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Combat sorties over Afghanistan
Staff Sgt. Mike Marquez holds an aerial refueling boom stable while refueling an A-10 Thunderbolt II from the 75th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, April 2, 2014, over Northeast Afghanistan. The A-10 Thunderbolt II, piloted by Capt. Nick Harris, is the first Air Force aircraft specially designed for close air support of ground forces. The KC-10 Extender aircrew provided aerial refueling to coalition aircraft operating over Afghanistan for more than eight hours on this single mission. Marquez is a KC-10 Extender advanced aerial tanker and cargo aircraft boom operator with the 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Jason Robertson)