U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Kenneth Cook and Airman 1st Class Patrick Tracy, 6th Air Refueling Squadron boom operators, load cargo from a K-loader onto a KC-10 Extender July 9, 2017 at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., in preparation for travel to Hickam AFB, Hawaii. A combined crew from the 6th and 9th ARS at Travis supported Exercise Talisman Saber 2017 by executing Exercise Ultimate Reach, a strategic refueling and airdrop mission in which three KC-10s refueled five C-17 Globemaster IIIs carrying U.S. Army , Australian and Canadian paratroopers prior to an airdrop. TS 17 is a biennial exercise in Australia that focuses on bilateral military training between U.S. Pacific Command forces and the Australian Defence Force to improve U.S.-Australia combat readiness, increase interoperability, maximize combined training opportunities and conduct maritime prepositioning and logistics operations in the Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Sarah Johnson)
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