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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Luciano Rosano, 421st Security Forces Squadron combat training instructor, fires an m9 pistol during weapons training during preparation for representing Air Mobility Command in the 2018 Defender Challenge on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, Sept. 4, 2018. Rosano qualified to be a part of the AMC team for the challenge by running a six-mile run while carrying 25-35 pounds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Ariel Owings)
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kayla Favor, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., 6th Security Forces Squadron training instructor, shoots an M4 carbine assault rifle during weapons training during preparation for representing Air Mobility Command in the 2018 Defender Challenge on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, Sept. 4, 2018. Favor took part in the weapons training as one of the skills practiced for the challenge. The competition has been inactive for 14 years due to mission requirements in the wake of 9/11. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Ariel Owings)
Sweat drips from the chin of Senior Airman Anthony Hu, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., 6th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, after Hu endured hour of weapons training preparing him to represent Air Mobility Command in the 2018 Defender Challenge on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Sept. 4, 2018.Hu said he knew the training would be difficult but did not realize how non-stop it would be and how much he would treasure the five-minute breaks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Ariel Owings)
Senior Airman Anthony Hu, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., 6th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, studies his shots during weapons training during preparation for representing Air Mobility Command in the 2018 Defender Challenge on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, Sept. 4, 2018. During weapons training, the eight-man team shot at a resting heart rate and then ran around the firing range before immediately shooting again at an elevated heart rate. The purpose was to recognize how differing heart rates can affect shot accuracy and give competitors the tools needed to control their breathing and body movements when experiencing increased heart rates while shooting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Ariel Owings)
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Zachary Everett, Dover Air Force Base, Del., 436th Security Forces Squadron response force leader, shoots an M4 carbine assault rifle during weapons training during preparation for representing Air Mobility Command in the 2018 Defender Challenge on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, Sept. 4, 2018. The challenge reactivated after a 14-year hiatus due to mission requirements in the wake of 9/11. “I didn’t know what the competition was before,” said Everett. “It sounded extremely interesting, especially sense I would get to work with military services from other countries, so I jumped on the opportunity.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Ariel Owings)
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kyle Wade, 87th Security Forces Squadron Phoenix Raven, catches his breath during weapons training during his preparation for representing Air Mobility Command in the 2018 Defender Challenge on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, Sept. 4, 2018. Wade practiced his shot as a part of a four-week long training that prepared him for competition. The challenge is a world-wide competition meant to test the skills of security forces through weapons scenarios, dismounted operations and combat endurance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Ariel Owings)
The Air Mobility Command team for the 2018 Defender Challenge run during weapons training as part of preparation for the competition on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Sept. 4, 2018. The team ran a lap around the firing range to increase their heart rate before shooting to compare their shots from shooting at a regulated heart rate. The comparison helps the team to learn how to control their breathing and body movements for better aim. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Ariel Owings)
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A wreath of yellow flowers stands in front of the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst 9/11 Memorial following a commemorative ceremony at the Timmermann Center on JB MDL, N.J., Sept. 11, 2018. The memorial site contains twisted steel beams that were salvaged from ground zero, and was officially completed in 2016.
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Christopher Cote, 87th Civil Engineer Squadron fire fighter, salutes a wreath of yellow flowers during a 9/11 memorial ceremony at the Timmermann Center on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Sept. 11, 2018. The ceremony paid special tribute to the victims and families of the attacks as well as the first responders who worked around the clock in the wake of 9/11.
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Christopher Cote and Chief Scott Staveley, 87th Civil Engineer Squadron fire fighters, lay a wreath of yellow flowers during a 9/11 memorial ceremony at the Timmermann Center on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Sept. 11, 2018. The ceremony paid special tribute to the victims and families of the attacks as well as the first responders and recovery teams who worked tirelessly around the clock in the wake of 9/11.
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U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. John Burdick
U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. John Burdick
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Tyler Hopkins, 87th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, pets his K-9 Kira during a sketch night at the Society of Illustrators Museum in New York, Aug. 30, 2018. Hopkins spoke about Kira’s deployment and how she lost a toe on her front paw.
U.S Air Force Staff Sgt. Eric Shenton, 87th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, pose with his K-9 Kkrusty during a sketch night at the Society of Illustrators Museum in New York, Aug. 30, 2018. Shenton talked about Kkrusty’s military service since the last time he posed for sketch night.