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A close up view of a US Air Force B-2 Spirit Bomber from 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman AFB, MO being refueled by the boom and refueling arm of a KC-10 Extender aircraft. The image was taken from the Boom Operators position

World War II (WWII) era photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) Technical Sergeant (TSGT) Jack Pittman, Jr, taken at Russell Island, July 4, 1943 as he sits in the cockpit of a USMC F4U"CORSAIR"aircraft. TSGT Pittman is an Ace Pilot credited with 7 kills. His hometown is Amarillo, Texas

United States Marine Corps First Lieutenant (1LT) A. Roger Conant. Official Portrait

World War II (WWII) era photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) Second Lieutenant (2LT) Alvin J. Jensen, standing in front of a US Navy (USN) F4U"CORSAIR"aircraft at Vella LaVella, Soloman Islands, November 14, 1943. 2LT Jensen is an Ace Pilot credited with 7 kills

United States Marine Corps Captain (CPT) Richard L. Braun, from Santa Monica, California. Official Portrait

United States Marine Corps Captain (CPT) William A. Carlton. Official Portrait

A Korean War era photograph of US Marine Corps (USMC) Major (MAJ) John F. Bolt, assigned to the 1ST Marine Aircraft Wing, as he exits his USMC F-86"SABER"jet aircraft. MAJ Bolt is the USMC first"Jet Ace"credited with 6 kills, plus he shot down six Japanese planes during World War II (WWII). His hometown is Sanford, Florida. (Exact date shot unknown)

U.S. Air Force SENIOR AIRMAN John Parie (left), of the 341st Space Wing Public Affairs Office, photographs another AIRMAN shortly after the arrival of U.S. President George W. Bush at the 120th Fighter Wing, Great Falls International Airport Air Guard Station, Mont., on Feb. 3, 2005. Great Falls was one of five cities visited by the President for Town Hall meetings on social security issues following his State of the Union Address. (U.S. Air Force PHOTO by TECH. SGT. Roger M. Dey) (Released)

Returned POWs U.S. Navy CPT Jeremiah Andrew Denton (on left), (Captured 18 Jul 65) and Navy CPT James Alfred Mulligan, (Captured 20 Mar 66) as they board the C-141 Starlifter for the trip from Clark AB to sthe states. Both Denton and Mulligan were released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73 in Hanoi

Returned POWs U.S. Navy CPT Jeremiah Andrew Denton (on left), (Captured 18 Jul 65) and Navy CPT James Alfred Mulligan, (Captured 20 Mar 66) along with 13th Air Force Commander, LGEN William G. Moore approach the microphones on the flight line for a farewell statement prior to board the C-141 Starlifter for the trip from Clark AB to sthe states. Both Denton and Mulligan were released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73 in Hanoi

(On right) Former POW, CPT John Owen Davies, U.S. Air Force, (Captured 4 Feb 67) shows his escort a camera that he bought before leaving Clark Air Base. CPT Davies was shot down on 4 Feb 67 and was released in Hanoi on 18 Feb 73

Former POW and U.S. Air Force COL Ronald Edweard Byrne Jr. talks to press and well wishes at microphones prior to boarding the C-141 Starlifter for the flight to sthe states. Behind COL Byrne is LGEN William G. Moore, Commander 13th Air Force. COL Byrne was captured on 29 Aug 65 and was released in Hanoi by the North Vietnamese on 12 Feb 73

Former POW and U.S. Air Force COL David Burnett Hatcher shakes hands with COL Raymond G. Lawry, Deputy Site Commander, Joint Homecoming Reception Center, waiting is COL John W. Ord, Clark Hospital Commander and LGEN William G. Moore, Commander 13th Air Force is on far left. LCOL Hatcher was captured on 30 May 66 and was released in Hanoi by the North Vietnamese on 12 Feb 73

Former POW and U.S. Navy CMDR Robert Harper Shumaker (Captured 11 Feb 65) shares a magazine with fellow ex-POW U.S. Navy LCMDR Phillip Neal Butler (Captured 20 Apr 65) in the hospital reading lounge. CMDR Shumaker and LCMDR Butler were released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73

Former POW and U.S. Air Force TSGT James R. Cook salutes the colors from his stretcher as he is carried from the C-141 aircraft. TSGT Cook was captured on 21 Dec 72 and released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi 12 Feb 73

