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169th Fighter Wing (FW) Aircraft Generations Squadron, McEntire Air National Guard (ANG) Station, South Carolina, personnel loading muntions, including an AGM-88 HARM missile, and other equipment onto an F-16CJ aircraft deployed at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. The 169th FW, is deployed in support of Aerospace Expeditionary Force #4, operation Northern Watch. They are the fist ANG F-16 unit equipped with Suppression of Enemy Air and Defenses (SEAD) technology

General Major Abdurakhmanov (right), commander of the Uzbekistan Air Force and Air Defenses, stands beside Colonel Richard Nobel, Commander, 169th Fighter Wing (FW), McEntire Air National Guard (ANG) Station, South Carolina. The 169th FW is the first ANG, F-16 equipped, Suppression of Enemy Air and Defenses (SEAD) unit

General Major Abdurakhmanov (far right), commander of the Uzbekistan Air Force and Air Defenses, and his staff along with Colonel Richard Noble (far left), commander of the 169th Fighter Wing, McEntire Air National (ANG) Guard Station, South Carolina, and CHIEF MASTER Sergeant Tina Pastore, stand in front of an F16 belonging to the 169th FW. The 169th FW is the first ANG, F-16 equipped, Suppression of Enemy Air and Defenses (SEAD) unit

A B-2 Spirit aircraft from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, makes contact with the boom of a McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey, KC-10A Extender aircraft during a Capstone orientation flight. Capstone is a Joint Airborne/Air Transportability Training mission providing interservice training for the wartime application of airlift. Through Capstone, senior level officers are able to observe the significance of airlift and its role in all military operations. The B-2 Spirit is a multi-role bomber capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear munitions. Its low-observable, or "stealth," characteristics give it the unique ability to penetrate an enemy's most sophisticated defenses and ...

Both the Marine and Japanese Color Guard stand tall, rendering proper respect for both National Anthems at the Opening Ceremony during Forest Light 2000. Forest Light is a cultural enhancing, combined arms exercise in which Marines from 1ST Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment train with soldiers from the 44th Infantry Regiment, Japanese Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF). The units train side by side teaching each other various weapons systems, different tactical offenses and defenses, as well as close combat skills

Marines from 1/6 greet and shake hands with Japanese counterparts at the Opening Ceremony of Forest Light 2000. Forest Light is a cultural enhancing, combined arms exercise in which Marines from 1ST Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment train with soldiers from the 44th Infantry Regiment, Japanese Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF). The units train side by side teaching each other various weapons systems, different tactical offenses and defenses, as well as close combat skills

Lieutenant Hasegawa, a Japanese Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) soldier, proudly holds the 44th Infantry Regiment guidon at the Opening Ceremony during Forest Light 2000. Forest Light is a cultural enhancing, combined arms exercise in which Marines from 1ST Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment train with soldiers from the 44th Infantry Regiment, JGSDF. The units train side by side teaching each other various weapons systems, different tactical offenses and defenses, as well as close combat skills

Japanese soldiers demonstrate techniques of their native close combat skills at the Opening Ceremony Celebration during Forest Light 2000. Forest Light is a cultural enhancing, combined arms exercise in which Marines from 1ST Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment train with soldiers from the 44th Infantry Regiment, Japanese Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF). The units train side by side teaching each other various weapons systems, different tactical offenses and defenses, as well as close combat skills

Lieutenant Colonel William Jones (left) and Sergeant Kenneth Lucas (guidon) proudly observe both the Marine and Japanese Color Guard standing tall, as they render proper respect for both National Anthems at the Opening Ceremony of Forest Light 2000. Forest Light is a cultural enhancing, combined arms exercise in which Marines from 1ST Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment train with soldiers from the 44th Infantry Regiment, Japanese Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF). The units train side by side teaching each other various weapons systems, different tactical offenses and defenses, as well as close combat skills

CAPT. Joseph Pastorello, right, uses his right to penetrate AIRMAN First Class Qwallion L. Busby's defenses during the 27th Annual Air Force Boxing Championships held at Kelly Air Force Base, Texas

A US Air Force (USAF) F-15C Eagle fighter from Langley Air Force Base (AFB), Virginia, is refueled by a KC-10A Extender tanker from McGuire AFB, New Jersey, part of the North American Air Defenses (NORAD) continual irregular Combat Air Patrols (CAP) over the nation, in support of Operation NOBLE EAGLE

Instructors at the Air base Defense School, 99th Ground Combat Training Squadron (GCTS), Indian Springs Air Force Auxiliary Air Field (AAF), Nevada (NV), pose as a hostile force attempting to breach the defenses of a simulated forward deployed air base. The instructors wear Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES) it detects if they are shot by the defenders. They are also armed with 5.56 M16A2 assault rifles with MILES attachments. The 99th GCTS trains all of Air Combat Commands Security Forces on base defense in a hostile environment, and is the oldest school on ground air base defense tactics in existence

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Doug Jones (left) cuts a trip wire with his teeth while USAF SSGT Corey Connor provides cover during a Silver Flag Alpha training. Both are instructors at the Ground Air base Defense School of the 99th Ground Combat Training Squadron (GCTS), Indian Springs Air Force Auxiliary Air Field (AAF), Nevada (NV), and are posing as an opposing force trying to breach the defenses of a simulated forward deployed air base. The instructors wear Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES) it detects if they are shot by the defenders. They are also armed with 5.56 M16A2 assault rifles with MILES attachments. The 99th GCTS trains all of Air Combat...

US Air Force (USAF) Technical Sergeant (TSGT) Marcel Norman, Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC), Non Destructive Inspection Lab (NDI), 31st Maintenance Squadron, Aviano Air Base (AB), Italy, runs a diagnostics program on the SPECTROIL M/N Deployable Oil Analysis Spectrometer to check the integrity of the machine. The machine is part of the US Department of Defenses Joint Analysis Oil Program (JOAP) used to detect damaging but barely visible metal chips in jet engine oil

At a safe house in Kirkuk, Iraq, US Air Force (USAF) Technical Sergeant (TSGT) Andy Dunaway, 1ST Combat Camera Squadron (CTCS), gets a birds eye view of Secretary of Defenses (SECDEF) visit during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Marine Corps (USMC) Private First Class (PFC) Carey Jorden and USMC Lance Corporal (LCPL) Mericko Dukes Jr. compete at the arm wrestling contest at the combined forces field meet. The field meet features several different sports activities and focuses on teamwork building exercises between the US Marines and the Japanese Ground Self Defenses

The US Navy (USN) Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71) conducts a MK 15 Phalanx Close-in Weapons System (CWIS) live fire test in the Persian Gulf. CWIS is a fast-reaction, rapid-fire 20-millimeter gun system that provides USN ships with a terminal defense against anti-ship missiles that have penetrated other fleet defenses. The ROOSEVELT and embarked Carrier Air Wing Eight (CVW-8) are currently underway in the Persian Gulf supporting Operation STEEL CURTAIN, a joint US-Iraqi military offensive aimed at preventing cells of Al-Qaeda from entering Iraq through the Syrian border