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A-10 crews keep up the fight during the holidays

Capt. Eric Fleming, Assistant Wing Weapons and Tactics and A-10 pilot, performs a preflight inspection of a GBU-12 at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Dec. 2. As the pilot of the aircraft, he has the final authority to say the aircraft and its ordinance is "good to go." Captain Fleming is deployed from Moody Air Force Base, Ga., and hails from Philadelphia, Pa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse)(Released)

Capt. Eric Fleming, Assistant Wing Weapons and Tactics and A-10 pilot, performs a preflight inspection of a GBU-12 at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Dec. 2. As the pilot of the aircraft, he has the final authority to say the aircraft and its ordinance is "good to go." Captain Fleming is deployed from Moody Air Force Base, Ga., and hails from Philadelphia, Pa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse)(Released)

Capt. Eric Fleming, A-10 pilot, performs a preflight walk-around at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Dec. 2. These preflight checks help to minimize the number of in-flight emergencies by catching small problems before they become big problems. Captain Fleming is deployed from Moody Air Force Base, Ga., and hails from Philadelphia, Pa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse)(Released)

Capt. Eric Fleming, A-10 pilot, performs a preflight walk-around at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Dec. 2. These preflight checks help to minimize the number of in-flight emergencies by catching small problems before they become big problems. Captain Fleming is deployed from Moody Air Force Base, Ga., and hails from Philadelphia, Pa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse)(Released)

Capt. Eric Fleming, A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot, sets up his cockpit and prepares for takeoff at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Dec. 2. The large bubble-style canopy of the A-10 gives the pilot optimal visibility of the ground and surroundings during missions. Captain Fleming is deployed from Moody Air Force Base, Ga., and hails from Philadelphia, Pa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse)(Released)

Capt. Eric Fleming, A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot, sets up his cockpit and prepares for takeoff at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Dec. 2. The large bubble-style canopy of the A-10 gives the pilot optimal visibility of the ground and surroundings during missions. Captain Fleming is deployed from Moody Air Force Base, Ga., and hails from Philadelphia, Pa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse)(Released)

Airman 1st Class Michael Ward, A-10 Thunderbolt II crew chief, talks to the pilot of his A-10 during engine startup at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Dec. 2. Airman Ward helps the pilot by acting as his eyes and ears outside the aircraft to make sure everything is working properly. Airman Ward is deployed from the 23rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Ga., and hails from Cincinnati, Ohio. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse)(Released)

Airman 1st Class Michael Ward, A-10 Thunderbolt II crew chief, talks to the pilot of his A-10 during engine startup at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Dec. 2. Airman Ward helps the pilot by acting as his eyes and ears outside the aircraft to make sure everything is working properly. Airman Ward is deployed from the 23rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Ga., and hails from Cincinnati, Ohio. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse)(Released)

A-10 Thunderbolt II crewchief Airman 1st Class Michael Ward climbs the crew ladder to assist pilot Capt. Eric Fleming at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Dec. 2. The pilots, crewchiefs and aircraft all deployed from the same unit at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., so that they would be able to assume duties and missions right from their first day at Bagram Air Field. Captain Fleming is from Philadelphia, Pa., and Airman Ward is from Cincinnati, Ohio. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse)(Released)

A-10 Thunderbolt II crewchief Airman 1st Class Michael Ward climbs the crew ladder to assist pilot Capt. Eric Fleming at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Dec. 2. The pilots, crewchiefs and aircraft all deployed from the same unit at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., so that they would be able to assume duties and missions right from their first day at Bagram Air Field. Captain Fleming is from Philadelphia, Pa., and Airman Ward is from Cincinnati, Ohio. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse)(Released)

An A-10 Thunderbolt II, piloted by Capt. Eric Fleming, prepares for takeoff at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Dec. 2. The teeth painted on the nose of the aircraft symbolizes the legacy of the fighter squadron, dating back to the famous "Flying Tigers" of WWII. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse)(Released)

An A-10 Thunderbolt II, piloted by Capt. Eric Fleming, prepares for takeoff at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Dec. 2. The teeth painted on the nose of the aircraft symbolizes the legacy of the fighter squadron, dating back to the famous "Flying Tigers" of WWII. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse)(Released)

An A-10 Thunderbolt II takes off from Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Dec. 2. Even after more than 30 years of service, the A-10 remains the king of close-air support, protecting coalition forces in sticky situations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse)(Released)

An A-10 Thunderbolt II takes off from Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Dec. 2. Even after more than 30 years of service, the A-10 remains the king of close-air support, protecting coalition forces in sticky situations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse)(Released)