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An Airman assigned to the 14th Weapons Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla., stands outside a CV-22 Osprey before a night mission during the U.S. Air Force Weapons School advanced integration course at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Dec. 10, 2017. The CV-22 is a tiltrotor aircraft that possesses vertical takeoff, hover and vertical landing qualities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kevin Tanenbaum)

An Airman assigned to the 14th Weapons Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla., stands outside a CV-22 Osprey before a night mission during the U.S. Air Force Weapons School advanced integration course at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Dec. 10, 2017. The CV-22 is a tiltrotor aircraft that possesses vertical takeoff, hover and vertical landing qualities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kevin Tanenbaum)

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A Republic of Singapore Airman walks on an F-15SG Eagle, Dec. 8, 2017, during exercise Forging Sabre at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Exercise Forging Sabre is a two-week, large group exercise, providing high-end training to Singapore and U.S. armed forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jensen Stidham)

A SpaceX “flight proven” first stage booster successfully lands on Landing Zone 1, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Dec. 15, 2017. The 45th Space Wing supported SpaceX’s successful launch of NASA’s Commercial Resupply Mission 13 aboard a Falcon 9 rocket. (Courtesy photo by SpaceX)

A SpaceX “flight proven” first stage booster successfully lands on Landing Zone 1, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Dec. 15, 2017. The 45th Space Wing supported SpaceX’s successful launch of NASA’s Commercial Resupply Mission 13 aboard a Falcon 9 rocket. (Courtesy photo by SpaceX)

Capt. Zoe Kotnik, 55th Fighter Squadron pilot from Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., clips on her mask in her F-16 Fighting Falcon prior to a Combat Hammer sortie Nov. 2, 2017, at Eglin AFB, Fla.  A-10 Thunderbolt IIs, F-16s, F-22 Raptors and MQ-9 Reapers visited the base to participate in the 53rd Wing exercise. The 86th Fighter Weapons Squadron’s Combat Hammer is a weapons system evaluation program for air-to-ground munitions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.)

Capt. Zoe Kotnik, 55th Fighter Squadron pilot from Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., clips on her mask in her F-16 Fighting Falcon prior to a Combat Hammer sortie Nov. 2, 2017, at Eglin AFB, Fla. A-10 Thunderbolt IIs, F-16s, F-22 Raptors and MQ-9 Reapers visited the base to participate in the 53rd Wing exercise. The 86th Fighter Weapons Squadron’s Combat Hammer is a weapons system evaluation program for air-to-ground munitions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.)

Pararescuemen and combat rescue officers with the New York Air National Guard's 103rd Rescue Squadron, 106th Rescue Wing, supported by the Hawaii Air National Guard's 154th Wing, 204th Airlift Squadron, conduct personnel recovery training in order to test the new "Front Porch" flotation device for NASA's Orion Crew Module.

This training was conducted alongside NASA personnel during Exercise Sentry Aloha at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, March 7, 2017. A major element of this two week temporary duty is to participate in a joint NASA and Defense Department mission to evaluate recovery techniques and gear that will be used to recover NASA's Orion spacecraft, the next generation of American space vehicle. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher S. Muncy)

Pararescuemen and combat rescue officers with the New York Air National Guard's 103rd Rescue Squadron, 106th Rescue Wing, supported by the Hawaii Air National Guard's 154th Wing, 204th Airlift Squadron, conduct personnel recovery training in order to test the new "Front Porch" flotation device for NASA's Orion Crew Module. This training was conducted alongside NASA personnel during Exercise Sentry Aloha at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, March 7, 2017. A major element of this two week temporary duty is to participate in a joint NASA and Defense Department mission to evaluate recovery techniques and gear that will be used to recover NASA's Orion spacecraft, the next generation of American space vehicle. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher S. Muncy)

A crew chief assigned to the 374th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron walks on the flightline during Exercise Beverly Morning 17-06 at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Oct. 26, 2017. Yokota AB received the C-130J Super Hercules from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

A crew chief assigned to the 374th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron walks on the flightline during Exercise Beverly Morning 17-06 at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Oct. 26, 2017. Yokota AB received the C-130J Super Hercules from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson is briefed by 2nd Maintenance Squadron Airmen during a tour at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Nov. 14, 2017. During the tour, Wilson reiterated the importance of readiness, modernization and innovation to remain the greatest Air Force in the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mozer O. Da Cunha)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson is briefed by 2nd Maintenance Squadron Airmen during a tour at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Nov. 14, 2017. During the tour, Wilson reiterated the importance of readiness, modernization and innovation to remain the greatest Air Force in the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mozer O. Da Cunha)

Airman 1st Class Michael Enkouang-Mekanda, 336th Training Squadron regulation drill team drillmaster, requests permission to enter the field of regulation drill competition during the 81st Training Group drill down at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Nov. 3, 2017. Airmen from the 81st TRG competed in the final quarterly open ranks inspection, regulation drill routine and freestyle drill routine. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Airman 1st Class Michael Enkouang-Mekanda, 336th Training Squadron regulation drill team drillmaster, requests permission to enter the field of regulation drill competition during the 81st Training Group drill down at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Nov. 3, 2017. Airmen from the 81st TRG competed in the final quarterly open ranks inspection, regulation drill routine and freestyle drill routine. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright speak with Airmen during a tour of the Battlefield Airmen Training Group facilities, June 15, 2017, at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. The unit is a subordinate of the 37th Training Wing and is the first Air Force unit solely dedicated to train the service’s ground component. (U.S. Air Force photo by Johnny Saldivar)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright speak with Airmen during a tour of the Battlefield Airmen Training Group facilities, June 15, 2017, at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. The unit is a subordinate of the 37th Training Wing and is the first Air Force unit solely dedicated to train the service’s ground component. (U.S. Air Force photo by Johnny Saldivar)

A C-130J Hercules assigned to the 146th Airlift Wing, Channel Islands Air National Guard Base, Port Hueneme, Calif., drops fire retardant chemicals onto a ridge line above Santa Barbara, Calif., Dec. 13, 2017, in an effort to contain the Thomas wildfire. (U.S. Air Force photo by J.M. Eddins Jr.)
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A C-130J Hercules assigned to the 146th Airlift Wing, Channel Islands Air National Guard Base, Port Hueneme, Calif., drops fire retardant chemicals onto a ridge line above Santa Barbara, Calif., Dec. 13, 2017, in an effort to contain the Thomas wildfire. (U.S. Air Force photo by J.M. Eddins Jr.)