Former POW and U.S. Air Force TSGT Arthur Neil Black (Captured 20 Sep 65) waves to the crowd of well wishers upon his arrival on the C-141 Starlifter from Clark Air Base, Philippines. TSGT Black was in the first group of POWs released on 12 Feb 73 by the North Vietnamese government in Hanoi

Released Prisoner of War, U.S. Air Force TSGT Arthur Neil Black, (Captured 20 Sep 65)) salutes MGEN John Gonge, 22nd Air Force Commander and MGEN Daniel "Chappie" James upon his arrival at Travis Air Force Base. TSGT Black was in the second group released by the North Vietnamese on Feb 12, 1973 in Hanoi

Gonge, 22nd Air Force Commander, at the flight line microphones, welcomes former Prisoner of War, U.S. Navy CPT James Bond Stockdale to Travis. CPT Stockdale was captured by the North Vietnameses on 9 Sep 65 and was released in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73

Returned POW U.S. Air Force MAJ Wesley Duane Schierman (Captured 28 Aug 65) talks with Navy artist, Mr. Benton, in his hospital room. MAJ Schierman was released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73 in Hanoi

A line of returned POWs from Viet Cong and North Vietnamese prisons walk from buses to the waiting C-141 Starlifter for the trip to the states. After their release they were flown to Clark AB hospital for medical checkups

Returned POW U.S. Navy LCMDR Everett Alvarez (Captured 5 Aug 64) looks at a letter in his room at the base hospital. LCMDR Alvarez was held longer by the North Vietnamese than any other American POW. He was released on 12 Feb 73 in Hanoi

Former Prisoner of War, U.S. Navy LT CMDR Edward Anthony Davis, (CAptured 26 Aug 65) carrying his puppy, MACO, talks to the press prior to his departure for the states. The puppy was given toim by a North Vietnamese guard prior to his release in the second group of POWS from Hanoi on February 12, 1973

Former Prisoner of War, U.S. Navy LT CMDR Edward Anthony Davis, (CAptured 26 Aug 65) carrying his puppy, MACO, talks to the press prior to his departure for the states. The puppy was given toim by a North Vietnamese guard prior to his release in the second group of POWS from Hanoi on February 12, 1973

Returned POWs U.S. Navy CPT Jeremiah Andrew Denton (on left), (Captured 18 Jul 65) make a farewell statement at the microphones as fellow ex-POW Navy CPT James Alfred Mulligan, (Captured 20 Mar 66) and 13th Air Force Commander, LGEN William G. Moore listens. Both Denton and Mulligan were released by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi on 12 Feb 73 in Hanoi

Front-end loaders move through the snow en route to Blair Lakes Range from Clear Creek

Rear view of equipment moving through the snow en route to Blair Lakes Range from Clear Creek

View from inside the C-141 as two Ex-POWs are greeted upon arriving, after the flight from Hanoi, North Vietnam, by (Left to Right) LGEN William G. Moore Jr., Commander 13th Air Force and Admiral Noel Gaylor, Commander Pacific Command

Ex-POW is greeted upon arriving by LGEN William G. Moore Jr., Commander 13th Air Force. On right, Admiral Noel Gaylor, Commander Pacific Command greets another returnee

Ex-POWs are greeted upon arriving from Hanoi, North Vietnam, by (Left to Right) Unidentified Air Force CMSGT greets unidentified ex-POW, LGEN William G. Moore Jr., Commander 13th Air Force greets Air Force LCOL Lewis Wiley Shattuck, (Captured 11 Jul 66) and Admiral Noel Gaylor, Commander Pacific Command greets U.S. Air Force MAJ Norman Alexander McDaniel (Captured 20 Jul 66)

Four Ex-POWs are greeted upon arriving, after the flight from Hanoi, North Vietnam, by (Left to Right) Unidentified Air Force CMSGT, LGEN William G. Moore Jr., Commander 13th Air Force and Admiral Noel Gaylor, Commander Pacific Command

At Gia Lan Airport American POWs stand next to the bus that brought them to prisoner exchange point, (Left to Right) U.S. Air Force CPT John H. Nasmyth Jr. (Captured 4 Sept 66), USAF CPT Herbert Benjamin Ringsdorf (Captured 11 Nov 66), LCMDR Frederick R. Purrington (Captured 20 Oct 66) USAF CPT Joseph Crecca Jr. (Captured 22 Nov 66), USAF CPT Michael C. Lane (Captured 2 Dec 66) and USAF MAJ James R. Berger (Captured 2 Dec 66)

