The mission maters; time and weather won’t win
Staff Sgt. Robert Knickle (left) and Timothy Smith, from the 354th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, perform the last pre-flight checks on 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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