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SOUTHWEST ASIA - Maj. (Dr.) Douglas Vanderkooi, 379th Expeditionary Medical Group radiologist, examines digital images of a hand for fractures and a chest X-ray for possible abnormalities. Dr. Vanderkooi is a native of Peter Falls, Iowa, and is deployed from Langley Air Force Base, VA. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Brendan Kavanaugh)

SOUTHWEST ASIA - Maj. (Dr.) Douglas Vanderkooi, 379th Expeditionary Medical Group radiologist, examines digital images of a hand for fractures and a chest X-ray for possible abnormalities. Dr. Vanderkooi is a native of Peter Falls, Iowa, and is deployed from Langley Air Force Base, VA. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Brendan Kavanaugh)

Senior Airman Hailey Sundberg deconflicts coalition airspace, Jan. 9. The 71st Expeditionary Air Control Squadron monitors airspace throughout the coalition area of responsibility in Southwest Asia and serve as a failsafe measure for other forward air monitoring services. The outgoing rotation is the final group of air surveillance professionals from Aviano Air Base, Italy, and will return home soon.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Christian Michael)

Senior Airman Hailey Sundberg deconflicts coalition airspace, Jan. 9. The 71st Expeditionary Air Control Squadron monitors airspace throughout the coalition area of responsibility in Southwest Asia and serve as a failsafe measure for other forward air monitoring services. The outgoing rotation is the final group of air surveillance professionals from Aviano Air Base, Italy, and will return home soon. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Christian Michael)

SOUTHWEST ASIA – 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron members participate in a working dog demonstration display during the annual Flight Line Fest Jan. 14 at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing. The event had live music by the U.S. Air Force Central Command Band, static aircraft and was an opportunity for Airmen and non-service members alike to learn more about operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Brendan Kavanaugh)

SOUTHWEST ASIA – 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron members participate in a working dog demonstration display during the annual Flight Line Fest Jan. 14 at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing. The event had live music by the U.S. Air Force Central Command Band, static aircraft and was an opportunity for Airmen and non-service members alike to learn more about operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Brendan Kavanaugh)

SOUTHWEST ASIA - Senior Airman Quincy Moore, 379th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels distribution operator, opens the hydrant adapter in order to fill up his fuel truck on the flight line Jan. 22. Each truck can hold approximately 6,000 gallons of JP-8. Moore is deployed from Pope Field, N.C. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joel Mease)

SOUTHWEST ASIA - Senior Airman Quincy Moore, 379th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels distribution operator, opens the hydrant adapter in order to fill up his fuel truck on the flight line Jan. 22. Each truck can hold approximately 6,000 gallons of JP-8. Moore is deployed from Pope Field, N.C. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joel Mease)

SOUTHWEST ASIA -- Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody talks with explosive ordnance disposal Airmen of the 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron during a visit to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing. The visit is a part of a multi-base tour by Cody and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III to meet with Airmen throughout the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Brendan Kavanaugh)

SOUTHWEST ASIA -- Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody talks with explosive ordnance disposal Airmen of the 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron during a visit to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing. The visit is a part of a multi-base tour by Cody and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III to meet with Airmen throughout the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Brendan Kavanaugh)

SOUTHWEST ASIA -- Master Sgt. Aubrey Walters, 746th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron duty flight engineer, runs preflight checklists, Mar. 4. Members of the 746th EAS and Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, comprised of Reservists from the 908th Airlift Wing, Maxwell AFB, Ala., and 440th Airlift Wing, Pope Field, N.C., prepare to transport cargo downrange in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Christian Michael)

SOUTHWEST ASIA -- Master Sgt. Aubrey Walters, 746th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron duty flight engineer, runs preflight checklists, Mar. 4. Members of the 746th EAS and Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, comprised of Reservists from the 908th Airlift Wing, Maxwell AFB, Ala., and 440th Airlift Wing, Pope Field, N.C., prepare to transport cargo downrange in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Christian Michael)

SOUTHWEST ASIA -- Staff Sgt. Todd Mathis, a metals technology craftsman from the 379th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Aircraft Metals Technology Shop, uses a tungsten inert gas welder to bond two aluminum pieces together. Known as Metals Shop, their mission is to support aircraft and air ground equipment with skills in metal work; the only shop capable of working and welding exotic metals such as titanium, cobalt and nickel alloy. Metals Shop also fabricates aircraft parts and metal objects that no longer exist in supply inventory, thus keeping aircraft flying. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Brendan Kavanaugh)

