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Suppression of Enemy Air DefenseSuppression of Enemy Air Defense
Suppression of Enemy Air Defense

The Suppression of Enemy Air Defense originated during World War II, when air power become a growing threat to the previously ground-only warfare. The mission used primitive radar systems to seek enemy defense before that had the opportunity to attack. The F-4G became the sole providers of the SEAD mission, until the F-16C Fighting Falcons showcased its superiority during Operation Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Inherent Resolve. (Courtesy Photo)
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Posted: 4/28/2016

f-16 in hangarf-16 in hangar
f-16 in hangar

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Bradley Poirier, a crew chief with the 14th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, tightens a valve on an F-16 Fighting Falcon tire at Misawa Air Base, Japan, March 15, 2016. Poirier regularly checks to make sure tire pressure is correct to help ensure the safety of pilots and air crew. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittany A. Chase)
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Posted: 3/15/2016

f-16 in hangarf-16 in hangar
f-16 in hangar

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Bradley Poirier, a crew chief with the 14th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, checks pressure on an F-16 Fighting Falcon tire at Misawa Air Base, Japan, March 15, 2016. Tire pressure is regularly checked to ensure the Fighting Falcon is prepared to take flight at a moment’s notice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittany A. Chase)
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Posted: 3/15/2016

f-16 in hangarf-16 in hangar
f-16 in hangar

A tire pressure valve box sits on the ground while Senior Airman Bradley Poirier, a crew chief with the 14th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, fills an F-16 Fighting Falcon tire with air at Misawa Air Base, Japan, March 15, 2016. Making sure the tires are filled to the correct pressure is crucial, as over or under filling the tires can cause serious injury to personnel and assests. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittany A. Chase)
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Posted: 3/15/2016

f-16 in hangarf-16 in hangar
f-16 in hangar

An F-16 Fighting Falcon with the 14th Fighter Squadron at Misawa Air Base, Japan, sits in a hangar March 15, 2016. Today marked the beginning of Beverly Sunrise 16-03, which is an operational readiness exercise to validate the state of the wing's war readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittany A. Chase)
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Posted: 3/15/2016

Observing from the groundObserving from the ground
Observing from the ground

U.S. Air Force Maj. Austin Brown, the outgoing pilot with the Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Demonstration Team, performs the role as a safety observer during the second demonstration flight of Capt. Richard Smeeding, the incoming pilot with the Pacific Air Forces Demonstration Team, at Misawa Air Base, Japan, March 10, 2016. The demonstration team is comprised of two pilots, who serve as the demonstration pilot and the safety observer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Deana Heitzman)
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Posted: 3/15/2016

Aircraft pre-flight checkAircraft pre-flight check
Aircraft pre-flight check

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. John Hancock, a crew chief with the Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Demonstration Team, performs a pre-flight check on an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Misawa Air Base, Japan, March 10, 2016. The F-16 Fighting Falcon can reach speeds up to 1,500 mph and use 27,000 pounds of thrust. The demonstration team pilots are accompanied by a team of eight maintainers covering every aircraft specialty who travel away from home station for airshows. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Deana Heitzman)
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Posted: 3/15/2016

Demo pilot in trainingDemo pilot in training
Demo pilot in training

U.S. Air Force Maj. Austin Brown, the outgoing pilot with the Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Demonstration Team, performs the role of safety observer during the second solo demonstration flight of Capt. Richard Smeeding, an incoming pilot with the Pacific Air Forces Demonstration Team, at Misawa Air Base, Japan, March 10, 2016. The demonstration team is comprised of two pilots, who serve as the demonstration pilot and the safety observer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Deana Heitzman)
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Posted: 3/15/2016

PACAF F-16 Demo Team PACAF F-16 Demo Team
PACAF F-16 Demo Team

A Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Demonstration Team helmet bag rests on the flightline at Misawa Air Base, Japan, March 10, 2016. The purpose of the demonstration team is to showcase the combat capabilities of the F-16 Fighting Falcon as well as fostering positive international relations. The team has traveled throughout the Pacific theater to perform for more than two million spectators the past two years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Deana Heitzman)
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Posted: 3/15/2016

Awaiting take offAwaiting take off
Awaiting take off

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Roddrick Davenport, the avionics lead with the Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Demonstration Team, left, and Maj. Austin Brown, the outgoing pilot with the PACAF Demonstration Team, right, reviews the performance at Misawa Air Base, Japan, March 10, 2016. When demonstration team Airmen are not traveling for air shows, they are still assigned to their respective squadrons and perform primary duties. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Deana Heitzman)
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Posted: 3/15/2016

Demo team practice Demo team practice
Demo team practice

U.S. Air Force Capt. Richard Smeeding, the incoming pilot with the Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Demonstration Team, performs an inverted maneuver at Misawa Air Base, Japan, March 10, 2016. Pilots selected to become a part of the demonstration team must hold the title of flying instructor and possess superior flying skills before qualifying. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Deana Heitzman)
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Posted: 3/15/2016

Test oilTest oil
Test oil

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Daniel San Miguel, an aerospace propulsion journeyman with the 35th Maintenance Squadron, removes an oil sample from an F110-GE-129 engine after a test performance at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Feb. 4, 2016. Weekly, propulsion Airmen tests one to two engines from here, Osan and Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea. San Miguel hails from Oceanside, California. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Deana Heitzman)
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Posted: 2/8/2016

Start engine, increase throttle  Start engine, increase throttle
Start engine, increase throttle

