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An F-15C Eagle assigned to the 493rd Fighter Squadron takes off for the first time in the new year at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 5, 2021. The 48th Fighter Wing conducts daily flying operations in order to ensure the Liberty Wing can deliver unique air combat capabilities when called upon by its NATO allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Madeline Herzog)

An F-15C Eagle assigned to the 493rd Fighter Squadron takes off for the first time in the new year at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 5, 2021. The 48th Fighter Wing conducts daily flying operations in order to ensure the Liberty Wing can deliver unique air combat capabilities when called upon by its NATO allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Madeline Herzog)

Staff Sgt. Brandon Thomas-Volkov, 494th Aircraft Maintenance Unit dedicated crew chief, inspects the underside of an F-15E Strike Eagle before the first takeoffs of the new year at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 5, 2021. Dedicated Crew Chiefs are responsible for managing and supervising all maintenance on their respective aircraft by coordinating with other maintenance specialties such as propulsion, hydraulics and fuels to ensure the aircraft is operational in a timely manner. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Madeline Herzog)

Staff Sgt. Brandon Thomas-Volkov, 494th Aircraft Maintenance Unit dedicated crew chief, inspects the underside of an F-15E Strike Eagle before the first takeoffs of the new year at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 5, 2021. Dedicated Crew Chiefs are responsible for managing and supervising all maintenance on their respective aircraft by coordinating with other maintenance specialties such as propulsion, hydraulics and fuels to ensure the aircraft is operational in a timely manner. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Madeline Herzog)

An F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 494th Fighter Squadron stands static on the flightline at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 5, 2021. The 48th Fighter Wing maintains combat readiness through daily training, ensuring the ability to provide superior airpower capabilities in support of United States interests and those of their allies and partners.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Madeline Herzog)

An F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 494th Fighter Squadron stands static on the flightline at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 5, 2021. The 48th Fighter Wing maintains combat readiness through daily training, ensuring the ability to provide superior airpower capabilities in support of United States interests and those of their allies and partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Madeline Herzog)

Staff Sgt. Virgil Lawson Jr., 494th Aircraft Maintenance Unit dedicated crew chief, inspects the wheels of an F-15E Strike Eagle before the first takeoffs of the new year at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 5, 2021. Dedicated Crew Chiefs are responsible for managing and supervising all maintenance on their respective aircraft by coordinating with other maintenance specialties such as propulsion, hydraulics and fuels to ensure the aircraft is operational in a timely manner. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Madeline Herzog)

Staff Sgt. Virgil Lawson Jr., 494th Aircraft Maintenance Unit dedicated crew chief, inspects the wheels of an F-15E Strike Eagle before the first takeoffs of the new year at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 5, 2021. Dedicated Crew Chiefs are responsible for managing and supervising all maintenance on their respective aircraft by coordinating with other maintenance specialties such as propulsion, hydraulics and fuels to ensure the aircraft is operational in a timely manner. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Madeline Herzog)

An F-15C Eagle assigned to the 493rd Fighter Squadron takes off for the first time in the new year at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 5, 2021. The 48th Fighter Wing conducts daily flying operations in order to ensure the Liberty Wing can deliver unique air combat capabilities when called upon by its NATO allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Madeline Herzog)

An F-15C Eagle assigned to the 493rd Fighter Squadron takes off for the first time in the new year at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 5, 2021. The 48th Fighter Wing conducts daily flying operations in order to ensure the Liberty Wing can deliver unique air combat capabilities when called upon by its NATO allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Madeline Herzog)

An F-15E Strike Eagle stands static on the flightline before morning takeoffs at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 5, 2021. The 48th Fighter Wing conducts daily flying operations in order to ensure the Liberty Wing can deliver unique air combat capabilities when called upon by its NATO allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Madeline Herzog)

An F-15E Strike Eagle stands static on the flightline before morning takeoffs at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 5, 2021. The 48th Fighter Wing conducts daily flying operations in order to ensure the Liberty Wing can deliver unique air combat capabilities when called upon by its NATO allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Madeline Herzog)

An F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 494th Fighter Squadron takes off for the first time in the new year at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 5, 2021.  The 48th Fighter Wing maintains combat readiness through daily training, ensuring the ability to provide superior airpower capabilities in support of United States interests and those of their allies and partners.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Madeline Herzog)

