An F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot waits to taxi out for a night mission during exercise Green Flag-West 13-02 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Nov. 1, 2012. He is assigned to the 187th Fighter Wing, Alabama Air National Guard. U.S. Air Force photo/Val Gempis.
An Alaska Air National Guard HC-130P/N King flies over Alaska with its aerial refueling hoses extended March 14, 2012. The HC-130P/N is an extended-range version of the C-130 Hercules transport. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Sean Mitchell.
Staff Sgt. Kyle Otsuka, of the 332nd Expeditionary Communication Squadron infrastructure shop, pulls a cable out of the ground at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia on Feb. 9, 2012. Infrastructure shop Airmen locate and dispose of inactive cables on base. Otsuka is deployed with the Hawaii Air National Guard and is a native of Hilo, Hawaii. U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Joshua J. Garcia.
Staff Sgt. Michael Wang watches for the pararescueman aboard MSC Beijing to signal for pick up 200 miles off the coast of California on Feb. 4, 2012. The 129th Rescue Wing, out of Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif., provided medical assistance to a 54-year-old male who had suffered stroke-like symptoms on the cargo ship. Wang is an aerial gunner assigned to the 129th Rescue Squadron. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Jessica Green.
Air Force Tech. Sgt. James Gainey, a life support equipment specialist with the New Hampshire Air National Guard's 157th Air Refueling Wing, talks with visitors to the Ilopongo Air Show in Ilopongo, El Salvador, on Jan. 28, 2012. Members of the 157th ARW took part in the air show as part of the State Partnership Program, which pairs up the National Guard in the states and territories with foreign nations as a way to build relationships and fosters greater mutual cooperation. The unit provided a static display of survival equipment as well as several flyovers in a KC-135 Stratotanker. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jon Soucy.
A U.S. Air Force firefighter from the 144th Civil Engineer Squadron, 144th Fighter Wing, California Air National Guard, battles the flames of a simulated aircraft fire on a Mobile Live Fire Trainer in Fresno, Calif. on Jan. 7, 2012. The biannual training helps to keep the firefighters up to date in their training and able to respond to an aircraft incident. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Robin Meredith.
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Anthony Guddo inspects and F-16C Fighting Falcon at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Jan. 15, 2012. Guddo is a crew chief assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and is deployed from the 177th Fighter Wing, New Jersey Air National Guard. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht.
1/6/2012 - BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan—Col. Geoffrey Bacon discusses a part of the F-16 aircraft weaponry with Maj. Gen. William H. Etter at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Jan. 6, 2012. Bacon is the 455th Expeditionary Maintenance Group commander and Etter is the deputy director of the Air National Guard. Bacon is deployed from Stuttgart Germany, United States European Command, and Etter is visiting from the Pentagon in Washington D.C. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ericka Engblom.
Steve Leadore and Kevin O'Neal, both Joint Service Aircrew-Fixed Wing Research Team members, assist Maj. Jeff Musser, a pilot for the 167th Airlift Squadron, don equipment during an assessment of the equipment at the West Virginia Air National Guard in Martinsburg, W.Va., Dec. 7, 2011. A Department of Defense research team working on the development of a joint service aircrew mask conducted field assessments at the 167th Airlift Wing. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle.
Air Force Brig. Gen. Jeff Johnson, 113th Wing commander, D.C. Air National Guard, wishes a safe journey to Air Force Capt. Danny Hull, 121st Fighter Squadron pilot, before Hull's departure as part of the first Air National Guard F-16 deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. More than 175 members of the 113th Wing deployed this month to support the mission. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Craig Clapper.
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- Senior Airman Courtney Folley, 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Quick Response Team radio telephone operator, conducts a dismounted patrol outside the wire Sept. 26, 2011. Folley is deployed from Rhode Island Air National Guard. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Krista Rose.
Senior Airman Kyle Bienia takes oil samples from an F-15 Eagle from the Massachusetts Air National Guard’s 104th Fighter Wing Aug. 2, 2011, to identify any metals that might be present in the sample indicating possible wear. The 104th FW is deployed to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, for training. Bienia is a maintainer with the 104th Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Anthony M. Mutti)
Master Sgt. Eric Johnson hands sandbags down to Tech. Sgt. Tracy Winterquist as they help to create a flood levee barrier around a farm house in Cass County, North Dakota.
The two Airmen are members of the North Dakota Air National Guard’s 119th Wing.
(Defense Department photo/Senior Master Sgt. David H. Lipp)
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Robert Allen, 146th Airlift Wing, California Air National Guard, watches air traffic as they orbit near the Deaton Cole wildfire aboard a C-130J Hercules in Val Verde County, Texas, April 29. The C-130 is equipped with the Modular Airborne Firefighting System which is capable of dispensing 3,000 gallons of water or fire retardant in under 5 seconds. Wildfires have spread across various parts of Texas and have burned more than 1.5 million acres since January.Photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Harris.