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Brittney Rogerson, an aerospace propulsion craftsman with the 35th Maintenance Squadron, increases the thrust of an F10-GE-129 engine during a routine engine test at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Feb. 4, 2016. Propulsion Airmen monitor and control the engine test in a portable testing cab. During the test, the cab measures the engine’s parameters, speed, temperatures and vibrations. Rogerson hails from York, Pennsylvania. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Deana Heitzman)
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Posted: 2/8/2016

Exhaust illuminationExhaust illumination
Exhaust illumination

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Aaron Peacock, an aerospace propulsion craftsman with the 35th Maintenance Squadron, inspects the exhaust of an F110-GE-129 engine after a test run at Misawa Air Base, Feb. 4, 2016. The most common issues that arise with F-16 Fighting Falcon engines are oil and fuel leaks or abnormal vibrations. Peacock hails from Colorado Springs, Colorado. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Deana Heitzman)
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Posted: 2/8/2016

Feel the burnFeel the burn
Feel the burn

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Daniel San Miguel, an aerospace propulsion journeyman with the 35th Maintenance Squadron, oversees an F110-GE-129 engine being tested during its afterburner phase at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Feb. 4, 2016. Each engine is tested multiple times for consistency and safety, to ensure each engine has the capability to reach peak performance. San Miguel hails from Oceanside, California. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Deana Heitzman)
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Posted: 2/8/2016

Preparing to load munitionsPreparing to load munitions
Preparing to load munitions

U.S Air Force Senior Airman David Pickett, a weapons standardization lead crew member with the 35th Maintenance Group, observes Senior Airman Donald Ramsey, a load crew member with 35th Aircraft maintenance Squadron, 13th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, as he prepares to load a weapons system during the annual Maintenance Professional of the Year load crew competition at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Jan. 8, 2016. Pickett’s job was to ensure the Airmen were safely and properly loading munitions. Each of the teams being graded were given a set number of points and then docked for any discrepancies the weapons standardization Airmen observed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittany A. Chase)
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Posted: 1/11/2016

Before the competitionBefore the competition
Before the competition

U.S Air Force weapons standardization Airmen with the 35th Maintenance Group, conduct a composite tool inspection before the annual Maintenance Professional of the Year load crew competition at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Jan. 8, 2016. For the competition, weapon standardization Airmen grade load crews on four categories: loading munitions, a written-test assessment, dress and appearance and a composite tool inspection. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittany A. Chase)
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Posted: 1/11/2016

Load crew Airmen race against the clock Load crew Airmen race against the clock
Load crew Airmen race against the clock

U.S Air Force Staff Sgt. Mekai Stewart, 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 14th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons team chief, secures a harness on a set of armaments during a quarterly load crew competition at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 30, 2015. Stewart was the senior member of his team of three and was charged with inspecting the quality and efficiency of his team’s work during the 30-minute-long competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Patrick S. Ciccarone/Released)
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Posted: 12/30/2015

Load crew Airmen race against the clock Load crew Airmen race against the clock
Load crew Airmen race against the clock

U.S Air Force Staff Sgt. Mekai Stewart, 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 14th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons team chief, awaits the alignment of a weapons system at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 30, 2015. Stewart and his team were competing in a weapons load crew competition. Normally, teams of three Airmen are challenged to quickly install upwards of three types of armaments to a stationary F-16 Fighting Falcon in the quickest time possible. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Patrick S. Ciccarone/Released)
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Posted: 12/30/2015

Load crew Airmen race against the clock Load crew Airmen race against the clock
Load crew Airmen race against the clock

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Dylan Queen, 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 14th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew member, steadies an armament platform as Senior Airman Joshua Foster, 35th Maintenance Group standardization load crew member, observes during a quarterly load crew competition at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 30, 2015. The objective of the weapons load crew competition was to gauge how quickly and efficiently teams of Airmen are able to arm an F-16 Fighting Falcon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Patrick S. Ciccarone/Released)
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Posted: 12/30/2015

Load crew Airmen race against the clock Load crew Airmen race against the clock
Load crew Airmen race against the clock

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Mekai Stewart, 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 14th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons team chief, consults a handheld technical order during a quarterly weapons load crew competition at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 30, 2015. Stewart was among several Airmen participating in a quarterly load crew competition to see how quickly and efficiently his team could arm an F-16 Fighting Falcon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Patrick S. Ciccarone/Released)
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Posted: 12/30/2015

Load crew Airmen race against the clock Load crew Airmen race against the clock
Load crew Airmen race against the clock

An observer congratulates U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Nathan Hadama, 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons, 13th Aircraft Maintenance Unit team chief, and Senior Airman Donald Ramsey, 35 AMXS, 13 AMU weapons load crew member, after a quarterly weapons loading competition at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 30, 2015. During the competition, two teams of three Airmen were challenged to quickly install upwards of three types of armaments to a stationary F-16 Fighting Falcon in the quickest time possible. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Deana Heitzman/Released)
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Posted: 12/30/2015

Load crew Airmen race against the clock Load crew Airmen race against the clock
Load crew Airmen race against the clock

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Nathan Hadama, 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 13th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons team chief, inspects a weapons system after it was loaded during a quarterly weapons loading competition at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 30, 2015. Hadama was the senior member of his team of three and was charged with inspecting the quality and efficiency of his team’s work during the 30-minute-long competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Deana Heitzman/Released)
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Posted: 12/30/2015

Load crew Airmen race against the clock Load crew Airmen race against the clock
Load crew Airmen race against the clock

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Donald Ramsey, 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 13th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew member, places a tool into a toolbox during a quarterly weapons loading competition at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 30, 2015. During the competition, two teams of three Airmen were challenged to quickly install upwards of three types of armaments to a stationary F-16 Fighting Falcon in the quickest time possible. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Deana Heitzman/Released)
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Posted: 12/30/2015

    

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