SOUTHWEST ASIA -- Staff Sgt. Todd Mathis, a metals technology craftsman from the 379th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Aircraft Metals Technology Shop, uses a tungsten inert gas welder to bond two aluminum pieces together. Known as Metals Shop, their mission is to support aircraft and air ground equipment with skills in metal work; the only shop capable of working and welding exotic metals such as titanium, cobalt and nickel alloy. Metals Shop also fabricates aircraft parts and metal objects that no longer exist in supply inventory, thus keeping aircraft flying. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Brendan Kavanaugh)

SOUTHWEST ASIA - Tech. Sgt. David Helmbrecht, 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron kennel master, swings Nico after the military working dog successfully attacks the bite sleeve in the obedience yard, April 23. Because of Nico’s weight and the force of his momentum when he attacks, dog handlers swing him when they wear the bite suit to help prevent Nico from injuring himself. Helmbrecht is deployed from Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D., and Nico is deployed from Travis Air Force Base, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Joel Mease)

SOUTHWEST ASIA - Tech. Sgt. David Helmbrecht, 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron kennel master, swings Nico after the military working dog successfully attacks the bite sleeve in the obedience yard, April 23. Because of Nico’s weight and the force of his momentum when he attacks, dog handlers swing him when they wear the bite suit to help prevent Nico from injuring himself. Helmbrecht is deployed from Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D., and Nico is deployed from Travis Air Force Base, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Joel Mease)

SOUTHWEST ASIA – The Royal Australian Air Force invited the Grand Slam Wing to take part in a dawn, wreath-laying service April 25 to remember all who served and died in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations in which Australian and New Zealand defense forces have been engaged. The dawn service focuses on the quiet moments before dawn during conflict, where soldiers were woken up to “stand-to” in the quiet moments before another day of battle would begin. The Thursday morning ceremony here began at 4:20 a.m. – the time ANZAC Forces made landfall on Gallipoli in 1915 -- hosted by RAAF Task Unit 633.2.5 Wing Commander Paul Gibbs, followed by a hymn, dedication, sonnet and requiem. Coalition representatives here laid a wreath, including the Australians, New Zealanders, British, Americans, French, Canadians, Italians and Belgians. After the laying of wreaths, an ode of remembrance was read before a playing of the last post. After the moment of silence, reveille played, a prayer given and the ceremony concluded with the national anthems of Australia and New Zealand. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Brendan Kavanaugh)

SOUTHWEST ASIA – The Royal Australian Air Force invited the Grand Slam Wing to take part in a dawn, wreath-laying service April 25 to remember all who served and died in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations in which Australian and New Zealand defense forces have been engaged. The dawn service focuses on the quiet moments before dawn during conflict, where soldiers were woken up to “stand-to” in the quiet moments before another day of battle would begin. The Thursday morning ceremony here began at 4:20 a.m. – the time ANZAC Forces made landfall on Gallipoli in 1915 -- hosted by RAAF Task Unit 633.2.5 Wing Commander Paul Gibbs, followed by a hymn, dedication, sonnet and requiem. Coalition representatives here laid a wreath, including the Australians, New Zealanders, British, Americans, French, Canadians, Italians and Belgians. After the laying of wreaths, an ode of remembrance was read before a playing of the last post. After the moment of silence, reveille played, a prayer given and the ceremony concluded with the national anthems of Australia and New Zealand. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Brendan Kavanaugh)

SOUTHWEST ASIA -- Host nation emergency personnel evacuate simulated critical care patients from a simulated C-130 Hercules accident during the first joint host nation and U.S. major accident response exercise here May 6. The MARE showcased how host nation and U.S. military work together in an emergency response event.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt Brendan Kavanaugh)
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SOUTHWEST ASIA -- Host nation emergency personnel evacuate simulated critical care patients from a simulated C-130 Hercules accident during the first joint host nation and U.S. major accident response exercise here May 6. The MARE showcased how host nation and U.S. military work together in an emergency response event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt Brendan Kavanaugh)

Airmen 1st Class Lena Lau and Justin Grahn fold the American flag during a Memorial Day retreat ceremony, May 27, 2013, at Memorial Plaza in Southwest Asia. Lau and Grahn are members of the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing honor guard. Military retreat ceremonies serve a twofold purpose: to signal the end of the official duty day and to pay respect to the U.S. flag. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Benjamin Stratton)
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Airmen 1st Class Lena Lau and Justin Grahn fold the American flag during a Memorial Day retreat ceremony, May 27, 2013, at Memorial Plaza in Southwest Asia. Lau and Grahn are members of the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing honor guard. Military retreat ceremonies serve a twofold purpose: to signal the end of the official duty day and to pay respect to the U.S. flag. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Benjamin Stratton)

SOUTHWEST ASIA – Tech. Sgt. Joslyn Sarte, 71st Expeditionary Air Control Squadron battle management area controller, take part in an all-female crew on the Pyramid Floor May 31 to honor sacrifices past female service members have made. The Pyramid crew wanted to pay tribute in a unique way, and organized the first all-female crew on the final day of Women's History Month. Pyramid detects and identifies aircraft to control them as well as make decisions on where to send critical air power for the war fighter on the ground in Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Brendan Kavanaugh)
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SOUTHWEST ASIA – Tech. Sgt. Joslyn Sarte, 71st Expeditionary Air Control Squadron battle management area controller, take part in an all-female crew on the Pyramid Floor May 31 to honor sacrifices past female service members have made. The Pyramid crew wanted to pay tribute in a unique way, and organized the first all-female crew on the final day of Women's History Month. Pyramid detects and identifies aircraft to control them as well as make decisions on where to send critical air power for the war fighter on the ground in Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Brendan Kavanaugh)

Senior Airman Travis Exner fills a box with dry ice to be shipped to Afghanistan at the379th Air Expeditionary Wing’s Blood Transshipment Center in Southwest Asia, June 13, 2013. In addition to blood products, the BTC is the sole provider of dry ice to various locations within the area of responsibility. Exner is a 379th Expeditionary Medical Support Squadron BTC logistics technician deployed from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Bahja J. Jones)
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Senior Airman Travis Exner fills a box with dry ice to be shipped to Afghanistan at the379th Air Expeditionary Wing’s Blood Transshipment Center in Southwest Asia, June 13, 2013. In addition to blood products, the BTC is the sole provider of dry ice to various locations within the area of responsibility. Exner is a 379th Expeditionary Medical Support Squadron BTC logistics technician deployed from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Bahja J. Jones)

Staff Sgt. John Hubicsak discusses load plans with Airman 1st Class Brittany McGarrity on a C-17 Globemaster III at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia, July 12, 2013. Hubicsak is an 8th Expeditionary Air Mobility Squadron air terminal operations center information controller deployed from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, and McGarrity is an 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron C-17 loadmaster deployed from Joint Base Charleston, S.C. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Benjamin Stratton)
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Staff Sgt. John Hubicsak discusses load plans with Airman 1st Class Brittany McGarrity on a C-17 Globemaster III at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia, July 12, 2013. Hubicsak is an 8th Expeditionary Air Mobility Squadron air terminal operations center information controller deployed from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, and McGarrity is an 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron C-17 loadmaster deployed from Joint Base Charleston, S.C. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Benjamin Stratton)

B-1B Lancer crew chiefs from the 34th Aircraft Maintenance Unit work to fix a blown tire as the sun heats up the tarmac at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia, July 15, 2013. As these crew chiefs repair the blown tire, 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Group B-1 quality assurance inspector, Staff Sgt. Daniel Sanney, ensures the work is completed following safety guidelines. Sanney and these crew chiefs are deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Benjamin Stratton)
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B-1B Lancer crew chiefs from the 34th Aircraft Maintenance Unit work to fix a blown tire as the sun heats up the tarmac at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia, July 15, 2013. As these crew chiefs repair the blown tire, 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Group B-1 quality assurance inspector, Staff Sgt. Daniel Sanney, ensures the work is completed following safety guidelines. Sanney and these crew chiefs are deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Benjamin Stratton)

