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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jeremiah Zimmer, 20th Component Maintenance Squadron precision measurement equipment laboratory journeyman, measures a steel cord at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Dec. 22, 2016. Zimmer used the steel cords to suspend weights so that a tensiometer, which measures the tension of an object, could be calibrated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney)
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Isaias Tesfaslassie, 20th Component Maintenance Squadron precision measurement equipment laboratory journeyman, uses a repeat reading gauge at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Dec. 21, 2016. Repeat reading gauges are used to measure how flat a surface is. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney)
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Tyrell Collins, 20th Component Maintenance Squadron precision measurement equipment laboratory journeyman, calibrates a pressure gauge at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Dec. 22, 2016. The PMEL flight maintains equipment for approximately 193 regional work centers, including nine active-duty bases, three Air National Guard bases and the Department of Homeland Security. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney)
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jeremiah Zimmer, 20th Component Maintenance Squadron precision measurement equipment laboratory journeyman, places a label onto a calibrated piece of equipment at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Dec. 22, 2016. The PMEL flight receives equipment from various flights across the Air Force to calibrate, ensuring the equipment’s accuracy is within a certain range before being sent back to its assigned flight with the appropriate label. The labels indicate date of calibration as well as the next due date for the tool to return to the PMEL flight, the tool’s identification number, and the flight’s stamp. Tools which must maintain accuracy require a PMEL label. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney)
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jeremiah Zimmer, 20th Component Maintenance Squadron precision measurement equipment laboratory journeyman, calibrates a load cell at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Dec. 21, 2016. The PMEL flight is capable of calibrating approximately 9,500 different pieces of equipment, helping to maintain the overall readiness and capabilities of the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney)
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Joseph Gerdes, 20th Component Maintenance Squadron precision measurement equipment laboratory craftsman, compares the readings of two gauges at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Dec. 22, 2016. PMEL Airmen use gauges from their shop to test other equipment for accuracy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney)
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Dillon Litteral, left, Senior Airman Brandon Atwell, right, 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew members, and Staff Sgt. Paolo Santos, center, 20th AMXS weapons load crew chief, work as a team to load a AIM-9M Sidewinder missile onto an F-16CM Fighting Falcon at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Jan. 13, 2017. The AIM-9M Sidewinder missile is the only munition that can be loaded by hand due to it being lighter than other F-16 munitions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kathryn R.C. Reaves)
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Brandon Atwell, 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew member, shakes an AGM-88 high-speed anti-radiation missile loaded onto an F-16CM Fighting Falcon at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Jan. 13, 2017. By shaking the munition, Atwell ensures the munition is properly attached on its rail. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kathryn R.C. Reaves)
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Dillon Litteral, 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew member, checks argon serviceability on a munition at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Jan. 13, 2017. The gas is responsible for cooling the munition’s seeker head which guides the missile. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kathryn R.C. Reaves)
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jacob Wilson, 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew member, sets the measurement on a torque wrench at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Jan. 13, 2017. Setting a torque wrench to a predetermined setting reduces the likelihood of under or over tightening bolts which could cause equipment damage or failure. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kathryn R.C. Reaves)
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A munition rests on an F-16CM Fighting Falcon at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Jan. 13, 2017. Between the munition’s fins is an Arm Fire device that indicates whether the munition is safe or armed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kathryn R.C. Reaves)
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Brandon Atwell, left, and Staff Sgt. Paolo Santos, right, 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew member and load crew chief, close a forward fairing on a LAU-118 launcher at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Jan. 13, 2017. The fairing protects the umbilical cable which allows the aircraft to communicate with the missile. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kathryn R.C. Reaves)
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A toolbox sits open in front of an F-16CM Fighting Falcon at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Jan. 13, 2017. Toolboxes maintained by 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crews contain tools U.S. Airmen need for F-16 maintenance and weapons loading. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kathryn R.C. Reaves)
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Team Shaw members take a walk around Memorial Lake in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Jan. 17, 2016. After the walk, Team Shaw members gathered at the Palmetto Chapel to listen to a guest speaker as well as a song honoring King’s contributions such as his political activism addressing segregation laws and discrimination. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class BrieAnna Stillman)
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Geoffery Smith, 20th Communications Squadron installation spectrum manager, views the display on a radio spectrum analyzer at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Jan. 13, 2017. The equipment is used by communications Airmen to listen to radio frequencies and pinpoint transmitter locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kathryn R.C. Reaves)
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The future site of an Army Air Corps basic flying school near Sumter, S.C., May 28, 1941. The site was officially leased to the U.S. War Department on May 17, 1941, for a period of 99 years at the sum of $1 per year.  (Courtesy photo)
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