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  • An up-close look at the 20th FW mission

    An Airman crawls in through the hatch of a vehicle and ducks into the darkness below. It is a confined space filled with buttons and knobs, switches and panels, each of them marked by a series of unknown symbols and strange lettering, and it smells like the inside of a military surplus store.Airmen assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing were treated to
  • SEAD proves vital piece to Red Flag puzzle

    It takes numerous pieces of all shapes and sizes to complete the puzzle of an Air Tasking Order during Red Flag at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. One such piece to the puzzle would be suppression of enemy air defenses which has been around since the days of the Wild Weasels. “The suppression of enemy air defenses means eliminating, avoiding, and destroying threats that are trying to shoot down any of our friendly forces,” said Maj. William Lutmer, 55th Fighter Squadron director of operations, Shaw AFB, South Carolina. “SEAD has a full spectrum of suppression techniques such as jamming, putting a bomb on the target, or it might even mean using a High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile to hit it.”
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