Airman 1st Class Abigail Gray, 25th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, prepares an A-10C Thunderbolt II for launch at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, August 20, 2020. Part of Gray’s job is to perform a preflight checklist to ensure the jet is ready for takeoff. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Noah Sudolcan)
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Airman 1st Class Abigail Gray leading the charge

Airman 1st Class Abigail Gray, 25th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, prepares an A-10C Thunderbolt II for launch at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, August 20, 2020. Part of Gray’s job is to perform a preflight checklist to ensure the jet is ready for takeoff. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Noah Sudolcan)

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II flies in formation after conducting air-to-air refueling with a KC-135 Stratotanker over the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, July 29, 2020. The A-10 Thunderbolt II is a highly accurate airframe that provides U.S. and coalition forces a maneuverable close air support and precision strike platform. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. James Merriman)
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Tankers refuel A-10’s

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II flies in formation after conducting air-to-air refueling with a KC-135 Stratotanker over the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, July 29, 2020. The A-10 Thunderbolt II is a highly accurate airframe that provides U.S. and coalition forces a maneuverable close air support and precision strike platform. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. [Read More …]

An Air National Guard A-10 Thunderbolt II based out of Selfridge Air National Guard Base flies over the crowd on a community day during Northern Strike 20, Camp Grayling, Michigan, July 28, 2020. Northern Strike brings an average of $30 million to Michigan's economy annually in military pay, travel, and local spending in Northern Lower Michigan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Adam Parent)
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Northern Strike Community Day

An Air National Guard A-10 Thunderbolt II based out of Selfridge Air National Guard Base flies over the crowd on a community day during Northern Strike 20, Camp Grayling, Michigan, July 28, 2020. Northern Strike brings an average of $30 million to Michigan’s economy annually in military pay, travel, and local spending in Northern Lower Michigan. (U.S. Army photo by [Read More …]

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II releases counter measure flares over the U.S. Central Command area of responsiblity, July 23, 2020. The A-10 Thunderbolt II is a highly accurate airframe that provides U.S. and coalition forces a maneuverable close air support and precision strike platform. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Justin Parsons)
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A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels A-10 Thunderbolts

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II releases counter measure flares over the U.S. Central Command area of responsiblity, July 23, 2020. The A-10 Thunderbolt II is a highly accurate airframe that provides U.S. and coalition forces a maneuverable close air support and precision strike platform. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Justin Parsons)

An A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft assigned to the 104th Fighter Squadron, Maryland Air National Guard, conducts a training mission at Warren Grove Range, New Jersey, July 21, 2020. Warren Grove Range is operated by 177th Fighter Wing, New Jersey Air National Guard and hosts a variety of aircraft and ground-to-air support training missions. (Courtesy photo by Jeff Deckman)
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MDANG A-10 Training at Warren Grove Range

An A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft assigned to the 104th Fighter Squadron, Maryland Air National Guard, conducts a training mission at Warren Grove Range, New Jersey, July 21, 2020. Warren Grove Range is operated by 177th Fighter Wing, New Jersey Air National Guard and hosts a variety of aircraft and ground-to-air support training missions. (Courtesy photo by Jeff Deckman)

SELFRIDGE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mich.-- Senior Master Sgt. James Richards (far right) evaluates Staff Sgt. Derrick Mason, a Weapons Load Crew Chief and his crew, Airman 1st Class Matthew Gannon, and Airman 1st Class Robert Gilmore, all from the 127th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Michigan, as they load the GAU-8/A 30MM internal gun system of the A-10 Thunderbolt II. The ammunition loading system is able to upload and download the 30MM rounds simultaneously, enabling the aircraft's gun to be reloaded rapidly for critical combat missions. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Terry L. Awell)
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Crews load A-10 munitions

SELFRIDGE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mich.– Senior Master Sgt. James Richards (far right) evaluates Staff Sgt. Derrick Mason, a Weapons Load Crew Chief and his crew, Airman 1st Class Matthew Gannon, and Airman 1st Class Robert Gilmore, all from the 127th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Michigan, as they load the GAU-8/A 30MM internal gun system [Read More …]

An A-10 Thunderbolt II assigned to the A-10 Demonstration Team, arrives on the flight line at Wyoming Air National Guard Base, Wyoming, July 20, 2020. The A-10, F-35 and F-22 Demonstration Teams are scheduled to perform at the upcoming Wings Over Warren Airshow July 22, 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristine Legate)
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A-10 at Wings over Warren 2020

An A-10 Thunderbolt II assigned to the A-10 Demonstration Team, arrives on the flight line at Wyoming Air National Guard Base, Wyoming, July 20, 2020. The A-10, F-35 and F-22 Demonstration Teams are scheduled to perform at the upcoming Wings Over Warren Airshow July 22, 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristine Legate)

U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Drowley, U.S. Air Forces Central Command chief of staff and A-10 pilot, poses for a photo with an A-10 Thunderbolt II assigned to the 303rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan, Feb. 24, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Trevor Rhynes)
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Taking off from Kandahar

U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Drowley, U.S. Air Forces Central Command chief of staff and A-10 pilot, poses for a photo with an A-10 Thunderbolt II assigned to the 303rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan, Feb. 24, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Trevor Rhynes)

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II sits on the flight line at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, July 10. 2020. The 30 mm GAU-8/A seven-barrel Gatling gun is the primary armament of the A-10. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob T. Stephens)
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Flight line Friday: BRRRT edition

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II sits on the flight line at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, July 10. 2020. The 30 mm GAU-8/A seven-barrel Gatling gun is the primary armament of the A-10. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob T. Stephens)

A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker in-flight refueling specialist with the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, deployed to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, conducts a preflight checklist in the boom pod, June 29, 2020. The 340th EARS, deployed with U.S. Air Forces Central Command, is responsible for delivering fuel to U.S. and coalition forces, enabling war-winning air power, deterrence and stability to the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Joshua L. DeMotts)
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Operation Freedom’s Sentinal

A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker in-flight refueling specialist with the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, deployed to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, conducts a preflight checklist in the boom pod, June 29, 2020. The 340th EARS, deployed with U.S. Air Forces Central Command, is responsible for delivering fuel to U.S. and coalition forces, enabling war-winning air power, deterrence and [Read More …]