinational exercise in the Asia-Pacific region that promotes closer relations and enables air force units in the region to sharpen air combat skill and practice interoperability with US Forces

Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) Maintainers assigned at Wing 1 Military Air Base, recover L-39 Albatross aircraft on the flight line, at Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base (RTAFB), Thailand, during Exercise COPE TIGER 2003. Cope Tiger is an annual multinational exercise in the Asia-Pacific region that promotes closer relations and enables air force units in the region to sharpen air combat skill and practice interoperability with US Forces

Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Maintainers assigned at Wing 1 Military Air Base, at Korat, Royal Thai Air Force Base (RTAFB), Thailand, perform maintenance under the belly of an RSAF F-16C/D Fighting Falcon aircraft during Exercise COPE TIGER 2003. Cope Tiger is an annual multinational exercise in the Asia-Pacific region that promotes closer relations and enables air force units in the region to sharpen air combat skill and practice interoperability with US Forces

US Air Force (USAF) maintainers from the 157th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron (FS), 379th Air Expeditionary Wing (AEW), take time to relax and watch the sunset before they launch their aircraft at a forward deployed location during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) F-16CJ Fighting Falcon maintainers from the 22nd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron (EFS), Spangdahlem Air Base (AB), Germany, perform maintenance on a Falcon before a mission during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) maintenance members use a MB-2 aircraft tow tractor to position a USAF B-1B Lancer into position on the ramp at Andersen Air Force Base (AFB), Guam. The B-1B and maintainers are here in support of the 7th Air Expeditionary Wing's (AEW) mission

US Air Force (USAF) Weapons Load Monitors and Maintainers, 752nd Munitions Support Squadron (MUSS), perform checklist procedures before performing an Emergency Evacuation Exercise (EEE) during the Headquarters US Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) Nuclear Surety/Joint Safety Security Inspection at Volkel Air Base (AB), Netherlands. This exercise requires MUSS personnel to evacuate all US owned assets and associated materials when faced with any type of threat

US Air Force (USAF) Maintainers for the 745th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, watch as three of their members sling a water balloon at their counterparts, maintainers with the Royal Australian 36th Airlift Squadron, in the middle of a flightline bombardment during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) Maintainers from the 745th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron (EAS) mounting an Allison T56/501-D engine with propeller on a C-130 Hercules during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) Maintainers from the 745th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron (EAS) prepare to mount an Allison T56/501-D engine with propeller on a C-130 Hercules during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Shane Mitchell and USAF Technical Sergeant (TSGT) Joseph Lauwers, Maintainers, 745th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron (EAS), prepare to mount an Allison T56/501-D engine with propeller on a C-130 Hercules during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) Maintainers with the 745th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron (EAS) mount an Allison T56/501-D engine with propeller on the wing of a C-130 Hercules during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) Maintainers for the 745th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron (EAS) launch water balloons at their Australian counterparts from the 36th Airlift Squadron (AS) in the middle of a flightline bombardment during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) General (GEN) John P. Jumper, CHIEF of STAFF of the Air Force (CSAF), shakes hands and talks with Maintainers from the 391st Expeditionary Fighter Squadron (EFS). General Jumper, accompanied by the CHIEF MASTER Sergeant of the Air Force (CMSAF) Gerald Murray (far left), for a three-day visit to the base during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) CHIEF MASTER Sergeant of the Air Force (CMSAF) Gerald Murray (left) shakes hands and speaks with USAF Maintainers from the 391st Expeditionary Fighter Squadron (EFS). CMSAF Murray accompanied the CHIEF of STAFF of the Air Force for a three-day visit to the base during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) maintainers from the 36 Squadron, use an aircraft tug to park a RAAF C-130 Hercules on the ramp during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Gavin Duenas, left and SRA Nathan Allison, maintainers for the 391st Expeditionary Fighter Squadron (EFS), connect an air adapter to cool down the electrical avionics equipment on board an F-15 Strike Eagle aircraft, at a forward-deployed location, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) maintainers perform a periodical functional test on GBU-15 precision-guided munition, at a forward-deployed location, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) maintainers assigned to Shaw Air Force Base (AFB), South Carolina (SC), ready an F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter for a mission during a 20th Fighter Wing (FW) exercise

