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Expeditionary Airmen accelerate change

November 19, 2020

This report originally published at centcom.mil.

Heat haze rippled behind the tails of three F-16 Fighting Falcons as they taxied toward the maintenance and logistics Airmen awaiting them on the flight line of Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, on Nov. 10, 2020.

Aircrew from the 77th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, deployed to Prince Sultan AB, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, trained for a week with members of the 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Group and the 379th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron on hot refueling.
Airmen assigned to the 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Group at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, hook a fuel hose to a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 77th Fighter Squadron from Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on the flight line of AUAB on Nov. 10, 2020. The hot-pit training qualified AUAB Airmen assigned to the 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Group and the 379th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron to support 24-hour hot refueling operations on multiple aircraft that rotate through the base. Hot-pit refueling allows aircrew to land and keep their engines running while they refuel, before taking off to continue the next leg of their respective missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kayla White)

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