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The U.S. Air Force supported the successful launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the Air Force's eighth Block IIF navigation satellite for the Global Positioning System at 1:21 p.m. EDT Oct. 29, 2014, from Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. GPS is a space-based, worldwide navigation system providing users with highly accurate, three-dimensional position, velocity and timing information 24 hours a day in all weather conditions and GPS satellites also serve and protect our warfighters by providing navigational assistance for U.S. military operations on land, at sea, and in the air. (United Launch Alliance photo/John Studwell)
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U.S. Army Reserve Maj. Russell Anderson floats down to the ground Oct. 24, 2014, after jumping from a C-130 Hercules over the Coyle Drop Zone, N.J. The C-130 is assigned to the Delaware Air National Guard's 166th Airlift Wing. Anderson is from the 404th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne). (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht)
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The sun rises Sept. 26, 2014, above KC-135R Stratotankers on the New Jersey Air National Guard flightline at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. The KC-135Rs belong to the 108th Wing. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen)
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Airmen from the New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Security Forces Squadron and local law enforcement officers move toward the sound of gunfire Oct. 24, 2014, during an active shooter exercise at Atlantic City Air National Guard Base, N.J. The 177th SFS hosted the training event, which was the culmination of active shooter and tactical combat casualty care classes attended by security forces Airmen as well as police officers from the local community. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht)
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U.S. Army paratroopers standby while approaching their designated drop zone aboard a C-130H Hercules aircraft assigned to the 103rd Airlift Wing Oct. 8, 2014, in the skies above Hunter Army Airfield, Ga. This is the second opportunity for the Flying Yankees to successfully aid in the preparation and execution of paratrooper air drops during joint Army air transportation training missions with their newly-assigned aircraft. (Photo courtesy of Tech. Sgt. Tufic Paone)
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Airmen from the 9th Airlift Squadron and 455th Expeditionary Aerial Port Squadron with Marines from the Marine Expeditionary Brigade load vehicles into a C-5M Super Galaxy Oct. 6, 2014, at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. Airmen and Marines loaded more than 266,000 pounds of cargo onto the C-5M as part of retrograde operations in Afghanistan. During this mission, the crew reached more than 11 million pounds of cargo transported in a 50-day period. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jeremy Bowcock)
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Ranger Assessment Course students conduct a foot patrol Oct. 10, 2014, at the Silver Flag alpha range, Nev. RAC is the first step for Airmen who want to go to U.S. Army Ranger School. About 80 percent of Airmen who graduate RAC and go to Ranger School complete it and receive the Ranger tab. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christian Clausen)
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A C-17 Globemaster III takes off into the mountains Oct. 23, 2014, at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. Since 2006, the annual airfield traffic count has increased from 143,705 to 333,610 as the support for Operation Enduring Freedom nears its end. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Evelyn Chavez)
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Thunderbirds pilots perform for thousands of air show spectators Oct. 26, 2014, during the Alliance Air show at Forth Worth, Texas. The Thunderbirds are the Air Force’s precision flying demonstration team. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez)
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Capts. Matthew Upchurch, left, and Jennifer Nolta take off Oct. 6, 2014, from Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. Airmen from the 9th Airlift Squadron transported more than 266,000 pounds of cargo as part of retrograde operations in Afghanistan. Aircrews for the retrograde operations are managed by the 385th Air Expeditionary Group Detachment 1 and this flight surpassed 11 million pounds of cargo transported in a 50-day timespan. During this time, crews under the 385th AEG broke Air Mobility Command’s operational cargo load record five times. The heaviest load to date is 280,880 pounds. Upchurch and Nolta are C-5M Super Galaxy pilots with the 9th AS. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jeremy Bowcock)
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Staff Sgt. Chad Bohr prepares to engage a gunman during an active shooter training session at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. The 20th Security Forces Squadron schedules active shooter training twice a month to ensure their personnel are fully capable of handling a real active shooter situation. Bohr is a 20th SFS patrolman. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Michael Cossaboom)
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A B-52 Stratofortress from the 2nd Bomb Wing participates in Vigilant Shield 15 Oct. 24, 2014, at 5 Wing Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The Vigilant Shield field training exercise is a bi-national North American Aerospace Defense Command exercise that provides realistic training and practice for American and Canadian forces. NORAD ensures U.S. and Canadian air sovereignty through a network of alert fighters, tankers, airborne early warning aircraft, and ground-based air defense assets cued by interagency and defense surveillance radars. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Justin Wright)
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A B-2 Spirit bomber taxis on a flightline Oct. 26, 2014, during Exercise Global Thunder 15. The B-2 is one of the key aircraft used to support U.S. Strategic Command’s global strike and bomber assurance and deterrence missions. Its stealth capabilities provide U.S. decision makers the capability to deter strategic attacks and, if necessary, penetrate the most secure defense systems to rapidly deliver its payload. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Joel Pfiester)
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Col. Linda Hurry grinds off a JP-8 fuel decal on an R11 refueler as part of the Air Force transition to commercial jet fuel Oct. 15, 2014, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. The Jet A conversion is a Department of Defense cost saving initiative that will save the Air Force approximately $25.5 million dollars annually. Hurry is the 635th Supply Chain Operations Wing Commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech Sgt. Christopher Boitz)
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Col. Linda Hurry applies the Jet A1 fuel sticker on an R11 refueler as part of the conversion from JP8 fuel to Jet A1 fuel Oct. 15, 2014, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. Jet A1 fuel was created as a cost savings measure by the Department of Defense and will save approximately $40 million dollars annually. Hurry is the 635th Supply Chain Operations Wing commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech Sgt. Christopher Boitz)
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Newly commissioned second lieutenants celebrate at the end of the Air Force Academy's Class of 2011 graduation ceremony May 25, 2011. Flying overhead are F-16 Fighting Falcons with the Thunderbirds. Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley was the guest speaker for the commencement. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Kaplan)
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