Firefighters work to put out a blaze during nighttime live-fire training, Nov. 9, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. In addition to combatting fires outside the prop aircraft, firefighters had to enter and combat the fires inside. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)
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Firefighters work to put out a blaze during nighttime live-fire training, Nov. 9, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. In addition to combatting fires outside the prop aircraft, firefighters had to enter and combat the fires inside. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

A French air force Aérospatiale SA 330 Puma helicopter hovers over the Gulf of Tadjoura during a bilateral water operations exercise with pararescuemen from the 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa July 24, 2017. The results of the exercise will aid in the development of standard operating procedures between CJTF-HOA and the French forces stationed in Djibouti for the U.S. and France’s rescue capabilities within the Horn of Africa region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Russ Scalf)
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A French air force Aérospatiale SA 330 Puma helicopter hovers over the Gulf of Tadjoura during a bilateral water operations exercise with pararescuemen from the 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa July 24, 2017. The results of the exercise will aid in the development of standard operating procedures between CJTF-HOA and the French forces stationed in Djibouti for the U.S. and France’s rescue capabilities within the Horn of Africa region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Russ Scalf)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein answer questions during the State of the Air Force address at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., Nov. 9, 2017. During the event, Air Force senior leaders addressed current Air Force topics and fielded questions from the media. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rusty Frank)
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Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein answer questions during the State of the Air Force address at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., Nov. 9, 2017. During the event, Air Force senior leaders addressed current Air Force topics and fielded questions from the media. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rusty Frank)

Staff Sgt. Steven Pedrick, Pacific Air Forces F-16 Demonstration Team crew chief, throws water on an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Japan Air Self-Defense Force Nyutabaru Air Base, Japan, Nov. 29, 2017. The PACAF F-16 Demonstration Team promotes positive relations between the U.S. and nations across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittany A. Chase)
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Staff Sgt. Steven Pedrick, Pacific Air Forces F-16 Demonstration Team crew chief, throws water on an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Japan Air Self-Defense Force Nyutabaru Air Base, Japan, Nov. 29, 2017. The PACAF F-16 Demonstration Team promotes positive relations between the U.S. and nations across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittany A. Chase)

A U.S. Air Force KC-10 Extender crewed by members of the 78th Air Refueling Squadron, 514th Air Mobility Wing, flies over the Atlantic Ocean July 15, 2017. The KC-10 is an Air Mobility Command advanced tanker and cargo aircraft designed to provide increased global mobility for U.S. Armed Forces and is assigned to the 305th Air Mobility Wing and is maintained and flown by the 514th Air Mobility Wing, Air Force Reserve Command and the 305th. Both units are located at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen/Released)
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A U.S. Air Force KC-10 Extender crewed by members of the 78th Air Refueling Squadron, 514th Air Mobility Wing, flies over the Atlantic Ocean July 15, 2017. The KC-10 is an Air Mobility Command advanced tanker and cargo aircraft designed to provide increased global mobility for U.S. Armed Forces and is assigned to the 305th Air Mobility Wing and is maintained and flown by the 514th Air Mobility Wing, Air Force Reserve Command and the 305th. Both units are located at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen)

Airmen from the 820th Base Defense Group low crawl through an obstacle during an Army Air Assault School readiness assessment, Dec. 7, 2017, at Camp Blanding, Fla. The AAA readiness assessment is designed to prepare Airmen for the course curriculum as well as its physical and mental stressors. During AAA, service members are taught an array of skills associated with rotary-winged aircraft, which improves the 820th BDG’s ability to swiftly deploy and defend. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Snider)
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Airmen from the 820th Base Defense Group low crawl through an obstacle during an Army Air Assault School readiness assessment, Dec. 7, 2017, at Camp Blanding, Fla. The AAA readiness assessment is designed to prepare Airmen for the course curriculum as well as its physical and mental stressors. During AAA, service members are taught an array of skills associated with rotary-winged aircraft, which improves the 820th BDG’s ability to swiftly deploy and defend. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Snider)

Members of the 146th Air Support Operations Squadron, from Oklahoma City, and Estonian tactical air control party specialists acknowledge a 442nd Fighter Wing A-10 Thunderbolt II from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., during a show of force after completing close air support training at Smoky Hill Air National Guard Range in Salina, Kan., Dec. 13, 2017. The Estonian TACPs traveled to the U.S. to work alongside members of the 146th ASOS to complete upgrade training and enhance multi-national relationships. This was the first time the 146th ASOS hosted the Estonian TACPs. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Tyler Woodward)
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Members of the 146th Air Support Operations Squadron, from Oklahoma City, and Estonian tactical air control party specialists acknowledge a 442nd Fighter Wing A-10 Thunderbolt II from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., during a show of force after completing close air support training at Smoky Hill Air National Guard Range in Salina, Kan., Dec. 13, 2017. The Estonian TACPs traveled to the U.S. to work alongside members of the 146th ASOS to complete upgrade training and enhance multi-national relationships. This was the first time the 146th ASOS hosted the Estonian TACPs. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Tyler Woodward)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon goes through a maintenance check during a hot pit session, Dec. 14, 2017, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The 96th Test Wing recently established the quarterly hot pit refueling capability, enabling aircrew to fly more sorties and maintainers more time to work on the aircraft. Although hot pitting is new for the test wing, it is a common occurrence for operational wings. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.)
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An F-16 Fighting Falcon goes through a maintenance check during a hot pit session, Dec. 14, 2017, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The 96th Test Wing recently established the quarterly hot pit refueling capability, enabling aircrew to fly more sorties and maintainers more time to work on the aircraft. Although hot pitting is new for the test wing, it is a common occurrence for operational wings. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.)

