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The F-16 Falcon has been a mainstay in the U.S. Air Force arsenal, but the jet fighter and other types of tactical aircraft are being retired by the service for reasons of age and pressure to meet budget-cutting demands. (Associated Press)

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People disembark from a U.S. Air Force plane said to be carrying sick U.S. engineer Renee-Nicole Douceur, who suffered a stroke in August at the South Pole, upon the evacuation flight's arrival at Christchurch, New Zealand, on Monday, Oct. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/SNPA, David Alexander)

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Associated Press photographs U.S. Air Force and Army officers serving in Hungary pose with the new statue of former President Ronald Reagan in Budapest on Wednesday. The 7-foot-2 bronze statue honors Reagan for his efforts to free Hungary from the yoke of communism.

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This undated photo provided by the U.S. Air Force shows Air Force Gen. William Shelton, the commander of Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Shelton addressed the National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Tuesday, April 12, 2011. He said he expects no increases in his budget but said demands for such critical services as the military-run Global Positioning System won't decline. He told space contractors that the military and industry must find a way to contain costs, especially on launches. (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force)

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Rear Admiral Paul Zukunft of the U.S. Coast Guard, left, Lieutenant General Richard Y. Newton III of the U.S. Air Force, Vice Admiral Michael Vitale of the U.S. Navy, Lieutenant General Terry G. Robling of the U.S. Marine Corps, and Major General Karl Horst of the U.S. Army throw out the first pitches before the Washington Nationals Atlanta Braves opening day baseball game at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., Thursday, March 31, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr/The Washington Times)

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**FILE** A photo provided by the U.S. Air Force shows an F-15E Strike eagle in-flight over Afghanistan on Oct. 7, 2008. (Associated Press/U.S Air Force/Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon)

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** FILE ** Chief Master Sgt. William Gurney, shown in an undated photo provided by the U.S. Air Force through the Dayton Daily News, pleaded guilty on Monday to several charges including sexual misconduct. (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force via Dayton Daily News, File)

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Two injured Afghan civilians lie in the back of a medical evacuation helicopter after being picked up by U.S. Air Force pilots and pararescuemen from the 46th and 26th Expeditionary Rescue Squadrons in Afghanistan's Kandahar province on Monday, Oct. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

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Pararescuemen from the U.S. Air Force 46th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron rush out of a helicopter to pick up a wounded Afghan soldier and a wounded Taliban detainee as they land on the battled field in Afghanistan's Kandahar province on Friday. The helicopter was flown by pilots from the 26th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron supporting ongoing military operations in southern Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

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In this Monday, Oct. 7, 2002 file picture, a U.S. Air Force pilot in an A-10 Thunderbolt attack jet returns from a combat mission, in Bagram air base, northeast of Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic, File)

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Miami Heat players LeBron James (6) Dwyane Wade (3) and Chris Bosh (1) arrive for interviews during Media Day, Monday, Sept. 27, 2010 in Coral Gables, Fla. The Heat will begin NBA basketball training camp Tuesday at Hurlburt Field, a U.S. Air Force installation in Florida's Panhandle. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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U.S Air Force Physician-Mentor Capt. Michael Hampton, of the Medical Training Advisory Group, or MTAG, stands with an Afghan doctor discussing the treatment of an Afghan Army soldier with a gunshot wound to the neck, at Kandahar Regional Military Hospital, KRMH, inside Camp Hero, Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010. The names of the Afghan doctors are withheld for their protection. The MTAG team, comprised of 12 U.S. Air Force medical professionals, is assigned to the Afghan military hospital, and are tasked with providing transitional guidance to local medical workers, who treat Afghan soldiers, civilians, and occasionally insurgents. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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U.S Air Force Physician-Mentor Capt. Michael Hampton, right, of the Medical Training Advisory Group, or MTAG, stands with Afghan doctors discussing the x-ray of an Afghan soldier with a gunshot wound to the neck and face, at Kandahar Regional Military Hospital, KRMH, inside Camp Hero, Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010. The MTAG team, comprised of 12 U.S. Air Force medical professionals, assigned to the Afghan military hospital, and are tasked with providing transitional guidance to local medical workers, who treat Afghan soldiers, civilians, and occasionally insurgents. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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In this image taken Saturday Aug. 7, 2010 U.S Air Force Physician-Mentor Capt. Michael Hampton, center left, and CRNA Maj. David Johnson, right, both of the Medical Training Advisory Group, or MTAG, stand with Afghan doctors discussing the condition and treatment of a wounded Afghan soldier, at Kandahar Regional Military Hospital, KRMH, inside Camp Hero, Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan. The MTAG team, comprised of 12 U.S. Air Force medical professionals, is assigned to the Afghan military hospital, and are tasked with providing transitional guidance to local medical workers, who treat Afghan soldiers, civilians, and occasionally insurgents. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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In this Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010 photo, U.S Air Force Capt. Denise Ross, left, a Nurse-Mentor from the Medical Training Advisory Group, or MTAG, assists an Afghan medic in trying to remove fluid from the lungs of Rubina, a severely-wounded young Afghan IED victim, at Kandahar Regional Military Hospital, KRMH, inside Camp Hero, Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan. The names of Afghan doctors and medics are withheld for their protection.The MTAG team, comprised of 12 U.S. Air Force medical professionals, is assigned to the Afghan military hospital, and are tasked with providing transitional guidance to local medical workers, who treat Afghan soldiers, civilians, and occasionally insurgents. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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U.S. Air Force Medic-Mentor Master Sgt. LaTasha Carroway, of the Medical Training Advisory Group, or MTAG, plays "thumb war" with young recovering Afghan burn victim Abdul Rahman, at Kandahar Regional Military Hospital, KRMH, inside Camp Hero, Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010. The MTAG team, comprised of 12 U.S. Air Force medical professionals, is assigned to the Afghan military hospital, and are tasked with providing transitional guidance to local medical workers, who treat Afghan soldiers, civilians, and occasionally insurgents. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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A 50 calibre U.S. Air Force door gunner waits as a patient is loaded onto his helicopter during a rescue mission for a wounded Afghan soldier in the Arghandab Valley, Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, Thursday, July 29, 2010. Rescue teams one part of the U.S. Air Force's 451st Air Expeditionary Wing in southern Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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An Afghan National Police officer helps his fellow officer on to a U.S. Air Force rescue helicopter after he was shot during combat with the Taliban, in the Arghandab Valley, Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, Thursday July 29, 2010. Rescue teams are one part of the U.S. Air Force's 451st Air Expeditionary Wing in southern Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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A KC-135 Stratotanker from the 909 Air Fueling Squadron of the 18th Wing of the U.S. Air Force, based in Japan's Kadena, conducts aerial refueling to a F-16 Fighting Falcon from the U.S. Seventh Air Force's 8th Fighter Wing, based in South Korea's Gunsan, during a joint military drills between South Korea and the U.S. over the East Sea, east of Seoul, South Korea, Monday, July 26, 2010. (AP Photo/Lee Jae-won, Pool)