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Airman 1st Class Jonathan Lake, 113th Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment apprentice, tightens a bolt on an air conditioning unit at Joint Base Andrews, Md., March 27, 2017. The D.C. Air National Guard has various missions including defending the National Capital Region, supporting the District and local communities during special security events and natural disasters, and maintaining a worldwide deployable fighter and support force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

Airman 1st Class Jonathan Lake, 113th Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment apprentice, tightens a bolt on an air conditioning unit at Joint Base Andrews, Md., March 27, 2017. The D.C. Air National Guard has various missions including defending the National Capital Region, supporting the District and local communities during special security events and natural disasters, and maintaining a worldwide deployable fighter and support force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

Airman 1st Class Brittney Taylor, 113th Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance apprentice, sprays grey paint onto an F-16 Fighting Falcon cockpit ladder at Joint Base Andrews, Md., March 27, 2017. Structural maintenance Airmen ensure the aircraft is mechanically sound so the D.C. Air National Guard’s mission runs smoothly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

Airman 1st Class Brittney Taylor, 113th Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance apprentice, sprays grey paint onto an F-16 Fighting Falcon cockpit ladder at Joint Base Andrews, Md., March 27, 2017. Structural maintenance Airmen ensure the aircraft is mechanically sound so the D.C. Air National Guard’s mission runs smoothly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

Tech. Sgt. Alberto Padilla, 113th Maintenance Squadron flightline expediter, oversees a maintenance Airman working on an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Joint Base Andrews, Md., March 27, 2017. As a flightline expediter, Padilla must accurately manage, control and direct resources to accomplish maintenance needs. He also reports to the production superintendent so they can accurately determine things like aircraft availability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

Tech. Sgt. Alberto Padilla, 113th Maintenance Squadron flightline expediter, oversees a maintenance Airman working on an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Joint Base Andrews, Md., March 27, 2017. As a flightline expediter, Padilla must accurately manage, control and direct resources to accomplish maintenance needs. He also reports to the production superintendent so they can accurately determine things like aircraft availability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

Airman 1st Class Nghia Tong, 113th Maintenance Squadron tactical aircraft mechanic, tightens a screw on a leading edge flap of an F-16 Fighting Falcon during an aircraft inspection at Joint Base Andrews, Md., March 27, 2017. Aircraft Inspections are conducted to ensure the F-16’s are prepared to support the 113th Wing’s 24/7 alert fighter defense mission to the National Capital Region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

Airman 1st Class Nghia Tong, 113th Maintenance Squadron tactical aircraft mechanic, tightens a screw on a leading edge flap of an F-16 Fighting Falcon during an aircraft inspection at Joint Base Andrews, Md., March 27, 2017. Aircraft Inspections are conducted to ensure the F-16’s are prepared to support the 113th Wing’s 24/7 alert fighter defense mission to the National Capital Region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

A 113th Wing maintenance technician logs information during an inspection of an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Joint Base Andrews, Md., March 27, 2017. Aircraft Inspections are conducted to ensure the F-16’s are prepared to support the 113th WG’s 24/7 alert fighter defense mission to the National Capital Region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

A 113th Wing maintenance technician logs information during an inspection of an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Joint Base Andrews, Md., March 27, 2017. Aircraft Inspections are conducted to ensure the F-16’s are prepared to support the 113th WG’s 24/7 alert fighter defense mission to the National Capital Region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

Staff Sgt. James Winn, 113th Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion technician, performs phase maintenance on the fan frame of an F-16 Fighting Falcon engine at Joint Base Andrews, Md., March 27, 2017. The F-16 must go through different inspections to ensure the quality and safety of the aircraft for mission readiness. In this case, the aerospace propulsion technicians are responsible for the tear down, inspection and build-up of F-16 engines after 4,000 flight hours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

Staff Sgt. James Winn, 113th Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion technician, performs phase maintenance on the fan frame of an F-16 Fighting Falcon engine at Joint Base Andrews, Md., March 27, 2017. The F-16 must go through different inspections to ensure the quality and safety of the aircraft for mission readiness. In this case, the aerospace propulsion technicians are responsible for the tear down, inspection and build-up of F-16 engines after 4,000 flight hours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

An Airman with the 113th Maintenance Squadron fills an F-16 Fighting Falcon with liquid oxygen at Joint Base Andrews, Md., March 27, 2017. Liquid oxygen is used to provide oxygen to pilots when they are above 10,000 feet, during flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

An Airman with the 113th Maintenance Squadron fills an F-16 Fighting Falcon with liquid oxygen at Joint Base Andrews, Md., March 27, 2017. Liquid oxygen is used to provide oxygen to pilots when they are above 10,000 feet, during flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

Staff Sgt. Kyle Adams, 113th Aerospace Control Alert crew chief, performs a pre-flight inspection on an F-16 Fighting Falcon during an alert scramble at Joint Base Andrews, Md., March 28, 2017. An alert scramble is a rapid response to any air defense operation and air emergency. The 113th ACA facility has more than double the number of alert events than all other active duty and National Guard bases combined. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

Staff Sgt. Kyle Adams, 113th Aerospace Control Alert crew chief, performs a pre-flight inspection on an F-16 Fighting Falcon during an alert scramble at Joint Base Andrews, Md., March 28, 2017. An alert scramble is a rapid response to any air defense operation and air emergency. The 113th ACA facility has more than double the number of alert events than all other active duty and National Guard bases combined. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

Two F-16 Fighting Falcon's wait to take off during an alert scramble at Joint Base Andrews, Md., March 28, 2017. A scramble is a rapid response to any air defense operation and air emergency. The 113th Aerospace Control Alert facility has more than double the number of alert events than all other active duty and National Guard bases combined. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

Two F-16 Fighting Falcon's wait to take off during an alert scramble at Joint Base Andrews, Md., March 28, 2017. A scramble is a rapid response to any air defense operation and air emergency. The 113th Aerospace Control Alert facility has more than double the number of alert events than all other active duty and National Guard bases combined. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off during an Aerospace Control Alert scramble at Joint Base Andrews, Md., March 28, 2017. A scramble is a rapid response to any air defense operation and air emergency. The 113th Aerospace Control Alert facility has more than double the number of alert events than all other active duty and National Guard bases combined. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)
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An F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off during an Aerospace Control Alert scramble at Joint Base Andrews, Md., March 28, 2017. A scramble is a rapid response to any air defense operation and air emergency. The 113th Aerospace Control Alert facility has more than double the number of alert events than all other active duty and National Guard bases combined. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

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