An F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 494th Fighter Squadron takes off for the first time in the new year at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 5, 2021. The 48th Fighter Wing maintains combat readiness through daily training, ensuring the ability to provide superior airpower capabilities in support of United States interests and those of their allies and partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Madeline Herzog)

Airman 1st Class Matthew Perkins, 494th Aircraft Maintenance Unit assistant dedicated crew chief, scrapes the frost off of the canopy of an f-15E Strike Eagle before the first takeoffs of the new year at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 5, 2021. ADCCs are responsible for supporting dedicated crew chiefs with all work pertaining to their aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Madeline Herzog)

Airman 1st Class Matthew Perkins, 494th Aircraft Maintenance Unit assistant dedicated crew chief, scrapes the frost off of the canopy of an F-15E Strike Eagle before the first takeoffs of the new year at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 5, 2021. ADCCs are responsible for supporting dedicated crew chiefs with all work pertaining to their aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Madeline Herzog)

An F-15C Eagle assigned to the 493rd Fighter Squadron takes off for the first time in the new year at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 5, 2021. The 48th Fighter Wing conducts daily flying operations in order to ensure the Liberty Wing can deliver unique air combat capabilities when called upon by its NATO allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Madeline Herzog)

An F-15C Eagle assigned to the 493rd Fighter Squadron takes off for the first time in the new year at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 5, 2021. The 48th Fighter Wing conducts daily flying operations in order to ensure the Liberty Wing can deliver unique air combat capabilities when called upon by its NATO allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Madeline Herzog)

An F-15C Eagle assigned to the 493rd Fighter Squadron takes off for the first time in the new year at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 5, 2021. The 48th Fighter Wing maintains combat readiness through daily training, ensuring the ability to provide superior airpower capabilities in support of United States interests and those of their allies and partners.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Madeline Herzog)
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An F-15C Eagle assigned to the 493rd Fighter Squadron takes off for the first time in the new year at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 5, 2021. The 48th Fighter Wing maintains combat readiness through daily training, ensuring the ability to provide superior airpower capabilities in support of United States interests and those of their allies and partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Madeline Herzog)

Staff Sgt. Virgil Lawson Jr., 494th Aircraft Maintenance Unit dedicated crew chief, inspects an F-15E Strike Eagle before the first takeoffs of the new year at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 5, 2021. Dedicated Crew Chiefs are responsible for managing and supervising all maintenance on their respective aircraft by coordinating with other maintenance specialties such as propulsion, hydraulics and fuels to ensure the aircraft is operational in a timely manner. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Madeline Herzog)
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Staff Sgt. Virgil Lawson Jr., 494th Aircraft Maintenance Unit dedicated crew chief, inspects an F-15E Strike Eagle before the first takeoffs of the new year at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 5, 2021. Dedicated Crew Chiefs are responsible for managing and supervising all maintenance on their respective aircraft by coordinating with other maintenance specialties such as propulsion, hydraulics and fuels to ensure the aircraft is operational in a timely manner. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Madeline Herzog)

Staff Sgt. Brandon Thomas-Volkov, 494th Aircraft Maintenance Unit dedicated crew chief, tightens bolts to the underside of an F-15E Strike Eagle before the first takeoffs of the new year at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 5, 2021. The 48th Maintenance Group Airmen ensure Liberty Wing F-15s are fit to fly and can continue to provide superior airpower capabilities when called upon. Attention to detail is important for everyone working on the flightline to ensure the safety of maintainers and aircrew. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Madeline Herzog)
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Staff Sgt. Brandon Thomas-Volkov, 494th Aircraft Maintenance Unit dedicated crew chief, tightens bolts to the underside of an F-15E Strike Eagle before the first takeoffs of the new year at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 5, 2021. The 48th Maintenance Group Airmen ensure Liberty Wing F-15s are fit to fly and can continue to provide superior airpower capabilities when called upon. Attention to detail is important for everyone working on the flightline to ensure the safety of maintainers and aircrew. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Madeline Herzog)

