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494th Fighter Squadron arrives for exercise Checkered Flag 19-1

494th Fighter Squadron aircrew welcomes Lt. Col. Jaina Donberg, 494th FS commander to Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. in support of exercise Checkered Flag 19-1, May 3, 2019. Checkered Flag is a large-force exercise, that allows fourth- and fifth-generation aircraft and personnel the opportunity to train together, to enhance the U.S. Air Force’s ability to rapidly forward deploy at a moment’s notice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shanice Williams-Jones)

The 494th Fighter Squadron arrives to participate in exercise Checkered Flag 19-1 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., May 3, 2019.

Checkered Flag is a large-force exercise that allows fourth- and fifth-generation aircraft and personnel the opportunity to train together. This exercise is designed to enhance the U.S. Air Force’s ability to rapidly forward deploy at a moment’s notice.

Checkered Flag 19-1 will take place May 6-17 and is the first CF exercise to be hosted at Tyndall Air Force Base since being devastated by Hurricane Michael, a category five hurricane, in October 2018.