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Aircrew conduct in-flight training with protective gear

Aircrew conduct in-flight training with protective gear

A U.S. Air Force 17th Special Operations Squadron pilot executes in-flight training with aircrew eye and respiratory protection system (AERPS) equipment Jan. 31, 2018, off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. Aircrew took turns donning equipment in-flight, while the remainder of the crew monitored them as a safety precaution. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait)

Aircrew conduct in-flight training with protective gear

A U.S. Air Force 353rd Special Operations Support Squadron Aircrew Flying Equipment technician assists a 17th Special Operations Squadron loadmaster put on aircrew eye and respiratory protection system (AERPS) equipment Jan. 31, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 17th SOS executed in-flight training with AERPS equipment as a part of routine Ability to Survive and Operate (ATSO) training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait)

Aircrew conduct in-flight training with protective gear

A U.S. Air Force 17th Special Operations Squadron loadmaster puts on aircrew eye and respiratory protection system (AERPS) equipment Jan. 31, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 17th SOS executed in-flight training with AERPS equipment as a part of routine Ability to Survive and Operate (ATSO) training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait)

Aircrew conduct in-flight training with protective gear

A U.S. Air Force 353rd Special Operations Support Squadron Aircrew Flying Equipment technician assists a 17th Special Operations Squadron pilot put on aircrew eye and respiratory protection system (AERPS) equipment Jan. 31, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 17th SOS executed in-flight training with AERPS equipment as a part of routine Ability to Survive and Operate (ATSO) training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait)

Aircrew conduct in-flight training with protective gear

U.S. Air Force 353rd Special Operations Support Squadron Aircrew Flying Equipment technicians assist 17th Special Operations Squadron aircrew put on aircrew eye and respiratory protection system (AERPS) equipment Jan. 31, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 17th SOS executed in-flight training with AERPS equipment as a part of routine Ability to Survive and Operate (ATSO) training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait)

Aircrew conduct in-flight training with protective gear

A U.S. Air Force 353rd Special Operations Support Squadron Aircrew Flying Equipment technician assists a 17th Special Operations Squadron pilot put on aircrew eye and respiratory protection system (AERPS) equipment Jan. 31, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 17th SOS executed in-flight training with AERPS equipment as a part of routine Ability to Survive and Operate (ATSO) training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait)

Aircrew conduct in-flight training with protective gear

A U.S. Air Force 353rd Special Operations Support Squadron Aircrew Flying Equipment technician assists a 17th Special Operations Squadron pilot put on aircrew eye and respiratory protection system (AERPS) equipment Jan. 31, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 17th SOS executed in-flight training with AERPS equipment as a part of routine Ability to Survive and Operate (ATSO) training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait)

Aircrew conduct in-flight training with protective gear

A U.S. Air Force 353rd Special Operations Support Squadron Aircrew Flying Equipment technician assists a 17th Special Operations Squadron pilot put on aircrew eye and respiratory protection system (AERPS) equipment Jan. 31, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 17th SOS executed in-flight training with AERPS equipment as a part of routine Ability to Survive and Operate (ATSO) training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait)

Aircrew conduct in-flight training with protective gear

A U.S. Air Force 353rd Special Operations Support Squadron Aircrew Flying Equipment technician assists a 17th Special Operations Squadron pilot put on aircrew eye and respiratory protection system (AERPS) equipment Jan. 31, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 17th SOS executed in-flight training with AERPS equipment as a part of routine Ability to Survive and Operate (ATSO) training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait)

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A U.S. Air Force 17th Special Operations Squadron pilot executes in-flight training with aircrew eye and respiratory protection system (AERPS) equipment Jan. 31, 2018, off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. Aircrew took turns donning equipment in-flight, while the remainder of the crew monitored them as a safety precaution. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait)

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Two U.S. Air Force MC-130J Commando IIs from the 17th Special Operations Squadron conduct a formation training mission Jan. 31, 2018, off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. The MC-130J Commando II is a multi-mission combat transport and special operations tanker capable of delivering a payload of 42,000 pounds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait)

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A U.S. Air Force 17th Special Operations Squadron loadmaster puts on aircrew eye and respiratory protection system (AERPS) equipment in the back of a U.S. Air Force MC-130J Commando II Jan. 31, 2018, off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. The 17th SOS executed in-flight training with AERPS equipment as a part of routine Ability to Survive and Operate (ATSO) training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait)

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A U.S. Air Force 17th Special Operations Squadron loadmaster puts on aircrew eye and respiratory protection system (AERPS) equipment in the back of a U.S. Air Force MC-130J Commando II Jan. 31, 2018, off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. The 17th SOS executed in-flight training with AERPS equipment as a part of routine Ability to Survive and Operate (ATSO) training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait)

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A U.S. Air Force 17th Special Operations Squadron loadmaster performs a buddy check on the aircrew eye and respiratory protection system (AERPS) equipment Jan. 31, 2018, off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. The 17th SOS executed in-flight training with AERPS equipment as a part of routine Ability to Survive and Operate (ATSO) training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait)

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Two U.S. Air Force MC-130J Commando IIs from the 17th Special Operations Squadron conduct a formation training mission Jan. 31, 2018, in Okinawa, Japan. Airmen from the 17th SOS conduct training operations often to ensure they are always ready perform a variety of high-priority, low-visibility missions throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific-Region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait)

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A U.S. Air Force 17th Special Operations Squadron pilot executes in-flight training with aircrew eye and respiratory protection system (AERPS) equipment Jan. 31, 2018, off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. Aircrew took turns donning equipment in-flight, while the remainder of the crew monitored them as a safety precaution. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait)

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Two U.S. Air Force MC-130J Commando IIs from the 17th Special Operations Squadron conduct a formation training mission Jan. 31, 2018, in Okinawa, Japan. Routine flights and airdrops are conducted to maintain proficiency and training certifications for prospective missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait)

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A U.S. Air Force 17th Special Operations Squadron pilot executes in-flight training with aircrew eye and respiratory protection system (AERPS) equipment Jan. 31, 2018, off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. Aircrew took turns donning equipment in-flight, while the remainder of the crew monitored them as a safety precaution. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait)

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