Thursday, January 3, 2013

AFCENT Commander views readiness exercise

Released by 455th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs

1/2/2013 - BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Airmen run to their defensive positions during an exercise on the flightline here, Dec. 31, 2012. The exercise was to practice the integration of maintenance Airmen with security forces in order to protect vital assets during a potential ground attack. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Dobrydney) Hi-res

Note: Pictured is A-10C 80-0147 from the 354th Fighter Squadron, 355th Fighter Wing (ACC), Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, currently combat-deployed with the 354th EFS to the 455th AEW at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).

Combat loadout configuration:
Station 1: empty pylon
Station 2: LAU-131 rocked pod
Station 3: SUU-25 flare dispenser
Station 4: GBU-38 JDAM
Station 5: GBU-12 LGB
Station 6: empty pylon
Station 7: GBU-12 LGB
Station 8: GBU-38 JDAM
Station 9: GBU-38 JDAM
Station 10: AN/AAQ-28 LITENING AT targeting pod
Station 11: empty pylon

BTW: Stowed in some of the visible revetments are external fuel tanks.

1/2/2013 - BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Lt. Col. Rudy Cardona, 455th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander, briefs Lt. Gen. David Goldfein, U.S. Air Forces Central Command commander, about a new security program initiated by the 455th Expeditionary Maintenance Group on the flightline here, Dec. 31, 2012. The program integrates security forces and maintenance Airmen to better protect assets during potential ground attacks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Dobrydney) Hi-res

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