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The mission maters; time and weather won’t win
Air Force Maj. Joseph Howard, an 18th Aggressor Squadron pilot, “steps” to his F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft at Dec. 7, 2015, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Howard and several other pilots were flying to Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, for CHECKERED FLAG 16-1, a large-force exercise that simulates a large number of aircraft in a deployed environment to cross-check weapons systems. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel/Released)

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