At Gia Lan Airport, surrounded by North Vietnamese and American officials, the press and public, an unidentified, just released ex-POW walks with his escort to the waiting C-141 transport for the trip to Clark Air Base

At Gia Lan Airport, surrounded by North Vietnamese and American officials, the press and public, just released, ex-POW U.S. Navy LCMDR Joseph C. Plumb Jr., (Captured 19 May 67) walks to meet his escort officer for the trip to Clark Air Base

At Gia Lan Airport, surrounded by North Vietnamese and American officials, the press and public, just released, ex-POW U.S. Navy LCMDR Joseph C. Plumb Jr., (Captured 19 May 67) walks to meet his escort officer for the trip to Clark Air Base

At Gia Lan Airport, surrounded by North Vietnamese and American officials, the press and public, just released, ex-POW U.S. Air Force CPT John H. Nasmyth Jr. (Captured 4 Sep 66), salute COL Emil J. Wengel, a member of the American delegation

American POWs lined up at Gia Lan Airport, surrounded by North Vietnamese military, public and press, prior to being turned over to the U.S. delegation. (Left to Right) U.S. Air Force CPT Michael Christopher Lane (Captured 2 Dec 66), partially hidden behind CPT Lane, USAF CPT John Walter Clark (Captured 12 Mar 67), USAF CPT John Owen Davies (Captured 4 Feb 67), USAF MAJ Hubert Kelly Flesher (Captured 2 Dec 66) and USAF CPT Herbert Benjamin Ringsdorf (Captured 11 Nov 66)

Released POWs enjoy their first taste of freedom on the flight between Hanoi, North Vietnam and Clark Air Base, Philippines. On left, ex-POW U.S. Air Force MAJ Joseph S. Abbott Jr. looks at photo of his family, on the cover of TIME magazine, with one of the flight nurses. Dr. Roger Shields, State Dept representative is standing on the right

At Gia Lan Airport three American POWs stand next to the bus that brought them to prisoner exchange point, (Left to Right) USAF MAJ Hubert Kelly Flesher (Captured 2 Dec 66), USAF CPT Herbert Benjamin Ringsdorf (Captured 11 Nov 66) and U.S. Air Force CPT John H. Nasmyth Jr. (Captured 4 Sept 66)

Members of the Joint Service Processing Team gathered in the Joint Service Processing Center Command Post. Cheif of the Army Homecoming team is COL James A. Murphey Jr., U.S. Army. Deputy for the Air Force Homecoming operation is COL Raymond G. Lawry assigned to the 405th CSG

2LT Herbert Winkeller and LTC John W. Meservey, left to right, check over their F-4D Phantom II aircraft before leading the first flight of F-4's from the base. The 13th Tactical Fighter Squadron, "Panther Pack," was deactivated on June 30, 1975

1LT Jerry Mikinis and 1LT Thomas W. Steves, left to right, take down the squadron flag for the last time. The 13th Tactical Fighter Squadron, "Panther Pack," was deactivated on June 30, 1975

GEN Paul C. Carlton, left, commander, Military Airlift Command (MAC), assigns COL Albert M. Navas, center, as commander, 374th Military Airlift Wing during the change of command ceremony. Just relinquishing command is COL James I. Baginski, right, wearing the Distinguished Service Medal

Control Operator TSGT Ernest Bergmann and Instructor Navigator MAJ Robert Woodrow, left to right, operate the controls of T-45 navigator simulators during training

United States Air Force officers train on T-45 navigator simulators as Instructor Navigator MAJ Robert Woodrow and Control Operator TSGT Ernest Gergmann, left to right, operate the controls of the complex

A UH-1 Iroquois helicopter prepares to pick up a crewman marking his position with a red smoke flare. The UH-1 is participating in combat rescue training exercises

A UH-1 Iroquois helicopter, hovering low over the desert, prepares to pick up a crewman with a rescue harness. The helicopter is participating in combat rescue training exercises

A front view of a UH-1 Iroquois helicopter waiting for orders to take-off during combat rescue training exercises

An A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft, flying low over the desert, provides cover fire for helicopters during combat rescue training exercises

TSGT Rick Diaz, an Air Force Audiovisual photographer, takes photographs of a practice rescue mission while he floats in the water. The mission is being conducted by member s of the 129th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group of the Air National Guard

A sea-to-air right side view of an HH-3 Jolly Green Giant helicopter lowering a rescue line during a practice rescue mission off the coast of California. The helicopter is assigned to the 129th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group of the Air National Guard

