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A C-17 Globemaster III takes off from a degraded airfield Dec. 6, 2014, during the U.S. Air Force Weapons School's Joint Forcible Entry Exercise 14B at the Nevada Test and Training Range. JFEX exercises participants' ability to synchronize aircraft movements from geographically separated bases, command large formations of dissimilar aircraft in high-threat airspace, and tactically deliver and recover combat forces via air drops and combat landings on an unimproved landing strip. The C-17 is assigned to March Air Reserve Base, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman First Class Joshua Kleinholz)

A C-17 Globemaster III takes off from a degraded airfield Dec. 6, 2014, during the U.S. Air Force Weapons School's Joint Forcible Entry Exercise 14B at the Nevada Test and Training Range. JFEX exercises participants' ability to synchronize aircraft movements from geographically separated bases, command large formations of dissimilar aircraft in high-threat airspace, and tactically deliver and recover combat forces via air drops and combat landings on an unimproved landing strip. The C-17 is assigned to March Air Reserve Base, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman First Class Joshua Kleinholz)

Senior Master Sgt. Timothy Nichols, left, discusses fuel consumption with Tech. Sgt. Francisco Guerrero-Vasquez on the flight deck of a C-5B Galaxy on a Pacific channel mission. Both Air Force Reserve aviators are assigned to the 312th Airlift Squadron, Travis Air Force Base, Calif. Nichols is a flight engineer evaluator and Guerrero-Vasquez is a flight engineer. (U.S. Air Force photo/Lt. Col. Robert Couse-Baker)

Senior Master Sgt. Timothy Nichols, left, discusses fuel consumption with Tech. Sgt. Francisco Guerrero-Vasquez on the flight deck of a C-5B Galaxy on a Pacific channel mission. Both Air Force Reserve aviators are assigned to the 312th Airlift Squadron, Travis Air Force Base, Calif. Nichols is a flight engineer evaluator and Guerrero-Vasquez is a flight engineer. (U.S. Air Force photo/Lt. Col. Robert Couse-Baker)

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket roars into space with the Orion spacecraft atop it from Launch Complex 37 Dec. 5, 2014, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The 45th Space Wing provided support for NASA’s successful launch of their Exploration Flight Test-1 mission. (Courtesy photo/John Studwell/AmericaSpace)

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket roars into space with the Orion spacecraft atop it from Launch Complex 37 Dec. 5, 2014, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The 45th Space Wing provided support for NASA’s successful launch of their Exploration Flight Test-1 mission. (Courtesy photo/John Studwell/AmericaSpace)

Two heavy container delivery systems plunge from the back of a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft to forces on the ground during the simulated Rainier War Dec. 6, 2014, over the Rainier drop zone, Wash. The Joint Concept for Entry Operations doctrine defines forcible entry as the seizing and holding of a lodgment in the face of armed opposition. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Russ Jackson)

Two heavy container delivery systems plunge from the back of a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft to forces on the ground during the simulated Rainier War Dec. 6, 2014, over the Rainier drop zone, Wash. The Joint Concept for Entry Operations doctrine defines forcible entry as the seizing and holding of a lodgment in the face of armed opposition. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Russ Jackson)

Senior Airman Chris Orsi competes in the Load Crew of the Year competition Dec. 5, 2014, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The competition pitted two load crews against each other to evaluate who could prepare the aircraft for combat the fastest and with the fewest procedural errors. Orsi is a weapons loader with the 18th Aircraft Maintenance Unit.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Joseph Swafford)

Senior Airman Chris Orsi competes in the Load Crew of the Year competition Dec. 5, 2014, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The competition pitted two load crews against each other to evaluate who could prepare the aircraft for combat the fastest and with the fewest procedural errors. Orsi is a weapons loader with the 18th Aircraft Maintenance Unit. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Joseph Swafford)

Air Force joint terminal attack controllers and Army joint fire observers walk back from a training exercise Dec. 2, 2014, in Barcis, Italy. The JTACs are from the 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron and the fire observers are from the 503rd Infantry Regiment. During a week-long exercise near Aviano Air Base, Italy, JTACs coordinated with F-16 Fighting Falcons and practiced calling in airstrikes on simulated targets in the mountains. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Matthew Lotz)

Air Force joint terminal attack controllers and Army joint fire observers walk back from a training exercise Dec. 2, 2014, in Barcis, Italy. The JTACs are from the 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron and the fire observers are from the 503rd Infantry Regiment. During a week-long exercise near Aviano Air Base, Italy, JTACs coordinated with F-16 Fighting Falcons and practiced calling in airstrikes on simulated targets in the mountains. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Matthew Lotz)

C-17 Globemaster IIIs deploy flares Dec. 6, 2014, while flying over the Nevada Test and Training Range during the U.S. Air Force Weapons School's Joint Forcible Entry Exercise 14B. When weapons school students graduate as weapons officers, they will go back to their units and share that knowledge and their experiences from JFEX, to better prepare the Air Force operate in any contingency. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Thomas Spangler)

C-17 Globemaster IIIs deploy flares Dec. 6, 2014, while flying over the Nevada Test and Training Range during the U.S. Air Force Weapons School's Joint Forcible Entry Exercise 14B. When weapons school students graduate as weapons officers, they will go back to their units and share that knowledge and their experiences from JFEX, to better prepare the Air Force operate in any contingency. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Thomas Spangler)

Maj. Blaine Jones demonstrates various Thunderbirds' maneuvers during a training sortie Dec. 10, 2014. The Thunderbirds conduct daily training flights to prepare for the upcoming 2015 show season. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Senior Airman Jason Couillard)

Maj. Blaine Jones demonstrates various Thunderbirds' maneuvers during a training sortie Dec. 10, 2014. The Thunderbirds conduct daily training flights to prepare for the upcoming 2015 show season. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Senior Airman Jason Couillard)

Airmen assigned to the 20th Force Support Squadron honor guard, practice a 3-volley rifle salute Dec. 10, 2014, at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. During their six-month commitment to the honor guard, Airmen spend several weeks learning various drill movements that they will perform at official military ceremonies. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jensen Stidham)

Airmen assigned to the 20th Force Support Squadron honor guard, practice a 3-volley rifle salute Dec. 10, 2014, at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. During their six-month commitment to the honor guard, Airmen spend several weeks learning various drill movements that they will perform at official military ceremonies. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jensen Stidham)

Eleven C-130H Hercules’ and 13 C-130J Super Hercules’ prepare to take off Dec. 6, 2014, from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas in support of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School's Joint Forcible Entry Exercise 14B. The C-130H models are from various Air National Guard units and the C-130J models are from the 317th Airlift Group at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. In addition to the C-130s, the JFEX included approximately 20 C-17 Globemaster IIIs and various other aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Alexander Guerrero)
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Eleven C-130H Hercules’ and 13 C-130J Super Hercules’ prepare to take off Dec. 6, 2014, from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas in support of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School's Joint Forcible Entry Exercise 14B. The C-130H models are from various Air National Guard units and the C-130J models are from the 317th Airlift Group at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. In addition to the C-130s, the JFEX included approximately 20 C-17 Globemaster IIIs and various other aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Alexander Guerrero)

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