An Airman assigned to the 48th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron walks to his assigned aircraft before the first takeoffs of the new year at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 5, 2021. 48th Maintenance Group Airmen ensure Liberty Wing F-15s are fit to fly and can continue to provide superior airpower capabilities when called upon. Attention to detail is important for everyone working on the flightline to ensure the safety of maintainers and aircrew. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Madeline Herzog)
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An Airman assigned to the 48th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron walks to his assigned aircraft before the first takeoffs of the new year at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 5, 2021. 48th Maintenance Group Airmen ensure Liberty Wing F-15s are fit to fly and can continue to provide superior airpower capabilities when called upon. Attention to detail is important for everyone working on the flightline to ensure the safety of maintainers and aircrew. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Madeline Herzog)

An F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 494th Fighter Squadron gets inspected by 494th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Airmen before the first takeoffs of the new year at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 5, 2021. The 48th Fighter Wing maintains combat readiness through daily training, ensuring the ability to provide superior airpower capabilities in support of United States interests and those of their allies and partners.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Madeline Herzog)
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An F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 494th Fighter Squadron gets inspected by 494th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Airmen before the first takeoffs of the new year at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 5, 2021. The 48th Fighter Wing maintains combat readiness through daily training, ensuring the ability to provide superior airpower capabilities in support of United States interests and those of their allies and partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Madeline Herzog)

Staff Sgt. Brandon Thomas-Volkov, 494th Aircraft Maintenance Unit dedicated crew chief, tightens bolts to the underside of an F-15E Strike Eagle at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 5, 2021. Dedicated Crew Chiefs are responsible for managing and supervising all maintenance on their respective aircraft by coordinating with other maintenance specialties such as propulsion, hydraulics and fuels to ensure the aircraft is operational in a timely manner. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Madeline Herzog)
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Staff Sgt. Brandon Thomas-Volkov, 494th Aircraft Maintenance Unit dedicated crew chief, tightens bolts to the underside of an F-15E Strike Eagle at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 5, 2021. Dedicated Crew Chiefs are responsible for managing and supervising all maintenance on their respective aircraft by coordinating with other maintenance specialties such as propulsion, hydraulics and fuels to ensure the aircraft is operational in a timely manner. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Madeline Herzog)

Staff Sgt. Virgil Lawson Jr., 494th Aircraft Maintenance Unit dedicated crew chief, inspects the cockpit of an F-15E Strike Eagle before the first takeoffs of the new year at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 5, 2021. The 48th Fighter Wing conducts daily flying operations in order to ensure the Liberty Wing can deliver unique air combat capabilities when called upon by its NATO allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Madeline Herzog)
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Staff Sgt. Virgil Lawson Jr., 494th Aircraft Maintenance Unit dedicated crew chief, inspects the cockpit of an F-15E Strike Eagle before the first takeoffs of the new year at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 5, 2021. The 48th Fighter Wing conducts daily flying operations in order to ensure the Liberty Wing can deliver unique air combat capabilities when called upon by its NATO allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Madeline Herzog)

Airmen assigned to the 48th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron walk out to their assigned F-15E Strike Eagle at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 5, 2021. 48th Maintenance Group Airmen ensure Liberty Wing F-15s are fit to fly and can continue to provide superior airpower capabilities when called upon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Madeline Herzog)
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Airmen assigned to the 48th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron walk out to their assigned F-15E Strike Eagle at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 5, 2021. 48th Maintenance Group Airmen ensure Liberty Wing F-15s are fit to fly and can continue to provide superior airpower capabilities when called upon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Madeline Herzog)

An F-15C Eagle assigned to the 493rd Fighter Squadron takes off for the first time in the new year at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 5, 2021. The 48th Fighter Wing conducts daily flying operations in order to ensure the Liberty Wing can deliver unique air combat capabilities when called upon by its NATO allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Madeline Herzog)
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An F-15C Eagle assigned to the 493rd Fighter Squadron takes off for the first time in the new year at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 5, 2021. The 48th Fighter Wing conducts daily flying operations in order to ensure the Liberty Wing can deliver unique air combat capabilities when called upon by its NATO allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Madeline Herzog)

Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England -- An F-15C Eagle assigned to the 493rd Fighter Squadron takes off for the first time in the new year at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 5, 2021. The 48th Fighter Wing conducts daily flying operations in order to ensure the Liberty Wing can deliver unique air combat capabilities when called upon by its NATO allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Madeline Herzog)