Two F-16 pilots with the 77th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, executed the first combat employment of a GBU-54 Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition Aug. 12, 2008, against a moving enemy vehicle in Diyala province to support a combined Iraqi army and US Marine Corps operation. Left: An F-16 piloted by Capt. Michael Lutmer and loaded with 500-pound GBU-54 Laser JDAMs taxies toward a runway Aug. 15; Lutmer deployed to Iraq from Shaw AFB, S.C. Right: SSgt. Michael Jackson and SSgt. Anthony Bagen load a GBU-54 onto an F-16 Aug. 14. Bagen, a weapons load crew chief, is from Tampa, Fla.; Jackson, a weapons load crewmember, is from Union Springs, Ala. Both are deployed from Shaw.
US Air Force photos/SSgt. Don Branum (left) and A1C Jason Epley (right)
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