US Airmen support first ever hot pit refuel in Poland

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jemarco Brooks, 52nd Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels distribution operator, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, pumps fuel into a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft at Lask Air Base, Poland, June 9, 2014. There are four Polish Air Force Oshkosh R-11 fuel trucks at Lask Air Base that support refueling operations for U.S. and Polish aircraft participating in Exercise EAGLE TALON, BALTOPS 14 and U.S. Aviation Detachment Rotation 14-3 activities. This is the first time hot pit refueling has been done in Poland by U.S. Forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kyle Gese/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jemarco Brooks, 52nd Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels distribution operator, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, pumps fuel into a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft at Lask Air Base, Poland, June 9, 2014. There are four Polish Air Force Oshkosh R-11 fuel trucks at Lask Air Base that support refueling operations for U.S. and Polish aircraft participating in Exercise EAGLE TALON, BALTOPS 14 and U.S. Aviation Detachment Rotation 14-3 activities. This is the first time hot pit refueling has been done in Poland by U.S. Forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kyle Gese/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airmen from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, refuel a returning U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft at Lask Air Base, Poland, June 9, 2014. The Polish Air Force refuels aircraft during the daily flying operations, while the U.S. Air Force executes hot pit refueling, which shortens the flying window and increases capability to fix aircraft in a timely manner. This is the first time it has been done in Poland by U.S. Forces. Their efforts support Exercise EAGLE TALON, BALTOPS 14 and U.S. Aviation Detachment Rotation 14-3. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kyle Gese/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airmen from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, refuel a returning U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft at Lask Air Base, Poland, June 9, 2014. The Polish Air Force refuels aircraft during the daily flying operations, while the U.S. Air Force executes hot pit refueling, which shortens the flying window and increases capability to fix aircraft in a timely manner. This is the first time it has been done in Poland by U.S. Forces. Their efforts support Exercise EAGLE TALON, BALTOPS 14 and U.S. Aviation Detachment Rotation 14-3. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kyle Gese/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Katherine Meakins, 480th Fighter Squadron crew chief, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, pumps fuel into a returning U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft at Lask Air Base, Poland, June 9, 2014. There are four Polish Air Force Oshkosh R-11 fuel trucks at Lask Air Base that support refueling operations for U.S. and Polish aircraft participating in Exercise EAGLE TALON, BALTOPS 14 and U.S. Aviation Detachment Rotation 14-3 activities. The trucks pump approximately 600 gallons of fuel per minute. This is the first time hot pit refueling has been done in Poland by U.S. Forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kyle Gese/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Katherine Meakins, 480th Fighter Squadron crew chief, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, pumps fuel into a returning U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft at Lask Air Base, Poland, June 9, 2014. There are four Polish Air Force Oshkosh R-11 fuel trucks at Lask Air Base that support refueling operations for U.S. and Polish aircraft participating in Exercise EAGLE TALON, BALTOPS 14 and U.S. Aviation Detachment Rotation 14-3 activities. The trucks pump approximately 600 gallons of fuel per minute. This is the first time hot pit refueling has been done in Poland by U.S. Forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kyle Gese/Released)

Polish fire rescue men stand watch over U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft refueling operations at a hot refueling pit at Lask Air Base, Poland, June 9, 2014. During Polish-led EAGLE TALON and U.S. Navy-led BALTOPS 14, NATO allies worked together to increase interoperability and mission effectiveness while maintaining security in Eastern Europe.This is the first time hot pit refueling has been done in Poland by U.S. Forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kyle Gese/Released)

Polish fire rescue men stand watch over U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft refueling operations at a hot refueling pit at Lask Air Base, Poland, June 9, 2014. During Polish-led EAGLE TALON and U.S. Navy-led BALTOPS 14, NATO allies worked together to increase interoperability and mission effectiveness while maintaining security in Eastern Europe.This is the first time hot pit refueling has been done in Poland by U.S. Forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kyle Gese/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jemarco Brooks, 52nd Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels distribution operator, runs a fuel hose out to refuel a returning U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft at Lask Air Base, Poland, June9, 2014. This is the first time hot pit refueling has been done in Poland by U.S. Forces. U.S. Aviation Detachment Rotation 14-3 supported Exercise EAGLE TALON and BALTOPS 14 by providing a rotation of 18 F-16 aircraft to train with NATO partners. The continuous presence in Eastern Europe aims to reassure NATO allies and maintain security in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kyle Gese/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jemarco Brooks, 52nd Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels distribution operator, runs a fuel hose out to refuel a returning U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft at Lask Air Base, Poland, June9, 2014. This is the first time hot pit refueling has been done in Poland by U.S. Forces. U.S. Aviation Detachment Rotation 14-3 supported Exercise EAGLE TALON and BALTOPS 14 by providing a rotation of 18 F-16 aircraft to train with NATO partners. The continuous presence in Eastern Europe aims to reassure NATO allies and maintain security in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kyle Gese/Released)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft is refueled at a hot refueling pit after flying a training mission above the skies at Lask Air Base, Poland, June 9, 2014. 18 U.S. F-16 aircraft were a part of the U.S. Aviation Detachment Rotation 14-3 that supported Polish-led Exercise EAGLE TALON and U.S. Navy-led BALTOPS 14. These exercises maximize readiness for real-world operations with NATO allies and maintain a continuous presence in Eastern Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kyle Gese/Released)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft is refueled at a hot refueling pit after flying a training mission above the skies at Lask Air Base, Poland, June 9, 2014. 18 U.S. F-16 aircraft were a part of the U.S. Aviation Detachment Rotation 14-3 that supported Polish-led Exercise EAGLE TALON and U.S. Navy-led BALTOPS 14. These exercises maximize readiness for real-world operations with NATO allies and maintain a continuous presence in Eastern Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kyle Gese/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airmen stand with Polish partners after a successful refueling operation at a hot refueling pit on Lask Air Base, Poland, June 9, 2014. The Polish fire rescue men stood watch for the U.S. Airmen who refueled four U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft at a hot refueling pit, which refuels aircraft while the engine continues to run. These aircraft were a part of U.S. Air Force Aviation Detachment Rotation 14-3, which provides a continuous U.S. presence in Eastern Europe, and supported combined Polish-led Exercise EAGLE TALON and U.S. Navy-led BALTOPS 14. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kyle Gese/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airmen stand with Polish partners after a successful refueling operation at a hot refueling pit on Lask Air Base, Poland, June 9, 2014. The Polish fire rescue men stood watch for the U.S. Airmen who refueled four U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft at a hot refueling pit, which refuels aircraft while the engine continues to run. These aircraft were a part of U.S. Air Force Aviation Detachment Rotation 14-3, which provides a continuous U.S. presence in Eastern Europe, and supported combined Polish-led Exercise EAGLE TALON and U.S. Navy-led BALTOPS 14. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kyle Gese/Released)