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Safety experts spearhead efforts to minimize bird strikes

Tech. Sgt. Shane Sweeney holds out a falcon trained by a local Afghan falconer to catch much larger black kite birds that have infested areas near the flightline March 29 at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The falcon's feet are rigged with snare traps so that when the larger kite bird attacks it gets tangled with the falcon and falls to the ground. Sergeant Sweeney is a 455th Air Expeditionary Wing weapons safety member. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jason Lake)

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