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PHOTO ESSAY: One team, one fight

Staff Sgt. Terrance Harris prepares a 64th Aggressor Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon cockpit before a training flight Aug. 13, 2013, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Before each flight, the crew chief prepares the cockpit and ensures the pilot is strapped in safely. Harris is a crew chief assigned to the 57th Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz)

Staff Sgt. Terrance Harris prepares a 64th Aggressor Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon cockpit before a training flight Aug. 13, 2013, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Before each flight, the crew chief prepares the cockpit and ensures the pilot is strapped in safely. Harris is a crew chief assigned to the 57th Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz)

Staff Sgt. Chelsea Mays disconnects a fuel hose as part of preflight preparations for a 64th Aggressor Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon Aug. 13, 2013, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. It is the crew chief's responsibility to ensure the aircraft is properly refueled before each training mission.  Mays is a F-16 crew chief assigned to the 926th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz)

Staff Sgt. Chelsea Mays disconnects a fuel hose as part of preflight preparations for a 64th Aggressor Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon Aug. 13, 2013, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. It is the crew chief's responsibility to ensure the aircraft is properly refueled before each training mission. Mays is a F-16 crew chief assigned to the 926th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz)

Staff Sgt. Evan Ciemnoczolowski latches a bar in place to hold up a panel on an F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 64th Aggressor Squadron Aug. 13, 2013, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Crew chiefs are responsible for inspecting aircraft and fixing any discrepancies noticed during pre or post flight inspections. Ciemnoczolowski is a crew chief assigned to the 57th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Timothy Young)

Staff Sgt. Evan Ciemnoczolowski latches a bar in place to hold up a panel on an F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 64th Aggressor Squadron Aug. 13, 2013, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Crew chiefs are responsible for inspecting aircraft and fixing any discrepancies noticed during pre or post flight inspections. Ciemnoczolowski is a crew chief assigned to the 57th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Timothy Young)

Capt. Steven Wilhoit goes through a preflight checklist before a training flight Aug. 13, 2013, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Aggressor pilots are trained in the use of adversary tactics to better prepare U.S. and allied pilots for possible air-to-air conflict. Wilhoit is an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot assigned to the 64th Aggressor Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz)

Capt. Steven Wilhoit goes through a preflight checklist before a training flight Aug. 13, 2013, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Aggressor pilots are trained in the use of adversary tactics to better prepare U.S. and allied pilots for possible air-to-air conflict. Wilhoit is an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot assigned to the 64th Aggressor Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz)

Senior Airman Zachary Gant inspects the intake of a 64th Aggressor Squadron  F-16 Fighting Falcon as part of a preflight inspection Aug. 13, 2013, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The crew chief must check the intake blades for any cracks or foreign object debris to ensure a safe flight. Gant is a crew chief assigned to the 57th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz)

Senior Airman Zachary Gant inspects the intake of a 64th Aggressor Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon as part of a preflight inspection Aug. 13, 2013, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The crew chief must check the intake blades for any cracks or foreign object debris to ensure a safe flight. Gant is a crew chief assigned to the 57th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 64th Aggressor Squadron takes off for a training flight Aug. 13, 2013, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Aggressor pilots utilize adversary tactics and act as hostile forces during air-combat exercises. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 64th Aggressor Squadron takes off for a training flight Aug. 13, 2013, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Aggressor pilots utilize adversary tactics and act as hostile forces during air-combat exercises. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz)

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AFNS) --

The 64th Agressor Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., are charged with preparing the combat air forces, joint and allied aircrews for tomorrow's victories with challenging and realistic threat replication, training, academics and feedback. 
 
The squadron operates 20 F-16C Fighting Falcons, providing a realistic, threat-representative, contested environment for US and coalition combat units to train against.

To keep those aircraft operating at optimum performance levels, member of the 57th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron accomplish on-equipment maintenance of including aircraft servicing, before and after flight inspections, launch and recovery, munitions loading and any unscheduled maintenance requirements that occur during the course of the flying day.

View the slideshow above to see how both units work to keep the mission running smoothly.

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