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An A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft pilot waves as he taxis down the runway during Red Flag-Alaska 13-3 Aug. 13, 2013, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Red Flag-Alaska is a series of Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercises for U.S. and partner nation forces, providing combined offensive counter-air, interdiction, close-air support, and large force employment training in a simulated combat environment. The pilot is assigned to the 163rd Fighter Squadron, Indiana Air National Guard. (DOD photo/Staff Sgt. Jim Araos)

An A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft pilot waves as he taxis down the runway during Red Flag-Alaska 13-3 Aug. 13, 2013, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Red Flag-Alaska is a series of Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercises for U.S. and partner nation forces, providing combined offensive counter-air, interdiction, close-air support, and large force employment training in a simulated combat environment. The pilot is assigned to the 163rd Fighter Squadron, Indiana Air National Guard. (DOD photo/Staff Sgt. Jim Araos)

Senior Airman Andrew Marosok races up a hill with a training dummy while his teammates follow with other loads as they compete in the Òruck and packÓ event in the F.E. Warren Air Force Base Crow Creek Challenge Aug. 22, 2013, in Wyoming. The annual competition challenges 90th Security Group Airmen to the limits of their physical endurance and in knowledge related to their job. Marosok is assigned to the 90th Missile Security Forces Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/R.J. Oriez)

Senior Airman Andrew Marosok races up a hill with a training dummy while his teammates follow with other loads as they compete in the Òruck and packÓ event in the F.E. Warren Air Force Base Crow Creek Challenge Aug. 22, 2013, in Wyoming. The annual competition challenges 90th Security Group Airmen to the limits of their physical endurance and in knowledge related to their job. Marosok is assigned to the 90th Missile Security Forces Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/R.J. Oriez)

An F-22 Raptor flies alongside a KC-135 Stratotanker during Red Flag-Alaska 13-3 over the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex Aug. 14, 2013. Red Flag-Alaska is a series of Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercises for U.S. and partner nation forces, providing combined offensive counter-air, interdiction, close-air support, and large force employment training in a simulated combat environment. (DOD photo/Senior Airman Zachary Perras)

An F-22 Raptor flies alongside a KC-135 Stratotanker during Red Flag-Alaska 13-3 over the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex Aug. 14, 2013. Red Flag-Alaska is a series of Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercises for U.S. and partner nation forces, providing combined offensive counter-air, interdiction, close-air support, and large force employment training in a simulated combat environment. (DOD photo/Senior Airman Zachary Perras)

A Hotter'N Hell Hundred rider greets Airmen in training at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, on his way out of the base Aug. 24, 2013. After "Airpower Alley" and a rest stop, bicycle riders rode through a gauntlet of hundreds of Airmen screaming and cheering them on to the finish line. As part of the event, hundreds of Sheppard AFB volunteers helped riders needing a break at the last rest stop before the finish line. Across all the rest stops, riders consumed more than 20,000 bananas, more than 9,000 oranges, more than 8,000 pickles, 2,800 gallons of PowerAde and 10,000 gallons of water. The annual race is in its 32nd year and celebrates the founding members of Texoma with a 100-mile race in 100-degree temperatures. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Mike Meares)

A Hotter'N Hell Hundred rider greets Airmen in training at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, on his way out of the base Aug. 24, 2013. After "Airpower Alley" and a rest stop, bicycle riders rode through a gauntlet of hundreds of Airmen screaming and cheering them on to the finish line. As part of the event, hundreds of Sheppard AFB volunteers helped riders needing a break at the last rest stop before the finish line. Across all the rest stops, riders consumed more than 20,000 bananas, more than 9,000 oranges, more than 8,000 pickles, 2,800 gallons of PowerAde and 10,000 gallons of water. The annual race is in its 32nd year and celebrates the founding members of Texoma with a 100-mile race in 100-degree temperatures. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Mike Meares)

An A-10 Thunderbolt II does a show of force maneuver after locating a simulated downed pilot during RED FLAG-Alaska 13-3, Aug. 22, 2013, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Two A-10s defended the pilotÕs position until members of the 210th Rescue Squadron could rescue him. The A-10 is assigned to the 163rd Fighter Squadron, Indiana Air National Guard, Ft. Wayne, Ind. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Shawn Nickel)

