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Capt. Chase Leftwich (left) and 1st Lt. Ethan Swanke (right), both KC-135 Stratotanker pilots assigned to the 93rd Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, prepare for a flight at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, in support of Bright Star 21, Sept. 15, 2021. The 93rd EARS supported aerial refueling during Bright Star to both ensure participation from U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft assigned to the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing and provide training qualification opportunities for 12 Egyptian air force F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots. Bright Star 21 provides the opportunity to test a collective ability to work with partners to address realistic scenarios across air, land, and sea domains, and within combined battle staffs. This exercise will increase interoperability readiness for future threat response in conventional and irregular warfare scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jacob Derry)
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