An Airman with the New Jersey Air National Guard's 108th Security Forces Squadron swims the 100 meter challenge during a German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency test at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., June 13, 2017. The test included a 1x10-meter sprint, flex arm hang, 1,000 meter run, 100 meter swim in military uniform, marksmanship and a timed foot march. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Matt Hecht)
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An Airman with the New Jersey Air National Guard's 108th Security Forces Squadron swims the 100 meter challenge during a German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency test at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., June 13, 2017. The test included a 1x10-meter sprint, flex arm hang, 1,000 meter run, 100 meter swim in military uniform, marksmanship and a timed foot march. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Matt Hecht)

Capt. Jon, a U-2 Dragon Lady pilot lands on the runway during his final flight with the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, Oct. 12, 2017. The U-2 brings versatile high altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities to Combined Joint Task Force- Operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Anthony Nelson Jr)
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Capt. Jon, a U-2 Dragon Lady pilot lands on the runway during his final flight with the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, Oct. 12, 2017. The U-2 brings versatile high altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities to Combined Joint Task Force- Operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Anthony Nelson Jr)

A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor banks left causing vapor contrails during an aerial demonstration at the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace and Defense Exposition (AVALON) March 3, 2017, in Geelong, Australia. The F-22 is assigned to the 90th Fighter Squadron at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, and is part of the F-22 Demonstration Team from Joint Base Langley Eustis, Va. AVALON 2017 was an ideal forum to showcase U.S. defense aircraft and equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. John Gordinier)
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A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor banks left causing vapor contrails during an aerial demonstration at the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace and Defense Exposition (AVALON) March 3, 2017, in Geelong, Australia. The F-22 is assigned to the 90th Fighter Squadron at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, and is part of the F-22 Demonstration Team from Joint Base Langley Eustis, Va. AVALON 2017 was an ideal forum to showcase U.S. defense aircraft and equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. John Gordinier)

Staff Sgt. Brenton Brown, 822nd Base Defense Squadron fire team leader, fires an M4 rifle during a mission readiness exercise, Oct. 22, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The squadron was tested on their capability to effectively operate in an austere environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)
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Staff Sgt. Brenton Brown, 822nd Base Defense Squadron fire team leader, fires an M4 rifle during a mission readiness exercise, Oct. 22, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The squadron was tested on their capability to effectively operate in an austere environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

The park on Cape Canaveral, Fla., showcases several pieces of equipment that were monumental to the development of Air Force Space Command. Here, 216 photos captured over a 90 minute period are layered over one another, making the star trails come to life. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Tech. Sgt. David Salanitri)
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The park on Cape Canaveral, Fla., showcases several pieces of equipment that were monumental to the development of Air Force Space Command. Here, 216 photos captured over a 90 minute period are layered over one another, making the star trails come to life. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Tech. Sgt. David Salanitri)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright speaks with Airman 1st Class Jeremy Daniels, 35th Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion journeyman, during his Pacific Air Forces’ immersion tour at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 9, 2017. Wright toured various work centers, focusing his visit on innovative Airmen who contribute to the overall growth of the Air Force. He also sat with Airmen and NCO’s to learn more about their concerns about the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Deana Heitzman)
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Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright speaks with Airman 1st Class Jeremy Daniels, 35th Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion journeyman, during his Pacific Air Forces’ immersion tour at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 9, 2017. Wright toured various work centers, focusing his visit on innovative Airmen who contribute to the overall growth of the Air Force. He also sat with Airmen and NCO’s to learn more about their concerns about the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Deana Heitzman)

A 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Airman directs the loading of a bomb onto an F-16 Fighting Falcon Nov. 2 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. A-10s, F-16s, F-22s and MQ-9s visited the base to participate in the 53rd Wing exercise. The 86th Fighter Weapons Squadron’s Combat Hammer is a weapons system evaluation program for air-to-ground munitions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.)
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A 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Airman directs the loading of a bomb onto an F-16 Fighting Falcon Nov. 2 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. A-10s, F-16s, F-22s and MQ-9s visited the base to participate in the 53rd Wing exercise. The 86th Fighter Weapons Squadron’s Combat Hammer is a weapons system evaluation program for air-to-ground munitions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.)

During Beverly Sunrise 17-07, an annual wing-wide readiness exercise planned months in advance, 18 F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 13th and 14th Fighter Squadron, line the runway during an elephant walk at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 16, 2017. BS 17-07 is a simulated deployment to test the readiness of the 35th Fighter Wing. The exercise assesses the 35th FW's ability to meet deployment and wartime taskings to better prepare for real-world scenarios throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Deana Heitzman)
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During Beverly Sunrise 17-07, an annual wing-wide readiness exercise planned months in advance, 18 F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 13th and 14th Fighter Squadron, line the runway during an elephant walk at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 16, 2017. BS 17-07 is a simulated deployment to test the readiness of the 35th Fighter Wing. The exercise assesses the 35th FW's ability to meet deployment and wartime taskings to better prepare for real-world scenarios throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Deana Heitzman)

Staff Sgt. Trevor Black, 821st Contingency Response Support Squadron small package initial communications element technician, checks wires on a satellite communication antenna at Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, Sept. 25, 2017. A 70 member contingency response element from the 821st CRG stationed at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., deployed to Puerto Rico in support of Hurricane Maria relief efforts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Robert Hicks)
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Staff Sgt. Trevor Black, 821st Contingency Response Support Squadron small package initial communications element technician, checks wires on a satellite communication antenna at Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, Sept. 25, 2017. A 70 member contingency response element from the 821st CRG stationed at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., deployed to Puerto Rico in support of Hurricane Maria relief efforts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Robert Hicks)

