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555th FS Airmen perform operations on AK21 F-16s

U.S. Air Force Capt. Russell Main, 555th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot, sits in an F-16 after flying in Astral Knight 2021 (AK21) at Aviano Air Base, Italy, May 18, 2021. AK21 involves approximately 1900 combined joint force members from the Albanian, Croatian, Hellenic, Italian and Slovenian militaries. The participating aircraft include the U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle, F-16, HH-60 Pave Hawk and C-130J Super Hercules aircraft, Italian air force F-35 Lightning II aircraft, Hellenic air force F-16 and Emb-145 Erieye aircraft, and Croatian air force MiG-21 BisD/UMD aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Russell Main, 555th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot, sits in an F-16 after flying in Astral Knight 2021 (AK21) at Aviano Air Base, Italy, May 18, 2021. AK21 involves approximately 1900 combined joint force members from the Albanian, Croatian, Hellenic, Italian and Slovenian militaries. The participating aircraft include the U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle, F-16, HH-60 Pave Hawk and C-130J Super Hercules aircraft, Italian air force F-35 Lightning II aircraft, Hellenic air force F-16 and Emb-145 Erieye aircraft, and Croatian air force MiG-21 BisD/UMD aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

Senior Airman Neil Farbotnik, 555th Aircraft Maintenance Unit F-16 Fighting Falcon crew chief, marshals in an F-16 participating in Astral Knight 2021 (AK21) at Aviano Air Base, Italy, May 18, 2021. Eight F-16s assigned to the 555th Fighter Squadron are participating in AK21, which is a joint, multinational exercise designed to test integrated air and missile defense capabilities. AK21 aims to demonstrate the integration, coordination and interoperability of joint existing command and control. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

Senior Airman Neil Farbotnik, 555th Aircraft Maintenance Unit F-16 Fighting Falcon crew chief, marshals in an F-16 participating in Astral Knight 2021 (AK21) at Aviano Air Base, Italy, May 18, 2021. Eight F-16s assigned to the 555th Fighter Squadron are participating in AK21, which is a joint, multinational exercise designed to test integrated air and missile defense capabilities. AK21 aims to demonstrate the integration, coordination and interoperability of joint existing command and control. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

U.S. Air Force Maj. John Hamilton, 555th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot, hands a flight equipment bag to Senior Airman Juan Monroy, 555th Aircraft Maintenance Unit F-16 crew chief, after participating in Astral Knight 2021 (AK21) at Aviano Air Base, Italy, May 18, 2021. AK21 is a U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa-led exercise involving Airmen, Soldiers and Sailors from the U.S. working with members from Albania, Croatia, Greece, Italy and Slovenia. AK21 is an integrated air and missile defense exercise focused on defending key terrain. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

U.S. Air Force Maj. John Hamilton, 555th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot, hands a flight equipment bag to Senior Airman Juan Monroy, 555th Aircraft Maintenance Unit F-16 crew chief, after participating in Astral Knight 2021 (AK21) at Aviano Air Base, Italy, May 18, 2021. AK21 is a U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa-led exercise involving Airmen, Soldiers and Sailors from the U.S. working with members from Albania, Croatia, Greece, Italy and Slovenia. AK21 is an integrated air and missile defense exercise focused on defending key terrain. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

Senior Airman Neil Farbotnik, 555th Aircraft Maintenance Unit F-16 Fighting Falcon crew chief, inspects an F-16 that flew in Astral Knight 2021 (AK21) at Aviano Air Base, Italy, May 18, 2021. Eight F-16s assigned to the 555th Fighter Squadron are participating in AK21, which is a joint, multinational exercise designed to test integrated air and missile defense capabilities. The participating aircraft include the U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle, HH-60 Pave Hawk and C-130J Super Hercules aircraft, Italian air force F-35 Lightning II aircraft, Hellenic air force F-16 and Emb-145 Erieye aircraft, and Croatian air force MiG-21 BisD/UMD aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

Senior Airman Neil Farbotnik, 555th Aircraft Maintenance Unit F-16 Fighting Falcon crew chief, inspects an F-16 that flew in Astral Knight 2021 (AK21) at Aviano Air Base, Italy, May 18, 2021. Eight F-16s assigned to the 555th Fighter Squadron are participating in AK21, which is a joint, multinational exercise designed to test integrated air and missile defense capabilities. The participating aircraft include the U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle, HH-60 Pave Hawk and C-130J Super Hercules aircraft, Italian air force F-35 Lightning II aircraft, Hellenic air force F-16 and Emb-145 Erieye aircraft, and Croatian air force MiG-21 BisD/UMD aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

Airman 1st Class Austin Riddell, 31st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew member, puts a cover on an F-16 Fighting Falcon that landed after participating in Astral Knight 2021 (AK21) at Aviano Air Base, Italy May 18, 2021. AK21 aims to enhance the command and control integration, coordination and interoperability of air, land and sea capabilities, and overlapping operations into the integrated air and missile defense enterprise. AK21 is an integrated air and missile defense exercise focused on conducting integrated air and missile defense of various terrains. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

Airman 1st Class Austin Riddell, 31st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew member, puts a cover on an F-16 Fighting Falcon that landed after participating in Astral Knight 2021 (AK21) at Aviano Air Base, Italy May 18, 2021. AK21 aims to enhance the command and control integration, coordination and interoperability of air, land and sea capabilities, and overlapping operations into the integrated air and missile defense enterprise. AK21 is an integrated air and missile defense exercise focused on conducting integrated air and missile defense of various terrains. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

Senior Airman Juan Monroy, 555th Aircraft Maintenance Unit F-16 Fighting Falcon crew chief, provides post-flight operations on an F-16 participating in Astral Knight 2021 (AK21) at Aviano Air Base, Italy, May 18, 2021. Eight F-16s assigned to the 555th Fighter Squadron are participating in AK21, which is a joint, multinational exercise designed to test integrated air and missile defense capabilities. AK21 involves approximately 1900 combined joint force members from the Albanian, Croatian, Hellenic, Italian and Slovenian militaries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

Senior Airman Juan Monroy, 555th Aircraft Maintenance Unit F-16 Fighting Falcon crew chief, provides post-flight operations on an F-16 participating in Astral Knight 2021 (AK21) at Aviano Air Base, Italy, May 18, 2021. Eight F-16s assigned to the 555th Fighter Squadron are participating in AK21, which is a joint, multinational exercise designed to test integrated air and missile defense capabilities. AK21 involves approximately 1900 combined joint force members from the Albanian, Croatian, Hellenic, Italian and Slovenian militaries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy -- U.S. Air Force Capt. Russell Main, 555th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot, sits in an F-16 after flying in Astral Knight 2021 (AK21) at Aviano Air Base, Italy, May 18, 2021. AK21 involves approximately 1900 combined joint force members from the Albanian, Croatian, Hellenic, Italian and Slovenian militaries. The participating aircraft include the U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle, F-16, HH-60 Pave Hawk and C-130J Super Hercules aircraft, Italian air force F-35 Lightning II aircraft, Hellenic air force F-16 and Emb-145 Erieye aircraft, and Croatian air force MiG-21 BisD/UMD aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)