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Staff Sgt. Zachary Maser cleans and inspects an F-16 Fighting Falcon for regeneration Sept. 8, 2013, at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C. Members of the 169th Fighter Wing are beginning a certified readiness evaluation, or CRE, with aircraft regeneration and acceptance. The CRE assesses a unit's ability to operate safely and efficiently in a deployed chemical combat environment. Maser is a crew chief with the 169th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron for the South Carolina Air National Guard. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Tech. Sgt. Caycee Watson)

Staff Sgt. Zachary Maser cleans and inspects an F-16 Fighting Falcon for regeneration Sept. 8, 2013, at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C. Members of the 169th Fighter Wing are beginning a certified readiness evaluation, or CRE, with aircraft regeneration and acceptance. The CRE assesses a unit's ability to operate safely and efficiently in a deployed chemical combat environment. Maser is a crew chief with the 169th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron for the South Carolina Air National Guard. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Tech. Sgt. Caycee Watson)

Airman Camden Durant is splicing firing wire as he prepares to detonate C-4 explosives Aug. 26, 2013, at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. Durant is enrolled in the 366th Training Squadron, Explosive Ordnance Disposal course. (U.S. Air Force photo/Frank Carter)

Airman Camden Durant is splicing firing wire as he prepares to detonate C-4 explosives Aug. 26, 2013, at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. Durant is enrolled in the 366th Training Squadron, Explosive Ordnance Disposal course. (U.S. Air Force photo/Frank Carter)

Maj. Ryan Corrigan sits in the cockpit of an F-16 Fighting Falcon during sunrise, Sept. 9, 2013, at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C. Members of the 169th Fighter Wing are conducting a certified readiness evaluation, which assesses their ability to operate safely and efficiently in a deployed chemical combat environment.  Corrigan is with the 157th Fighter Squadron, South Carolina Air National Guard. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Staff Sgt. Jorge Intriago)

Maj. Ryan Corrigan sits in the cockpit of an F-16 Fighting Falcon during sunrise, Sept. 9, 2013, at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C. Members of the 169th Fighter Wing are conducting a certified readiness evaluation, which assesses their ability to operate safely and efficiently in a deployed chemical combat environment. Corrigan is with the 157th Fighter Squadron, South Carolina Air National Guard. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Staff Sgt. Jorge Intriago)

Members of the 191st Air Refueling Squadron conduct air refueling operations with a C-17 Globemaster III from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Sept. 9, 2013. The 191st ARS routinely supports air operations across the western United States from their home station in Salt Lake City. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Tim Chacon)

Members of the 191st Air Refueling Squadron conduct air refueling operations with a C-17 Globemaster III from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Sept. 9, 2013. The 191st ARS routinely supports air operations across the western United States from their home station in Salt Lake City. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Tim Chacon)

Airman 1st Class Jade Derksen helps fold the U.S. flag during the Patriot Day Retreat Ceremony Sept. 11, 2013, at Misawa Air Base, Japan. The ceremony was held to remember the nearly 3,000 who perished in the 9/11 terrorist attacks 12 years ago. Derksen is a Misawa AB Honor Guard member.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nathan Lipscomb)

Airman 1st Class Jade Derksen helps fold the U.S. flag during the Patriot Day Retreat Ceremony Sept. 11, 2013, at Misawa Air Base, Japan. The ceremony was held to remember the nearly 3,000 who perished in the 9/11 terrorist attacks 12 years ago. Derksen is a Misawa AB Honor Guard member. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nathan Lipscomb)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon with the 169th Fighter Wing at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina Air National Guard, takes off as one in the foreground taxis, Sept. 9, 2013. Members of the 169th Fighter Wing are conducting the certified readiness evaluation, which assesses their ability to operate safely and efficiently in a deployed chemical combat environment.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Staff Sgt. Jorge Intriago)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon with the 169th Fighter Wing at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina Air National Guard, takes off as one in the foreground taxis, Sept. 9, 2013. Members of the 169th Fighter Wing are conducting the certified readiness evaluation, which assesses their ability to operate safely and efficiently in a deployed chemical combat environment. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Staff Sgt. Jorge Intriago)

Members of the 19th Civil Engineer Squadron work together as they apply firefighting suppression techniques during a house fire Sept. 7, 2013, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The members of the 19th CES respond to approximately 800 calls a year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Cliffton Dolezal)

Members of the 19th Civil Engineer Squadron work together as they apply firefighting suppression techniques during a house fire Sept. 7, 2013, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The members of the 19th CES respond to approximately 800 calls a year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Cliffton Dolezal)

A 22-aircraft "freedom launch" took place Sept. 11, 2013, at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. Seven C-17 Globemaster IIIs, 11 KC-10 Extenders and four C-5B Galaxies from the 60th Air Mobility Wing lined up in what is historically referred to as an "elephant walk,” then launched consecutively over 36 minutes to take part in Air Mobility Command missions. The first plane in the lineup, a C-17, launched at 8:46 a.m., the same time terrorists crashed American Airlines Flight 11 into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City 12 years earlier. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ken Wright)

A 22-aircraft "freedom launch" took place Sept. 11, 2013, at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. Seven C-17 Globemaster IIIs, 11 KC-10 Extenders and four C-5B Galaxies from the 60th Air Mobility Wing lined up in what is historically referred to as an "elephant walk,” then launched consecutively over 36 minutes to take part in Air Mobility Command missions. The first plane in the lineup, a C-17, launched at 8:46 a.m., the same time terrorists crashed American Airlines Flight 11 into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City 12 years earlier. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ken Wright)

The sun rises behind the Air Force Memorial, the Pentagon, and the Washington, D.C. , skyline in Arlington, Va., Aug. 25, 2013. Since its formal dedication Oct. 14, 2006, the memorial has been a place of pride and honor for all the men and women who served and continue to serve the Air Force and its heritage organizations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Peter R. Miller)

The sun rises behind the Air Force Memorial, the Pentagon, and the Washington, D.C. , skyline in Arlington, Va., Aug. 25, 2013. Since its formal dedication Oct. 14, 2006, the memorial has been a place of pride and honor for all the men and women who served and continue to serve the Air Force and its heritage organizations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Peter R. Miller)

Capt. Andy Alfiero performs a preflight check on a KC-135R Stratotanker in preparation for a refueling mission over the Persian Gulf, Aug. 30, 2013. Alfiero is deployed from Maine Air National Guard. He is a 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron pilot. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Ben Bloker)
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Capt. Andy Alfiero performs a preflight check on a KC-135R Stratotanker in preparation for a refueling mission over the Persian Gulf, Aug. 30, 2013. Alfiero is deployed from Maine Air National Guard. He is a 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron pilot. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Ben Bloker)

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