An A-10 Thunderbolt II shoots a flare off after receiving fuel from a 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker in support of Operation Inherent Resolve Oct. 6, 2017. The aircraft can loiter near battle areas for extended periods of time and operate in low ceiling and visibility conditions. The wide combat radius, and short takeoff and landing capabilities, permit operations in and out of locations near front lines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Battles)
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An A-10 Thunderbolt II shoots a flare off after receiving fuel from a 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker in support of Operation Inherent Resolve Oct. 6, 2017. The aircraft can loiter near battle areas for extended periods of time and operate in low ceiling and visibility conditions. The wide combat radius, and short takeoff and landing capabilities, permit operations in and out of locations near front lines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Battles)

Senior Airman Jonathan Harvey, a Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialist with the 106th Rescue Wing, demonstrates how to contact friendly forces during survival training at the U.S. Army's Jungle Operations Training Course in Hawaii on March 7, 2017. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher S. Muncy)
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Senior Airman Jonathan Harvey, a Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialist with the 106th Rescue Wing, demonstrates how to contact friendly forces during survival training at the U.S. Army's Jungle Operations Training Course in Hawaii on March 7, 2017. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher S. Muncy)

Master Sgt. Jeremiah Clarson, 192nd Maintenance Squadron quality assurance inspector, greets his family at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Oct. 12, 2017. Clarson was part of a total force integration deployment to Southwest Asia with the Virginia Air National Guard and the 1st Fighter Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tristan Biese)
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Master Sgt. Jeremiah Clarson, 192nd Maintenance Squadron quality assurance inspector, greets his family at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Oct. 12, 2017. Clarson was part of a total force integration deployment to Southwest Asia with the Virginia Air National Guard and the 1st Fighter Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tristan Biese)

An F-35A Lightning II aircraft assigned to Hill Air Force Base, Utah, prepares to be refueled by a 459th Air Refueling Wing KC-135 Stratotanker during a flight to Graf Ignatievo Air Base, Bulgaria, April 28, 2017. Eight F-35s deployed to Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England April 15, and two forward deployed to Bulgaria for a brief time to engage in familiarization training within the European theater while reassuring allies and partners of U.S. dedication to the enduring peace and stability of the region. The F-35s are assigned to the 34th Fighter Squadron and are supported by total force Airmen from the 388th Fighter Wing, and the Air Force Reserve’s 466th Fighter Squadron, 419th Fighter Wing, Hill Air Force Base, Utah. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kate Thornton)
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An F-35A Lightning II prepares to be refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker during a flight to Graf Ignatievo Air Base, Bulgaria, April 28, 2017. Eight F-35s deployed to Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, and two forward deployed to Bulgaria to engage in familiarization training within the European theater while reassuring allies and partners of U.S. dedication to the enduring peace and stability of the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kate Thornton)

A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress approaches a 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker during a flight in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, July 18, 2017. The B-52 is a long-range, heavy bomber capable of flying at altitudes up to 50,000 feet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Trevor T. McBride)
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A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress approaches a 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker during a flight in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, July 18, 2017. The B-52 is a long-range, heavy bomber capable of flying at altitudes up to 50,000 feet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Trevor T. McBride)

An F-22 Raptor from the 1st Fighter Wing, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., takes off at RAF Lakenheath, England, Oct. 12, 2017. The Air Force has deployed F-22s, Airmen and associated equipment to RAF Lakenheath, for a flying training deployment to conduct air training with other Europe-based U.S. aircraft and NATO allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Malcolm Mayfield)
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An F-22 Raptor from the 1st Fighter Wing, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., takes off at RAF Lakenheath, England, Oct. 12, 2017. The Air Force has deployed F-22s, Airmen and associated equipment to RAF Lakenheath, for a flying training deployment to conduct air training with other Europe-based U.S. aircraft and NATO allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Malcolm Mayfield)

Airmen assigned to the 86th Security Forces Squadron perform formation maneuvers during confrontational management training at the 86th SFS training section on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, July 25, 2017. The formation practiceallowed patrolmen to keep their defenses while others moved forward to detain rioters. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Devin Boyer)
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Airmen assigned to the 86th Security Forces Squadron perform formation maneuvers during confrontational management training at the 86th SFS training section on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, July 25, 2017. The formation practiceallowed patrolmen to keep their defenses while others moved forward to detain rioters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin Boyer)

Lt. Col. David Miller, an optometrist assigned to the 442nd Medical Squadron at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., assists in setting up a phoropter which was used to give eye exams in Hayesville, N.C., Aug. 1, 2017. The IRT program meets training requirements for active, reserve and National Guard members and units while addressing public and society needs. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Campbell)
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Lt. Col. David Miller, an optometrist assigned to the 442nd Medical Squadron at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., assists in setting up a phoropter which was used to give eye exams in Hayesville, N.C., Aug. 1, 2017. The IRT program meets training requirements for active, reserve and National Guard members and units while addressing public and society needs. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Campbell)

Lightning strikes behind a B-52H Stratofortress at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Aug. 8, 2017. In a conventional conflict, the B-52 can accomplish strategic attacks, close-air support, air interdiction, offensive counter-air and maritime operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong)
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Lightning strikes behind a B-52H Stratofortress at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Aug. 8, 2017. In a conventional conflict, the B-52 can accomplish strategic attacks, close-air support, air interdiction, offensive counter-air and maritime operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong)

Crew chiefs from the 374th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron await a C-130J Super Hercules engine to start during Exercise Beverly Morning 17-05 at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 18, 2017. The training is designed to test the ability of Airmen to survive in austere environments with chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive hazards. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)
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Crew chiefs from the 374th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron await a C-130J Super Hercules engine to start during Exercise Beverly Morning 17-05 at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 18, 2017. The training is designed to test the ability of Airmen to survive in austere environments with chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive hazards. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

Qatari special operations personnel conduct a military free-fall friendship jump during a static-line and military free-fall parachute training exercise over Qatar, Aug. 21, 2017. This marked the first event of its kind conducted between the U.S. and Qatar, allowing the enhanced interoperability between special forces personnel from both nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Trevor T. McBride)
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Qatari special operations personnel conduct a military free-fall friendship jump during a static-line and military free-fall parachute training exercise over Qatar, Aug. 21, 2017. This marked the first event of its kind conducted between the U.S. and Qatar, allowing the enhanced interoperability between special forces personnel from both nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Trevor T. McBride)

