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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

15th WG Airmen experience air refueling

by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich
15th Wing Public Affairs


3/9/2015 - JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii -- Airmen from the 15th Wing got an aerial view of the fighter aircraft refueling during a KC-135R stratotanker incentive ride March 5.

The eight Airmen representing the 15th Operations Group, 15th Medical Group, 15th Maintenance Group and the wing staff agencies were hand selected by their supervision to participate in the incentive flight.

According to Lt.Col. Jason Work,  96th Air Refueling Squadron commander, the primary mission of the flight was to conduct aerial refueling operations with four F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 162nd Fighter Wing Fighter Wing with the Arizona Air National Guard and four F-15 Strike Eagles from the 142nd Fighter Wing with the Oregon Air National Guard in support of Hawaii Air National Guard exercise Sentry Aloha.

During this mission, the Airmen were allowed to lay down on either side of the boom operator in the boom pod and watch as the fighter aircraft conducted refueling operations.

"This was my first time flying in a KC-135; I thought this was absolutely awesome," said Senior Airman Alicia Sims, 15th MDG family health clinic technician. "I don't know that much about airplanes, but I think that made the experience better."

For some Airmen, it wasn't learning about the planes that enhanced the experience but learning how the mission comes together.

"This was a great experience. Seeing real air power reinforced why I am in the Air Force," said Capt. Nicole Ward, 15th MDG family health clinic nurse. "It helped me understand how what we do in the medical group supports the flight crews, so they can conduct their mission."

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