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2017: The year in photos

Tech. Sgt. Matt Gerrits, 307th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron armament systems specialist, prepares to load a guided bomb unit-12, at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Feb. 1, 2017. The GBU-12 utilizes a Mk82 500-pound general purpose warhead with a computer control group at the front end and an airfoil group at the back. When a target is illuminated by a laser, either airborne or ground-based, the guidance fins react to signals from the control group and steer the weapon to the target. Wings on the airfoil group add the lift and aerodynamic stability necessary for in-flight maneuvering.  It was loaded in conjunction with other kinds of bombs on the Conventional Rotary Launcher.  The new launcher is capable of carrying several different types of munitions at one time.  The CRL was being prepped to undergo its first live-fire training mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ted Daigle/released)

Tech. Sgt. Matt Gerrits, 307th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron armament systems specialist, prepares to load a guided bomb unit-12, at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Feb. 1, 2017. The GBU-12 utilizes a Mk82 500-pound general purpose warhead with a computer control group at the front end and an airfoil group at the back. When a target is illuminated by a laser, either airborne or ground-based, the guidance fins react to signals from the control group and steer the weapon to the target. Wings on the airfoil group add the lift and aerodynamic stability necessary for in-flight maneuvering. It was loaded in conjunction with other kinds of bombs on the Conventional Rotary Launcher. The new launcher is capable of carrying several different types of munitions at one time. The CRL was being prepped to undergo its first live-fire training mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ted Daigle/released)

U.S. Air Force trainees from the 307th Developmental Training Flight pay close attention to Master Sgt.  Carlos Recorder, 433rd Training Squadron military training instructor, during a speech at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Feb. 11, 2017.  The 307th DTF is designed to help trainees who have enlisted and are waiting to go to basic military training.  Recorder was on hand to tell the trainees how to best prepare physically and mentally for the challenges of BMT.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ted Daigle/Released)

U.S. Air Force trainees from the 307th Developmental Training Flight pay close attention to Master Sgt. Carlos Recorder, 433rd Training Squadron military training instructor, during a speech at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Feb. 11, 2017. The 307th DTF is designed to help trainees who have enlisted and are waiting to go to basic military training. Recorder was on hand to tell the trainees how to best prepare physically and mentally for the challenges of BMT. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ted Daigle/Released)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Andre’ Menard, 707th Maintenance Squadron Training Manager, shares a light moment with a guest of honor at the Shriners’ Mardi Gras Ball, Shreveport, La., Feb. 24, 2017.   Menard and other members of the 307th Bomb Wing teamed up with the Shriners and  Margaritaville Resort and Casino, who sponsored the event, to provide children with special needs a night of fun and dancing.   In addition to serving as escorts for the party, members of the wing helped to provide gowns for the children.   (Courtesy photo/released)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Andre’ Menard, 707th Maintenance Squadron Training Manager, shares a light moment with a guest of honor at the Shriners’ Mardi Gras Ball, Shreveport, La., Feb. 24, 2017. Menard and other members of the 307th Bomb Wing teamed up with the Shriners and Margaritaville Resort and Casino, who sponsored the event, to provide children with special needs a night of fun and dancing. In addition to serving as escorts for the party, members of the wing helped to provide gowns for the children. (Courtesy photo/released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Steve Smith, 93rd Bomb Squadron flight instructor, prepares for a routine training mission with historic implications at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., March 3, 2017.   The mission put Smith over the 10,000 hour flight hour mark in the B-52 Stratofortress.   (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ted Daigle/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Steve Smith, 93rd Bomb Squadron flight instructor, prepares for a routine training mission with historic implications at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., March 3, 2017. The mission put Smith over the 10,000 hour flight hour mark in the B-52 Stratofortress. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ted Daigle/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airmen are welcomed home from a six-month deployment on Mar. 20, 2017, Barksdale Air Force Base, La. The Airmen are assigned to the 2nd Bomb Wing and the Air Force Reserve Command’s 307th Bomb Wing and were deployed to Southwest Asia in support of Operations Inherent Resolve and Freedom’s Sentinel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele/released)

