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Warthog Sunrise

An A-10C “Warthog” pilot from the 163rd Fighter Squadron, and Aircraft Maintenance Crew Chiefs from the 122nd Fighter Wing, Fort Wayne, Ind., prepare for takeoff during Operation Guardian Blitz, Jan 23, 2018, at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. Operation Guardian Blitz provided training opportunities to practice our core skills of Close Air Support, Forward Air Control and Combat Search and Rescue in a joint environment. The Blacksnakes of the 122nd Fighter Wing and our 163rd Fighter Squadron constantly train to ensure our members are always prepared to defend the nation. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. William Hopper/Released)

An A-10C “Warthog” pilot from the 163rd Fighter Squadron, and Aircraft Maintenance Crew Chiefs from the 122nd Fighter Wing, Fort Wayne, Ind., prepare for takeoff during Operation Guardian Blitz, Jan 23, 2018, at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. Operation Guardian Blitz provided training opportunities to practice our core skills of Close Air Support, Forward Air Control and Combat Search and Rescue in a joint environment. The Blacksnakes of the 122nd Fighter Wing and our 163rd Fighter Squadron constantly train to ensure our members are always prepared to defend the nation. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. William Hopper/Released)

An A-10C “Warthog” pilot from the 163rd Fighter Squadron, and Aircraft Maintenance Crew Chiefs from the 122nd Fighter Wing, Fort Wayne, Ind., prepare for takeoff during Operation Guardian Blitz, Jan 23, 2018, at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. Operation Guardian Blitz provided training opportunities to practice our core skills of Close Air Support, Forward Air Control and Combat Search and Rescue in a joint environment. The Blacksnakes of the 122nd Fighter Wing and our 163rd Fighter Squadron constantly train to ensure our members are always prepared to defend the nation. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. William Hopper/Released)

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Boom Operator’s Office

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Moe Shivers, a boom operator assigned to the 914th Operations Support Squadron, Niagara Air Reserve Station, N.Y., refuels an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft over Avon Park, Fla., Jan. 30, 2018. The A-10s, assigned to the 122nd Fighter Wing, Fort Wayne Air National Guard Station, Ind., conducted Operation Guardian Blitz, which includes training in close air support, forward air control and combat search and rescue. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adam R. Shanks)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Moe Shivers, a boom operator assigned to the 914th Operations Support Squadron, Niagara Air Reserve Station, N.Y., refuels an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft over Avon Park, Fla., Jan. 30, 2018. The A-10s, assigned to the 122nd Fighter Wing, Fort Wayne Air National Guard Station, Ind., conducted Operation Guardian Blitz, which includes training in close air support, forward air control and combat search and rescue. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adam R. Shanks)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Moe Shivers, a boom operator assigned to the 914th Operations Support Squadron, Niagara Air Reserve Station, N.Y., refuels an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft over Avon Park, Fla., Jan. 30, 2018. The A-10s, assigned to the 122nd Fighter Wing, Fort Wayne Air National Guard Station, Ind., conducted Operation Guardian Blitz, which includes training in close air support, forward air control and combat search and rescue. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adam R. Shanks)

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Warthog’s Natural Habitat

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II departs after receiving fuel from a 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker in support of Operation Inherent Resolve on Oct. 6, 2017. The aircraft can loiter near battle areas for extended periods of time and operate in low ceiling and visibility conditions. The wide combat radius and short takeoff and landing capability permit operations in and out of locations near front lines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Battles)

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II departs after receiving fuel from a 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker in support of Operation Inherent Resolve on Oct. 6, 2017. The aircraft can loiter near battle areas for extended periods of time and operate in low ceiling and visibility conditions. The wide combat radius and short takeoff and landing capability permit operations in and out of locations near front lines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Battles)

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II departs after receiving fuel from a 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker in support of Operation Inherent Resolve on Oct. 6, 2017. The aircraft can loiter near battle areas for extended periods of time and operate in low ceiling and visibility conditions. The wide combat radius and short takeoff and landing capability permit operations in and out of locations near front lines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Battles)

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Tactical Air Control Party

Members of the 146th Air Support Operations Squadron, from Oklahoma City, and Estonian tactical air control party specialists acknowledge a 442nd Fighter Wing A-10 Thunderbolt II from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., during a show of force after completing close air support training at Smoky Hill Air National Guard Range in Salina, Kan., Dec. 13, 2017. The Estonian TACPs traveled to the U.S. to work alongside members of the 146 ASOS to complete upgrade training and enhance multi-national relationships. This was the first time the 146 ASOS hosted the Estonian TACPs. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Tyler Woodward)

Members of the 146th Air Support Operations Squadron, from Oklahoma City, and Estonian tactical air control party specialists acknowledge a 442nd Fighter Wing A-10 Thunderbolt II from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., during a show of force after completing close air support training at Smoky Hill Air National Guard Range in Salina, Kan., Dec. 13, 2017. The Estonian TACPs traveled to the U.S. to work alongside members of the 146 ASOS to complete upgrade training and enhance multi-national relationships. This was the first time the 146 ASOS hosted the Estonian TACPs. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Tyler Woodward)

Members of the 146th Air Support Operations Squadron, from Oklahoma City, and Estonian tactical air control party specialists acknowledge a 442nd Fighter Wing A-10 Thunderbolt II from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., during a show of force after completing close air support training at Smoky Hill Air National Guard Range in Salina, Kan., Dec. 13, 2017. The Estonian TACPs traveled to the U.S. to work alongside members of the 146 ASOS to complete upgrade training and enhance multi-national relationships. This was the first time the 146 ASOS hosted the Estonian TACPs. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Tyler Woodward)

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A-10 Close Air Support

A 442nd Fighter Wing A-10 Thunderbolt II, from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., completes close air support training with members of the 146th Air Support Operations Squadron and Estonian tactical air control party specialists at Smoky Hill Air National Guard Range in Salina, Kan., Dec. 13, 2017. Members of the 146 ASOS, in Oklahoma City, organized the training between the 442 FW and Estonia TACP. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Tyler Woodward)

A 442nd Fighter Wing A-10 Thunderbolt II, from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., completes close air support training with members of the 146th Air Support Operations Squadron and Estonian tactical air control party specialists at Smoky Hill Air National Guard Range in Salina, Kan., Dec. 13, 2017. Members of the 146 ASOS, in Oklahoma City, organized the training between the 442 FW and Estonia TACP. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Tyler Woodward)

A 442nd Fighter Wing A-10 Thunderbolt II, from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., completes close air support training with members of the 146th Air Support Operations Squadron and Estonian tactical air control party specialists at Smoky Hill Air National Guard Range in Salina, Kan., Dec. 13, 2017. Members of the 146 ASOS, in Oklahoma City, organized the training between the 442 FW and Estonia TACP. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Tyler Woodward)