SSgt. Leonard Gajewski, a crew chief assigned to the 451st EAMXS at Kandahar Airfield conducts pre-flight checks on F-16C block 52 #93-0533 as Captain Jerrod Sonderman, assigned to the 157th EFS, prepares to launch for a mission on May 29th, 2012. [USAF photo by TSgt. Caycee Cook]
Staff Sgt. Leonard Gajewski, a crew chief assigned to the 451st Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, conducts pre-flight checks on an F-16 Fighting Falcon as Captain Jerrod Sonderman, a fighter pilot assigned to the 157th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, prepares to launch for a mission May 30, 2012. Personnel are deployed from McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Swamp Fox F-16’s, pilots, and support personnel began their Air Expeditionary Force deployment early April to take over flying missions for the air tasking order and provide close air support for troops on the ground in Afghanistan.