by SrA Maeson Elleman

A U.S. Air Force crew chief from the 18th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron prepares to marshal a F-15 Eagle fighter jet onto the flightline during a local operational readiness exercise (LORE), on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 9, 2013. The 18th Wing periodically conducts LOREs to maintain proficiency in their capabilities to support the common defense of the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Maeson L. Elleman/Released)

Photographer's Narrative


We needed nighttime coverage of aircraft participating in an exercise, so I went to our F-15 Eagles and starting taking pictures. After I had been out there a little while, I noticed the lights Airmen used to marshal out the aircraft. Compared to the daytime hand signals, it was a nice change from the norm, but also exemplified readiness, day or night.