B-1B Lancer crew chiefs from the 34th Aircraft Maintenance Unit work to fix a blown tire as the sun heats up the tarmac at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia, July 15, 2013. As these crew chiefs repair the blown tire, 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Group B-1 quality assurance inspector, Staff Sgt. Daniel Sanney, ensures the work is completed following safety guidelines. Sanney and these crew chiefs are deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Benjamin Stratton)
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B-1B Lancer crew chiefs from the 34th Aircraft Maintenance Unit work to fix a blown tire as the sun heats up the tarmac at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia, July 15, 2013. As these crew chiefs repair the blown tire, 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Group B-1 quality assurance inspector, Staff Sgt. Daniel Sanney, ensures the work is completed following safety guidelines. Sanney and these crew chiefs are deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Benjamin Stratton)

Staff Sgt. David Bayle inspects an aircraft pin for cracks under a black light after dipping the part into chemicals mixed to show cracks not normally visible to the naked eye at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia, Aug. 6, 2013. Bayle is a 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron nondestructive inspection craftsman deployed from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, and hails from Port Sanilac, Mich. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Benjamin Stratton)
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Staff Sgt. David Bayle inspects an aircraft pin for cracks under a black light after dipping the part into chemicals mixed to show cracks not normally visible to the naked eye at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia, Aug. 6, 2013. Bayle is a 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron nondestructive inspection craftsman deployed from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, and hails from Port Sanilac, Mich. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Benjamin Stratton)

Tech. Sgt. Thomas Miller clears an aircraft for takeoff as Senior Airman Kevin Krippner surveys the flightline at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia, Aug. 13, 2013. Miller is the 379th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron air traffic control watch supervisor deployed from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., and hails from Olathe, Kan. Krippner is a 379th EOSS air traffic controller deployed from Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., and a Winchester, Va., native. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Bahja J. Jones)
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Tech. Sgt. Thomas Miller clears an aircraft for takeoff as Senior Airman Kevin Krippner surveys the flightline at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia, Aug. 13, 2013. Miller is the 379th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron air traffic control watch supervisor deployed from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., and hails from Olathe, Kan. Krippner is a 379th EOSS air traffic controller deployed from Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., and a Winchester, Va., native. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Bahja J. Jones)

Staff Sgt. Everett Myles uses a speed handle to secure straps on a laser joint directed attack munition during a bomb build at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia, Sept. 2, 2013. Myles is a 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron conventional maintenance crew chief deployed from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, and hails from Fort Worth, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Bahja J. Jones)
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Staff Sgt. Everett Myles uses a speed handle to secure straps on a laser joint directed attack munition during a bomb build at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia, Sept. 2, 2013. Myles is a 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron conventional maintenance crew chief deployed from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, and hails from Fort Worth, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Bahja J. Jones)

Members of the base honor guard lower the flag while retreat is played during a 9/11 retreat ceremony at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia, Sept. 11, 2013. The 379th AEW has been a constant in the U.S. Air Forces Central Command's area of responsibility over the last nearly 12 years. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)
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Members of the base honor guard lower the flag while retreat is played during a 9/11 retreat ceremony at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia, Sept. 11, 2013. The 379th AEW has been a constant in the U.S. Air Forces Central Command's area of responsibility over the last nearly 12 years. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)

The U.S. Air Forces Central Command’s band, the “Blue Yonders,” perform in their Irish folk fashion during an Air Force Birthday celebration at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia, Sept. 18, 2013. Grand Slam troops were treated to a full night of entertainment for the service’s 66th year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Bahja J. Jones)
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The U.S. Air Forces Central Command’s band, the “Blue Yonders,” perform in their Irish folk fashion during an Air Force Birthday celebration at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia, Sept. 18, 2013. Grand Slam troops were treated to a full night of entertainment for the service’s 66th year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Bahja J. Jones)

Service members deployed to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing participate in the 24-hour prisoners of war and missing in action vigil run at the 379th AEW in Southwest Asia, Sept. 21, 2013. The run began Sept. 20 and culminated with a closing ceremony and traditional flag folding by the base honor guard in reverence to those still missing. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)
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Service members deployed to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing participate in the 24-hour prisoners of war and missing in action vigil run at the 379th AEW in Southwest Asia, Sept. 21, 2013. The run began Sept. 20 and culminated with a closing ceremony and traditional flag folding by the base honor guard in reverence to those still missing. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)