U.S. Air Force Airmen are welcomed home from a six-month deployment on Mar. 20, 2017, Barksdale Air Force Base, La. The Airmen are assigned to the 2nd Bomb Wing and the Air Force Reserve Command’s 307th Bomb Wing and were deployed to Southwest Asia in support of Operations Inherent Resolve and Freedom’s Sentinel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele/released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Amber Cutchall is welcomed home by Lt. Col. Warren Crabtree, 707th Maintenance Squadron (MXS) commander, after returning home from a six-month deployment on Mar. 20, 2017, Barksdale Air Force Base, La.  Cutchall is assigned to the Air Force Reserve Command’s 707th MXS and deployed to Southwest Asia in support of Operations Inherent Resolve and Freedom’s Sentinel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele/released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Amber Cutchall is welcomed home by Lt. Col. Warren Crabtree, 707th Maintenance Squadron (MXS) commander, after returning home from a six-month deployment on Mar. 20, 2017, Barksdale Air Force Base, La. Cutchall is assigned to the Air Force Reserve Command’s 707th MXS and deployed to Southwest Asia in support of Operations Inherent Resolve and Freedom’s Sentinel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele/released)

Col. Bruce R. Cox, 307th Bomb Wing commander, presents Dale Stickrath Jr., World War II 307th Bombardment Group veteran, with a Commander’s Coin during the 307th Bomb Wing’s 75th Anniversary and Awards Gala at the Shreveport Convention Center April 1, 2017. The reunion honored all alumni of the 307th Bombardment Group and current 307th Bomb Wing members and showcased the history of the wing since its inception during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware/Released)

Col. Bruce R. Cox, 307th Bomb Wing commander, presents Dale Stickrath Jr., World War II 307th Bombardment Group veteran, with a Commander’s Coin during the 307th Bomb Wing’s 75th Anniversary and Awards Gala at the Shreveport Convention Center April 1, 2017. The reunion honored all alumni of the 307th Bombardment Group and current 307th Bomb Wing members and showcased the history of the wing since its inception during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware/Released)

A Barksdale Honor Guardsman presents Col. James L. Morriss III, the 307th Bomb Wing vice commander, with a folded U.S. flag at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., April 29, 2017.  Morriss retired from the Air Force after serving 31 years in the military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware/Released)

A Barksdale Honor Guardsman presents Col. James L. Morriss III, the 307th Bomb Wing vice commander, with a folded U.S. flag at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., April 29, 2017. Morriss retired from the Air Force after serving 31 years in the military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware/Released)

Col. Bruce Cox, 307th Bomb Wing commander, presents the guidon of the 489th Bomb Group to Col. Michael McClanahan during a change of command ceremony at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, June 3, 2017. This is the unit’s first change of command since it was reactivated in 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jason McCasland/Released)

Col. Bruce Cox, 307th Bomb Wing commander, presents the guidon of the 489th Bomb Group to Col. Michael McClanahan during a change of command ceremony at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, June 3, 2017. This is the unit’s first change of command since it was reactivated in 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jason McCasland/Released)

Lt. Col. Dwayne W. Slack, the 307th Maintenance Group deputy commander, congratulates Col. Bruce R. Cox, the 307th Bomb Wing commander, after his final flight out of Barksdale Air Force Base, La. June 24, 2017. Cox will be retiring in July after serving more than 31 years in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Dachelle Melville/Released)
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Lt. Col. Dwayne W. Slack, the 307th Maintenance Group deputy commander, congratulates Col. Bruce R. Cox, the 307th Bomb Wing commander, after his final flight out of Barksdale Air Force Base, La. June 24, 2017. Cox will be retiring in July after serving more than 31 years in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Dachelle Melville/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Keith Hester, a 307th Bomb Wing crew chief, joins Col. Robert VanHoy II for the unveiling of his name on B-52 Stratofortress 60-061 following the 307th Bomb Wing change of command ceremony July 8, 2017 at Barksdale Air Force Base, La. VanHoy assumed command of the 307th and is the former commander of the 93rd Bomb Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Keith Hester, a 307th Bomb Wing crew chief, joins Col. Robert VanHoy II for the unveiling of his name on B-52 Stratofortress 60-061 following the 307th Bomb Wing change of command ceremony July 8, 2017 at Barksdale Air Force Base, La. VanHoy assumed command of the 307th and is the former commander of the 93rd Bomb Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware/Released)

