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An Airman assigned to the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., observes as an A-10 Thunderbolt II circle before landing in support of Green Flag West 15-08.5 on the National Training Center range at Fort Irwin, Calif., July 16, 2015. This marked the first time an A-10 landed on the range. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mikaley Towle) ‘Thunder’ rolls at Fort Irwin
They stand in the sweltering summer sun on a lake bed as dry as chapped lips in wintertime. Silence stretches throughout the empty valley and the occasional breeze offers little relief from the unforgiving sun's rays. Beads of sweat trickle down their foreheads as they communicate by radio with the inbound pilots.As combat controllers, part of
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