180th Fighter Wing Participates in Load Diffuser 17
Master Sgt. Joe Ray, a weapons loader assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing, monitors a final preflight safety check on an F-16 Fighting Falcon, May 29, 2017 at Kecskemet Air Base in Hungary. Approximately 150 Airmen and eight F-16 fighter jets from the 180FW traveled to the air base to participate in Load Diffuser 17, a two-week Hungarian-led multinational exercise focused on enhancing interoperability capabilities and skills among NATO allied and European partner air forces by conducting joint operations and air defenses to maintain joint readiness, while also bolstering relationships within the U.S. Air National Guard’s State Partnership Program initiatives. Ohio became state partners with Hungary in 1993. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Beth Holliker.