Two U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornets maneuver behind a KC-135 Stratotanker for refueling in Southwest Asia, Oct. 1, 2013. The aircraft is assigned to the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron deployed from the 128th Air Refueling Wing (Wisconsin Air National Guard), in Milwaukee.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Joselito Aribuabo)
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Two U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornets maneuver behind a KC-135 Stratotanker for refueling in Southwest Asia, Oct. 1, 2013. The aircraft is assigned to the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron deployed from the 128th Air Refueling Wing (Wisconsin Air National Guard), in Milwaukee. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Joselito Aribuabo)

Senior Airman Wong Ly climbs an antenna tower at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia, Oct. 30, 2013. Cable maintainers perform preventive maintenance inspections on antennas every six months. Ly is a 379th Expeditionary Communications Squadron cable and antenna maintainer deployed from Kadena Air Base Japan and a native of Hilo, Hawaii. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Joselito Aribuabo)
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Senior Airman Wong Ly climbs an antenna tower at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia, Oct. 30, 2013. Cable maintainers perform preventive maintenance inspections on antennas every six months. Ly is a 379th Expeditionary Communications Squadron cable and antenna maintainer deployed from Kadena Air Base Japan and a native of Hilo, Hawaii. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Joselito Aribuabo)

U.S. Air Force service members faceoff against host nation service members during a friendly soccer game at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia, Oct. 31, 2013. The games were held at the local military compound’s soccer stadium, and hosted by the local base commander Brig. Gen. Abdulla Jassim Al Meraikhi.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Bahja J. Jones)
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U.S. Air Force service members faceoff against host nation service members during a friendly soccer game at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia, Oct. 31, 2013. The games were held at the local military compound’s soccer stadium, and hosted by the local base commander Brig. Gen. Abdulla Jassim Al Meraikhi. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Bahja J. Jones)

Charles Longoria, a “Lost Trailers” guitarist and band leader, sings during a performance at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia, Oct. 31, 2013. During the 379th Expeditionary Force Support Squadron hosted event, the American country band expressed their gratitude for military service members. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Bahja J. Jones)
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Charles Longoria, a “Lost Trailers” guitarist and band leader, sings during a performance at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia, Oct. 31, 2013. During the 379th Expeditionary Force Support Squadron hosted event, the American country band expressed their gratitude for military service members. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Bahja J. Jones)

Drew Bezanson backflips over service members during a Bikes Over Baghdad demonstration at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia, Nov. 9, 2013. Bezanson is a professional BMX rider with the Bikes Over Baghdad group and competes in X-games competitions worldwide. (Courtesy photo by Keith Mulligan)
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Drew Bezanson backflips over service members during a Bikes Over Baghdad demonstration at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia, Nov. 9, 2013. Bezanson is a professional BMX rider with the Bikes Over Baghdad group and competes in X-games competitions worldwide. (Courtesy photo by Keith Mulligan)

Royal Air Force Cpl. Olie Dunk pauses while lowering the English Union Flag during a sunset remembrance ceremony at the 83rd Expeditionary Air Group headquarters Nov. 9, 2013. The RAF's 83 EAG is responsible for all English units operating in Afghanistan and the Middle East. (USAF Photo by Master Sgt. Ben Bloker)
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Royal Air Force Cpl. Olie Dunk pauses while lowering the English Union Flag during a sunset remembrance ceremony at the 83rd Expeditionary Air Group headquarters Nov. 9, 2013. The RAF's 83 EAG is responsible for all English units operating in Afghanistan and the Middle East. (USAF Photo by Master Sgt. Ben Bloker)

Staff Sgt. Kelly Perry sings to service members at the 8th Expeditionary Air Mobility Squadron passenger terminal, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, Southwest Asia on Nov. 27, 2013. Systems Go is the newest AFCENT U.S. Air Forces Central Command rock  band and will provide performances to increase troop morale, diplomacy, and outreach to host nations. Perry is a vocalist and is deployed from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, and hails from Louisville, Ky. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. David Miller)
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Staff Sgt. Kelly Perry sings to service members at the 8th Expeditionary Air Mobility Squadron passenger terminal, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, Southwest Asia on Nov. 27, 2013. Systems Go is the newest AFCENT U.S. Air Forces Central Command rock band and will provide performances to increase troop morale, diplomacy, and outreach to host nations. Perry is a vocalist and is deployed from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, and hails from Louisville, Ky. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. David Miller)

