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6th Air Refueling Squadron maintains mission readiness

Sunglasses worn by a boom operator show the reflection of a KC-10 boom connecting with another KC-10 Extender

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Ishmael Sweeney, 6th Air Refueling Squadron KC-10 Extender boom operator, connects the boom from one KC-10 to another over Oregon March 11, 2020. The 6th ARS practiced air refueling with a crew from the 60th Operations Support Squadron to maintain readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Traci Keller)

The boom of a KC-10 Extender flown by the 6th Air Refueling Squadron makes contact with a KC-10 flown by the 60th Operations Support Squadron

The boom of a KC-10 Extender flown by the 6th Air Refueling Squadron makes contact with a KC-10 flown by the 60th Operations Support Squadron without offloading fuel over Oregon March 11, 2020. Making contact without offloading fuel is referred to as a “dry contact.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Traci Keller)

A KC-10 Extender pilot looks out the window of the flight deck

U.S. Air Force Capt. Christian Smith, 6th Air Refueling Squadron KC-10 Extender pilot, prepares to take off March 11, 2020, at Travis Air Force Base, California. The crew practiced aerial refueling with another KC-10 from the 60th Operations Support Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Traci Keller)

A crew chief stows a cable on a power cart on the flight line

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Logan Butler, 660th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, stows a cable on a power cart on the flight line at Travis Air Force Base, California, March 11, 2020. Crew chiefs are responsible for maintaining aircraft, support equipment, forms and records. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Traci Keller)

A crew chief pulls chocks from a KC-10 Extender prior to takeoff

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. James Highsmith, 660th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, pulls chocks from a KC-10 Extender prior to takeoff March 11, 2020, at Travis Air Force Base, California. Crew chiefs are responsible for maintaining aircraft, support equipment, forms and records. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Traci Keller)

A boom operator completes his preflight checklist

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Ishmael Sweeney, 6th Air Refueling Squadron KC-10 Extender boom operator, completes his preflight checklist March 11, 2020, at Travis Air Force Base, California. Boom operators are responsible for performing operational checks of air refueling and associated systems and equipment before every flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Traci Keller)

A flight engineer completes preflight procedures on a KC-10

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Travis Livingston, 6th Air Refueling Squadron KC-10 Extender flight engineer, completes preflight procedures on a KC-10 at Travis Air Force Base, California, March 11, 2020. Flight engineers are responsible for monitoring and operating engine and aircraft systems while ensuring the aircraft is safe to fly by computing and applying aircraft weight, balance and performance data. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Traci Keller)

The sun rises behind a KC-10 Extender on the flight line

The sun rises behind a KC-10 Extender on the flight line at Travis Air Force Base, California, March 11, 2020. An aircrew from the 6th Air Refueling Squadron flew the aircraft during a local sortie to maintain mission readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Traci Keller)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Cody Ivie, 6th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, performs preflight checklist tasks on a KC-10 Extender at Travis Air Force Base, California, March 12, 2020. Boom operators are responsible for performing operational checks of air refueling and associated systems and equipment before every flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jonathon Carnell)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Cody Ivie, 6th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, performs preflight checklist tasks on a KC-10 Extender at Travis Air Force Base, California, March 12, 2020. Boom operators are responsible for performing operational checks of air refueling and associated systems and equipment before every flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jonathon Carnell)

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --

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