Staff Sgt. Andrew Johnson, 96th Operations Support Squadron honor guardsman, salutes during the flag-folding portion of the unit’s graduation ceremony at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Sept. 8, 2017. Approximately 14 new Airmen graduated from the 120-plus-hour course. The graduation performance includes flag detail, rifle volley, pallbearers and bugler for friends, family and unit commanders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.)
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Staff Sgt. Andrew Johnson, 96th Operations Support Squadron honor guardsman, salutes during the flag-folding portion of the unit’s graduation ceremony at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Sept. 8, 2017. Approximately 14 new Airmen graduated from the 120-plus-hour course. The graduation performance includes flag detail, rifle volley, pallbearers and bugler for friends, family and unit commanders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.)

Senior Airman Austin Hellweg, 129th Rescue Squadron special missions aviator, carries a dog and leads a family into an HH-60 Pavehawk for extraction to a safer location during the relief effort for Hurricane Harvey, Aug. 31st, 2017, Beaumont, Texas. The relief efforts have a conglomerate of active, guard and reserve units from all branches aiding the federal government to help Texas recover from Hurricane Harvey. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jordan Castelan)
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Senior Airman Austin Hellweg, 129th Rescue Squadron special missions aviator, carries a dog and leads a family into an HH-60 Pavehawk for extraction to a safer location during the relief effort for Hurricane Harvey, Aug. 31st, 2017, Beaumont, Texas. The relief efforts have a conglomerate of active, guard and reserve units from all branches aiding the federal government to help Texas recover from Hurricane Harvey. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jordan Castelan)

A SpaceX “flight proven” first stage booster successfully lands on Landing Zone 1, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Dec. 15, 2017. The 45th Space Wing supported SpaceX’s successful launch of NASA’s Commercial Resupply Mission 13 aboard a Falcon 9 rocket. (Courtesy photo by SpaceX)
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A SpaceX “flight proven” first stage booster successfully lands on Landing Zone 1, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Dec. 15, 2017. The 45th Space Wing supported SpaceX’s successful launch of NASA’s Commercial Resupply Mission 13 aboard a Falcon 9 rocket. (Courtesy photo by SpaceX)

Paratroopers assigned to the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Alaska, descend after jumping from a C-17 Globemaster III out of Joint Base Charleston, while conducting airborne training over Malemute drop zone, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 24, 2017. The Soldiers of 4/25 recently completed a series of jumps to ensure that they maintain their airborne qualification during the brigade’s upcoming deployment to Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alejandro Peña)
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Paratroopers assigned to the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Alaska, descend after jumping from a C-17 Globemaster III out of Joint Base Charleston, while conducting airborne training over Malemute drop zone, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 24, 2017. The Soldiers of 4/25 recently completed a series of jumps to ensure that they maintain their airborne qualification during the brigade’s upcoming deployment to Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alejandro Peña)

A B-1 Lancer strategic bomber takes off from Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., during a training mission supporting the Weapons Instructor Course, June 8, 2017. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. John Hughel)
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A B-1 Lancer strategic bomber takes off from Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., during a training mission supporting the Weapons Instructor Course, June 8, 2017. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. John Hughel)

A 380th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron military working dog team awaits the start of a detection training scenario at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Jan. 10, 2017. Military working dogs complete weekly training scenarios to maintain the standards needed to protect military installations. “There’s always that chance that the only thing between you and an explosive is your dog and 26 feet of leash,” Staff Sgt. Dakoda, 380th ESFS military working dog handler, said.  “We rely on our dogs and have faith that they are going to do their job.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tyler Woodward)
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A 380th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron military working dog team awaits the start of a detection training scenario at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Jan. 10, 2017. Military working dogs complete weekly training scenarios to maintain the standards needed to protect military installations. “There’s always that chance that the only thing between you and an explosive is your dog and 26 feet of leash,” Staff Sgt. Dakoda, 380th ESFS military working dog handler, said. “We rely on our dogs and have faith that they are going to do their job.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tyler Woodward)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Victoria Dames, a 35th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, carries MWD Elvis during the second annual Security Forces Advanced Combat Skills Assessment at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, June 6, 2017. The Defenders Challenge provided Airmen with invaluable interaction with other security forces members by exchanging tactics and skills between those in attendance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gerald R. Willis)
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Victoria Dames, a 35th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, carries MWD Elvis during the second annual Security Forces Advanced Combat Skills Assessment at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, June 6, 2017. The Defenders Challenge provided Airmen with invaluable interaction with other security forces members by exchanging tactics and skills between those in attendance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gerald R. Willis)

U.S. and Polish C-130 Hercules aircraft prepare to fly a 4-ship formation at Powidz Air Base, Poland, March 24, 2017.  Airmen from both countries participated in bilateral training during Aviation Detachment 17-2 in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve.  These bilateral trainings focused on maintaining joint readiness while building interoperability.  (Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Alonzo Chapman).
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U.S. and Polish C-130 Hercules aircraft prepare to fly a 4-ship formation at Powidz Air Base, Poland, March 24, 2017. Airmen from both countries participated in bilateral training during Aviation Detachment 17-2 in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. These bilateral trainings focused on maintaining joint readiness while building interoperability. (Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Alonzo Chapman)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 16th Weapons Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., takes off during a U.S. Air Force Weapons School training exercise June 8, 2017. The F-16 is the current aircraft flown by the Thunderbirds, the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew D. Sarver)
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An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 16th Weapons Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., takes off during a U.S. Air Force Weapons School training exercise June 8, 2017. The F-16 is the current aircraft flown by the Thunderbirds, the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew D. Sarver)

