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A C-17 Globemaster from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker from Fairchild Air Force Base during an air-refueling exercise over Washington State April 5, 2016. The flight was part of a training exercise with multiple receivers in which they practiced formation procedures, tactical maneuvers and numerous approach and landing techniques. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Sean Campbell) Two brothers connect at 22,000 feet
It was a beautiful spring day in April 2016, when two KC-135 Stratotankers took flight from Fairchild Air Force Base to participate in an ordinary air-refueling training exercise. The sun was warm, the sky was blue and there was nothing in the way of the flight the Marchesseault brothers were about to experience; for them, the day was anything but
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Airman 1st Class Evan Hittle, a 437th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron instrument and flight control systems specialist, stands in front of a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft at Joint Base Charleston, June 11, 2016. Hittle was five-years-old and his sister was seven when their parents passed away and they were orphaned in the Ukraine. A few years later, Hittle and his sister were adopted in the U.S. and transitioned to a new life. Hittle now plans to make the U.S. Air Force a career. From orphan to Air Force maintainer
"I was born Vanya Smirnoff Germanovich in Odessa, Ukraine," said Airman 1st Class Evan Hittle. "I lived in an apartment with my parents, Gera and Aleynea, and my older sister, Natasha. We were poor and always moving to new apartments. There isn't very much for young kids to do in Odessa so it was common to see them smoking or drinking."
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Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialists board a C-130 Globemaster before conducting a training jump May 25, 2016, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. The Fairchild parachuting shop has started to map gear specific to the planes students will be flying on so when students go through training, they will be using the same parachute they receive in the field. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Sean Campbell) Under the parachute
Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialists are the Air Force's subject matter experts in emergency parachute training, instructing around 2,500 aircrew a year.Fairchild is home to Initial Emergency Parachute Training. The parachuting program's goal is to train all aircrew members, who could potentially have to bail out of their aircraft,
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