John Cooper

(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Scott Saldukas)Senior Airman Nate Hall conducts a post-flight inspection on an F-16 Fighting Falcon July 5, 2013, at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. Maintainers inspect aircraft for leaks, cracks or anything that may jeopardize the integrity of the aircraft. Hall is an aircraft maintainer deployed to the 451st Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.

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