U.S. Airmen Refuel Over Iraq

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • U.S. Air Force Capt. Ryan Christie, left. and U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Kaylyn Leibrand discuss approach plans during an aerial refueling mission over northern Iraq, Aug. 21, 2014. Leibrand, a pilot, and Christie, a pilot and mission commander, are assigned to the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron. The crew provides fuel to U.S. fighter and reconnaissance aircraft operating over Iraq and Afghanistan.  U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel
  • U.S. Air Force Capt. Ryan Christie performs a preflight check on a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft before an aerial refueling mission over northern Iraq, Aug. 21, 2014. Christie is a pilot and mission commander for the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel
  • U.S. Air Force Capt. Ryan Christie, left, and a crew chief perform preflight checks on a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft before an aerial refueling mission over northern Iraq, Aug. 21, 2014. Christie is a pilot and mission commander for the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel
  • A U.S. F-18 fighter jet refuels from an U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft during an aerial refueling mission over northern Iraq, Aug. 21, 2014. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel
  • U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Crystal Cash focuses on an aircraft she is refueling over northern Iraq, Aug. 21, 2014. Cash is a boom operator assigned to the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel
  • A U.S. F-18 fighter jet refuels from a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft over northern Iraq, Aug. 21, 2014. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel
  • U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Crystal Cash focuses on an aircraft she is refueling over northern Iraq, Aug. 21, 2014. Cash is a boom operator assigned to the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel