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ByJanice K. Merrill

Jun 24, 2022

A dozen F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 35th Fighter Squadron, part of the 8th Fighter Wing at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, are prepared by responsible Airmen from the 35th Aircraft Maintenance Unit before a sortie air training facility at Eielson Air Force Base, June 14, 2022.

Red Flag exercises take place several times a year and are designed to give air and ground units the opportunity to hone their skills, integrate with joint and allied forces, and improve their combat readiness.

“The red flag is essential for a fighter squadron to test its combat readiness, not just the pilots, but all team members carrying out the mission,” said 1st Lt. Marcus “Toro” Orozco, pilot of F-16s from the 35th Fighter Squadron. “The most valuable aspect is being able to integrate the strengths of other squadrons’ aircraft into our mission plan, to better work together as a joint team. These lessons will make everyone better at performing our docking missions.

The 35th FS at Red Flag is supported by the 35th AMU, which deploys alongside their assigned aircraft to provide uninterrupted support to the F-16s, providing 360 maintenance, fuel, ammunition and repairs to keep training sorties going. fly reliably.

“We are here to help our pilots gain vital flight experience with other Allied forces squadrons and aircraft,” said Tech. sergeant. Taylor Laney, 35th WBU Airline Shipper. “We also get to work alongside maintainers from all over, and other branches as well, so we see how the Navy does it, how the Allied forces use their aircraft…it’s amazing to be a part of that. .”

Squadrons using F-16s can have a variety of roles in joint aerial sorties, as the aircraft is capable of air-to-air and air-to-ground combat, can be outfitted to have greater range, improved detection capabilities, and operate in all weathers. conditions.

At Red Flag, the F-16 plays the role of providing escort protection to support aircraft, intercepting enemy fighters, and can support ground troops with its M61 Vulcan cannon.