TSGT Wilkenson and another pararescueman, both of the 129th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group of the Air National Guard, perform a final check on their equipment prior to a practice rescue mission off the coast of California

A sea-to-air view of an HH-3 Jolly Green Giant helicopter using a recovery hoist to lift two pararescuemen from the water off the coast of California. The men, from the 129th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group of the Air National Guard, are participating in a practice rescue mission

A left side view of an RC-130 Hercules aircraft on the flightline prior to flying a practice rescue mission off the coast of California. The aircraft is assigned to the 129th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group of the Air National Guard

Dr. Norbeck uses a telephone with a radio link-up to communicate with pararescuemen conducting a practice rescue mission off the coast of California. The mission is being conducted by members of the 129th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group of the Air National Guard

CPT Boone, from the 129th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group of the Air National Guard, briefs members of his crew prior to beginning a practice rescue in the open ocean

A pararescueman from the 129th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group of the Air National Guard drops into the ocean off the coast of California during a practice rescue mission

A starboard quarter view of a 30-foot long sailboat off the coast of California. The boat is the object of a practice rescue mission being conducted by the 129th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group of the Air National Guard

SGT Boyle, a pararescueman with the 129th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group of the Air National Guard, prepares to jump from the troop door of an RC-130 Hercules aircraft during a practice rescue mission off the coast of California

CPT Lyle, a navigator for the 129th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group of the Air National Guard, listens to a pre-flight briefing prior to a practice rescue missile in the open ocean

TSGT Wilkenson waits for a ladder to be put over the side of a boat so he may board to assist an "injured" passenger. He is participating in a practice rescue mission being conducted by the 129th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group of the Air National Guard, off the coast of California

A sea-to-air view of an HH-3 Jolly Green Giant helicopter, from the 129th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group of the Air National Guard, conducting a pick-up by wire during a practice rescue mission off the coast of California

TSGT Wilkenson, a pararescueman with the 129th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group of the Air National Guard, makes a final check of his equipment prior to a practice rescue mission in the open ocean

A pararescueman from the 129th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group of the Air National Guard climbs into a boat off the coast of California. He parachuted into the water near the boat during a practice rescue mission

A pararescueman from the 129th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group of the Air National Guard drops into the ocean off the coast of California during a practice rescue mission

TSGT Wilkenson, of the 129th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group of the Air National Guard, checks spare equipment during a practice rescue mission

U.S. Air Force combat controller, TSGT Ernest C. Gomez of the 1300th Military Airlift Squadron, monitors a C-130 Hercules aircraft parachute drop made by members of the U.S. Army 193rd Infantry Brigade during an airborne training mission at Venado Drop Zone

A left side view of an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft on static display during a tour of air bases on Korea to familiarize Korean and American field commanders with its capabilities. In the foreground are several types of bombs that can be carried by the A-10

TSGT Douglas Childress of the 363rd Air Transportable Hospital (ATH) beautifies the main entrance to the facility. The ATH, a component of the Shaw Air Force Base Hospital, provides medical service for participants of joint services exercise Solid Shield `77

Fiona and Dennis Clements, both captains assigned to the Norton Air Force Base Medical Clinic, stand in front of their adjoining offices. They are the only husband and wife flight surgeons in the Air Force. Fiona Clements is the only female flight surgeon in the Air Force

Secretary of Defense Harold Brown is the guest speaker during graduation ceremonies being held at the Air Force Academy stadium

Major David Vaughn and STAFF Sergeant Jay B. Brown (wearing 5th Cavalry uniforms) present a hat and saber to Governor Ed Herschler of Wyoming, as Colonel James M. Cowan, Strategic Missile Wing commander, looks on

CPT Dennis Clements and his wife, CPT FIona Clements, use name plates to help separate their patients at Norton Air Force Base Medical Clinic. The Clements are the only husband and wife flight surgeons in the Air Force. Fiona Clements is the only female flight surgeon in the Air Force

STAFF Sergeant John Brown (in cavalry uniform) and missile launch officer Richard C. Soetaret pose in front of a Minuteman missile replica outside the main gate, to represent the "muskets to missiles" theme of the 5th Cavalry reorganized

A ground-to-air view of an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft taking off during a demonstration tour of air bases in Korea to familiarize Korean and American field commanders with its capabilities

Sergeant Ronald Dowsham of the 5th Cavalry reoganized takes care of his mount after going off duty. Dowsham is an Air Policeman assigned to protect the missiles located here

