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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Daniel Flenniken, 6th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, conducts pre-flight checks on a KC-10 Extender at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii July 11, 2017 in preparation for travel to Wake Island. A combined crew from the 6th and 9th ARS at Travis Air Force Base supported Exercise Talisman Saber 2017 by executing Exercise Ultimate Reach, a strategic refueling and airdrop mission in which three KC-10s refueled five C-17 Globemaster IIIs carrying U.S. Army, Australian and Canadian paratroopers prior to an airdrop. TS 17 is a biennial exercise in Australia that focuses on bilateral military training between U.S. Pacific Command forces and the Australian Defence Force to improve U.S.-Australia combat readiness, increase interoperability, maximize combined training opportunities and conduct maritime prepositioning and logistics operations in the Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Sarah Johnson)
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