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Tech. Sgt. Derek Cross, 22nd Operations Support Squadron air traffic controller craftsman, radios to a KC-135 Stratotanker pilot Jan. 20, 2020, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. Cross is local controller, also known as tower control, and will issue instructions for the safe takeoff and landing of the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Willis)

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Mike Crabb, 22nd Operations Support Squadron tower watch supervisor, reviews a list of incoming flights Jan. 20, 2020 at McConnell Air Force Base Kansas. Air traffic controllers direct aircraft safely through their assigned flight paths, within a specific sector of airspace. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Willis)

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Master Sgt. William Putnam, 22nd Operations Support Squadron air traffic controller senior watch supervisor, guides a KC-135 Stratotanker pilot onto the runway Jan. 20, 2020, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. Air traffic controllers must have the ability to problem solve, communicate effectively, and multitask in order to ensure safety of air traffic on the ground and in the air. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Willis)

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan -- Tech. Sgt. Derek Cross, 22nd Operations Support Squadron air traffic controller craftsman, radios to a KC-135 Stratotanker pilot Jan. 20, 2020, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. Cross is local controller, also known as tower control, and will issue instructions for the safe takeoff and landing of the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Willis)