Staff Sgt. James Winn, 113th Maintainence Group propulsion technician, (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)
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Staff Sgt. James Winn, 113th Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion technician, performs phase maintenance on the fan frame of an F-16 Fighting Falcon engine at Joint Base Andrews, Md., March 27, 2017. The F-16 must go through different inspections to ensure the quality and safety of the aircraft for mission readiness. In this case, the aerospace propulsion technicians are responsible for the teardown, inspection and build-up of F-16 engines after 4,000 flight hours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

Tech. Sgt. Michael Christiansen, a 100th Security Forces Squadron assistant flight chief, draws back a bow and arrow March 28, 2017, at RAF Mildenhall, England. Christiansen was selected to represent U.S. Air Forces in Europe at the 2017 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Chicago where he will compete in the rifle, pistol, recurve archery and sitting volleyball events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)
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Tech. Sgt. Michael Christiansen, a 100th Security Forces Squadron assistant flight chief, draws back a bow and arrow March 28, 2017, at RAF Mildenhall, England. Christiansen was selected to represent U.S. Air Forces in Europe at the 2017 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Chicago where he will compete in the rifle, pistol, recurve archery and sitting volleyball events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Micaiah Anthony)

Hill Air Force Base F-35A Lightning IIs fly in formation over the Utah Test and Training Range, March 30, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)
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Hill Air Force Base F-35A Lightning IIs fly in formation over the Utah Test and Training Range, March 30, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

F-35A Lightning II's from the 34th Fighter Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, land at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, April 15, 2017. The aircraft arrival marks the first F-35A fighter training deployment to the U.S. European Command area of responsibility or any overseas location as a flying training deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Matthew Plew)
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F-35A Lightning II's from the 34th Fighter Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, land at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, April 15, 2017. The aircraft arrival marks the first F-35A fighter training deployment to the U.S. European Command area of responsibility or any overseas location as a flying training deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Matthew Plew)

Airman 1st Class Lacy Weeks, 1st Maintenance Squadron non-destructive inspection technician, inspects an aircraft part under black light at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., May 4, 2017. The technicians use tools including X-ray, magnetic, chemical and black light systems to check for destructive faults in parts and equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Natasha Stannard)
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Airman 1st Class Lacy Weeks, 1st Maintenance Squadron non-destructive inspection technician, inspects an aircraft part under black light at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., May 4, 2017. The technicians use tools including X-ray, magnetic, chemical and black light systems to check for destructive faults in parts and equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Natasha Stannard)

An F-15E Strike Eagle releases flares as part of a combined arms demonstration during the Wings Over Wayne Air Show, May 21, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. The demonstration showcased both the air-to-air and air-to-ground capabilities of the Strike Eagle. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brittain Crolley)
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An F-15E Strike Eagle releases flares as part of a combined arms demonstration during the Wings Over Wayne Air Show, May 21, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. The demonstration showcased both the air-to-air and air-to-ground capabilities of the Strike Eagle. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brittain Crolley)

An E-3 Sentry prepares to receive fuel from a 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker during a flight in support of Operation Inherent Resolve May 27, 2017. The E-3 Sentry is an airborne warning and control system aircraft with an integrated command and control battle management, surveillance, target detection, and tracking platform. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Michael Battles)
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An E-3 Sentry prepares to receive fuel from a 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker during a flight in support of Operation Inherent Resolve May 27, 2017. The E-3 Sentry is an airborne warning and control system aircraft with an integrated command and control battle management, surveillance, target detection, and tracking platform. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Battles)

Rosalie Philebaum squirts water at her son, Col. Jonathan Philebaum, 932nd Airlift Wing commander, during his fini flight at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., May 31, 2017. Jonathan Philebaum’s wife, JoAnn Philebaum, and their son both look on with delight as he is shocked by his mother's water blasts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Christopher Parr)
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Rosalie Philebaum squirts water at her son, Col. Jonathan Philebaum, 932nd Airlift Wing commander, during his fini flight at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., May 31, 2017. Jonathan Philebaum’s wife, JoAnn Philebaum, and their son both look on with delight as he is shocked by his mother's water blasts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Christopher Parr)

Col. Kurt Gallegos, the 944th Fighter Wing commander, leads a four-ship formation with the A-10 Thunderbolt II, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and F-15 Strike Eagle, during his fini-flight near Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., June 2, 2017. Gallegos, a career F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot with more than 4,100 hours, was the first F-16 pilot to drop bombs in Afghanistan after the September 11, 2001 attacks. His fini-flight marks the end of a 32-year Air Force career. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Larry E. Reid Jr.)
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Col. Kurt Gallegos, the 944th Fighter Wing commander, leads a four-ship formation with the A-10 Thunderbolt II, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and F-15 Strike Eagle, during his fini-flight near Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., June 2, 2017. Gallegos, a career F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot with more than 4,100 hours, was the first F-16 pilot to drop bombs in Afghanistan after the September 11, 2001 attacks. His fini-flight marks the end of a 32-year Air Force career. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Larry E. Reid Jr.)

Infantrymen with the 136th Infantry Battalion Chosen Company 2nd Platoon Aerial Reaction Force and an 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron pararescueman treat a patient during a joint training exercise at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, March 7, 2017. The units held several tabletop training sessions which culminated in a practical combat search and rescue exercise involving a simulated downed aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Katherine Spessa)
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Infantrymen with the 136th Infantry Battalion Chosen Company 2nd Platoon Aerial Reaction Force and an 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron pararescueman treat a patient during a joint training exercise at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, March 7, 2017. The units held several tabletop training sessions which culminated in a practical combat search and rescue exercise involving a simulated downed aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Katherine Spessa)

Staff Sgt. Roger Linder, a 375th Operations Support Squadron airfield systems supervisor, aligns a monitor for a tactical air navigation. Doing this ensures the TACAN transponder is transmitting the correct azimuth, identification and distance to aircraft within 200 nautical miles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Garcia)
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Staff Sgt. Roger Linder, a 375th Operations Support Squadron airfield systems supervisor, aligns a monitor for a tactical air navigation. Doing this ensures the TACAN transponder is transmitting the correct azimuth, identification and distance to aircraft within 200 nautical miles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Garcia)

