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PACAF A-10s, HH-60s fly first Air Contingent missions in Philippines
Two U.S. Air Force maintenance Airmen, with the 51st Fighter Wing, Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, take a break after successfully launching two A-10C Thunderbolt IIs at Clark Air Base, Philippines, April 19, 2016. Maintenance Airmen play a critical role in the newly stood up Air Contingent’s ongoing operations ranging from air and maritime domain awareness, personnel recovery, combating piracy, and assurance all nations have access to the regional air and maritime domains in accordance with international law. The A-10C is capable of loitering close to the surface for extended periods to allow for excellent visibility over land and sea domains and can be serviced and operated from austere bases with limited facilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)