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Load Diffuser 17 underway in Hungary

Photo: An F-16 mechanic assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, prepares to launch a jet for a training mission on May 29. ANG/SMSgt Beth Holliker


The US Air Force is currently working with the air arms of Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia and the Czech Republic for Exercise Load Diffuser 17. The exercise, which will continue until around June 9, is centred upon the Hungarian Air Force’s Kecskemét air base.

The US contingent comprises around 200 airmen, including crews to support eight F-16Cs from the 180th Fighter Wing at Swanton, Ohio and two C-130H Hercules from the 179th Airlift Wing at Mansfield, Ohio.

The Ohio National Guard and Hungary have been paired through the National Guard State Partnership Program for more than two decades.

According to a press release from the US Department of Defence: “Exercises such as Load Diffuser 17 that allow Air National Guard units to conduct military-to-military engagements with their state partners are essential to strengthening relationships with allied and partner nations, helping to maintain joint readiness and interoperability, and reassure European allies and partners.”


Above: Members assigned to the Hungarian Air Force work side-by-side with members of the Ohio Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing to refuel an F-16. ANG/SMSgt Beth Holliker


Above: Lt Col Ricardo Colon, an F-16 pilot assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard taxis by former Hungarian Air Force MiG-29s. ANG/SMSgt Beth Holliker



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