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Hildisvíni’s aerobatics.

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II with the 303rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, currently deployed to Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, peels away after refueling from a KC-135 Stratotanker over Eastern Afghanistan. The A-10’s maneuverability at slow speeds and low altitude has made it one of the most utilized aircraft for close air support throughout Operation Enduring Freedom.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Russ Scalf, 16 AUG 2014.)

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National Guard identifies fallen Eagle aviator.

(Photo by Tech Sergeant Anthony Mutti, 12 AUG 2011. Article by Steve Marshall, National Guard Bureau, 29 AUG 2014. Source.)

Massachusetts National Guard officials today identified the pilot of an F-15C Eagle jet that crashed in Virginia as Air Force Lt. Col. Morris “Moose” Fontenot Jr.

The veteran aviator was killed Aug. 27 when his aircraft crashed in remote, mountainous terrain near Deerfield Valley.

"We all continue to keep the Fontenot family in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time," said Col. James Keefe, commander of the 104th Fighter Wing based here.

Fontenot served with the 104th Fighter Wing as the full-time Wing Inspector General, responsible for the implementation of the Air Force Inspection System and as an F-15 instructor pilot with more than 2,300 flight hours. A 1996 Air Force Academy graduate, he was additionally a Weapons School Graduate with more than 17 years of F-15 flying experience. He served as a squadron commander at multiple locations.

Following active duty assignments in Washington D.C., Japan, Idaho, Florida, Alaska and numerous deployments to the Middle East, Fontenot joined the Massachusetts Air National Guard in February 2014. He was a decorated combat veteran, earning the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Aerial Achievement Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, and Combat Readiness Medal, among others.

An official safety investigation board is being convened and the investigation into the crash is ongoing.

A massive search ensued following the Aug. 27 crash of the jet in dense forest. The search involved personnel from the National Guard, Virginia State Police and civilian searchers, some with dogs and others on horseback.

At approximately 9:05 a.m. Aug. 27, Washington Center Air Traffic Control in Washington, D.C., lost radio contact with the aircraft stationed at the 104th Fighter Wing, and at approximately 9:30 a.m. the wing learned that the aircraft had crashed in a remote site near Deerfield Valley, Virginia.

The single seat F-15C aircraft was en route to Naval Air Station New Orleans to receive a radar system upgrade. The flight was not related to the 104th Fighter Wing’s homeland defense mission, and there were no munitions on the aircraft during the flight, a National Guard news release said.

Fontenot was flying a solo mission when he reported an in-flight emergency prior to the loss of radio contact with Washington Center.

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Downed Eagle found, Massachusetts Guard pilot deceased.

An U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle from the 131st Fighter Squadron, 104th Fighter Wing, Barnes Air National Guard Base, Massachusetts, flies over Penang, Malaysia, during Cope Taufan 14. Cope Taufan is a biennial large force employment exercise taking place June 9 to 20 designed to improve U.S. and Malaysian combined readiness.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason Robertson, 18 JUN 2014. Article courtesy of National Guard News Bureau press release, 29 AUG 2014.)

BARNES AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE - The pilot of an F-15C Eagle aircraft that crashed Aug. 27 in remote mountains near Deerfield Valley, Virginia, was fatally injured, Massachusetts National Guard officials said late yesterday.

The pilot’s name is being withheld pending notification of family members.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and we are doing all we can to support them during this very difficult time," said Air Force Col. James Keefe, commander of the 104th Fighter Wing based here.

"We ask that everyone respect the privacy of the family and allow them the time they need to grieve," Keefe said.

An official safety investigation board is being convened and the investigation into the crash is ongoing.

A massive search ensued following the crash of the jet in dense forest. The search involved personnel from the National Guard, Virginia State Police and civilian searchers, some with dogs and others on horseback.

At approximately 9:05 a.m. on Aug. 27, Washington Center Air Traffic Control in Washington, D.C., lost radio contact with the aircraft stationed at the 104th Fighter Wing. At approximately 9:30 a.m. the 104th Fighter Wing learned that the aircraft had crashed in a remote site near Deerfield Valley, Virginia.

The single-seat F-15C Eagle aircraft was en route to Naval Air Station New Orleans to receive a radar system upgrade. The flight was not related to the 104th Fighter Wing’s homeland defense mission, and there were no munitions on the aircraft during this flight, a National Guard news release said.

The pilot was flying a solo mission when he reported an in-flight emergency prior to the loss of radio contact with Washington Center.

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Barnes Eagle soaring Malaysian skies.