US Air Force (USAF) maintainers assigned to Shaw Air Force Base (AFB), South Carolina (SC), ready an F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter for a mission during a 20th Fighter Wing (FW) exercise

US Air Force (USAF) Structural Maintainers prepare to paint a World War II (WWII) era P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft Static Display, outside the 9th Air Force Headquarters Building at Shaw Air Force Base (AFB), South Carolina (SC). Pictured left-to-right: SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Derek Hendrix, SRA Joshua Joslin, and AIRMAN (AMN) Jeffery Targ

US Marine Corps (USMC) Captain (CPT) David Phillippi with the Marine All-Weather Fighter/Attack Squadron 225 (VMFA-225) "Vikings," stationed at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS), Iwakuni, Japan (JPN), waits in his F/A-18 Hornet fighter aircraft, while maintainers prepare it for take-off during exercise Northern Edge 04. The squadron is deployed to Eielson Air Force Base (AFB), Alaska (AK), for this annual event

Maintainers with the US Marine Corps (USMC) All-Weather Fighter/Attack Squadron 225 (VMFA-225) "Vikings," stationed at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS), Iwakuni, Japan (JPN), load Mk83 general purpose 1000-pound bombs on F/A-18 Hornet fighter aircraft during exercise Northern Edge 04

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) David Jennings and AIRMAN 1ST Class (A1C) Neal De La Cruz, maintainers with the 325th Communications Squadron (CS), repair a cable cut during a sewer line repair

A US Marine Corps (USMC) F/A-18 Hornet fighter aircraft with the All-Weather Fighter/Attack Squadron 225 (VMFA-225) "Vikings", stationed at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS), Iwakuni, Japan (JPN), is prepared for its next mission by USMC maintainers during exercise Northern Edge 04. The squadron is deployed to Eielson Air Force Base (AFB), Alaska (AK)

Maintainers with the US Marine Corps (USMC) All-Weather Fighter/Attack Squadron 225 (VMFA-225) "Vikings," stationed at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS), Iwakuni, Japan (JPN), load Mk83 general purpose 1000-pound bombs on F/A-18 Hornet fighter aircraft during exercise Northern Edge 04

Israeli Air Force maintainers approach their F-15D fighter aircraft to perform post-flight checks at Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal (PRT), upon arrival. The crews are resting at Lajes Field before continuing their trip to Mountain Home Air Force Base (AFB), Idaho (ID), to conduct joint training at the upcoming international US Air Force (USAF) Red Flag exercise at Nellis Air Force Base (AFB), Nevada (NV)

US Air Force (USAF) SENIOR AIRMAN (SRA) Alexander Enriquez (left) and SRA Jamie Neely (right), both with the 341st Missile Maintenance Squadron (MXS), raise the pipe pusher assembly on the T-9 Trainer, while training to become certified missile maintainers at Malmstrom Air Force Base (AFB), Montana (MT)

US Air Force (USAF) Major (MAJ) Max Maroska, with the 43rd Fighter Squadron (FS), delivers the newest F/A-22 Raptor to Tyndall Air Force Base (AFB), Florida (FL). This is the squadrons seventh new Raptor. He was met on the ramp by a group of pilots, maintainers and visitors eager to see the newest addition to the squadron

U.S. Air Force AIRMAN 1ST Class Josue Diaz (left), MASTER SGT. Jemal Simmons (center), and SENIOR AIRMAN Jennifer Poulin (right), 45th Space Communication Squadron, radar maintainers, tighten the bolts on a radar motor which replaced a motor damaged during Hurricane Frances at Patrick Air Force Base, Fl., on Sept. 17, 2004.(U.S. Air Force PHOTO by Jim Laviska, CIV.) (RELEASED)

U.S. Air Force aircraft maintainers and support personnel cheer an F-15 Eagle aircraft taxiing down the flight line during exercise William Tell 2004 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., on Nov. 9, 2004. This is the 50th Anniversary of the William Tell competition, an exercise that tests an aircrew's ability to perform under combat conditions. (USAF PHOTO by TECH. SGT. Lisa M. Zunzanyika) (Released)

U.S. Air Force 314th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron maintainers, play football during a break from a Composite Force Operations exercise at Biggs Army Airfield, TX, on Nov. 16, 2004.(U.S. Air Force PHOTO By STAFF SGT. Suzanne M. Jenkins) (Released)