Lt. Gen. John Hesterman III, U.S. Air Forces Central Command commander serves Thanksgiving day meals to service members assigned to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing and tenant units in Southwest Asia, on Nov. 28, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. David Miller)
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Lt. Gen. John Hesterman III, U.S. Air Forces Central Command commander serves Thanksgiving day meals to service members assigned to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing and tenant units in Southwest Asia, on Nov. 28, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. David Miller)

Gen. William M. Fraser III greets Airmen assigned to the 8th Expeditionary Air Mobility Squadron during a visit to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia, Nov. 29, 2013. The general’s visit was to share the Thanksgiving holiday with deployed troops and thank them for their service and sacrifice. Fraser is the commander of U.S. Transportation Command. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Bahja J. Jones)
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Gen. William M. Fraser III greets Airmen assigned to the 8th Expeditionary Air Mobility Squadron during a visit to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia, Nov. 29, 2013. The general’s visit was to share the Thanksgiving holiday with deployed troops and thank them for their service and sacrifice. Fraser is the commander of U.S. Transportation Command. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Bahja J. Jones)

Eddie Barbash plays the alto saxophone during the Jonathan Batiste and the Stay Human Band performance at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, Southwest Asia, on Dec. 8, 2013. The band played modern jazz for service members at the Kasbah which is one of the entertainment venues here. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. David Miller)
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Eddie Barbash plays the alto saxophone during the Jonathan Batiste and the Stay Human Band performance at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, Southwest Asia, on Dec. 8, 2013. The band played modern jazz for service members at the Kasbah which is one of the entertainment venues here. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. David Miller)

Tech. Sgt. Robert McNeal tests a portable oxygen tank before an aeromedical evacuation aboard a C-17 Globemaster III, at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia, Dec. 9, 2013. McNeal, a 379th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron aeromedical technician, was part of an 8 man team which saved the lives of a Soldier who was suffering from respiratory failure, Dec. 6, 2013. Clark is deployed from Charlotte Air National Guard Base, N.C. and hails from Fayetteville, N.C. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jared Trimarchi)
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Tech. Sgt. Robert McNeal tests a portable oxygen tank before an aeromedical evacuation aboard a C-17 Globemaster III, at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia, Dec. 9, 2013. McNeal, a 379th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron aeromedical technician, was part of an 8 man team which saved the lives of a Soldier who was suffering from respiratory failure, Dec. 6, 2013. Clark is deployed from Charlotte Air National Guard Base, N.C. and hails from Fayetteville, N.C. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jared Trimarchi)

Senior Airman Michael Haig and Staff Sgt. Cornell Martin review a technical order before rewiring a generator at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia, Dec. 9, 2013. Haig a Constableville, N.Y. native and Martin an El Paso, Texas, native, are 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron Aerospace Ground Equipment specialists deployed from Dyess, Air Force Base, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Hannah Landeros)
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Senior Airman Michael Haig and Staff Sgt. Cornell Martin review a technical order before rewiring a generator at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia, Dec. 9, 2013. Haig a Constableville, N.Y. native and Martin an El Paso, Texas, native, are 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron Aerospace Ground Equipment specialists deployed from Dyess, Air Force Base, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Hannah Landeros)

Airmen from the 379th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 746th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Unit propulsion flight, install an engine into a C-130J at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, Southwest Asia, Dec. 11, 2013. The 557th Expeditionary Red Horse Squadron provided short notice support for the engine swap by supplying the crane and personnel to hoist the engine out and install the new engine. The combined efforts contributed to the engine being swapped in 12 hours and the aircraft ready to fly on schedule. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. David Miller)
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Airmen from the 379th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 746th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Unit propulsion flight, install an engine into a C-130J at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, Southwest Asia, Dec. 11, 2013. The 557th Expeditionary Red Horse Squadron provided short notice support for the engine swap by supplying the crane and personnel to hoist the engine out and install the new engine. The combined efforts contributed to the engine being swapped in 12 hours and the aircraft ready to fly on schedule. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. David Miller)

