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Flares and munitions

Staff Sgt. Chad Warner, 62nd Maintenance Squadron conventional maintenance production superintendent, unloads squibs or impulse cartridges, which provide a small propellant charge that ignite the flare stick, to build flares for the C-17 Globemaster III at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., March 14, 2017. A single C-17 flare system costs approximately $50,000 and are used as infrared countermeasures designed to defeat heat seeking surface-to-air missiles. (Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Naomi Shipley)

PHOTO BY: Naomi Shipley
VIRIN: 170314-F-PD986-006.JPG
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