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Vol. 65 No. 31
                                                                                                                                                                                          August 7, 2015

‘Eye in the sky’: RPA Airmen in Red Flag fight

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 By Tech. Sgt. Nadine Barclay

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs

                                                                                                                                                                                              U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nadine Barclay     CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. —
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The sun beats down on the dry Nevada
Staff Sgt. Lloyd, an 18th Reconnaissance Squadron MQ-1B Predator sensor operator, flies a remotely piloted aircraft training sortie in support                                                                                                   desert, bringing a smell of fuel that fills the
of Red Flag 15-3 at Creech Air Force Base, Nev., July 23. The goal of participating in Red Flag exercises was to fully integrate RPAs into large                                                                                                 air. Engines begin roaring to life as the Air-
force exercises and to educate major weapon systems communities on the RPA capabilities.                                                                                                                                                         men of the 432nd Wing prepare to support
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Red Flag 15-3 from July 13 through 31.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Located approximately an hour from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, where par-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ticipants eat, sleep and breathe Red Flag op-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 erations, the Airmen of Creech AFB didn’t
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 let the distance hinder their opportunity to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 show the rest of the Air Force community
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 and the world what remotely piloted aircraft
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 can bring to the fight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “I feel this type of training is important
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 because of the immense integration that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 occurs with other Air Force assets,” said
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Capt. Benjamin, an 18th Reconnaissance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Squadron MQ-1B Predator pilot. “We can
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 go out on one of the greatest ranges in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 world and play against ourselves. Having the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ability to train with other assets is good; it’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the key to what makes Red Flag so great.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The main mission of Red Flag is to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 provide a realistic combat training exercise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 involving the air forces of the U.S. and its
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 allies. It is coordinated at Nellis AFB and

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 _______ See RED FLAG, on page 3

Lightning AMU performs JSF upgrades despite full flying schedule

By Senior Airman Joshua Kleinholz       pleted the first on-site block 1B aircraft     The 2B upgrade will increase the                                                                                                                          on at Lighting AMU are done at an off-
                                        to 2B upgrade of the U. S. Air Force        aircrafts’ operating limits; allowing for                                                                                                                    site maintenance depot at Hill Air Force
99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs       configured F-35A Lightning II here in       supersonic flight and expanding the                                                                                                                          Base, Utah, requiring for selected aircraft
                                        early July.                                 authorized maneuvering envelope. As                                                                                                                          to be taken out of flight schedule rotation
   NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.                                                      a result of the upgrade, new weapons                                                                                                                         completely for up to six months. By car-
—Maintainers assigned to the 57th Air-     The two aircraft, assigned to the 422nd  systems can be tested on the platform,                                                                                                                       rying out the process at home station,
craft Maintenance Squadron Lightning    Test and Evaluation Squadron, were both     and improvements in the pilot-to-vehicle                                                                                                                     Lighting AMU saved time, money and
Aircraft Maintenance Unit paired with   early low rate initial production versions  interface have been observed.
a contractor field team from Lockheed   configured primarily for use as testing                                                                                                                                                                  ______See UPGRADES, on page 6
Martin starting in early May and com-   platforms.                                     Typically, upgrades like the task taken

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