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Combat aAcher

Col. Paul Fitzgerald, 142nd Fighter Wing Commander (left) walks out to the Tyndall Air Force Base flightline with Col. Derek Routt, 1st Air Force (Air Forces Northern) Deputy Chief of Staff and Master Sgt. Tad Benner, 142nd Maintenance Group weapons loader, Jan. 28. Fitzgerald was here with a team from Portland, Oregon’s 142nd Fighter Wing to fly in the 53rd Weapon Evaluation Group’s Combat Archer, a two-week weapon systems evaluation program where participants load, fly and shoot live missiles and subsequently evaluate the entire process to validate whether the weapon performs according to established specifications. Benner was receiving an incentive flight for outstanding duty performance. (Air Force Photo Released/Mary McHale)

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