A multi-colored starburst surrounds a C-9 Nightingale aircraft in this special effects view

A front view of an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft on static display during a tour of air bases on Korea to familiarize Korean and American field commanders with its capabilities. In the foreground are 30 mm shells for the seven-barrel cannon on the A-10. On the right is an example of the Mark 20 Rock Eye cluster bomb that can be carried by the A-10

An air-to-air left front view of an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft maneuvering during a demonstration tour of air bases in Korea to familiarize Korean and American field commanders with its capabilities

A member of the crew of an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft presents a dummy cannon shell from the General Electric GAU-8/A Avenger 30mm cannon on the A-10 to the commander of an air base in Korea. A shell was presented to the commander of each base visited by the A-10 crew during the tour to familiarize field commanders with the capabilities of the aircraft

A1C Parker Floyd and TSGT Richard Turner perform routine maintenance on a P-12 pumper at the Solid Shield fire station. Next to the wooden "barn" used to house the fire truck is the tent where the firemen sleep during joint services exercise Solid Shield '77

A missile fired from an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft explodes in the target area on Nightmare Range during Exercise COPE STRIKE X-RAY. The A-10 is on a demonstration tour of air bases in Korea to familiarize Korean and American field commanders with its capabilities

Technical Sergeant Dave Weissinger, a missile technician, does some horse-shoe work for the 5th Cavalry reorganized

An A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft pilot, assigned to the 355th Tactical Fighter Wing, prepares to climb out of his aircraft after flying a late afternoon mission. The aircraft is on a tour of air bases in Korea to familiarize Korean and American field commanders with its capabilities

A left side view of an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft on the runway during a demonstration tour of air bases in Korea to familiarize Korean and American field commanders with its capabilities

A ground crew loads a Maverick missile on the wing pylon of an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft from the 355th Tactical Fighter Wing. The aircraft is on a tour of air bases in Korea to familiarize Korean and American field commanders with its capabilities

A pattern from a sound scope was superimposed over the face of an airman wearing stereo headphones in this double exposure

CPT Dennis Clements serves as one of the base pediatricians when he is not working in the Aerospace Medicine Division. He shares his expertise in this field with his wife, CPT FIona Clements, during children's sick-call. They are the only husband and wife flight surgeons in the Air Force. Fiona Clements is the only female flight surgeon in the Air Force

SGT Laura Mohrbacher, assigned to the Avionics Maintenance Branch of the Army Meteorological Maintenance section, checks wiring on an air pollution monitor

A technician adjusts the console controls of the control record for a ground meteorological detection antenna

SGT Laura Mohrbacher, assigned to the Avionics Maintenance Branch of the Army Meteorological Maintenance section, makes adjustments on a wind set 101. The wind set measures and records wind speed direction

SGT Laura Mohrbacher, assigned to the Avionics Maintenance Branch of the Army Meteorological Maintenance section, removes a pylon that supports sensing equipment in a ground meteorological Maintenance section, removes a pylon that supports sensing equipment in a ground meteorological detection antenna

TSGT Lester Dollar, physical therapy technician, administers an ultraviolet acne treatment to A1C Forrest E. Morgan at the USAF hospital

TSGT Lonnie Shoupe undegoes a whirlpool treatment for a sprained ankle in the physical therapy section of the USAF hospital

Chaplain (Captain) Brian D. Talcott, a Christian Scientist, conducts a service at the base chapel

Chaplain (Captain) Brian D. Talcott, a Christian Scientist, conducts a service at the base chapel

Technical Sergeant Joseph J. Ostrowski (1), a precision measurement technician with the Precise Time Section at the Aerospace Guidance and Metrology Center, Newark Air Force Station, Ohio, helps secure a cesium beam "atomic" clock to the seat of a commercial jetliner. The clock is used to synchronize critical Air Force timepieces

Maintenance personnel stand by to re-load an A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft during a surge test, part of Operation Red Flag

Para-jumpers from the 129th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group rappel down the 300-foot face of Summit Rock during a mock rescue exercise

Participating in the ground breaking ceremony for the new Civil Air Patrol (CAP) building are (from left to right) CAP COL John H. Felix, CPT Jim Kline, USAF BGEN Carl S. Miller, CAP COL William K. Baker, Percy Mirikitani, CAP LTC Robert G. Alderman, State Rep. Charles M. Campbell and State Senator Joseph T. Kuroda

An airman leaps over ropes on an obstacle course while an instructor watches him closely