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Preparing for the mission
Senior Airman Gaylon Hardman (right), a crew chief with the 332rd Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, waits to assist F- 16 pilot Capt. Bart Wilbanks prepare for a combat mission in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom Sept. 20, 2005. Both Airmen are from the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano Air Base, Italy, and deployed to Balad Air Base, Iraq. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj Robert Couse-Baker)

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