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    Soggy start to Red Flag-Alaska

    Soggy start to Red Flag-Alaska

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Sutton | ME1 Caili Weng, 428th Fighter Squadron crew chief, stays down while an F-15SG moves...... read more read more

    MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, ID, UNITED STATES

    10.10.2012

    Story by Senior Airman Benjamin Sutton 

    366th Fighter Wing

    by Senior Airman Benjamin Sutton
    366th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

    EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska - The multinational exercise, Red Flag-Alaska, began Oct. 8, 2012, at Eielson AFB, Alaska, despite cold temperature and constant rain.

    RF-A, a Pacific Air Forces-sponsored, Joint National Training Capability accredited exercise, is a collection of tactical air combat exercises designed to replicate the stresses that warfighters must face during their first 10 combat sorties.

    The 428th Fighter Squadron from Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, began the exercise on a federal holiday and amid constant rainfall.

    "Working in the rain didn't bother me or my crew at all," said ME1 Caili Weng, 428th FS crew chief. "We just slow down and work more carefully to make sure the job gets done. Sometimes the weather can cause various problems but it's our job to fix them and get the jet in the air."

    Ground crews allowed multiple aircrews an opportunity to fly in the inclement conditions by working meticulously throughout the day.

    "I love rain even if it's cold like it is here," said Weng.

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    Date Taken: 10.10.2012
    Date Posted: 10.29.2012 16:56
    Story ID: 96933
    Location: MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, ID, US 

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