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Staff Sgt. Cody Walker, 39th Maintenance Squadron crew chief, inspects a sling attached to the landing gear of an F-4 Phantom II March 8, 2019, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey.

Staff Sgt. Cody Walker, 39th Maintenance Squadron crew chief, inspects a sling attached to the landing gear of an F-4 Phantom II March 8, 2019, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Airmen from the 39th MXS attached a rope to the aircraft to brace for the lift as part of an exercise to maintain proper training on how to lift a damaged aircraft in emergency situations. Using the decommissioned aircraft allows squadrons like the 39th MXS to sharpen and maintain their skillsets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew J. Wisher)

Senior Airman Austin Westfall, 39th Maintenance Squadron crew chief, watches Staff Sgt. Cody Walker, 39th MXS crew chief, tie a sling around an F-4 Phantom II at March 8, 2019, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey.

Senior Airman Austin Westfall, 39th Maintenance Squadron crew chief, watches Staff Sgt. Cody Walker, 39th MXS crew chief, tie a sling around an F-4 Phantom II at March 8, 2019, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Airmen from the 39th MXS attached a rope to the aircraft as a brace for lifting the aircraft during an exercise to maintain their qualifications on lifting damaged aircraft. Using the decommissioned aircraft allows squadrons like the 39th MXS to sharpen and maintain their skillsets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew J. Wisher)

Staff Sgt. Jeremey Robertson, 39thMaintenance Squadron crew chief, ties a rope to an F-4 Phantom II for extra stabilization prior to an aircraft lift March 8, 2019, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey.

Staff Sgt. Jeremey Robertson, 39thMaintenance Squadron crew chief, ties a rope to an F-4 Phantom II for extra stabilization prior to an aircraft lift March 8, 2019, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. The exercise tested their capability to recover damaged aircraft and increase their operational effectiveness using safe and secure operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew J. Wisher)

Airman 1st Class Jamere Morris, 39thMaintenance Squadron crew chief, ties a chain to a jersey barrier to stabilize cables attached to an F-4 Phantom II March 8, 2019, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey.

Airman 1st Class Jamere Morris, 39thMaintenance Squadron crew chief, ties a chain to a jersey barrier to stabilize cables attached to an F-4 Phantom II March 8, 2019, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. The exercise tested the the teams capability to recover damaged aircraft to which helped maintain readiness by increasing operational effectiveness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew J. Wisher)

An Airman assigned to the 39th Maintenance Squadron ties a chain around a jersey barrier for support prior to lifting an F-4 Phantom II during an exercise March 8, 2019, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey.

An Airman assigned to the 39th Maintenance Squadron ties a chain around a jersey barrier for support prior to lifting an F-4 Phantom II during an exercise March 8, 2019, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. The exercise tested their ability to lift a damaged aircraft which helped maintain the mission by increasing operational effectiveness, as well as improving on the processes to minimize further damage to downed aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew J. Wisher)

Tech. Sgt. Mitchell Brewington, 39th Maintenance Squadron crew chief, pulls a cable from a jersey barrier after an F-4 Phantom II lift March 8, 2019, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey.

Tech. Sgt. Mitchell Brewington, 39th Maintenance Squadron crew chief, pulls a cable from a jersey barrier after an F-4 Phantom II lift March 8, 2019, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Airmen from the 39th MXS and NATO allies lifted the F-4 as part of an exercise to test their ability to lift a damaged aircraft which helped increase operational effectiveness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew J. Wisher)

Airman 1st Class Jamere Morris, 39th Maintenance Squadron crew chief, fastens a sling to the landing gear of an F-4 Phantom II during a  lift March 8, 2019, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey.

Airman 1st Class Jamere Morris, 39th Maintenance Squadron crew chief, fastens a sling to the landing gear of an F-4 Phantom II during a lift March 8, 2019, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Airmen from the 39th MXS attached a rope to the aircraft to brace for the lift as part of an exercise to maintain proper training on how to lift a damaged aircraft in emergency situations. Using the decommissioned aircraft allows squadrons like the 39th MXS to use sharpen and maintain their skillsets for real world situations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew J. Wisher)

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey --