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.
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.
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. David Sigwart straps down munitions at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Dec. 21, 2011. Sigwart is an ammo specialist 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.
Volunteers with the 455th Contingency Aeromedical Staging Facility, load a patient onto an ambulance bus during a medical transport at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Dec. 14, 2011. The CASF is part of the 455th Expeditionary Medical Operations Squadron that is responsible for the transportation of patients to and from the Craig Joint Theater Hospital and hosts non-critical patients in their holding facility. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ericka Engblom.
Spc. Jesus H. Rocha, a Tracy, Calif., native, and Pfc. Troy R. Dobbs, a Midwest City, Okla. native, both assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 10th Sustainment Brigade Troops Battalion, sort through mail in front of the battalion mail room. The soldiers, who completed a two-week course to qualify them to be the battalion mail clerks, hand out more than 100 pieces of mail daily. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Luis Saavedra.
U.S. Air Force personnel aboard a HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter take off from Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 19, 2011. The airmen are assigned to the 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht.
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- An F-15E Strike Eagle from the 389th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron takes off as a wingman taxies out to the runway in support of Operation Enduring Freedom here Sep. 20, 2011. Airmen from the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing are hard at work each and every day fulfilling the wing’s mission: Support the fight, defend the base and win. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Krista Rose.
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.
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- Two Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters from Task Force Falcon lift off from here Sept. 30, 2011. The helicopter’s mission is to provide air assault, general support, aeromedical evacuation, command and control and special operations support to combat and stability and support operations. Air Force aircraft and ground personnel often work hand-in-hand with the Black Hawks to achieve mission objectives in Afghanistan. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Matt Hecht.
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 555th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron takes off as two F-15E Strike Eagles from the 389 EFS taxi out to the runway here Sep. 20 2011. The F-16 is a compact, multi-role fighter aircraft. It is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack. The F-15 is a dual-role fighter designed to perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. It can penetrate enemy defense and outperform and outfight any current enemy aircraft. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Krista Rose.
Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, community members gather together for a moment of silence during a flag dedication ceremony at the Craig Joint Theatre Hospital here Sept. 11, 2011. The flag, provided by Rep. Don Young of Alaska, was flown over Washington D.C and was is displayed in the emergency room entrance overhang. The flag will be the first thing injured personnel see when entering through the emergency room. U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Krista Rose.