Ample Strike 2017 - Maintainers make the mission

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ryan Branch, 489th Bomb Group crew chief, gets ready to inspect a B-1 Lancer at Royal Air Force Fairford, United Kingdom, Sep. 7, 2017.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ryan Branch, 489th Bomb Group crew chief, gets ready to inspect a B-1 Lancer at Royal Air Force Fairford, United Kingdom, Sep. 7, 2017. The jet had just returned after completing a mission for Ample Strike 2017, a Czech Republic-led live fire exercise that offers advance Air/Land Integration training to Forward Air Controllers, Joint Terminal Attack Controllers and Close Air Support aircrews. Each B-1 goes through an exhaustive review after each mission to ensure it is in good working order for its next flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ted Daigle/Released)

A cable from a laptop computer is plugged into a B-1B Lancer at Royal Air Force Fairford, United Kingdom, Sep. 6, 2017.

A cable from a laptop computer is plugged into a B-1B Lancer at Royal Air Force Fairford, United Kingdom, Sep. 6, 2017. The computer collects data about several systems on the jet after each flight to diagnose any potential problems that may have developed during the mission. The jet had just returned to RAF Fairford after completing a sortie for Ample Strike 2017, a Czech Republic-led live fire exercise that offers advance Air/Land Integration training to Forward Air Controllers, Joint Terminal Attack Controllers and Close Air Support aircrews. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ted Daigle/Released)

Two B-1B Lancers rest in the sun at Royal Air Force Fairford, United Kingdom, Sep. 7, 2017.

Two B-1B Lancers rest in the sun at Royal Air Force Fairford, United Kingdom, Sep. 7, 2017. The jets have been heavily employed during Ample Strike 2017, a Czech Republic-led live fire exercise that offers advance Air/Land Integration training to Forward Air Controllers, Joint Terminal Attack Controllers and Close Air Support aircrews. Active duty and Reserve Airmen from the 7th Bomb Wing, 307th BW, and 2nd BW all worked together during the exercise to show U.S. commitment to security and stability in the European Theater. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ted Daigle/Released)

A B-52 Stratofortress takes off on a mission from Royal Air Force Fairford, United Kingdom, Sept. 6, 2017.

A B-52 Stratofortress takes off on a mission from Royal Air Force Fairford, United Kingdom, Sept. 6, 2017. The sortie was flown in support of Ample Strike 2017, a Czech Republic-led live fire exercise that offers advance Air/Land Integration training to Forward Air Controllers, Joint Terminal Attack Controllers and Close Air Support aircrews. Active duty and Reserve Airmen from the 307th Bomb Wing, 7th BW and 2nd BW brought two B-52’s and two B-1B Lancers to the exercise. (US. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ted Daigle/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Terance Thomas, 489th Bomb Group flight chief, marshals a B-1B Lancer after it landed at Royal Air Force Fairford, United Kingdom, Sept. 6, 2017.

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Terance Thomas, 489th Bomb Group flight chief, marshals a B-1B Lancer after it landed at Royal Air Force Fairford, United Kingdom, Sept. 6, 2017. The jet had just completed a mission in support of Ample Strike 2017, a Czech Republic-led live fire exercise that offers advance Air/Land Integration training to Forward Air Controllers, Joint Terminal Attack Controllers and Close Air Support aircrews. Active duty and Reserve Airmen from the 307th Bomb Wing, 7th BW and 2nd BW brought two B-52’s and two B-1B Lancers to the exercise. (US. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ted Daigle/Released)

Two Airmen from the 489th Bomb Group begin to look over a B-1B Lancer after its return to Royal Air Force Fairford, United Kingdom, Sept. 17, 2017.

Two Airmen from the 489th Bomb Group begin to look over a B-1B Lancer after its return to Royal Air Force Fairford, United Kingdom, Sept. 17, 2017. The jet had just returned after completing a mission for Ample Strike 2017, a Czech Republic-led live fire exercise that offers advance Air/Land Integration training to Forward Air Controllers, Joint Terminal Attack Controllers and Close Air Support aircrews. After each mission, multiple Airmen inspect, repair and gather data from the B-1 to detect any potential problems or damage that may have occurred in flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ted Daigle/Released)

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