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OPERATION NOBLE EAGLE -- An F-16C Fighting Falcon from the New Jersey Air National Guard’s 177th Fighter Wing flies a combat air patrol mission in the Northeastern United States in support of Operation Noble Eagle. More than 11,000 airmen -- the majority Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve -- have generated more than 7,500 sorties to patrol American skies 24/7 since Sep. 11. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Don Taggart)

PHOTO BY: Master Sgt. Don Taggart
VIRIN: 011007-F-7238T-100.JPG
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