A 509th Bomb Wing B-2 Spirit conducts a fly-by during the Scott Air Force Base 2017 air show and open house June 11, 2017, which celebrates the base’s 100th anniversary. The B-2 is a multi-role bomber capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear munitions and represents a major milestone in the bomber modernization program. With a crew of two pilots, this aircraft brings a massive firepower to bear, in a short time, anywhere on the globe through impenetrable defenses. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tristin English)
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A 509th Bomb Wing B-2 Spirit conducts a fly-by during the Scott Air Force Base 2017 air show and open house June 11, 2017, which celebrates the base’s 100th anniversary. The B-2 is a multi-role bomber capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear munitions and represents a major milestone in the bomber modernization program. With a crew of two pilots, this aircraft brings a massive firepower to bear, in a short time, anywhere on the globe through impenetrable defenses. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tristin English)

Members of the 106th Rescue Wing's Security Forces Squadron conducts room clearance training at Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base on Jan. 7, 2017.This level of training provides Security Forces with the knowledge of how to properly and safely clear and secure a room in a combat environment. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher S. Muncy)
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Members of the 106th Rescue Wing's Security Forces Squadron conducts room clearance training at Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base on Jan. 7, 2017.This level of training provides Security Forces with the knowledge of how to properly and safely clear and secure a room in a combat environment. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher S. Muncy)

An E-4B from Global Strike Command, Barksdale Air Force Base, La., is refueled by a KC-10 Extender from Travis AFB, Calif., during a local mission June 12, 2017. In case of national emergency or destruction of ground command and control centers, the E-4B provides a highly survivable command, control and communications center to direct U.S. forces, execute emergency war orders and coordinate actions by civil authorities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicole Leidholm)
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An E-4B from Global Strike Command, Barksdale Air Force Base, La., is refueled by a KC-10 Extender from Travis AFB, Calif., during a local mission June 12, 2017. In case of national emergency or destruction of ground command and control centers, the E-4B provides a highly survivable command, control and communications center to direct U.S. forces, execute emergency war orders and coordinate actions by civil authorities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicole Leidholm)

First Lt. Michelle Petry, 455th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron operations flight commander, performs pull ups at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, March 23, 2017. Petry was recently selected for explosives ordnance disposal school which she will attend once she redeploys. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Katherine Spessa)
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First Lt. Michelle Petry, 455th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron operations flight commander, performs pull ups at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, March 23, 2017. Petry was recently selected for explosives ordnance disposal school which she will attend once she redeploys. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Katherine Spessa)

A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) patient walks through a virtual reality scenario at the Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN) Laboratory at National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., March 20, 2017. The patient is attached to a safety harness and walks on a treadmill on a platform that moves and rotates in conjunction with movements of the projected environment. Motion capture cameras track the patient’s movements via reflective markers that are applied to the patient and supply data on physical deficits to physical therapists. (U.S. Air Force photo by J.M. Eddins Jr.)
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A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) patient walks through a virtual reality scenario at the Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN) Laboratory at National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., March 20, 2017. The patient is attached to a safety harness and walks on a treadmill on a platform that moves and rotates in conjunction with movements of the projected environment. Motion capture cameras track the patient’s movements via reflective markers that are applied to the patient and supply data on physical deficits to physical therapists. (U.S. Air Force photo by J.M. Eddins Jr.)

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 210th Engineering Installation Squadron add an antenna to a newly installed Giant Voice stack located on the roof of the Small Air Terminal at the 133rd Airlift Wing in St. Paul, Minn., June 19, 2017. Once complete, the system will provide improved emergency notification capabilities to flight line and maintenance personnel while aircraft engines are running. Strobes will also light up on top of the stack as an added visual durning alerts.   
(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Austen R. Adriaens)
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U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 210th Engineering Installation Squadron add an antenna to a newly installed Giant Voice stack located on the roof of the Small Air Terminal at the 133rd Airlift Wing in St. Paul, Minn., June 19, 2017. Once complete, the system will provide improved emergency notification capabilities to flight line and maintenance personnel while aircraft engines are running. Strobes will also light up on top of the stack as an added visual durning alerts. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Austen R. Adriaens)

The Air Force successfully launched the ninth Boeing-built Wideband Global SATCOM satellite aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle from Space Launch Complex 37B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., March 18, 2017. WGS satellites play an integral part in the strategic and tactical coordination of military operations. With this launch, WGS-9 will significantly enhance the current WGS constellation by providing increased communication capacity and coverage. (Courtesy photo by United Launch Alliance)
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The Air Force successfully launched the ninth Boeing-built Wideband Global SATCOM satellite aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle from Space Launch Complex 37B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., March 18, 2017. WGS satellites play an integral part in the strategic and tactical coordination of military operations. With this launch, WGS-9 will significantly enhance the current WGS constellation by providing increased communication capacity and coverage. (Courtesy photo by United Launch Alliance)

The sun rises over an MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Dec. 16, 2016. The 49th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron supports the 6th Reconnaissance Squadron as well as the 9th and 29th Attack Squadrons, enabling the graduation of pilots and sensor operators in support of the Air Force's largest formal training unit. Additionally, Airmen with the 49th AMS continuously deploy in support of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance requirements. (U.S. Air Force photo by J.M. Eddins Jr.)
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The sun rises over an MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Dec. 16, 2016. The 49th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron supports the 6th Reconnaissance Squadron as well as the 9th and 29th Attack Squadrons, enabling the graduation of pilots and sensor operators in support of the Air Force's largest formal training unit. Additionally, Airmen with the 49th AMS continuously deploy in support of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance requirements. (U.S. Air Force photo by J.M. Eddins Jr.)

