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231106-F-XO977-1177.JPG Photo By: Airman 1st Class Chase Verzaal

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea - U.S. Air Force Airman Maria Lopez, 731st Air Mobility Squadron aircraft services technician, loads cargo onto a commercial KDC-10 tanker aircraft prior to take-off at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 6, 2023. The aircraft features dual usage with the capability to refuel mid-flight and carry freight or passengers. This groundbreaking event is the first ever Air Force contracted aerial refueling to support Air Force fighter aircraft. The contracter refueled F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 51st Fighter Wing, enroute to Commando Sling 23. CS23 is a Pacific Air Forces-sponsored bilateral training event with the Republic of Singapore Air Force designed to increase interoperability and improve alliance capability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chase Verzaal)


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