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142nd Fighter Wing flies in Combat Archer at Tyndall

From the 142nd Fighter Wing, Portland, Oregon, Staff Sgt. Aaron Lamb, (left),  142nd Maintenance Group electrical-environmental systems craftsman, reviews technical data with Master Sgt. Russ Stevens, an F-15 Eagle crew chief, Jan. 28 as they prepare to replace a vertical-right-stabilizer light during a deployment to Combat Archer, a two-week weapon systems evaluation program at Tyndall Air Force Base. During the program, participants load, fly and shoot live missiles and subsequently evaluate the entire process to validate whether the weapon performs according to established specifications. (Air Force Photo Released/Mary McHale)

From the 142nd Fighter Wing, Portland, Oregon, Staff Sgt. Aaron Lamb, (left), 142nd Maintenance Group electrical-environmental systems craftsman, reviews technical data with Master Sgt. Russ Stevens, an F-15 Eagle crew chief, Jan. 28 as they prepare to replace a vertical-right-stabilizer light during a deployment to Combat Archer, a two-week weapon systems evaluation program at Tyndall Air Force Base. During the program, participants load, fly and shoot live missiles and subsequently evaluate the entire process to validate whether the weapon performs according to established specifications. (Air Force Photo Released/Mary McHale)

Col. Paul Fitzgerald, 142nd Fighter Wing Commander (left) walks out to the Tyndall Air Force Base flightline with Col. Derek Routt, 1st Air Force (Air Forces Northern) Deputy Chief of Staff and Master Sgt. Tad Benner, 142nd Maintenance Group weapons loader, Jan. 28. Fitzgerald was here with a team from Portland, Oregon’s 142nd Fighter Wing to fly in the 53rd Weapon Evaluation Group’s Combat Archer, a two-week weapon systems evaluation program where participants load, fly and shoot live missiles and subsequently evaluate the entire process to validate whether the weapon performs according to established specifications. Benner was receiving an incentive flight for outstanding duty performance. (Air Force Photo Released/Mary McHale)

Col. Paul Fitzgerald, 142nd Fighter Wing commander, (left), walks out to the Tyndall Air Force Base flightline with Col. Derek Routt, 1st Air Force (Air Forces Northern) Deputy Chief of Staff, and Master Sgt. Tad Benner, 142nd Maintenance Group weapons loader, Jan. 28. Fitzgerald was here with a team from Portland, Oregon’s 142nd Fighter Wing to fly in the 53rd Weapon Evaluation Group’s Combat Archer, a two-week weapon systems evaluation program where participants load, fly and shoot live missiles and subsequently evaluate the entire process to validate whether the weapon performs according to established specifications. Benner was receiving an incentive flight for outstanding duty performance. (Air Force Photo Released/Mary McHale)

From the 142nd Fighter Wing, Portland, Oregon, Staff Sgt. Brian Boatman, 142nd Maintenance Group weapons loader, tightens a missile to the rail of an F-15 Eagle Jan. 28 during a deployment to Combat Archer, a two-week weapon systems evaluation program at Tyndall Air Force Base. During the program, participants load, fly and shoot live missiles and subsequently evaluate the entire process to validate whether the weapon performs according to established specifications. (Air Force Photo Released/Mary McHale)

From the 142nd Fighter Wing, Portland, Oregon, Staff Sgt. Brian Boatman, 142nd Maintenance Group weapons loader, tightens a missile to the rail of an F-15 Eagle Jan. 28 during a deployment to Combat Archer, a two-week weapon systems evaluation program at Tyndall Air Force Base. During the program, participants load, fly and shoot live missiles and subsequently evaluate the entire process to validate whether the weapon performs according to established specifications. (Air Force Photo Released/Mary McHale)

From the 142nd Fighter Wing, Portland, Oregon, Col Adam Sitler, 142nd Operations Group Commander and F-15 Eagle pilot, confers with Master Sgt.  Robert Harsh, 142nd Maintenance Group weapons loader, about mission data following a Combat Archer sortie at Tyndall Air Force Base Jan. 28. Combat Archer is a two-week weapon systems evaluation program where participants load, fly and shoot live missiles and subsequently evaluate the entire process to validate whether the weapon performs according to established specifications. (Air Force Photo Released/Mary McHale)

From the 142nd Fighter Wing, Portland, Oregon, Col Adam Sitler, 142nd Operations Group Commander and F-15 Eagle pilot, confers with Master Sgt. Robert Harsh, 142nd Maintenance Group weapons loader, about mission data following a Combat Archer sortie at Tyndall Air Force Base Jan. 28. Combat Archer is a two-week weapon systems evaluation program where participants load, fly and shoot live missiles and subsequently evaluate the entire process to validate whether the weapon performs according to established specifications. (Air Force Photo Released/Mary McHale)

Col. Derek Routt, 1st Air Force (Air Forces Northern) Deputy Chief of Staff, checks his helmet prior to a flight during Combat Archer at Tyndall Air Force Base Jan. 28. Combat Archer is a two-week weapon systems evaluation program where participants load, fly and shoot live missiles and subsequently evaluate the entire process to validate whether the weapon performs according to established specifications. (Air Force Photo Released/Mary McHale)

Col. Derek Routt, 1st Air Force (Air Forces Northern) Deputy Chief of Staff, checks his helmet prior to a flight during Combat Archer at Tyndall Air Force Base Jan. 28. Combat Archer is a two-week weapon systems evaluation program where participants load, fly and shoot live missiles and subsequently evaluate the entire process to validate whether the weapon performs according to established specifications. (Air Force Photo Released/Mary McHale)

From the 142nd Fighter Wing, Portland Oregon, Col. Paul Fitzgerald, wing commander and F-15 Eagle pilot, (left) walks with fellow pilot, Maj. Vic Knill, 123rd Fighter Squadron, following a Combat Archer sortie at Tyndall Air Force Base Jan. 29. Combat Archer is a two-week weapon systems evaluation program where participants load, fly and shoot live missiles and subsequently evaluate the entire process to validate whether the weapon performs according to established specifications. (Air Force Photo Released/Mary McHale)

From the 142nd Fighter Wing, Portland Oregon, Col. Paul Fitzgerald, wing commander and F-15 Eagle pilot, (left) walks with fellow pilot, Maj. Vic Knill, 123rd Fighter Squadron, following a Combat Archer sortie at Tyndall Air Force Base Jan. 29. Combat Archer is a two-week weapon systems evaluation program where participants load, fly and shoot live missiles and subsequently evaluate the entire process to validate whether the weapon performs according to established specifications. (Air Force Photo Released/Mary McHale)

From the 142nd Fighter Wing, Portland, Oregon, Col. Paul Fitzgerald, wing commander and F-15 Eagle pilot, talks with Tech. Sgt. John Cloutier, F-15 crew chief, on the flightline at Tyndall Air Force Base, following a Combat Archer sortie Jan. 29. Combat Archer is a two-week weapon systems evaluation program where participants load, fly and shoot live missiles and subsequently evaluate the entire process to validate whether the weapon performs according to established specifications. (Air Force Photo Released/Mary McHale)

From the 142nd Fighter Wing, Portland, Oregon, Col. Paul Fitzgerald, wing commander and F-15 Eagle pilot, talks with Tech. Sgt. John Cloutier, F-15 crew chief, on the flightline at Tyndall Air Force Base, following a Combat Archer sortie Jan. 29. Combat Archer is a two-week weapon systems evaluation program where participants load, fly and shoot live missiles and subsequently evaluate the entire process to validate whether the weapon performs according to established specifications. (Air Force Photo Released/Mary McHale)

From the 142nd Fighter Wing, Portland, Oregon, Airman 1st Class Brian Perkins, 142nd Maintenance Group F-15 crew chief, takes an oil sample following a Combat Archer sortie at Tyndall AFB, Florida, Jan. 29. Combat Archer is a two-week weapon systems evaluation program where participants load, fly and shoot live missiles and subsequently evaluate the entire process to validate whether the weapon performs according to established specifications. (Air Force Photo Released/Mary McHale)

From the 142nd Fighter Wing, Portland, Oregon, Airman 1st Class Brian Perkins, 142nd Maintenance Group F-15 crew chief, takes an oil sample following a Combat Archer sortie at Tyndall AFB, Florida, Jan. 29. Combat Archer is a two-week weapon systems evaluation program where participants load, fly and shoot live missiles and subsequently evaluate the entire process to validate whether the weapon performs according to established specifications. (Air Force Photo Released/Mary McHale)

From the 142nd Fighter Wing, Portland, Oregon, Staff Sgt. Sergio Marroquin, materiel management craftsman with the 142nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, checks the data label on an aircraft part Jan. 29 at Tyndall Air Force Base. Marroquin was here to support a Combat Archer exercise with members of the 142nd Fighter Wing. Combat Archer is a two-week weapon systems evaluation program where participants load, fly and shoot live missiles and subsequently evaluate the entire process to validate whether the weapon performs according to established specifications. (Air Force Photo Released/Mary McHale)

From the 142nd Fighter Wing, Portland, Oregon, Staff Sgt. Sergio Marroquin, materiel management craftsman with the 142nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, checks the data label on an aircraft part Jan. 29 at Tyndall Air Force Base. Marroquin was here to support a Combat Archer exercise with members of the 142nd Fighter Wing. Combat Archer is a two-week weapon systems evaluation program where participants load, fly and shoot live missiles and subsequently evaluate the entire process to validate whether the weapon performs according to established specifications. (Air Force Photo Released/Mary McHale)