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349th ARS Practices Refueling with Chem Gear

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Senior Airman Garrett Tholken, 349th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, dons Aircrew Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear equipment onboard a KC-135 Stratotanker April 8, 2019, over Kansas. The sortie was used as training to increase boom operator's awareness of limitations while wearing the equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Skyler Combs)

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Senior Airman Garrett Tholken, 349th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, refuels an F-16C Fighting Falcon while wearing Aircrew Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear equipment April 8, 2019, over Kansas. The ensemble includes a flying helmet, hood, mask assembly, filters and intercom assembly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Skyler Combs)

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Senior Airman Garrett Tholken, 349th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, manipulates controls in the KC-135 Stratotanker’s boom pod while refueling a F-16C Fighting Falcon April 8, 2019, over Kansas. The maximum transfer load of a KC-135 is 200,000 pounds of fuel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Skyler Combs)

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An F-16C Fighting Falcon receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker April 8, 2019, over Kansas. The KC-135 enhances the Air Force's capability to accomplish its primary mission of global reach. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Skyler Combs)

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Senior Airman Garrett Tholken, 349th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, refuels an F-16C Fighting Falcon while wearing Aircrew Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear equipment April 8, 2019, over Kansas. With a full load of internal fuel, the F-16 can withstand up to nine g’s, which exceeds the capability of other current fighter aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Skyler Combs)

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- Senior Airman Garrett Tholken, 349th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, dons Aircrew Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear equipment onboard a KC-135 Stratotanker April 8, 2019, over Kansas. The sortie was used as training to increase boom operator's awareness of limitations while wearing the equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Skyler Combs)