An U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle from the 131st Fighter Squadron, 104th Fighter Wing, Barnes Air National Guard Base, Mass., flies over Penang, Malaysia, during Cope Taufan 14. Cope Taufan is a biennial large force employment exercise taking place June 9 to 20 designed to improve U.S. and Malaysian combined readiness.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason Robertson, 18 JUN 2014.)

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If it wasn’t for the bullet, nobody’d fear the gun.

Thunderbirds pilots perform the High Bomb Burst [1] and Echelon Pass-In-Review [2] at the Thunder in the Valley II Air Show in Waterloo, Iowa.

(U.S. Air Fore photos by Tech. Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez, 24 AUG 2014. Title lyrics from Lightning does the work, Chad Brock.)

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Skills for Combat Survival and Effectiveness (Accelerated).

[1] U.S. Army Sgt. David Welter, 3-159th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion ammunition specialist, scans the range during a training exercise led by 82nd Expeditionary Air Support Operations Squadron joint terminal attack controllers with machine gun and rocket attacks from a U.S. Navy MH-60S Seahawk during a training exercise.

[2] A U.S. Navy MH-60S Seahawk prepares to takeoff during a training exercise led by 82nd Expeditionary Air Support Operations Squadron joint terminal attack controllers.

[3] Airmen assigned to the 82nd Expeditionary Air Support Operations Squadron drive a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle during a training exercise involving U.S. Army, Air Force and Navy. U.S. Air Force JTACs led training for eight U.S. Army soldiers in preparation for future missions. The weekly training is designed to teach the infantry soldiers how to properly communicate with aircraft to coordinate airstrikes in the absence of a JTAC.

(U.S. Air Force photos by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr, 8 JUL 2014.)

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Back in the saddle again.

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform the Echelon Pass In Review during the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival in Battle Creek, Michigan.

(U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Stan Parker, 5 JUL 2014.)

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Highway to the danger zone.

An F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Chris Cavagnaro, 7 JUL 2014.)

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Scenic overlook.

An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Combat Squadron (HSC) 14 flies by Kauaʻi during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014.

 (U.S. Navy photos by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Shannon E. Renfroe, 3 JUL 2014.)

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A thousand hues of harsh reality.

Pararescue, attached to Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan, provides rear security as a wounded Afghan National Army commando is evacuated after receiving wounds during an operation in the Nejrab district, Kapisa province, Afghanistan. US Special Forces assisted ANASF and Commandos on an operation to disrupt insurgent freedom of maneuver in the area.

(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Connor Mendez, 27 MAY 2014.)

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Let’s get this party started.

The Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Rainier (T-AOE 7) transits to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014 exercise. Accompanying assets include landing craft cushions(LCAC), assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5,  and U.S. Marine Corps CH-53 Super Stallions, assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 465.

Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC exercise from June 26 to Aug. 1, in and around the Hawaiian Islands. The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2014 is the 24th exercise in the series since its inception in 1971.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Diana Quinlan, 26 JUN 2014.)

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Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Midnight blue.

Aviation mechanics perform maintenance on an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the “Royal Maces” of Strike Fighter Squadron of (VFA) 27 on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin K. Kittleson, 8 JUN 2014.)

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Hate to see you go, love to watch you leave.

Seventeen UH-60A Black Hawks and seven Uh-72 Lakota helicopters from the U.S. Army Military District of Washington’s Army Air Operations Group, 12th Aviation Battalion lift off from Davison Army Airfield beginning a one-hour training flight over the skies of the National Capital Region. The exercise was the 12th’s final flight, with its current aircraft configuration before the UH-72 (Lakota) and VH-60A (black and gold Black Hawks) will be redistributed to Fort Rucker, Alabama and the Army Museum. The redistributed aircraft will be replaced with UH-60L Black Hawk configuration.

(Photo by George Markfelder, JFHQ-NCR/MDW Public Affairs, 4 JUN 2014.)

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Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Pedro swingset.

Pararescue jumpers practice rescue hoisting from their HH-60 Pavehawks. 

(Source: military-life)

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Death waits in the dark.

A formation of MH-60M Black Hawks from the 1st Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) perform a ceremonial Missing Man flyover of the Night Stalker Memorial during the annual Week of Night Stalker Activities Memorial Ceremony held at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The ceremony was held to honor fallen Night Stalkers of the regiment and their families.

(U.S. Army photo by Maj. Allen Hill, 160th SOAR Public Affairs, 21 MAY 2014.)