Lt. Col. James Hecker (front) and Lt. Col. Evan Dertein line up their F/A-22 Raptor aircraft behind a KC-10 Extender to refuel while en route to Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Colonel Hecker commands the first operational Raptor squadron -- the 27th Fighter Squadron at Langley Air Force Base, Va. The unit went to Hill for operation Combat Hammer, the squadron's first deployment, Oct. 15. The deployment has a twofold goal: complete a deployment and to generate a combat-effective sortie rate away from home. [U.S. Air Force photo by TSgt Ben Bloker]
Lt. Col. James Hecker, commander, 27th Fighter Squadron stationed at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, and Lt. Col. Evan Dertein fly in formation behind a KC-10 "Extender" in route to Hill Air Force Base, Utah October 15, 2005. This operation, dubbed "Combat Hammer" gives the Air Force's first operational F/A-22 squadron a chance to deploy the aircraft to a new location and practice various operations.
(USAF photo by TSgt Ben Bloker)