The mission maters; time and weather won’t win
Staff Sgt. Robert Knickle a 354th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, assists Lt. Col. Mark Sletten, the F-35 Program Integration Officer, into an F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft Dec. 7, 2015, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. More than 30 maintenance Airmen worked an early shift to help launch several jets 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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