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6 AMW provides air bridge for Exercise Emerald Warrior

An MC-130H Combat Talon II aircraft closes in to receive fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 6th Air Mobility Wing during Exercise Emerald Warrior, Jan. 17, 2019.

An MC-130H Combat Talon II aircraft closes in to receive fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 6th Air Mobility Wing during Exercise Emerald Warrior, Jan. 17, 2019. Emerald Warrior provides annual realistic and relevant pre-deployment training encompassing multiple joint operating areas to prepare special operations forces, conventional force enablers, partner nations and interagency elements to integrate with and execute full spectrum special operations in a complex and uncertain irregular warfare security environment using all aspects of live, virtual and constructive training assets. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Adam R. Shanks)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Michal, a 50th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, reviews his post-aerial refueling checklist after successfully refueling an MC-130H Combat Talon II aircraft during a night mission in support of Exercise Emerald Warrior, Jan. 17, 2019.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Michal, a boom operator assigned to the 50th Air Refueling Squadron, reviews his post-aerial refueling checklist after successfully refueling an MC-130H Combat Talon II aircraft during a nighttime mission in support of Exercise Emerald Warrior, Jan. 17, 2019. Emerald Warrior provides annual realistic and relevant pre-deployment training encompassing multiple joint operating areas to prepare special operations forces, conventional force enablers, partner nations and interagency elements to integrate with and execute full spectrum special operations in a complex and uncertain irregular warfare security environment using all aspects of live, virtual and constructive training assets. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Adam R. Shanks)

An MC-130H Combat Talon II aircraft receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 6th Air Mobility Wing during Exercise Emerald Warrior, Jan. 17, 2019.

An MC-130H Combat Talon II aircraft receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 6th Air Mobility Wing during Exercise Emerald Warrior, Jan. 17, 2019. Emerald Warrior provides annual realistic and relevant pre-deployment training encompassing multiple joint operating areas to prepare special operations forces, conventional force enablers, partner nations and interagency elements to integrate with and execute full spectrum special operations in a complex and uncertain irregular warfare security environment using all aspects of live, virtual and constructive training assets. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Adam R. Shanks)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Michal, a 50th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, refuels an MC-130H Combat Talon II aircraft over the Gulf of Mexico in support of Exercise Emerald Warrior, Jan. 17, 2019.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Michal, a 50th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, refuels an MC-130H Combat Talon II aircraft over the Gulf of Mexico in support of Exercise Emerald Warrior, Jan. 17, 2019. Emerald Warrior provides annual realistic and relevant pre-deployment training encompassing multiple joint operating areas to prepare special operations forces, conventional force enablers, partner nations and interagency elements to integrate with and execute full spectrum special operations in a complex and uncertain irregular warfare security environment using all aspects of live, virtual and constructive training assets. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Adam R. Shanks)

A KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft assigned to the 6th Air Mobility flies over the Gulf of Mexico to refuel an MC-130H Combat Talon II aircraft Jan. 17, 2019 in support of Exercise Emerald Warrior.

A KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft assigned to the 6th Air Mobility Wing, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., flies over the Gulf of Mexico Jan. 17, 2019 in support of Exercise Emerald Warrior. Emerald Warrior provides annual realistic and relevant pre-deployment training encompassing multiple joint operating areas to prepare special operations forces, conventional force enablers, partner nations and interagency elements to integrate with and execute full spectrum special operations in a complex and uncertain irregular warfare security environment using all aspects of live, virtual and constructive training assets. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Adam R. Shanks)

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Sean Thomas, a 91st Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker pilot, scans the evening horizon for the receiver aircraft during an aerial-refueling mission supporting Exercise Emerald Warrior, Jan. 17, 2019 over the Gulf of Mexico.

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Sean Thomas, a KC-135 Stratotanker pilot assigned to the 91st Air Refueling Squadron, scans the evening horizon for the receiver aircraft during an aerial-refueling mission supporting Exercise Emerald Warrior, Jan. 17, 2019 over the Gulf of Mexico. Emerald Warrior provides annual realistic and relevant pre-deployment training encompassing multiple joint operating areas to prepare special operations forces, conventional force enablers, partner nations and interagency elements to integrate with and execute full spectrum special operations in a complex and uncertain irregular warfare security environment using all aspects of live, virtual and constructive training assets. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Adam R. Shanks)

Aircrew members assigned to the 6th Air Mobility Wing go over their pre-flight checklist before a refueling mission supporting Exercise Emerald Warrior, Jan. 17, 2019 at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.

KC-135 Stratotanker aircrew members assigned to the 6th Air Mobility Wing, review their pre-flight checklist before a refueling mission supporting Exercise Emerald Warrior, Jan. 17, 2019 at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. Emerald Warrior provides annual realistic and relevant pre-deployment training encompassing multiple joint operating areas to prepare special operations forces, conventional force enablers, partner nations and interagency elements to integrate with and execute full spectrum special operations in a complex and uncertain irregular warfare security environment using all aspects of live, virtual and constructive training assets. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Adam R. Shanks)

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- A KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft assigned to the 6th Air Mobility Wing, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., lowers its boom during an aerial-refueling flight in support of Exercise Emerald Warrior, Jan. 17, 2018. Emerald Warrior provides annual realistic and relevant pre-deployment training encompassing multiple joint operating areas to prepare Special Operations Forces, Conventional Force enablers, Partner Nations and Interagency elements to integrate with and execute full spectrum Special Operations in a complex and uncertain Irregular Warfare security environment using all aspects of live, virtual and constructive training assets. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Adam R. Shanks)