Two Air Force teams hand off their batons during the mile relay at the 27th annual Air Force Invitational at the U.S. Air Force Academy's Cadet Field House in Colorado Springs, Colo., Jan. 21, 2017. The Falcons fielded five teams, grabbing the top two positions, with the Colorado Buffs finishing in third place. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Bill Evans)
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Two Air Force teams hand off their batons during the mile relay at the 27th annual Air Force Invitational at the U.S. Air Force Academy's Cadet Field House in Colorado Springs, Colo., Jan. 21, 2017. The Falcons fielded five teams, grabbing the top two positions, with the Colorado Buffs finishing in third place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Bill Evans)

Tactical air control party specialists, assigned to the 3rd Air Support Operations Squadron, jump from a C-17 Globemaster III while conducting airborne jump training over Malemute drop zone at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, May 18, 2017. The C-17 Globemaster III was operated by Airmen assigned to the 517th Airlift Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alejandro Pena)
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Tactical air control party specialists, assigned to the 3rd Air Support Operations Squadron, jump from a C-17 Globemaster III while conducting airborne jump training over Malemute drop zone at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, May 18, 2017. The C-17 Globemaster III was operated by Airmen assigned to the 517th Airlift Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alejandro Pena)

Senior Airman Austin Boyd, of the 138th Fighter Wing, attaches a hose containing liquid oxygen to an F-16 Fighting Falcon, Feb. 1, 2017. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Tech. Sgt. Drew A. Egnoske)
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Senior Airman Austin Boyd, 138th Fighter Wing, attaches a hose containing liquid oxygen to an F-16 Fighting Falcon, Feb. 1, 2017. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Drew A. Egnoske)

The U.S. Air Force's X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle 4 is seen at NASA 's Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility in Florida May 7, 2017. Managed by the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, the X-37B program is the newest and most advanced re-entry spacecraft designed to perform risk reduction, experimentation and concept of operations development for reusable space vehicle technologies. (DOD photo courtesy of United Launch Alliance)
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The U.S. Air Force's X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle 4 is seen at NASA 's Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility in Florida May 7, 2017. Managed by the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, the X-37B program is the newest and most advanced re-entry spacecraft designed to perform risk reduction, experimentation and concept of operations development for reusable space vehicle technologies. (DOD photo courtesy of United Launch Alliance)

Pararescuemen with the 48th Rescue Squadron prepare for aerial transport during a personnel recovery scenario at a landing zone as part of Angel Thunder 18-1 in southern Arizona, Nov. 7, 2017. Angel Thunder is a two-week, Air Combat Command-sponsored, joint certified and accredited personnel recovery exercise focused on search and rescue. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Lee)
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Pararescuemen with the 48th Rescue Squadron prepare for aerial transport during a personnel recovery scenario at a landing zone as part of Angel Thunder 18-1 in southern Arizona, Nov. 7, 2017. Angel Thunder is a two-week, Air Combat Command-sponsored, joint certified and accredited personnel recovery exercise focused on search and rescue. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Lee)

First Lt. David Moore, 34th Fighter Squadron F-35A Lightning II pilot, goes through pre-flight procedures at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 16, 2017. The F-35A provides the warfighter unprecedented situational awareness and the required survivability to fight and win in highly contested environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Greg Erwin)
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First Lt. David Moore, 34th Fighter Squadron F-35A Lightning II pilot, goes through pre-flight procedures at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 16, 2017. The F-35A provides the warfighter unprecedented situational awareness and the required survivability to fight and win in highly contested environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Greg Erwin)

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform a fly-over as graduates from the Air Force Academy toss their hats in the air at the conclusion of their commencement ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 24, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Lee)
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The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform a fly-over as graduates from the Air Force Academy toss their hats in the air at the conclusion of their commencement ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 24, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Lee)

The two solo U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds’ F-16 Fighting Falcons fly in formation with #5 inverted above #6 during an air show at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., May 21, 2017. The Thunderbirds are highly experienced pilots and support personnel who act as official Air Force ambassadors to massive audiences each year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Greg L. Davis)
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The two solo U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds’ F-16 Fighting Falcons fly in formation with #5 inverted above #6 during an air show at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., May 21, 2017. The Thunderbirds are highly experienced pilots and support personnel who act as official Air Force ambassadors to massive audiences each year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Greg L. Davis)

Staff Sgt. Angelica Ponce, a 373rd Training Squadron Detachment 15 aerospace propulsion instructor, checks a student’s work on a C-130H Hercules training component, May 16, 2017, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. C-130H maintainers from across the Indo-Asia Pacific region come to Yokota AB to take classes taught by the 373rd TRS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Donald Hudson)
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Staff Sgt. Angelica Ponce, a 373rd Training Squadron Detachment 15 aerospace propulsion instructor, checks a student’s work on a C-130H Hercules training component, May 16, 2017, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. C-130H maintainers from across the Indo-Asia Pacific region come to Yokota AB to take classes taught by the 373rd TRS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Donald Hudson)

An F-22 Raptor receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker during a mission in support of Operation Inherent Resolve July 31, 2017. The F-22 is a component of the Global Strike Task Force, supporting U.S. and Coalition forces working to liberate territory and people under the control of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Battles)
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An F-22 Raptor receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker during a mission in support of Operation Inherent Resolve July 31, 2017. The F-22 is a component of the Global Strike Task Force, supporting U.S. and Coalition forces working to liberate territory and people under the control of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Battles)

Senior Airman Ryan Green, a combat broadcaster, fires at his target while Tech. Sgt. Samuel Weaver, weapons and tactics training instructor, both assigned to the 1st Combat Camera Squadron, observes his hits during weapons and tactics training on the shooting range at Fort Jackson, S.C., June 22, 2017. The Airmen of the 1st Combat Camera Squadron constantly train for readiness to document combat operations, exercises and other contingencies from the ground and in the air. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Larry E. Reid Jr.)
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Senior Airman Ryan Green, a combat broadcaster, fires at his target while Tech. Sgt. Samuel Weaver, weapons and tactics training instructor, both assigned to the 1st Combat Camera Squadron, observes his hits during weapons and tactics training on the shooting range at Fort Jackson, S.C., June 22, 2017. The Airmen of the 1st Combat Camera Squadron constantly train for readiness to document combat operations, exercises and other contingencies from the ground and in the air. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Larry E. Reid Jr.)

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) -- This week's photos feature Airmen from around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This annual feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.