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Five F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 64th Aggressor Squadron await an end-of- runway inspection during Red Flag 14-1 Jan. 24, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The Aggressors put the participants through their paces in air, space and cyberspace. Red Flag was established in 1975 to better prepare Airmen for combat missions because during Vietnam the kill ratio for U.S. pilots was two to one with many of them being shot down during their first 10 combat missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lorenz Crespo)

Five F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 64th Aggressor Squadron await an end-of- runway inspection during Red Flag 14-1 Jan. 24, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The Aggressors put the participants through their paces in air, space and cyberspace. Red Flag was established in 1975 to better prepare Airmen for combat missions because during Vietnam the kill ratio for U.S. pilots was two to one with many of them being shot down during their first 10 combat missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lorenz Crespo)

Staff Sgt. Wesley Ott, 57th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Viper Aircraft Maintenance Unit dedicated crew chief, renders a salute to an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot prior to a Red Flag 14-1 training mission Jan. 29, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The 64th AGRS's mission is to prepare the combat air forces, joint and allied aircrews for potential conflicts or war with challenging and realistic threat replication, training, academics and feedback. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lorenz Crespo)

Staff Sgt. Wesley Ott, 57th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Viper Aircraft Maintenance Unit dedicated crew chief, renders a salute to an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot prior to a Red Flag 14-1 training mission Jan. 29, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The 64th AGRS's mission is to prepare the combat air forces, joint and allied aircrews for potential conflicts or war with challenging and realistic threat replication, training, academics and feedback. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lorenz Crespo)

Seven F-15E Strike Eagles assigned to the 391st Fighter Squadron, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, taxi into position for an end-of-runway inspection prior to a Red Flag 14-1 training mission Jan. 29, 2014, at Nellis AFB Nev. Air force units from the around the country and the world have come to Nellis to work together on simulated combat scenarios to prepare them for future real-world conflicts or war. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lorenz Crespo)

Seven F-15E Strike Eagles assigned to the 391st Fighter Squadron, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, taxi into position for an end-of-runway inspection prior to a Red Flag 14-1 training mission Jan. 29, 2014, at Nellis AFB Nev. Air force units from the around the country and the world have come to Nellis to work together on simulated combat scenarios to prepare them for future real-world conflicts or war. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lorenz Crespo)

Aircraft maintainers from the 757th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Viper Aircraft Maintenance Unit, perform preflight checks on an F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 64th Aggressor Squadron before a Red Flag 14-1 training mission Jan. 29, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base Nevada. Pilots of the 64th AGRS are trained in the use of adversary tactics and act as part of the “Red Force” during Red Flag exercises. Red Flag provides realistic combat training in a contested, degraded and operationally limited environment providing real-time war scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz)

Aircraft maintainers from the 757th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Viper Aircraft Maintenance Unit, perform preflight checks on an F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 64th Aggressor Squadron before a Red Flag 14-1 training mission Jan. 29, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base Nevada. Pilots of the 64th AGRS are trained in the use of adversary tactics and act as part of the “Red Force” during Red Flag exercises. Red Flag provides realistic combat training in a contested, degraded and operationally limited environment providing real-time war scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz)

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Micah Smith, 135th Electronic Attack Squadron flight captain, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., directs the pilot of an EA-18G Growler out of a parking spot prior to a training mission Jan. 29, 2014, at Nellis Air Force base. Nev. The Boeing EA-18G Growler is an American carrier-based electronic warfare aircraft, a specialized version of the two-seat F/A-18F Super Hornet. Red Flag gives aircrews and air support operations service members from various airframes, military services and allied countries an opportunity to integrate and practice combat operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz)

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Micah Smith, 135th Electronic Attack Squadron flight captain, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., directs the pilot of an EA-18G Growler out of a parking spot prior to a training mission Jan. 29, 2014, at Nellis Air Force base. Nev. The Boeing EA-18G Growler is an American carrier-based electronic warfare aircraft, a specialized version of the two-seat F/A-18F Super Hornet. Red Flag gives aircrews and air support operations service members from various airframes, military services and allied countries an opportunity to integrate and practice combat operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz)

An aircraft maintainer from the 135th Electronic Attack Squadron, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., watches as his assigned aircraft passes by for a training mission after pre-flight checks Jan. 29, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Joint service aircrews play their part in “Blue Force” operations, supporting the simulated air-war against “Red Forces” organized by the 57th Adversary Tactics Group. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz)

An aircraft maintainer from the 135th Electronic Attack Squadron, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., watches as his assigned aircraft passes by for a training mission after pre-flight checks Jan. 29, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Joint service aircrews play their part in “Blue Force” operations, supporting the simulated air-war against “Red Forces” organized by the 57th Adversary Tactics Group. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz)

An F-15C Eagle from the 17th Weapons Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., prepares to land following a training mission Jan. 29, 2014, at Nellis AFB, Nev. The Strike Eagle has the capability to perform air-to-air or air-to-surface missions at all altitudes, day or night, in any weather. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz)

An F-15C Eagle from the 17th Weapons Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., prepares to land following a training mission Jan. 29, 2014, at Nellis AFB, Nev. The Strike Eagle has the capability to perform air-to-air or air-to-surface missions at all altitudes, day or night, in any weather. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz)

An F-15E Strike Eagle from the 391st Fighter Squadron, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, fires the afterburner prior to taking off for a training mission Jan. 29, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. During Red Flag exercises, the Air Force’s 2.9 million acre Nevada Test and Training Range plays host to multiple simulated air wars that provide the most realistic training possible for U.S. and coalition pilots. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz)

An F-15E Strike Eagle from the 391st Fighter Squadron, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, fires the afterburner prior to taking off for a training mission Jan. 29, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. During Red Flag exercises, the Air Force’s 2.9 million acre Nevada Test and Training Range plays host to multiple simulated air wars that provide the most realistic training possible for U.S. and coalition pilots. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot from the 55th Fighter Squadron, “Fighters,” Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., displays his squadron’s customary “Guns Up” gesture prior to a training mission Jan. 29, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Red Flag exercises give Airmen an opportunity to experience realistic combat training scenarios to prepare for future conflicts or war. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot from the 55th Fighter Squadron, “Fighters,” Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., displays his squadron’s customary “Guns Up” gesture prior to a training mission Jan. 29, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Red Flag exercises give Airmen an opportunity to experience realistic combat training scenarios to prepare for future conflicts or war. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz)

Four F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 55th Fighter Squadron, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., prepare takeoff after end-of-runway checks for a training mission Jan. 29, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The 55th FS is here for Red Flag 14-1.  The exercise incorporates all spectrums of warfare to include command and control, real-time intelligence, analysis and exploitation, and electronic warfare to prepare pilots and air support operations service members for future conflicts or war. Night missions have also been added to the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz)
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Four F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 55th Fighter Squadron, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., prepare takeoff after end-of-runway checks for a training mission Jan. 29, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The 55th FS is here for Red Flag 14-1. The exercise incorporates all spectrums of warfare to include command and control, real-time intelligence, analysis and exploitation, and electronic warfare to prepare pilots and air support operations service members for future conflicts or war. Night missions have also been added to the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz)

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