FROM: U.S. AIR FORCE
Airmen with the 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew one prepare to load a GBU-31 joint direct attack munition on to an F-35A Lightning II during a qualification load Oct. 10, 2014, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The F-35A is now one step closer to its initial operational capability with the first weapons load crew qualification. The newly qualified crewmembers will continue to hone their skills and become experts at their jobs so they can train the weapons load crews at other bases receiving the F-35A. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Marleah Robertson).
Aircrew members traverse SERE combat survival training challenges
Aircrew members simulate being captured by a mock adversary during a combat survival refresher course Oct. 9, 2014, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. The survival, evasion, resistance and escape combat survival refresher course is designed to familiarize aircrew members with combat skills learned through hands-on training in a realistic environment. SERE is a program that provides training in evading capture, survival skills and the military code of conduct. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)