Defenders with the 307th Security Forces Squadron use simulated weapons while running through various scenarios before transitioning to real weapons during an active shooter exercise at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., May 30, 2017. The two-day annual training helps prepare the defenders to react during real-world situations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jason McCasland)
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Defenders with the 307th Security Forces Squadron use simulated weapons while running through various scenarios before transitioning to real weapons during an active shooter exercise at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., May 30, 2017. The two-day annual training helps prepare the defenders to react during real-world situations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jason McCasland)

Staff Sgt. Brian Vermillion, assigned to the 307th Maintenance Squadron, attaches hydraulic tester to the hydraulic system inside the bomb bay of a B-52 Stratofortress during a phase inspection on Barksdale Air Force Base, La. June 28, 2017. The testing of the hydraulic system is part of the phase inspection of the B-52 that must be performed every 450 flight hours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Dachelle Melville/Released)
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Staff Sgt. Brian Vermillion, assigned to the 307th Maintenance Squadron, attaches hydraulic tester to the hydraulic system inside the bomb bay of a B-52 Stratofortress during a phase inspection on Barksdale Air Force Base, La. June 28, 2017. The testing of the hydraulic system is part of the phase inspection of the B-52 that must be performed every 450 flight hours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Dachelle Melville/Released)

Airmen assigned to the 307th Maintenance Squadron inspect the running engines a B-52 Stratofortress for leaks on Barksdale Air Force Base, La. June 29, 2017. The engine run is one of the final parts of a phase inspection of the bomber and multiple eyes are needed as well as valuable training is received by everyone helping out with the inspection. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Dachelle Melville/Released)
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Airmen assigned to the 307th Maintenance Squadron inspect the running engines a B-52 Stratofortress for leaks on Barksdale Air Force Base, La. June 29, 2017. The engine run is one of the final parts of a phase inspection of the bomber and multiple eyes are needed as well as valuable training is received by everyone helping out with the inspection. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Dachelle Melville/Released)

U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Justin Drayton, left, 307th Civil Engineer Squadron, Barksdale AFB, La., and Staff Sgt. Brandon Grove, assigned to the 302nd Civil Engineer Squadron, Peterson AFB, Colo., measure out a tent site for a bare base setup at Young Air Assault Strip, Fort McCoy, Wis., Aug. 4, 2017, during exercise Patriot Warrior.
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U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Justin Drayton, left, 307th Civil Engineer Squadron, Barksdale AFB, La., and Staff Sgt. Brandon Grove, assigned to the 302nd Civil Engineer Squadron, Peterson AFB, Colo., measure out a tent site for a bare base setup at Young Air Assault Strip, Fort McCoy, Wis., Aug. 4, 2017, during exercise Patriot Warrior. Patriot Warrior is an Air Force Reserve training exercise designed to enhance wartime skills in a deployment-style environment and evaluate the ability of units to deploy mobility airlift and agile combat support capabilities in support of joint theater operations. ( U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Efren Lopez )

