BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Capt. Ronald Johnson, 335th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron F-15E Strike Eagle pilot (right) talks with ISAF Commander Marine Gen. John Allen (left) prior to his F-15E Strike Eagle orientation flight Nov. 17, 2011, at Bagram Airfield. During General Allen’s flight he experienced close air support firsthand. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Krista Rose.
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan Brig. Gen. Thomas Deale (right) accepts the guidon from Maj. Gen. Tod Wolters during the 455th Air Expeditonary Wing change of command ceremony at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Mar. 1, 2012. Deale is the 455th AEW commander and Wolters, the presiding officer, is the commander of the 9th Air and Space Expeditonary Task Force. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ericka Engblom.
2/16/2012 - BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan—Maj. Gen. James J. Jones listens as Staff Sgt. Zachery Trosch explains the different parts of a sniper rifle at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Feb. 14, 2012. Jones is the U.S. Air Force Central Command deputy commander and Trosch is a quick response team member with the 455 Security Forces Squadron. Jones was visiting Bagram to raise troop morale. U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ericka Engblom.
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan-- Airman 1st Class Jonathan Nieves and Staff Sgt. Carlo Lat open a panel on an F-16 Aircraft at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Nieves is an aircraft electrician with the 16th Aircraft Maintenance Unit. Lat is a crew chief with the 16th Aircraft Maintenance Unit. Both are deployed from the 177th Fighter Wing, NJ. U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ericka Engblom.
Wheel chalks that have been specially decorated mark F-15E Strike Eagle #90-20232 as the F-15E that Maj. Gen. Darryl Roberson flies at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Roberson is the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing commander and has piloted F-4, F-15, F-16, and F-22 air frames as he recently logged 5,000 flying hours over his years of service. After passing the astonishing milestone, he acknowledged that accumulating that kind of flying time was about more than the pilots. “It is about all those who helped make it happen,” Roberson said. “Instructors, flight leads, wingmen, weapons systems officers, maintainers, specialists, flight surgeons and medical staff, admin specialists to track events and flying time, life-support specialists, tower and air traffic controllers, runway maintainers, weathermen, sweepers, security forces protecting assets…I could go on and on. This is a testament to our Air Force and our nation.” U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ericka Engblom.
A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle receives early morning maintenance on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Jan. 28, 2012. The aircraft provides close air support to coalition forces. The crew and aircraft are deployed from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph Harwood.
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan– Staff Sgt. Edouard Thompson adjusts the satellite position outside the Network Control Center at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Jan. 23, 2012. Thompson is a network technician with the 455th Expeditionary Communications Squadron and is deployed from Buckley, CO. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ericka Engblom.
Two children in the United States watch a video recorded by their deployed father who used the United Services Organization’s United Through Reading service at Bagram Airfield, Aghanistan. The USO records deployed servicemembers reading to their loved ones and sends the DVD and book back to the member’s home. U.S. Air Force courtesy photo.
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.