Senior Airman Jordan Spangler performs a rear naked choke on Master Sgt. Jeffrey Schillawski as Staff Sgt. Daris Hennen, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Check Six facilitator and combatives instructor, provides instruction and oversight on Dec. 13, 2013, at the 379th AEW, Southwest Asia. Combatives classes are held twice a week by the Check Six staff to help Airmen learn skills they can use for self-defense if a situation arises. The Check Six program is designed to promote vigilance and combat complacency. This helps Airmen refocus so they can react during an active shooter event. Spangler is a 379th Expeditionary Communications Squadron radio frequency transmission systems technician deployed from Ramstein Air Base, Germany and a Portland, Ore., native. Schillawski is a 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron transient alert contracting officer representative deployed from Westover Air Reserve Base, Mass., and a Moravia, N.Y., native. Hennen is deployed from Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., and hails from Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. David Miller)
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Senior Airman Jordan Spangler performs a rear naked choke on Master Sgt. Jeffrey Schillawski as Staff Sgt. Daris Hennen, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Check Six facilitator and combatives instructor, provides instruction and oversight on Dec. 13, 2013, at the 379th AEW, Southwest Asia. Combatives classes are held twice a week by the Check Six staff to help Airmen learn skills they can use for self-defense if a situation arises. The Check Six program is designed to promote vigilance and combat complacency. This helps Airmen refocus so they can react during an active shooter event. Spangler is a 379th Expeditionary Communications Squadron radio frequency transmission systems technician deployed from Ramstein Air Base, Germany and a Portland, Ore., native. Schillawski is a 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron transient alert contracting officer representative deployed from Westover Air Reserve Base, Mass., and a Moravia, N.Y., native. Hennen is deployed from Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., and hails from Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. David Miller)

Brig. Gen. Roger H. Watkins and his wife Leslie serve Christmas Day meals to service members at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia, Dec. 25, 2013. Senior leadership volunteered throughout the day to serve meals to service members at the three base dining facilities.  Watkins is the 379th AEW commander and hails here from Fort Worth, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Hannah Landeros)
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Brig. Gen. Roger H. Watkins and his wife Leslie serve Christmas Day meals to service members at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia, Dec. 25, 2013. Senior leadership volunteered throughout the day to serve meals to service members at the three base dining facilities. Watkins is the 379th AEW commander and hails here from Fort Worth, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Hannah Landeros)

Ryan Daniel, Air Force Entertainment Group vocalist, sings to deployed service members at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, Southwest Asia, Dec. 26, 2013. The AFEG is comprised of 29 former Tops in Blue members who are prior service, active duty, guard and reserve Airmen who volunteered their time during the holidays to boost morale to deployed personnel. The tour concluded here after 15 performances in 10 locations worldwide. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. David Miller)
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Ryan Daniel, Air Force Entertainment Group vocalist, sings to deployed service members at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, Southwest Asia, Dec. 26, 2013. The AFEG is comprised of 29 former Tops in Blue members who are prior service, active duty, guard and reserve Airmen who volunteered their time during the holidays to boost morale to deployed personnel. The tour concluded here after 15 performances in 10 locations worldwide. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. David Miller)

Angie Johnson, Tops in Blue vocalist sings during the 2013 “A Gift of Music,” tour at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia, Dec. 26, 2013. Prior Tops In Blue members make up the Air Force Entertainment Group who performed 15 shows in 10 locations worldwide during the holiday season. The 379th AEW was the final stop of the 2013 holiday tour for the 29 volunteers who are prior service, active duty, guard and reserve Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Hannah Landeros)
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Angie Johnson, Tops in Blue vocalist sings during the 2013 “A Gift of Music,” tour at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia, Dec. 26, 2013. Prior Tops In Blue members make up the Air Force Entertainment Group who performed 15 shows in 10 locations worldwide during the holiday season. The 379th AEW was the final stop of the 2013 holiday tour for the 29 volunteers who are prior service, active duty, guard and reserve Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Hannah Landeros)

Southwest Asia -- This 2013 Year in Photos features those assigned to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing who supported expeditionary operations and those who visited the 379th AEW.