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    Just another day at RF-A 13-1

    Just another day at RF-A 13-1

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Sutton | Ground crew personnel from the 428th Fighter Squadron from Mountain Home Air Force...... read more read more

    MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, ID, UNITED STATES

    10.16.2012

    Story by Senior Airman Benjamin Sutton 

    366th Fighter Wing

    EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska - The 428th Fighter Squadron out of Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, has settled in throughout the past weeks to their temporary home in Alaska.

    The Buccaneers are currently participating in RED FLAG-Alaska 13-1, and the rigorous flight schedule has kept them extremely busy.

    "I usually wake up around 3 a.m. and am at work by 4 a.m.," said ME1 Wee Tiong Lim, flight line crew member. "Our shifts are between 8-10 hours a day and the flying schedule for that day determines when we prepare the aircrafts for launch."

    Once the jets are in the air, ground personnel head into the hangar and wait to recover the aircraft upon return.

    "While we are waiting for the jets to return we have lunch and spend a lot of time talking with each other," said Lim. "Some guys read or do crosswords and also the time to ensure any orders for equipment and parts are placed."

    The extreme cold and unpredictable weather proves a nuisance to the Buccaneer maintainers but accomplishing the mission is priority number one.

    "This is my first time in Alaska and I am really enjoying the exercise," said Lim. "We spend a lot of time out on the flight line in the nasty weather but we always get the job done."

    Hard work from ground crew members, despite the elements, has made quite an impression on many aircrew personnel.

    "The professionalism and hard work from members of our ground crew is much appreciated," said Republic of Singapore 1st Lt. Raymond Teo, 428th FS pilot. "Regardless of the temperature outside or snow or rain, our aircraft are prepared to fly every day because of them."

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    Date Taken: 10.16.2012
    Date Posted: 10.30.2012 10:35
    Story ID: 96974
    Location: MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, ID, US 

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