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A special tactics officer from the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron performs air traffic control operations from the flight line, Sept. 17, 2004 as an MC-130H Combat Talon II takes off from Hurlburt Field, Fla. The base is recovering from Hurricane Ivan, which blew out windows from the base's air traffic control tower. Special tactics officers and their enlisted counterparts, combat controllers, are certified FAA air traffic controllers who deploy undetected into hostile or denied territory to survey and secure assault and landing zone. Their air traffic control skills are coming in handy as the base recovers from Hurricane Ivan, which damaged the base's air traffic control tower. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Kimberly Gilligan)

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