Images of Ample Strike 2017
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A B-52 Stratofortress from the 307th Bomb Wing stands at the ready following its arrival at Royal Air Force Base, Fairford, England, August 24, 2017. The B-52, along with two B-1B Lancers, are on hand to participate in Exercise Ample Strike 2017. This annual exercise allows U.S. forces to train with their North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies and ensure interoperability on the European Continent. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ted Daigle/ released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jackson Stogsdill, a 307th Operations Support Squadron air flight equipment craftsman, ties up a bag containing drag chute for a B-52 Stratofortress at RAF Fairford, U.K., Aug. 28, 2017.
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jackson Stogsdill, a 307th Operations Support Squadron air flight equipment craftsman, ties up a bag containing drag chute for a B-52 Stratofortress at RAF Fairford, U.K., Aug. 28, 2017. The chute, which ran the length of the building in which Stogsdill works, can be packed into a bag that is approximately four feet high and three feet wide. The chute deployed from the back of a B-52 participating in Exercise Ample Strike 2017. Ample Strike is a Czech Republic-led exercise that offers advanced air/land integration training to forward air controllers, joint terminal attack controllers and close air support aircrews. It also demonstrates the commitment between the U.S. and its European defense partners to promote regional security. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ted Daigle)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ryan Branch, 489th Bomb Group crew chief, preps a B-1 Lancer for takeoff from RAF Fairford, U.K., Aug. 31, 2017.
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ryan Branch, 489th Bomb Group crew chief, preps a B-1 Lancer for takeoff from RAF Fairford, U.K., Aug. 31, 2017. Branch, a Reserve Citizen Airman, was on hand with dozens of his active-duty and Air National Guard counterparts for exercise Ample Strike 2017. The Czech Republic-led exercise offers advanced air-land integration training to forward air controllers, joint terminal attack controllers and close air support aircrews. The exercise also gives U.S. forces an opportunity to train with their NATO partners while also utilizing the Air Force total force integration model in the European theater. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ted Daigle/Released)

Military personnel deployed to Easterwood Airport, College Station, Texas to support rescue and recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
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Military personnel deployed to Easterwood Airport, College Station, Texas to support rescue and recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The 307th Bomb Wing deployed a Chaplain Assistant to help. The Chaplains and Chaplain Assistants are ministering to about 300 Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps personnel as well as to other rescuers, flood victims and volunteers. As of Aug. 31 the operations flown out of this airport have rescued over 175 people. (Courtesy photo/Released)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Dane McKenzie, 343rd Bomb Squadron electronic warfare officer, inspects a B-52 Stratofortress prior to flying a mission from Royal Air Force Fairford, United Kingdom, Sep. 1, 2017.
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U.S. Air Force Capt. Dane McKenzie, 343rd Bomb Squadron electronic warfare officer, inspects a B-52 Stratofortress prior to flying a mission from Royal Air Force Fairford, United Kingdom, Sep. 1, 2017. He and several other Airmen from both the active-duty and Reserve components were taking part in exercise Ample Strike 2017, a Czech Republic-led live-fire exercise that offers advanced Air/Land Integration training to Forward Air Controllers, Joint Terminal Attack Controllers and Close Air Support aircrews. The exercise also gives U.S. forces an opportunity to train with their NATO allies and partners while also utilizing the total force integration model in the European theater. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ted Daigle/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Shawn Werchan, the 307th Operations Support Squadron commander, calls on a young student to answer a trivia question about the B-52 Stratofortress during a school tour at the Leoš Janáček Ostrava Airport, Czech Republic, Sept. 13, 2017.
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U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Shawn Werchan, the 307th Operations Support Squadron commander, calls on a young student to answer a trivia question about the B-52 Stratofortress during a school tour at the Leoš Janáček Ostrava Airport, Czech Republic, Sept. 13, 2017. The tour allows visiting students a sneak peek at the B-1 Lancer, the B-52 Stratofortress and the KC-135 Stratotanker before NATO Days 2017 air show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware/Released)

Brig. Gen. Jonathan Ellis, the mobilization assistant to the 8th Air Force Commander, and Col. Robert VanHoy, the 307th Bomb Wing commander, talk to students at the 1st International School of Ostrava, Czech Republic, about maps, flight routes and the physical requirements for being a bomber pilot, Sept. 15, 2017.
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Brig. Gen. Jonathan Ellis, the mobilization assistant to the 8th Air Force Commander, and Col. Robert VanHoy, the 307th Bomb Wing commander, talk to students at the 1st International School of Ostrava, Czech Republic, about maps, flight routes and the physical requirements for being a bomber pilot, Sept. 15, 2017. Ellis and VanHoy are in the Czech Republic to support the NATO Days Air Show and attend numerous other events to build relationships and highlight the strength of U.S. commitment to the security of Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware/Released)

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U.S. Air Force Lt. Col Bryon Bailey, 307th Operations Group deputy commander, hugs his daughters just before taking command of the 93rd Bomb Squadron at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Oct. 15, 2017. Bailey’s family was on hand for the unit’s change of command ceremony. The ceremony, deeply rooted in military tradition, symbolizes the exchange of leadership from the previous commander to the new commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Technical Sgt. Cody Burt/Released)

