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Airmen from the 22nd Maintenance Squadron de-ice the wings of a KC-46A Pegasus using Global GL1800 de-ice trucks Oct. 28, 2020, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas.

Airmen from the 22nd Maintenance Squadron de-ice the wings of a KC-46A Pegasus using Global GL1800 de-ice trucks Oct. 28, 2020, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. The de-icing process demands coordination between aircrews, marshallers and de-ice truck operators to ensure the safety of Airmen and the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Skyler Combs)

Senior Airman Thomas Hawkins, 22nd Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion journeyman, controls a Global GL1800 de-ice basket Oct. 28, 2020, at McConnell Air Force Base,

Senior Airman Thomas Hawkins, 22nd Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion journeyman, controls a Global GL1800 de-ice basket Oct. 28, 2020, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. Aircraft de-icing is a special duty assignment that recruits maintenance Airmen from various sections during the winter months. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Skyler Combs)

Senior Airman Thomas Hawkins, 22nd Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion journeyman, sprays the wing of a KC-46A Pegasus from a Global GL1800 de-ice basket Oct. 28, 2020, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas.

Senior Airman Thomas Hawkins, 22nd Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion journeyman, sprays the wing of a KC-46A Pegasus from a Global GL1800 de-ice basket Oct. 28, 2020, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. The de-icers spray a mixture of water and propylene glycol to strip away accumulated ice from the aircraft, making them flight-ready. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Skyler Combs)

Ice builds up on the wing of a KC-46A Pegasus Oct. 28, 2020, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. Accumulated ice poses many problems in aircraft operations.

Ice builds up on the wing of a KC-46A Pegasus Oct. 28, 2020, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. Accumulated ice poses many problems in aircraft operations. Routine de-icing in the winter months is a mission essential function of the 22nd Maintenance Group. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Skyler Combs)

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- Airmen from the 22nd Maintenance Squadron de-ice the wings of a KC-46A Pegasus using Global GL1800 de-ice trucks Oct. 28, 2020, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. The de-icing process demands coordination between aircrews, marshallers and de-ice truck operators to ensure the safety of Airmen and the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Skyler Combs)