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AWACS crew eyes over the battle

AWACS crew eyes over the battle

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 968th Expeditionary Airborne Air Control Squadron manage the airspace over Southwest Asia, March 12, 2021. In support of air-to-ground operations, the E-3 can provide direct information needed for interdiction, reconnaissance, airlift and close-air support for friendly ground forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bryan Guthrie)

AWACS crew eyes over the battle

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Greyson Byrd, 968th Expeditionary Airborne Air Control Squadron E-3 Sentry flight engineer, looks over gauges while flying in an E-3 over Southwest Asia, March 12, 2021. Byrd is responsible for regulating and overseeing the mechanical aspects of the E-3 to ensure the aircraft and personnel can perform command and control battle management, surveillance, target detection, and track ally, neutral and adversary aircraft and equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bryan Guthrie)

AWACS crew eyes over the battle

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Keith Thompson, 968th Expeditionary Airborne Air Control Squadron E-3 Sentry navigator, talks to members on the flight deck while flying in an E-3 over Southwest Asia, March 12, 2021. The E-3 can detect, identify and track airborne enemy forces from more than 250 miles and respond quickly and effectively to support worldwide military deployment operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bryan Guthrie)

AWACS crew eyes over the battle

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Noah Johnson, 968th Expeditionary Airborne Air Control Squadron E-3 Sentry mission systems officer (MSO), talks to a crew member while flying in an E-3 over Southwest Asia, March 12, 2021. MSOs coordinate all of the necessary data received on airborne command centers and provide critical information to pilots and ground units during missions and operations all over the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bryan Guthrie)

AWACS crew eyes over the battle

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Nicolas Queiroz, 968th Expeditionary Airborne Air Control Squadron E-3 Sentry airborne radar technician, writes down radar data while flying in an E-3 over Southwest Asia, March 12, 2021. Radar technicians are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of all radar equipment to ensure technology on board the E-3 can gather and present broad and detailed battlefield information. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bryan Guthrie)

AWACS crew eyes over the battle

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Lauren Waters (left), 968th Expeditionary Airborne Air Control Squadron (EAACS) E-3 Sentry air battle manager (ABM), and Senior Airman Justin Embrey (right), 968th EAACS E-3 mission systems officer, test oxygen masks at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, March 12, 2021. ABMs work alongside MSOs to combine knowledge of aircraft, weapons, surveillance, radar, communications and electronic equipment to ensure effective command and control mission success. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bryan Guthrie)

AWACS crew eyes over the battle

Royal Canadian Air Force Master Cpl. Kristopher Hann, 968th Expeditionary Airborne Air Control Squadron E-3 Sentry mission systems operator, looks at a monitor while flying in an E-3 over Southwest Asia, March 12, 2021. During E-3 training and combat operations, allied forces work alongside their counterparts in the U.S. Air Force to help manage the battle space during tactical and strategic missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bryan Guthrie)

AWACS crew eyes over the battle

U.S. Air Force Capt. Phil Walker, 968th Expeditionary Airborne Air Control Squadron E-3 Sentry pilot, flies an E-3 over Southwest Asia March 12, 2021. The E-3 provides situational awareness of friendly, neutral and hostile activity in the command and control area of responsibility while also overseeing battle management of theater forces, all-altitude and all-weather surveillance of battle space, and early warning of enemy actions during joint, allied and coalition operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bryan Guthrie)

AWACS crew eyes over the battle

U.S. Air Force Capt. Ryan Aceves, 968th Expeditionary Airborne Air Control Squadron E-3 Sentry pilot, prepares to take off at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, March 12, 2021. The E-3 is an airborne warning and control battle management, surveillance, target detection and tracking aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bryan Guthrie)

AWACS crew eyes over the battle
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A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker flies over Southwest Asia, March 17, 2021. The KC-135 provides aerial refueling while also providing personnel transport capabilities to accomplish its primary mission of global reach. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bryan Guthrie)

AL DHAFRA AIR BASE, United Arab Emirates -- U.S. Airmen assigned to the 968th Expeditionary Airborne Air Control Squadron manage the airspace over Southwest Asia, March 12, 2021. In support of air-to-ground operations, the E-3 can provide direct information needed for interdiction, reconnaissance, airlift and close-air support for friendly ground forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bryan Guthrie)