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U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Dwayne Slack, 307th Maintenance Group deputy commander, addresses the crowd at Gator Fest 2017 at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Oct. 14, 2017. The annual event highlights achievements of Airmen within the unit. This year's event was extremely well attended by wing leadership and Airmen throughout the unit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele/released)

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Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein greets Col. Robert VanHoy II, 307th Bomb Wing commander, during his visit to the 93rd Bomb Squadron at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Oct. 17, 2017. Goldfein spoke with B-52 Stratofortress formal training unit instructors of the 93rd, 11th and 343rd Bomb Squadrons. The unit is responsible for training all B-52 air crew members in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ted Daigle/released)

Airmen from the 93rd Bomb Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base, La., dress up in costumes to help pediatric patients at the University Health Hospital celebrate Halloween in Shreveport, La., Oct. 31, 2017.
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Airmen from the 93rd Bomb Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base, La., dress up in costumes to help pediatric patients at the University Health Hospital celebrate Halloween in Shreveport, La., Oct. 31, 2017. The Airmen handed out treats to the children as well as lending assistance with crafts and games. They were joined by staff from Margaritaville Resort Casino and Tia’s Hope, a non-profit group that helps children with severe medical needs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Dachelle Melville/Released)

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U.S. Air Force Maj. Jesse Mitchell II, the 307th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels flight commander, looks on as his wife, Maj. Andrea Mitchell, 307th Medical Squadron clinical nurse, holds their son, Jesse Mitchell III at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Nov. 5, 2017. The family gathered for Maj. Jesse Mitchell II’s retirement ceremony. He retired after more than 20 years of service in the Air Force (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ted Daigle/released)

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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Quachard Sloan, a knowledge manager assigned to the 11th Security Forces Squadron, pins a new rank insignia on the newly promoted Lt. Col. Taralene Waddles’, 307th Medical Squadron administrator, at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, Nov. 4, 2017. Waddles is Sloan’s mother. Waddles thanked her friends and family during her ceremony for their continued support and effort in helping her achieve the next rank. (U.S Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Callie Ware/ Released)

Retired Chief Master Sgt. Paul LaFlame, president of the Louisiana State Air Force Association, talks about the importance of taking care of Airmen during the 307th Bomb Wing Senior Noncommissioned Officer Induction and Chief Recognition Ceremony in Shreveport, La. Nov. 4, 2017.
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Retired Chief Master Sgt. Paul LaFlame, president of the Louisiana State Air Force Association, talks about the importance of taking care of Airmen during the 307th Bomb Wing Senior Noncommissioned Officer Induction and Chief Recognition Ceremony in Shreveport, La. Nov. 4, 2017. LaFlame retired from the Air Force as a Chief Master Sergeant assigned to Barksdale Air Force Base, La. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Dachelle Melville/Released)

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U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Richard Reed, 307th Maintenance Squadron armament systems mechanic, concentrates while pressure testing seals on a Conventional Rotary Launcher at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Nov. 14, 2017. The CRL is the latest weapons platform for the B-52 Stratofortress, allowing it to carry laser and global positioning system guided munitions in its bomb bay. The 307th MXS is solely responsible for preparing all the CRL’s needed for the entire B-52 fleet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ted Daigle/released)

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Members of the 343rd Bomb Squadron react to winning the Mitchell Award at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Nov. 15, 2017. They won the honor by placing an unguided munition at zero feet, or precisely on target, during the Global Strike Challenge 2017. Global Strike Challenge is the world's premier Bomber, Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, Helicopter Operations and Security Forces competition with units from Air Force Global Strike Command, Air Combat Command, Air Force Reserve Command and the Air National Guard. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ted Daigle/released)

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U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Christopher Chandler, 93rd Bomb Squadron director of operations, greets members of the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders at Barksdale Air Force Base, La. Dec. 6, 2017. The visit was part of the DCC’s 82nd USO Tour. During the Barksdale AFB portion of the tour, the cheerleaders spent several days meeting with Airmen and their families to thank them for their service to the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ted Daigle/released)

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