An A-10 Thunderbolt II does a show of force maneuver after locating a simulated downed pilot during RED FLAG-Alaska 13-3, Aug. 22, 2013, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Two A-10s defended the pilotÕs position until members of the 210th Rescue Squadron could rescue him. The A-10 is assigned to the 163rd Fighter Squadron, Indiana Air National Guard, Ft. Wayne, Ind. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Shawn Nickel)

California Air National guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing perform precision water bucket drops Aug. 26, 2013, in support of the Rim Fire suppression operation at Tuolumne County near Yosemite, Calif. (Courtesy photo/Staff Sgt. Ed Drew)

California Air National guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing perform precision water bucket drops Aug. 26, 2013, in support of the Rim Fire suppression operation at Tuolumne County near Yosemite, Calif. (Courtesy photo/Staff Sgt. Ed Drew)

Senior Airman James Lord starts a CT scan Aug. 27, 2013, at Misawa Air Base, Japan. With this monitor, technologists can start and control a scan without being in the same room as the patient or machine. Lord is a 35th Surgical Operations Squadron diagnostic imaging technologist. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Zachary Kee)

Senior Airman James Lord starts a CT scan Aug. 27, 2013, at Misawa Air Base, Japan. With this monitor, technologists can start and control a scan without being in the same room as the patient or machine. Lord is a 35th Surgical Operations Squadron diagnostic imaging technologist. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Zachary Kee)

An F-15K Slam Eagle from the South Korean air force approaches a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker from Kadena Air Base, Japan, for mid-air refueling during RED FLAG-Alaska 13-3 Aug. 21, 2013. The F-15K is equipped with state-of-the-art mission equipment to conduct air-to-ground, air-to-air and air-to-sea missions. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jim Araos)

An F-15K Slam Eagle from the South Korean air force approaches a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker from Kadena Air Base, Japan, for mid-air refueling during RED FLAG-Alaska 13-3 Aug. 21, 2013. The F-15K is equipped with state-of-the-art mission equipment to conduct air-to-ground, air-to-air and air-to-sea missions. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jim Araos)

Senior Airman Benjamin Amirault uses a band saw to remove extra poly-metal from a crosswalk sign Aug. 15, 2013, at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. The 28th Civil Engineer Squadron sign shop creates a wide variety of signs including traffic, building, street, safety, and special event signs. Amirault is a 28th CES structures technician. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Alystria Maurer)

Senior Airman Benjamin Amirault uses a band saw to remove extra poly-metal from a crosswalk sign Aug. 15, 2013, at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. The 28th Civil Engineer Squadron sign shop creates a wide variety of signs including traffic, building, street, safety, and special event signs. Amirault is a 28th CES structures technician. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Alystria Maurer)

Staff Sgt. Daniel Guy makes his way to the ground Aug. 21, 2013 after jumping from a C-130 Hercules over Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Air Force static line capability falls under the personnel parachute program. Jumpers are first qualified during a three-week long basic airborne course at Ft. Benning, Ga., and then continue to work on their jumping proficiency and qualifications after they return here. Guy is the 736th Security Forces Squadron fire team leader (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Marianique Santos)
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Staff Sgt. Daniel Guy makes his way to the ground Aug. 21, 2013 after jumping from a C-130 Hercules over Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Air Force static line capability falls under the personnel parachute program. Jumpers are first qualified during a three-week long basic airborne course at Ft. Benning, Ga., and then continue to work on their jumping proficiency and qualifications after they return here. Guy is the 736th Security Forces Squadron fire team leader (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Marianique Santos)

F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft prepare to refuel during Red Flag-Alaska 13-3 over the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex Aug. 19, 2013. Red Flag-Alaska is a series of Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercises for U.S. and partner nation forces, providing combined offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support, and large force employment training in a simulated combat environment. The F-16s are assigned to the 100th Fighter Squadron, Alabama Air National Guard. (DOD photo/Staff Sgt. Miguel Lara III)
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F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft prepare to refuel during Red Flag-Alaska 13-3 over the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex Aug. 19, 2013. Red Flag-Alaska is a series of Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercises for U.S. and partner nation forces, providing combined offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support, and large force employment training in a simulated combat environment. The F-16s are assigned to the 100th Fighter Squadron, Alabama Air National Guard. (DOD photo/Staff Sgt. Miguel Lara III)

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