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An F-16 Fighting Falcon, from the 555th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, lands on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, April 25, 2017. The 555th EFS deployed to Bagram Airfield as part of a rotation of fighters, which have had a constant presence in Afghanistan for more than a decade. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Gonsier) ‘Triple Nickel’ returns to Afghanistan, continues counterterrorism operations
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Airmen and F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 555th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, from Aviano Air Base, Italy, deployed to Afghanistan in support of the premiere counterterrorism wing.The 555th EFS is replacing the 79th EFS, from Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, who spent the last six months at Bagram Air
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Airman 1st Class Brandon Ramirez, 455th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron, punches a hole into a segment of tape April 20, 2017, at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The tape is one component of the Mobile Aircraft Arresting System, which is used to rapidly decelerate a landing plane, primarily fighters. The system is crucial for landings where the runway is too short or there is brake failure. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Gonsier) Day or night, engineers lead the way

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U.S. Army Master Sgt. Fernando Gonzalez, U.S. Forces Afghanistan, prepares for his next exercise during a fitness competition April 22, 2017, at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Soldiers, Airmen and civilians participated in a fitness challenge, which tested their ability to perform various exercises in a designated amount of time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Gonsier) Service members compete in friendly fitness challenge

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Senior Airman Joshua O’Sullivan, 455th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron respiratory therapist, administers medicine to a critically injured patient being transported via C-130J Hercules for aeromedical evacuation from Kandahar Regional Military Hospital, Kandahar Airfield to the Craig Joint Theater Hospital, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Feb. 22, 2017. The 455th EAES creates and operates a portable intensive care unit aboard aircraft that enables them to transport critically injured or ill patients to a higher level of care. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Katherine Spessa) 455th EAES creates mobile ICU for in-flight care
An intensive care unit is usually a sterile environment – white hospital walls, pristine floors, bright fluorescent lights, dozens of medical professionals. The intensive care unit that the 455th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron operates out of the back of a C-130J Hercules is a different scene entirely. It’s dark and cramped. The only light is from
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Airman 1st Class Trenton Clark, 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Fly Away Security Team member, watches over a C-130J Hercules and its aircrew at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, Feb. 17, 2017. FAST members go through additional combatives and aircrew training and are prepared to provide security for aircraft, aircrew and cargo at austere locations, in case of a downed aircraft or in a hijack attempt. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Katherine Spessa) FAST protect aircraft, aircrew
Airman 1st Class Trenton Clark, 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Fly Away Security Team member, watches over a C-130J Hercules and its aircrew at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, Feb. 17, 2017. FAST members go through additional combatives and aircrew training and are prepared to provide security for aircraft, aircrew and cargo at austere
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Senior Airman Brandon King, 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron loadmaster, checks for ice on the wings of a C-130J Hercules during a flight from Camp Bastion to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Feb. 17, 2017. The 774th EAS provides tactical airlift capabilities in the Afghan theater which often require non-standard or outsized cargo and personnel movement. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Katherine Spessa) 774th provides tactical airlift throughout Afghanistan
Senior Airman Brandon King, 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron loadmaster, checks for ice on the wings of a C-130J Hercules during a flight from Camp Bastion to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Feb. 17, 2017. The 774th EAS provides tactical airlift capabilities in the Afghan theater which often require non-standard or outsized cargo and personnel
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Army Spc. Ian Rode Basto, 368th Military Police Company customs agent, inspects equipment being shipped to the U.S. Feb. 14, 2017 at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul. CMRE air transporters conduct joint inspections with customs agents before material is sent back to the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Katherine Spessa) CMRE enables retrograde, consolidation of equipment
The Central Command Material Recovery Element conducted a joint inspection of cargo returning to the U.S. from Kabul Feb. 14, 2017 at Hamid Karzai International Airport.A four-person team from CMRE, along with 368th Military Police Company customs agents, forward deployed to HKIA from Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan to conduct the inspection to ensure
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Airman 1st Class Louis Mendoza, 455th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment journeyman, inspects a pilot’s G-Suit Feb. 2, 2017 at the 79th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron operations building at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Part of preparing a plane for flight is making sure it's equipped with supplies for any situation. Responsible for ensuring that all flight and safety equipment is in perfect working order, AFE specialists make sure Airmen have the supplies necessary. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Katherine Spessa) Viper AFE specialists keep pilots safe
Airman 1st Class Louis Mendoza, 455th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment journeyman, inspects a pilot’s G-Suit Feb. 2, 2017 at the 79th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron operations building at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Part of preparing a plane for flight is making sure it's equipped with supplies for any situation.
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The 455th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron plow the fighter ramp at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan Feb. 4, 2017. The 455th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadrons and ECES de-iced aircraft and cleared snow from the runway so the F-16 Fighting Falcons of the 79th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron could continue their missions - flying multiple sorties daily to support the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing’s mission to defend, support and deliver airpower. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Katherine Spessa) Getting airfield back up and running
The 455th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron plow the fighter ramp at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan Feb. 4, 2017. The 455th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadrons and ECES de-iced aircraft and cleared snow from the runway so the F-16 Fighting Falcons of the 79th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron could continue their missions - flying multiple
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Thomas Boyd in a portrait taken circa 1945. Boyd served as a B-24 Liberator tail gunner for the 455th Bomb Group during World War II. (Courtesy Photo) Original ‘Vulture’ shares story with 21st century warfighters
“Primitive” is the word he uses to describe flying in a B-24 Liberator during World War II.The bomber wasn’t pressurized and its open gunner-turret windows to the fore, aft and on both wings made the aircraft frigid for its crew members. They had to bundle up as best they could to stay warm, but according to the “Rosalie May” tail gunner, retired
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