Eyes on the ground
U.S. Air Force Captains Michael Dreher, left, and David Neville, right, both Pacific Air Forces F-16 Demonstration Team safety observers, communicate with the F-16 Fighting Falcon demo pilot during the Pacific Partners Air Festival at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 10, 2017. As safety observers, the two are Maj. Richard Smeeding’s eyes on the ground, ensuring he is set up for the next maneuver properly and making sure there are no birds in his path. Smeeding is the demo pilot. Besides the show schedule, team members must be ready to deploy in support of the 35th Fighter Wing's wartime mission while handling their day-to-day jobs within the squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Hutto)